The Hermitage

Trip Start Sep 08, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Russia  , North-West Russia,
Sunday, September 12, 2010

People. Tour groups. Popping gum. Talking. Talking very loudly. In Spanish. Waving cameras over heads. Holding cameras, video cameras high above heads whilst walking around, over shoulders, capturing images. Capture Image. Don`t look, just capture. CONSUME!

I want to go running through this palace. Sprint over the in-laid parquet floor. Stride up staircases, four steps at a time. Running through room after opulent room, rushing past chandeliers & gold leaf, past countless paintings, countless treasures, in-estimable wealth, lost in speed. Lost in blood and heart and muscles. Lost in a body passing all this....stuff.

How do you walk away from the mummified body of a man in a glass case? A king? A man who walked and thought and ruled? How do you turn your back and walk away?

It`s like being inside the head of someone who is dreaming, or has gone entirely, fantastically, mad. It`s a catalogue of all the wonderful, beautiful, opulent things that man ha made in this world. Anything you can dream up will find its own room in here. And as soon as a new thought occurs, a new room materialises to house it.
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