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.
The rest of the Romanovs, Catherine the Great, Peter the Great, etc. are here.
Peter the Great’s tomb- founder of St. Petersburg
Basically the rules for the Peter and Paul Fortress were:
No drinking excessively so that you have to hold onto a lightpost,
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.
From the outside.
Across the street.
On the inside:
The Jordan Staircase
Giant pretty pink candelabra.
Borat’s room (this is a joke)
Borat look-alike on the wall
Blurry Borat (or who we all thought this guy looks like)
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.
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.
St. Isaac’s and the Admiralty from the Neva River.
Right after the canal cruise it started pouring raining on us.
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.