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Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... an exterior that overlooks either the river or the Palace Square. This makes for beautiful views outside of every window as you move through the museum. We saw so much over the many hours we were there, but the highlights for us were:
- Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal son
- Matisse's The Dance
- the many Picasso's and Impressionist paintings throughout the collection
- the castle halls and other rooms, including the elegant "informal dining room" where the ...
... and works of art, including some from Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet and Renoir. We will be heading out on a cruise up the river Neva tomorrow also, to see a few more of the sights. Went to Kazan Cathedral today ( note woman must always where scales over their head when entering all such cathedrals in Russia). In soviet times the cathedral housed the museum of atheism, dedicated to proving that " religion is the opium of the people". , but today it is one of St ...
... painting a crown, they make a crown of gold and imbed emeralds, rubies, and sapphires into them.
After the church we went to the Peter and Paul Fortress, which was the first building built in St. Petersburg. The stones used to build this fortress came from all over the world, as St. Petersburg is a very swampy area. The fortress was designed to protect the city from Sweden (which in my mind is rather amusing. Big scary Russia ...
383 km between St Pete and Moscow. Sapsan train travels up to 200 kmh and takes either 3.5 or 4.5 hours travel time depending on train you take. Less travel time equates to more money but hack, beats the overnight train, which I took and will be again next week. Don't ...
... experience. Not only were there only 7 locals in the town, we were also the only guests so it was very peaceful. We had a banya (sauna) and got to cool off by jumping off the end of the dock into lake baikal which was so cold it took my breath away. The next day we took a canoe out to continue looking at the amazing bridges and tunnels of the old railway. It was so relaxing!
The next part of the train journey was ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Free parking