Africancrab visiting a World Heritage Site: St Petersburg
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This blog should read: 1997. (Scanning my photos will take a while, in the mean time, here is the blog). St. Petersburg the city was designated a world heritage site by UNESCO. This would be the last stop in my long and cold visit to Russia. Peter decided to be a little more civil in the office and a charmer out of the office: such British manners I might add. I always told him there was a reason he was born British and no other nationality, he is plain sarcastic and can be hypocritical. Funny how he, and I, still managed to be long term friends and still do. After behaving so badly in Moscow, it was time to make amends, so he decided to take me to St.
Normally I would exhaust a good 30 minutes in the shower, but with my personal 'police' sitting right in my room; I dared not create more tension than already was.
St. Petersburg is the heart of Russia's culture and features great architectural wonders like the Winter Palace, the Kazan Cathedral and the Peter and Paul Fortresses. St. Petersburg is a great city for sightseeing, art and music: I believe I never felt out of place here, it is probably the most western, communist place I ever visited if there is such a place.
The Hermitage: The Hermitage can be rightly called one of the world’s top ranking Museum because of it’s large collection of European art and masters, of course I would not disagree but I found the Louvre in Paris to be the best of them all including the Prado. To be perfectly honest I don't think any other museum in the world can rival the Hermitage in size and quality except the Louvre. I think that if anyone had to spend time viewing everything inside the Hermitage, they would need at least a year to do so. The museum is set in what was originally the palace of the Tsars known as the winter palace and placed at the vantage of the Neva river. We found so many tourists there who had made a special trip just to visit the Hermitage. I have always loved art and the appreciated of it came with my time spent with Don my American boyfriend who was art crazy. The people who come to the Hermitage come to spend time on painters whose work can be admired by seeing the originals in a city so rich in history; granted many can go to New York or Paris, but why spend so much money on high priced places like New York when for half the price Russia offers a world never seen before?. From modern art on the top floor, alternative options on the second floor and antiques on the lower level, the museum offers a feast to the eyes of the art lover and the historian. The second floor hosts the location of the chambers were the royalty of Russia help parties and feasts. The Italian and French influences are very strong, the French impressionist paintings dating back hundreds of years. I have never seen so many collection of the works of Matisse and Rembrandt in one place like there is in the Hermitage. History praises Peter the great for being an art collected who started it all. I can’t remember now how much Peter paid for the entrance fees, but it must have changed in the past ten years. The entrance is located on the river front side of the building. I suggest you purchase your ticket and visit the museum in the morning hours. I recall they closed the ticket counters much earlier than the museum closed and many people were disappointed by it.
As our day drew to a close we spent a little time seeing the bridges which seem to be a perfect part and parcel of the whole city of St. Petersburg. I can't tell you how many bridges there are in this city but they are quite many and considering that they were all built hundred years ago, they are art pieces in their own right. I don't think any city in the world has as many bridges as St. Petersburg does: well the whole city is built on canals, no wonder they needed to connect it together to make it work huh! The bridge on the Neva river of course was the closest to where we were, so we stopped by and then we saw the Fontanka bridge too. There are about 15 bridges across the Moika river alone and most of them built more than a hundred years early, now I wish I had a video camera to film it all back then. Well I guess I will just have to go back and maybe take my little girl with me to see this wonderful city, and in the summer months this time round.