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... Opulence....it was all in front of my eyes.
Actually it took my breath away.
Some of the rooms were so over the top, they have to be seen to be believed.
Each room also had displays in them. Paintings, artefacts, costumes, jewellery, weapons.....in fact you name it, it was all there.
I'm not an art fan but the sight of a Gainsborough painting in the British exhibition opened my eyes.
There was more ...
... Northern War.
As a former residence of the Russian monarchs, Peterhof brings together the finest achievements in national and international culture. This unique complex was created by outstanding architects, decorators and sculptors, whose spectacular works of art slot perfectly into the natural beauty of the coastal landscape. Peter the Great planned Peterhof as the residence of a sea king. This was to be his incarnation of Russia as a great European power, with ...
... a flash. They have ladies stationed about to watch. When we get to the amber room there is no photographs. This room was stolen by the nazis and never found. They decided to rebuild the amber room. When it was reconstructed they used mirrored panels to fill in some of the wall spaces. The walls are covered with Amber. The pictures on the walls, with a few painted inserts, are of mosaic style scenes that have amber frames. We did sneak a photo, but it was not ...
... and eating far too much chocolate mostly.I think our bus must have hated us at times though; our group (Luisa, Paula, Lucia, Daniel, and Julian) was pretty loud while everyone was trying to sleep… But hey! We were super excited!!
When we arrived in Helsinki we all got given our cabin keys and temporary visa things (you don't need a proper visa to visit Russia if you go to St. Petersburg via ferry, as long as it is less that 72 hours, or something along those lines), ...
... people. Despite the encouragement made by Nastya to try speaking English to me, he failed to express most of his meanings. What a shame to me! It would have shocked me if I could have talked with him more. One impressive thing was that he thought Korean cars are the best ones in the world! NO WAY!
Nastya's husband is good at dancing. He showed me the video of his dancing competition and their wedding dance! I ...