The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg

Trip Start Oct 17, 2010
Trip End Oct 24, 2010

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Flag of Russia  , North-West Russia,
Monday, October 18, 2010

2nd Day in St. Petersburg

After a good night's sleep I get up and walk directly to the window. It is 8.45 am and I am curious to see the view from my room.

High yellow-red leaved trees,  the autumn colors I love! I guess I must have come in the best season!

A few minutes later I am in the kitchen with Katerina and Alexei enjoying our breakfast.  I feel very comfortable with my friends from the moment I came here. I have carried to Russia with me the orange marmalade I have each morning, my barley crisp bread from Crete, my low calorie cheese, but I have forgotten in Athens my coffee. Katerina offers to make some Russian coffee and I am curious to see how it would taste.

It is just like the (Turkish coffee) which Greeks have named – Greek coffee after   the invasion of the Turkish forces in Cyprus in 1974.  The coffee is nice and strong and we talk for more than an hour… much to be said before we set off for the first ramble to the centre.

It is a nice sunny day, but the temperature is only 4 degrees.  I dress properly ….wearing so much because I know that we will be walking a lot today.

I am not used to wearing such heavy clothes, and what bothers me most is the fact that I have to take off my gloves every time I am taking a photo.

There are times that I cannot feel my fingers.

Before going to the centre Katerina has to have me registered and we have 3 days to do this. I think at first that it is very simple.  We get to the office and she is given one form to fill.  We take the form and leave for the centre.  We decide to fill it out tonight when back home.

We take the metro and get to the centre.  The city is huge and the buildings are beautiful. I cannot stop taking photos and continuously I give my gloves to Katerina to hold. I feel so heavy, and I can hardly move. Actually I am not feeling comfortable at all with all these that I have put on today.  It is though very cold and windy sometimes! I know that if I try to hold my gloves under my arms I might lose them.

Our first stop is the Russian Museum.

It is also called a treasure-house of Russian art. It is the first state-owned collection of works of Russian art and culture which amount to over four thousand items.

The interiors of this Palace (Mikhailovsky) were repeatedly redesigned, but the façade and the décor of a number of halls and rooms have been preserved. A Museum worth visiting with drawings of Rossi, and Stepan Pimenov the outstanding Russian sculptor.

I feel very secure to have Katerina with me.  Of course otherwise I could not have made it.  There are not many English signs and it is a country that one needs either to have a private guide with, or come with a group of people through a tour agency. When it comes to Museum entrances it is similar to Kenya, and probably every other country worldwide. Locals pay less than foreigners and Katerina tries here to get a local ticket for myself too…..and Yes, I can pay less ….at least here today!!!

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venoth on

Its 3 degrees in Autumn. I wonder what it would be like in winter. Anyway, it looks like a beautiful place.

tony55 on

god bless america

excellent photos

very impresssive

professional work


tony55 on

very good work
TRIP ADVISOR MUST Look after you
Excellent work
and detail write up

littlekate on

to venoth - in winter it will vary from +5 to -25 C. When the temterature goes out of this range it will be a sort of disaster. Not the best place for living anyway.
As a participant of this trip, I'd say it very well recorded. My congratulations to Popi!

Dennis on

sorry I missed visiting St.Petersburg nice to see the wonderful views that you have taken and shared here Popi...

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