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... walked through five of them; the Winter Palace, Small Palace, Old Hermitage, New Hermitage, and the Hermitage Theater. The buildings total over 2.5 million square feet of space. The ornate decorations in each building and the displayed artwork are just amazing.
We entered the museum through the main Winter Palace door facing the Neva River. It took a little while to get our entire group through the turnstiles; however, once we did we ...
... had our socks and underwear done (at $4/pair...which is actually way cheaper than St Regis). I know, we're crazy not to have taken them up on it but we're gluttons for punishment. So after a quick breakfast of eggs, bacon and toast downstairs (breakfast spots aren't as prevalent here as they were in Moscow) we headed out with our laundry in a suitcase to get to the laundry place when it opened at 10. We both got a full 8 hours of sleep last night for the first time this trip so our ...
There was construction in the gardens which was partially closed off and I had to find my way in which was at the back of the palace.
You had to wear shoe slippers which were quite slippery on the wooden floors. No photos were allowed and I only got one of the first staircase.
Inside you can see why the peasants ...
... where you look are the most magnificent buildings, every second one seeming to be a palace in pastel colours of yellow, blue, pink and green - bright colours to combat the terrible weather apparently.
Back at the boat we had another delicious dinner and met another couple who are going on to do the train trip like us. It will be good to know someone!
Will be attempting to have an uninterrupted sleep ...
... and a male who plays something similar to an accordion. They were very passionate about their music. We both had trouble sleeping last night, but while a little tired no worse for wear. Kizhi Island is an "open air" museum and is officially called State Historical Architecture and Ethnographic Preserve". Now that is a mouthful. It features a number of interesting buildings made in a northern wooden style. The actual construction ...