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4th October St Petersburg
On arrival in St Petersburg at 23.30 we went outside with all of our belongings to get a cab to the hotel. That was our first problem, trying to get one of the cabs to take us and jump out of the long queue of taxis when our hotel was only 5km away. Eventually we arrived outside our hotel (The Radisson …
... Greats Palace (named much after her) that was the summer palace for the Tsars of Russia. The palace was supposed to be just out of town, a metro ride, a train ride and then a quick bus away. After enjoying a later and thus less crowded breakfast we were off!
The metro in Saint Petersburg is brilliant! The buildings themselves look like mini palaces or cathedrals and inside they are so beautifully decorated with marble and bronze statues everywhere. ...
... this really what one needs at 3am when you have only just been allowed to crawl home from an evening of too-rich food in a smoky restaurant and already the dawn is approaching???
So what follows will be a brief overview:
Hermitage first - incredibly crowded, incredibly gilded, absolutely over-the-top. Some of the furnishings showing amazing craftsmanship - amazing what you could have made for you if you were royalty in a nation of millions of poor peasants. (But, it has to ...
... until 2 pm on Tuesdays so I usually get up around 11 and hangout until I have to leave. Unfortunately, my host sister forgot that I was home and when she left the apartment, she locked both of the padlocks to the door. Now, she only locks both of them when no one is home. I found out the hard way that this is because you cannot open the second lock from inside the apartment. Now, after about an hour, I have stopped trying ...
... park's outbuildings.
At the centre of the cascade is an artificial grotto with two stories, faced inside and out with hewn brown stone. It currently contains a modest museum of the fountains' history. One of the exhibits is a table carrying a bowl of (artificial) fruit, a replica of a similar table built under Peter's direction. The table is rigged with jets of water that soak visitors when they reach for the fruit, a feature from Mannerist ...
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