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... for the ballet performance "Cinderella" at the Mariinsky theatre. I was especially excited because it was my first ballet I could watch but also because it was in Russia, a culturally spoilt country. As we already learnt in class, families take their kids to the ballet and they behaved very well. It was a beautiful performance and I am glad to have experienced it.
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... collections. Today, the Hermitage has embarked on a major renovation effort. Its collection is in the process of being reorganized, and many of its works have for the first time become available for travelling exhibits outside of the country.
After the Hermitage and lunch at a local Russian pie restaurant (meat, fish, berry pies) we are off to Yusupov’s Palace. On a quiet stretch of the Moika River stands a long yellow building, which was once ...
... buildings right along the length of the street. It took us around 5 hours to walk through (without really stopping that often) one floor of the three floor complex. The architecture is mind-blowing (you will see I put about 15 pictures up just of the Hermitage rooms) and the art work equally so. This is definitely a must-see in St Petersburg - but trust the guidebook and plan to do a section of it each day rather ...
... for us the owners of the apartment (which was amazing as well) let us stay until we had to leave for the airport in the evening. We had a fairly cruisey afternoon, we went to the Kiasma art museum (so so so weird! We left laughing) and shopping some more! Saying good bye to Mum was horrible! When I left Sydney in September I was sad to say good bye, but it was the start of the adventure, and I was so excited! When I said good bye to Mum this time, I'd already been away for a ...
... yet of the trip. I ordered a truffle risotto, black angel spaghetti (squid ink) and the panna cotta - all of which were simply scrumptious. I couldn't get enough of it! Luckily for me and portion control, they do half orders, which I love as it allows more sampling. We ended up walking down Nvesky Prospekt back to our hotel though so we ended up burning even more calories. Who said you can't have a good time, enjoy food and still lose weight? =)