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... the black water, the frigid air whipped at
our faces. I suspected most of the students didn’t care, too excited at the
thought of being in Russia for the first time to feel the chill. Some went
below to get warm. Once we were moving we glided past a number of buildings.
The architecture in St. Petersburg was stunning and the buildings were painted
an odd array of colors including pink, green, blue and yellow.
... of gold to decorate the palace exteriors, an excess that was deplored by Catherine the Great when she discovered the state and private funds that had been lavished on the building.
The interiors of the Catherine Palace are no less spectacular. The so-called Golden Enfilade of state rooms, designed by Rastrelli, is particularly renowned and forms the focus of the palace tour. Guests enter via the State Staircase which, although it blends effortlessly with the ...
... 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 ...
So, after a good nights sleep, we started the day with another big breakfast spread in our lovely hotel. Our first destination was to be the palace and gardens at Peterhof, a spot chosen both for its beauty and its strategic location for fighting the Swedes. We took a hydrofoil boat cruise of about 30 minutes to get there and then started looking around the gardens closest to the grand palace. A 11:00 every ...
... I can’t see any this time.
The fortress occupies Hare Island and as you cross the bridge there’s a grey hare perched on top of a pile. I thought it was a kangaroo at first but later realised it’s true identity when told I was actually on Hare Island. Tourists chucking money at it trying to land coins at its feet – presumably for good luck.
Choose an audio guide for the morning and told I need to hand over a National ID ...