Tuesday, August 20, 2013

A Matryoshka in St. Petersburg

You read that right!
This French Madame went to Russia!

I've got two stamps in my passport to prove it.

We went for a few days and the weather was very sunny,
which, our tour guide told us, was very rare for St. Petersburg as
it only has 60 sunny days a year. So lucky us!!

I was mostly looking forward seeing some pitoresque, Russian-style churches like this one:

St. Petersburg, Russia

Can you believe I shot this from inside a dark bus?
The gold and blue colors just pop out!


A very pretty church indeed. But my first day I visited Catherine's Palace.

The Catherine Palace is a Rococo palace located in a town called Pushkin.
It was the summer residence of the Russian tsars.

Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg

Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg


When we arrived, we were greeted by a Russian band playing the American national anthem.

Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg

Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg


Catherine I of Russia, was Peter the Great's second wife.
She reigned as Empress of Russia from 1725 until her death in 1727.

Catherine Palace, St. Petersburg'


She was raised in Latvia, and fled to Moscow at age 17.
There she became part of the household of Prince Alexander Menshikov,
who was the best friend of Peter the Great.

Catherine Palace Garden, St. Petersburg

Catherine Palace Garden, St. Petersburg


Catherine and Peter the Great married secretly in 1707.
They had twelve children, only two of whom survived into adulthood.

Catherine Palace Garden, St. Petersburg

Catherine Palace Garden, St. Petersburg
(one of the many, many Russian brides we saw)

Catherine took the style of her husband and became Tsarina.
When Peter the Great elevated the Russian Tsardom to Empire, Catherine became Empress.


This stunning palace might remind you of The Hermitage in St. Petersburg.
The Hermitage is a museum founded by Catherine. It houses over more than 3 million art works.

The Hermitage

The Hermitage


They say you need 11 years to view all of the art work in The Hermitage.

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia


Due to crowding, we did not go in sadly.
But nevertheless saw some beautiful buildings in Russia, like this book store:

St. Petersburg, Russia


And this amber & fur shop called Beluga Deluxe:

Beluga Deluxe, St. Petersburg

Beluga Deluxe, St. Petersburg

Beluga Deluxe, St. Petersburg

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Fur was so unbelievably cheap, but I love animals so I don't wear it.

This shop was a street away from 'Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood'.

Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood

Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood

Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood

Church of our Saviour on the Spilled Blood

This Church was built on the site where Tsar Alexander II was assassinated and was dedicated in his memory.
Definitely my favorite site in St. Petersburg.

What sets St. Petersburg apart from Moscow, is it situated near the Baltic sea and has many rivers through the city.

St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia


And that wraps it up for my Russian adventure!
If you like to see the complete set of pictures, click here.

I have a special interior post coming up on how to make the most of a small living area,
and after that it's our final stop along the Baltic sea: Tallinn in Estonia!


Greetings,

2 comments:

Violetta Cordes-Medvedeva said...

Hi,dear!:)*

You blows me away with you beautiful post from St.Petersburg.............

Wooooow,great post with a much beautiful photos and relly fantatsic history of Russia!

I was again in this city two years ago....and it always a wonderful time for me:)))*

Thankyou so much for your stunning post,

Hugs,
***Violetta***

casadeberry.net said...

Oh my goodness, I have always wanted to visit Russia. I have studied a great deal of Romanov history and would LOVE to walk around those gorgeous places!!!