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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... headed for the Hermitage – without a doubt a must on your itinerary . But if you’re not a real art buff then after a while some of it starts to just slip past! Nonethless we saw paintings by Rembrandt, Monet, and Renoir to name but a few. The building itself is outstanding and the chandeliers and the ceilings breathtaking. We had two hours in there and saw a fraction of what there is on display.
We left the Hermitage about 12 noon and ...
... We couldn't find one that offered the tour in English so we tried to pick out the sights using our guidebook. It was a great way to see the city. We also checked out the Peter and Paul Fortress, where Peter the Great built the first stone buildings in St. Petersburg. The cathedral located within the fortress entombs the Tsars and members of the Romanov family. We walked and walked and walked and passed by so many palaces, majestic government buildings ...
... housing delineated by colours, a cathedral on the hill and delightfully quaint shops. The only unfortunate thing was that we arrived just about at 5 pm and the shops were closing. Too bad because we would have been happy to contribute to the buoyancy of their economy, and with a number of empty shops, it appeared that they could have used the boost. And so home, very tired, all, so a quick take out dinner, a couple of glasses of wine, and to bed on our ...
... on Spilled Blood was built on the site of the assassination in 1881 of Tsar Alexander II.
Next day were two wonderful palaces: Catherine’s Summer Palace, where the famous Amber Room is (photos not allowed), and Pavlovsk Palace (of Emperor Paul). What can one say but "Wow!" Several venues we visited didn’t allow photographing unless one bought a permit, so sometimes Erja bought ...
... was nice, but getting outside was our real goal. The gardens and gravity-fed fountains, modeled after Versailles, were very nice. We captured a number of nice photos, a sampling of them are included here.
We got back to St Petersburg about an hour late, which squeezed us on time to pack up the apartment and head out the door for the beginning of our journey back home. I'll capture that journey in the 19-June blog, even though it started on Tuesday ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility