Returning to the vacation chronicles after a little break for other things. Russia may have been my favorite place to visit. We went to The Hermitage first. Imagine my delight that the tour guide got us in before it opened to the public. Huge glorious rooms without anyone in them! We saw women dusting priceless art. It was such a treat.
To show you how empty it was, that's Rick and a friend. In that vast room.
And another. Can't believe how lucky we were! Yup, Rick again.
The paintings and the furniture in here were stunning. I got close ups too, but I primarily wanted to share how vast it is.
Rick and me at the end of The Hermitage tour.
Then we went to Peterhof Gardens and Palace. So many glorious fountains and the grounds were breathtaking.
We had our picture taken in front of the palace, with a fountain, the canal that Peter the Great used to take to arrive at the palace, and the ocean in the back. This is one of my favorite shots from the trip.
The first day's tour lasted from 7:30 in the morning till 10:30 at night. We went to see the city at night.
Next we went to the Fabrege Museum. No photos as it is a private collection. I love Fabrege eggs, and we got to see so many!
Last we went to what is considered a very romantic spot at night. Couples lock locks onto the an ornate railing across the canal and throw the keys in the canal. Our tour guide provided locks, flowers, and shots of vodka. The railing you see in the foreground is where we locked our lock.
I was exhausted after this. We slept very well. But still managed to get up early again the next day for day 2 in Saint Petersburg!
As you can tell I love pictures. *sheepish grin*