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... of the short but somewhat turbulent past of St Petersburg. Meanwhile in the English camp, Marina was laying down the law:
'Do not stray away from the group…look me in the eye when you ask a question…do not speak when I am talking…you will like Catherine’s palace’.
I don’t think that last remark was an order more of a guarantee. However she started every sentence with a very polite but in a ‘don’t mess with ...
... three of these who once again sang for us - amazing unaccompanied harmonies and in the right setting. We visit the museum there and see the original icon paintings - amazing in colour and richness, gold and silver embossed, and huge. Enough icons for a trip to Russia. As we wander around the rest of the fortress another thunder and lightening storm gathers and miraculously we dont get wet!!! Back to the ship we pick up our purchases and head off the ...
... to put on some seriously trendy shoe covers to protect the wooden flooring. Why didn't they do that in The Hermitage ?
The first impressive sight is the Grand Hall which has an elaborately painted ceiling, a beautiful inlaid parquet floor and numerous gilded carvings covering the walls.The State Dining Room is also magnificent. Another smaller dining room looks as if it decorated in green Wedgewood. Many of the rooms have ...
... they used for such ordinary objects that could easily be destroyed or at least worn down very quickly. The next room displayed 19 gilded carriages from the 18th & 19th centuries. The first one looked very primitive but they progressively got more grand until Catherine the Great’s carriage, which was covered in emeralds and rubies and other gemstones on the outside of the carriage. Can you imagine if the outside of cars were covered in jewels today?
... or money to come to this place if you ever come to St. Pete. The only good thing was that you could see across the Neva (river), which was completely frozen over! St. Isaac's cathedral on the other hand was majestic. It is now a museum so I had no qualms with taking pictures of this place. Outside, it is a huge red building with giant granite columns. Apparently they had to build special trains to get the granite columns to ...