The Hermitage and other stuff

Trip Start Jul 14, 2006
Trip End Jul 24, 2006

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Day 2 we were up early, piled onto our tourist bus with our same group - that now referred to us as "the young couple" - and ready to see more of St. Petersburg. We started the morning off with a canal cruise where we got to see all the sights from the water while sipping champagne out of plastic cups.

The highlight today was the Hermitage Museum. We were lucky enough to start our day there and were in before it was even open, thus missing most of the crowd. When we were leaving we saw the hords of people packed elbow to elbow. We were so happy our tour got us in early! We toured around for 3 hours, keeping a pretty steady pace and we barely skimmed the surface of the museum. Aside from having huge rooms filled floor to ceiling with original works of art the entire museum used to be the Winter Palace where Catherine the Great lived. So our senses really were on overload as we took in the art as well as the function of each room and stories about how life was in such a palace. They say it would take 900 days to see every piece of art in their collection - we believe them! It is a spectacular place.

After the museum we had another traditional Russian lunch, which of course started with a shot of Russian Vodka. Afterwards we did a bit of shopping and visited our last site the St. Peter & Paul Cathedral and fortress before heading back to the ship. We were wiped out, but excited that we were able to see so much of St. Petersburg and had some great pictures!
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