Grand Hotel Emerald
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The drive took us on the road to Moscow out past some the Soviet style apartment blocks
Another over-the-top roccoco palace built in 1756 with about 100kilograms of gold used in the gilding.
As you can see from our photos it really was magnificent both inside and out. Inside some of the rooms rivalled Versailles.
We got back for a 4pm guided tour ...
Summer Palace = Catherine's Palace The Summer Palace was built by Catherine the Great. The Germans used it as their headquarters in World War II. Many of the treasures, in particular the entire amber room, disappeared during the war. When the Germans had to retreat, they lit the summer palace on fire. The Soviets have been in the process of rebuilding the entire summer palace since the end of the war. The carved Angels, in fact 95% of ...
... the front of that line we were able to get tickets to the Diamond Showcase, but not the Gold Showcase. With that line over, we then moved on to the line of people who had tickets and needed to get through security. Fortunately we didn't need to line up in the line for people who needed to check something in to the cloak room. Having made it through the security line we were then able to enter the museum itself! I've banged on about the lines for a while now, but in all honesty it wasn't ...
... 8211; he dropped us off in the most convenient spots and was always there to wisk us way to the next attraction. We then headed to Peterhof to see the Royal Estate of Peterhof some 45 minutes west of SPB. We toured just the grounds here and the fountains and landscaping is fantastic, really a Versailles of Russia.
From there it was off to the Catherine Palace, which was the summer residence of the Russian tsars located in the town of Puskin. ...
... beautiful blue Rococo palace that was the summer residence of the Tzars. We had to don these weird brown booty things, god forbid we traipse dirt onto the palaces parquet floors. The palace was incredibly spacious and grand, it was also possibly one of the most beautiful buildings I have had the pleasure of visiting. Did I mention that every possible service was covered in gold leaf? All the bling was almost blinding but it did make it obvious how much wealth the Tzars must have ...