Holiday Inn St. Petersburg Moskovskye Vorota
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... of Peter the Great. An interesting tidbit about his outlook....The area was short on stones, and he was determined to build with stone in order to prevent fires destroying it, so he passed a law that elsewhere in Russia no one was allowed to build with stone, and then had all the stone transported into the city from elsewhere. The historian also mentioned another small point that suddenly made sense. She said that the vastness of Russia ...
We had organised a local tour guide to take us to Catherine Palace today. We were extremely lucky and had the tour guide all to ourselves. The palace is outside St Petersburg in a town called Pushkin - named after Pushkin of course. Pushkin has lots of colourfully painted buildings and is what I imagined St Petersburg would look more like. The palace is huge as are the gardens. You could spend all day just wandering ...
Again, the citation from Wikipedia:
""”The residence originated in 1717, when Catherine I of Russia engaged the German architect Johann-Friedrich Braunstein to construct a summer palace for her pleasure. In 1733, Empress Anna commissioned Mikhail Zemtsov and Andrei Kvasov to expand the Catherine Palace. Empress Elizabeth, however, found her mother's residence outdated and incommodious and in May 1752 asked her court ...
... year. A lot of infrastructure is being upgraded but some things have a dual use. Take tram lines for instance. There are no accidents at these intersections because the lines are a natural speed bump down to 2 kph, and the associated potholes. But when the road is flat the drivers go flat out, make up for having to slow down.
... ranging from ancient civilizations to wall to wall paintings from different artistic periods. On top of that the whole building had once been a palace so a number of rooms were richly furnished and richly decorated. Ended up walking about 5-6 hours in the building and covered most rooms at least superficially.
Not much of an art critic so while I made my way slowly through a few areas that were full og painting, a lot of the time I just checked out a few paintings ...