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... of large pieces of amber, that the restoration workers were forced to buy pieces on the Russian version of eBay.
So why was photography not allowed here? Our guide just shrugged. Sometimes there are rules that don't necessarily make sense, but cannot be questioned.
Even the floors were interesting.
In one room, the guide pointed out the inlaid parquet created a three-dimensional effect that was so unusual ...
... You almost needed sunglasses inside to see all the gold! sadly we could not take pictures inside. very much like Versaille with receiving rooms, throne room and private apartments. The differnece though was that the czars collected amazing art etc from other countries and displayed it. it felt very international. lots of Chinese art and lots of art from Europe. we then went outside to see what Peterof is probably most famous for....the fountains. Built for Peter ...
... even saw where this fictitious character's mother lived!
All sarcasm aside, the week progressed after the minor speedbump of the Dostoevsky walking tour with a lot of interesting visits. Tuesday night one of our professors took us to meet a class of business students at the University he teaches a joint class with. They were all the same age, spoke excellent english, and after the night was over we made a host of new friends. Wednesday ...
... However in bygone time it would've been beautiful. It still is but it is a fading beauty. The stairs are marble with cast iron railings, the walls have plaster mouldings. But it has all seen better days. This state is quite typical across St Petersburg for apartment buildings because under Communism, people did not own their flats. Everything was owned by the state, so no-one wanted to spend ...
... us to various "famous" pieces like the galleries Leonardo’s, the Renoir’s etc, however Luke was pleased that he didn’t have a look at the Lonely Planet as there were good pieces that we missed. I think that is the problem with being on a tour. I guess I would have preferred it if we were given 2.5hours and told it was our choice where to go and we would meet at the end.
After the gallery closed we had a few drinks and dinner with a few people from the ...