Hermitage + more

 

Today in St. Petersburg, Russia we did a lot of exploring. First up was the Peter and Paul Fortress and Chapel where all the royals of the Russia are buried. Even Anastasia- sorry to spoil but the fairy tale is not true.

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The rest of the Romanovs, Catherine the Great, Peter the Great, etc. are here.

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Peter the Great’s tomb- founder of St. Petersburg

Outside:

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Basically the rules for the Peter and Paul Fortress were:

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No skiing,

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No drinking excessively so that you have to hold onto a lightpost,

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and no jumping off buildings.  Thanks for letting me know the rules Russia!

After the Peter and Paul Fortress we went to the Hermitage!!!  It is a huge art museum and palace tour which started with Catherine the Great.  I saw Degas, Monet, Picasso, Caravaggio, Da Vinci, Van Gough, and so many more.  I am not an art person, but this place rivaled the Louvre.

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From the outside.

Across the street from the Hermitage

Across the street.

On the inside:

Hermitage Jordan staircase

The Jordan Staircase

Hermitage pink candelabra

Giant pretty pink candelabra.

Borat’s room (this is a joke)

Hermitage portrait room

Borat look-alike on the wall

Hermitage Borat look-alike painting

Blurry Borat (or who we all thought this guy looks like)

Moving on…

Hermitage devious angel statue

I loved this little cupid.  So cute and so up to no good!!!

Most of the exhibits wouldn’t allow flash photography and there was a major rainstorm going on outside making everything pretty dark.  But along with the Louvre and the Met, this is a top notch art museum- a must-see, even for the non-art lovers.

After the Hermitage we went on a canal cruise.  Mostly we just got drunk on champagne and vodka, sometimes mixed together.

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This is the guy in charge of making sure we don’t get lost in Russia.  Not too convincing as a responsible person in this picture. He wears the pink fur hat because he can’t stand holding an umbrella like all the other tour guides. I think in Russia it works well.

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St. Isaac’s and the Admiralty from the Neva River.

Right after the canal cruise it started pouring raining on us.

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We went to one other museum which is so-off-the-wall-weird, I’m not mentioning the name of it on the blog.  Then 5 girls in 1 taxi back to our hotel.  Tomorrow we are doing a little more sightseeing in St. Petersburg and then heading to Novgorod.

Good night!!!

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3 Responses

  1. Mariah says:

    I was catching up on your travels while supposedly paying attention during an oticon training seminar and this post made me laugh out loud! The signs! Ahhhhhhhh. Looks like this is a crazy trip!

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