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... 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 ...
From Tallinn we made an excursion to Saint Petersburg.
The night bus was a bit back breaking and having to spend two nights (one going there, one for returning) in a bus, being awake for quite some time because of the border bureaucracy, didn't make us fit.
Everything else was superb.
Saint Petersburg is huge. Probably a good thing we didn't go there by bike, although we would have managed. We arrived around 6 am, and the town still had to ...
... some lunch, before embarking re-boarding the coach to Novgorod. Quite remarkably we were given a revealing insight into St Petersburg's traffic problems as we spent the next hour and fifteen minutes in the coach, mostly in pre-dawn darkness, travelling the 7 odd kilometers to the Hermitage.
Traffic related frustrations aside, the two and a half hours spent in the Hermitage was a remarkable experience. As the former royal residence, much of it's ...
... 8217;s cathedral. What a spectacular place! We spent a good couple of hours here before making our way up Nevsky Prospect and past the Cathedral of the Spilled Blood to Millionaires Row where we had a nice early dinner. We stopped off at the supermarket on the way home and bought provisions to keep us going for the next few days and retired to the apartment to watch some fireworks going off over the river on Petrogradskaya ...
It's been two weeks since Rome, and I’m fully integrated back into St. Petersburg life with five weeks to go. I’ve officially postponed the Ireland trip, so I’ll be back in the good 'ol US of A the night of Sunday May 22nd. I plan on bumming around Modesto and Rocklin before moving into my new home in Stockton on June 1st. Can’t wait to see all of you!
The past two weeks have been spectacular. Spending time in Moscow and ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility