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... Extravagance, Opulence....it was all in front of my eyes.
Actually it took my breath away.
Some of the rooms were so over the top, they have to be seen to be believed.
Each room also had displays in them. Paintings, artefacts, costumes, jewellery, weapons.....in fact you name it, it was all there.
I'm not an art fan but the sight of a Gainsborough painting in the British exhibition opened my eyes.
... to our benefactors, we were on our way to St. Petersburg.
The bus station seemed a long way from the city. Our Russian driver was quiet as he drove. But eventually, down a narrow city street loomed the Marriott Courtyard St. Petersburg Center West/Pushkin Hotel. Earlier, Darlene acquiesced to my pleadings to make our first stay in Russia at a "Western" hotel. Mr. Marriott's places seemed to be as ...
... s most precious historical sights. Fountains are all controlled by gravity utilising water from lakes uphill thru underground pipes to the palace.
We first toured the interior of the palace. The main staircase leads to a suite of decorated staterooms. The initial room was decorated in gold along the walls and ceiling providing an opulent setting. As we passed through the remaining rooms we marvelled at the painting, architecture and beauty. At the conclusion of the ...
... night, the bars were all empty, and closed early. Fail! So we went to bed instead.
A bit over a week later (Monday 14th of October in the middle of the night), I got two visitors! Mum and Carmel came to stay!! I was super excited!! During the few days they were in Oulu we took lots of photos around town, went to the movies, drank lots of champagne and G&Ts, went shopping; all the usual stuff. Then, on the Friday morning we took the 5am train to Helsinki for ...
... we knew what we were getting into based on observations and research. Perhaps it was even more fun knowing and still going for it.
Our first trick fountain was unsuspecting for most, we'd stopped to admire a beautiful iron rosebush fountain with a little path around it - you may want an umbrella if you're going to cross from one side to the other. Our second, a mushroom like installation that had water pouring over the sides. I think the water was only supposed to come ...