Our day started with a boat cruise. We had less than an hour of rain this morning, mostly while on the boat.
|Saint Peter and Paul Church|
|The beautiful bridge, before I had to sit down to pass under it!|
|The smallest statue in St. Petersburg|
|The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood|
|An example of a crumbling building|
When I was in Paris a decade ago, the Louvre was my favourite site and I spent over 16 hours in it, and didn't think I got enough. We only had a few hours in the Hermitage, and this was not nearly enough. I could have spent the entire two days and not have been done. I could have spent weeks there. The rooms the art is displayed in are as impressive as the art. If there is one thing the Tsars knew how to do, it was to create beautiful buildings.
The following are a sample of what we saw.
On our walk back to the van, we had to wait for the last 2 runners of the St. Petersburg marathon. The street erupted into cheers as they ran by.
|You will see a theme and my love of statues|
|A wall decoration|
|The throne room|
|Sample of a mosaic|
|A second story garden Catherine the Great had built when it became difficult for her to go up and down stairs|
|This is a clock|
|Famous Da Vinci - The Madonna Litta- crowds to see it, but definitely not the most impressive piece|
|Trying to capture the scale of the rooms|
|A hall and my favourite picture of the Man from the trip|
|Another attempt to showcase the room the art is displayed in|
|One of our guide's favourite pieces|
|The texture of the hair amazed me on this one|
|The Hermitage from across the square|
Next week we will finish the Russia leg of our dream trip.