Wed 27th St Petersburg - Peterhof
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June 27th, 2007 – by: woosang
We finally met the guide from yesterday, Emma. She was friendly and spoke English better than the representative. An ex teacher she retired young and started her guide business. She seems very happy in her job. The bus to Peterhof was comfortable and not too scary. Emma was there to point out things on the route. ANYWAY, the palace at Peterhof is just stunning. It takes your breath away. Really beautiful. Had to check all bags and wear booties to protect the floor, and David paid 100r for taking in his camera and I had to check my video as it would have cost 200r. Bought a pashmina for US$20 that was perfect to keep the rain off and will be great for the churches.
The Hermitage is a HUGE art gallery that was a palace, it is just breathtaking.The Russian Tsar/inas loved to build with gold guilding and it makes the rooms very imposing.The Hermitage was distroyed by fire in the 1800s and they rebuilt it in the most modern of materials. One room is lined with fake marble and a paper machee chandelere.
Got the cat Doll I promised Chyenne but not the exact one I wanted. The one I wanted was the shape of a cat with a tine mouse inside it, but the lady wanted 800 roubles for a 3 item doll. The going rate is 500 roubles for 5 pieces so I found another with cat pictures on it. Some of these dolls are HUGE! There are Spiderman ones and Harry Potters ones. I bought the standard and a special one for someone else. (Who does read this so I will not say) Got a church DooDad, for myself and Now have done all the souvenier shopping for this country. A Relief I can tell you. Have amost no roubles so have to find the ellusive internet cafe....SO Tired....
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