Saint Petersburg - Day Two
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The first half of the day was spent at the State Hermitage Museum, which is arguably the most important attraction of Saint Petersburg. What would a trip to Saint Petersburg be without Hermitage? There was a long queue at the entrance. But once inside, it was not as crowded as I expected (at least, not as crowded as any major museum in Tokyo). I was able to get free admission because of the student ID card from my continuing-education programme at a local university. But I had to pay 100 roubles for photography.
There were too many paintings and artefacts that I had to scan through some rooms, but I made sure I spent enough time in the Dutch painting section (mostly paintings from the 17th century), which is my favourite section in all of Hermitage.
The State Hermitage Museum's website has a very compehensive and detailed explanation on the highlights of their collection: http://hermitagemuseum.org/html_En/index.html
After that, I wondered around the city, walking along Nevsky Prospekt and on to Petrograd Island. Petrograd Island is the location of the Peter and Paul Fortress and is situated north of the city centre. It is connected by a bridge built by Eiffel to the city centre. The main attraction in the Peter and Paul Fortress is the Peter and Paul Cathedral, which has a very tall bell-tower. It is also known as the burial ground for the members of the Romanov Imperial Family, including Nicholas II and his family.