St. Petersburg, wins the prize for most photogenic city so far.

I know the cruise was almost a month ago! But I will stick to my word and share the rest of my trip.

School has been ‘hectic’, with homework from all my subjects. I put ‘hectic’ in apostrophes because there will be someone somewhere who has an even busier life so it’s not really the end of the world. This isn’t even the second term, where the prelims/mocks begin and when internal music assessments take up our lives.

Apparently I’m meant to be doing 30 minutes of Maths work every night?
No comment…

Something nice to write about other than English and Music essays – St. Petersburg. We spent two days in this stunning city. It brought a whole new world of art and culture. The history is fascinating and I loved learning about the Czars, Alexander the Great, Catherine the Great etc.
Not only were they disgustingly wealthy enough to create a magical city, they were so beautiful and handsome. They all have massive portraits hung in the Hermitage Museum.

This museum is beyond imaginable. Our guide told us that there are so many exhibits it would take you eleven years to view them all. I think that’s what she said? Anyway I have lots of photos of it.

Let’s start from the beginning, here is a sphinx which came from Egypt. There were 2 of these ancient creatures planted beside the River.

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And here I am, in front of one.
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The day was BEAUTIFUL, but uncomfortably sunny. It created a ‘haze’ in the sky which made it a little awkward to take any photos. It also prevented you from opening your eyes when you had your photo taken; I have many where I look like I’m in pain…
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This was an amazing building. The Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, was built around (surprise surprise) the spilled blood of a hero. Inside there is a small hole in the floor where they display where it supposedly occurred.
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As you can see, the Lord Jesus is painted in one of a number of high domes. During the Second World War, a bomb was lodged in this dome, in close proximity to his right hand. It didn’t blow up. People say that it was Jesus’s power that stopped the bomb from exploding. Nice story isn’t it?

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Outside there was a busker – a flautist! Photobucket

…And a bride being photographed. We saw this happen a few times actually – even in the museums! Maybe it’s a fashion?
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We also popped into one of the poshest souvenir shops I had ever visited before. The obvious traditional souvenir of Russia is the Russian doll, but never would I have imagined so many under one roof. They were all over the room!
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And different animals too… There was even Madonna and Elvis Presley. 

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 This design was my personal favourite, because I love Klimt’s art!

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Can you really believe that dome is made of solid gold?!

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This massive ‘square’ is beside the Hermitage Museum. It really is huge. Imagine what it would have been like in the past? Horse drawn carriages, military etc. The Hermitage Museum used to be palace.

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Just speechless…

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It’s amazing that these tables are made by tiny fragments of stone.

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We also came across this funny sculpture of Alexander the Great by an avant-garde artist. His head is like a pea! Photobucket
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Okay now day 2 begins! You can tell because I’ve changed clothes…
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We visited The Catherine Palace, a summer residence of the Czars. It contains what is known as one of the 7 wonders of the world – The Amber Room. Sorry… Don’t have any photos of it, we weren’t allowed to take any.
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Just imagine the most elaborate, adorned mansion ever created. Then imagine that ornamentation multiplied by 10.
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All this Roccoco style and makes me want to find similar style clothes… And of course lot’s of gold. Tellement jolie.
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I love the little stylistic details. Everything was perfected and enhanced.
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The ceilings were covered in glorious masterpieces.
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The palace was still under renovation. Some years ago, it was badly destroyed by fire. So we have to wear funny slip on’s on our shoes. It is so annoying that all of this isn’t the original, I feel cheated by its looks!
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Millions of tourists, in every sight we visited, with their cameras, snapping anything that is ‘different’ or ‘pretty’. I’ve looked over some of their shoulders to see what their photos are like and to be frank, the majority are meaningless… Anyway we managed to push our way out of the palace and into the gardens.

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The next place we ventured was Peterhof Palace, but it’s really more well known for the fountain display so we didn’t go into the palace.
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Wow… Anyway, I hope you get the idea that I was absolutely enthralled by it all. I have to go there again!

On the first night we also went to see some Russian Ballet (unfortunately not the world famous Marinsky Ballet) but it was still wonderful to watch. But the audience were awful. How can you take flash photographs during a theatre performance? It’s just disrespectful and dangerous. I even told the Chinese students in front of me to be quiet. In addition, they changed the ending of the Ballet! (Swan Lake by the way…) But they made it a happy ending and I left feeling truly dissatisfied with it all.

Next cities are Helsinki and Stockholm! I thought I’d combine the two because the number of photos are sufficient.

Good night and thanks for reading! 😀

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