Travel Blogs from St. Petersburg
... out, I wasn't sure if it was soot, dirt or pigeon poop (probably all 3) but it looked real ugly. I went in anyway because I could see from the outside that once a upon a time this place was really grand and it just needed a good scrub to bring it back. The inside did not disappoint, the inside was beautiful. The walls were covered in magnificent art work, all depicting something religious of course. There was so much gold everywhere and I love ...
... experience to talk to a Russian. He used to visit Peterhof as a boy all the time in the summer and this was the first time he had been back in many years.
Soon after founding St Petersburg in 1703, Tsar Peter the Great started construction of what became Peterhof soon after. At first Peter built "Monplaisir" ("My pleasure"), a very small residence right on the seafront before starting construction on the Grand Palace. Numerous Tsars after Peter added to the Grand Palace, but it ...
... had been done on
Catherine's Palace after the German army set it ablaze when they
vacated it at the end of the war. The amber room was not like
anything that we have ever seen; every inch of the room decorated as
a mosiac with several tons of hand-carved amber pieces. We visited
`the graves of the former tsars and tsarinas at St. Peter and Paul's
Cathedral and fortress before bidding St. Petersburg a fond farewell.
Last year, we commented that ...
Gold, gold,gold! It's no wonder there was a revolution in Russia. The wealth and opulence with which the rulers surrounded themselves, can hardly be believed.
We went to the hermitage in the morning and spent almost 4 hours there. When we arrived there was no one else there but soon the place began to fill up with tourists and bored school groups. Fortunately being winter the crowds were not too bad at all and we were able ...
... their 4 p.m. time slot of dropping us off at the docks so we had to skip it. This is another city that my daughter realizes could have used more time. So it is time to go to the docks but there is a souvenir store on the way, of course, and we will stop there for our last shopping.
The prices here are a bit better but everything is still rather high for us. I do find a nice tea caddy in their imperial china which is quite pretty. I ...