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... br> In one room, there were 35 (YES.....THIRTY FIVE) Rubens paintings.
There were also numerous Monet's, Picasso's, Renoir's, Van Gogh's, Da Vinci's (the famous Madonna with child), Van Dyk's.
And apart from the paintings, they were hung in the most stunning rooms (400 in total).
I was inside from 10.30am to 8pm (good job it was late opening) but eventually I had to give in.......I was knackered.
And still there was 1 ...
... on the shores of the world's oceans, capable of competing with the finest Western courts — above all, with Versailles.
The history of Peterhof begins back in 1705, when travelling chambers were built for Peter the Great on the southern shore of the Gulf of Finland. Soon, not far from this place, work began on the creation of a new imperial residence, which, Peter determined, would one day outshine all the other royal palaces of Europe. The tsar deliberately ...
... There is more major gold leaf here as well. We had to wear booties to protect the floors and cut down on dust. Catherine's dress on display is made of paper. What appears to be priceless wall covers are now painted replicas. There are rooms with strips of inlay that is actually colored aluminum foil. That was new at the time. We did get to walk through some rooms that were used by the families. We also walked through servants hallways and areas used in ...
... made our way to the ferry! It wasn't anything like the Manly ferry, or any others I've seen at home, it was huge! Like a cruise ship or something!
So, us four girls had a cabin together. It was a tiny room! Maybe 2m by 4m or something. With all our luggage, it was a bit of a squeeze!
Luisa knows she gets seasick, so she had bought tablets for it before we left, but decided to see how she felt once we were on the boat. We all decided Italian was a good option for ...
... on that Nastya met her husband in dancing class. Hobbits can bring people together. Nastya always mocked at her husband of being fat. Sweet couple!
The family wouldn't be the same without Ivan. He was nine months by then, and looked like a doll! Surprisingly enough, I didn't see him cry for one single second during three days. Besides eating and sleeping and crawling around, he smiled all the time. Not like the ...