Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... a morning dress, a dress for lunch, a walking in the park dress, an afternoon tea dress, and an evening dress. They got more lavish as the day went on. Also on display were several gilded thrones, scepters and Russian crowns, all trimmed with Sable. One room was full of armor and golden harnesses covered in Emeralds and rubies, ostrich plume & bejeweled headdresses, whips, swords with bejeweled handles and other horse equipment covered in semiprecious stones. It was astounding ...
... of the summer palace and the amazing works of art located within.
After exploring this massive collection, it was time for a quick bite to eat and a power nap on the bus. St. Petersburg was explored and we saw many of the beautiful sights the
city has to offer. This included ...
... the house that Peter preferred over all the palaces. He wasn't one for all the pomp and circumstance. He understood it's importance in making Russia look rich and powerful to other countries, but he preferred the more simple things. This is typified by Montplaisir. It's a very small, simple house consisting of two wings with only 5 or 6 central rooms. It's very intimate and I could definitely see why Peter preferred it. I stood looking out of the window of the dining room overlooking ...
... 18th C. royalty. The guides tell us that leaving the building, the most frequently heard comment is "(n)o wonder there was a revolution'.
Lunch at a country restaurant near the Palace was pickled vegetables, mushroom soup and stuffed cabbage, traditional Russian fare, accompanied by all the cold vodka we could drink and a serenade by musicians in costume. It was hokey, but fun and the food was good.
After a nap on the bus ...
... Our small
tour group was quite diverse including a Pulitzer prize winning
photographer and a Producer of Tony Award winning productions.
Marley was especially impressed by that individual's resume.
We visited the Hermitage Museum and saw
art works ranging from Da Vinci to Picasso. It truly is the most
impressive collection in the world. The museum collection is
displayed throughout five large (former palaces) buildings which are