Northern Lights Hotel
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... space is covered with paneling comprising 17th and 18th century canvases and, of course, the legendary Amber Room.
To create this extraordinary chamber, Rastrelli used the panels of amber mosaic originally destined for an Amber Cabinet at Konigsberg Castle and presented to Peter the Great by Friedrich-Wilhelm I of Prussia, and surrounded them with gilded carving, mirrors, more amber panels created by Florentine and Russian craftsman (comprising a total of 450kg of ...
... I was giddy with excitement when the sun finally rose and we saw snow!!! Lots and lots of snow!!
Once we got to Helsinki, we dumped out luggage at the 'reception' of the apartments we were staying in, and went (you guess it) shopping! We searched for hours for a fur hat for Dad, and finally found one! I was ready to get mad it he didn't appreciate it, because we literally searched every single day they were in Finland for this! (He loves it! :D)
Mum and I had a ...
On board the Lev Tolstoy we were greeted by a lady in traditional costume bearing the gift of bread and salt for our "welcoming ceremony" - complying with tradition we broke off a piece of bread and dipped it into the salt before eating it.
The history of our boat is interesting. It was commissioned by high ranking Kremlin officials to host foreign dignitaries in the 1970’s and had been refurbished as a cruise boat in 2007. We wondered ...
... enough to me that how come a world famous museum can be so quite. In Beijing, it is always crowded and noisy near the Forbidden City. And, only 400 RU for the ticket. What a deal!
Since I didn't pay for the camera fee, no photos were taken but only one when I stood in the steps. My experience in the museum was about walking, seeing, resting. It seemed the same for every museum visit, but this one was different. I barely stoped ...
... stones are white marble apart from two, these tomb stones belong to Alexander III’s parents. He had them commissioned and it took 17 years to complete the tomb from single pieces of stone, one Jade and the other Rose XXXX. All the Tsars who had power have their tomb stones with additional double headed eagles on them in each corner so easy to identify.
In St Petersburg, they only have about 45 – 50 full days of sun light, all other days ...