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... down one complete side.
On the other side of the Hermitage lies the River Neva.
It started to rain so inside I went.
The Hermitage is actually in The Winter Palace of the old Russian Royal Family.
So two for one !!
I was more interested in the Palace as I'd heard about the decadence.
The first thing I saw was a huge staircase decorated in gold and white with a red carpet.
Really stunning. What a ...
... Tourist Information Center (We usually use their services even though we are professional travelers, not tourists.) And the few ATM machines looked suspiciously suspicious. Welcome to Russia.
So we did what all pro travelers would do – pull out the map and look hopelessly lost. I was going to try to break out in a hopelessly lost crying spell but decided it was ...
... squares designed by French and Italian architects. But in the face of all this opulence, social unrest grew, giving way to Lenin's Communist Party and in 1924 St Petersberg was renamed Leningrad This is where the revolution began …and also where it started to collapse. Following the collapse of Communism in 1991 its original name was re-established. Today St. Petersburg is the most European-influenced city in Russia, and certainly the most spectacular.
... was once the Winter Palace. This is the place where the cartoon movie of Anastasia was set in the beginning. I was in awe… I loved that movie!!! Again, a place of pure beauty and decadence! There was more art in there than I am likely to ever see in my life, let alone all the famous names in that place! If you go to Russia, it is a must see!
After this Lui and I went on the cathedral tour. We went inside three different cathedrals; again, they were all absolutely ...
... or behind after you enter the grounds) makes up for it, fully decorated in shiny gold.
We arrive about 10am to wander through the well sculpted upper gardens briefly before heading into in where a musical ceremony and fountain show kicks off the day. Groups of tourists and students (young children wearing bright yellow caps) surround the main display, eagerly waiting. We hear a few notes and some water trickles out of one spout, teasingly a few minutes before the music ...