Wed 27th St Petersburg - Peterhof

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Peterhof
A rainy, cold day here, windy too. Breakfast was simple, toast, yoghurt and ricotta pancakes type thingys. Yummy.
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 war trophy room. Saved from the Nazis
David took many many photos of the beautiful rooms. I will have to find a fast connection to upload some. Walked all over the grounds of the palace and got a hydrofoil back to the Hermitage. We found a cafe that sold meat pies (Not THAT type),fended noff a combined bill, and then off to the Hermitage! Both David and I agree that it is better to have your stuff, you order on a seperate bill. It works out fairer.
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.
Oriental room
There were wool and silk tapestries from the 1500s and Catherine the Great had a great many foreign treasures reproduced in her palace. David took all 4GB of photos which will have to be uploaded at sometime. With my headache and my feet rebelling, it was with great reluctance that I joined David for more photo taking. The sun had come out and the city started to glow. The colours the building are painted shine in the sunlight. It really seems like two different cities. We found the church of the Resurrection (“Saviour on the Spilt Blood) Another St Petersburg Landmark, I just stood and stared at it. Just wonderful eye candy and not to be missed.
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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Peterhof
Peterhof
The war trophy room. Saved from th…
The war trophy room. Saved from t…
Oriental room
Oriental room