outside of the palace
many rooms like this the gold decoration is overwhelming...
many mirrors create the illusion of more space
fireplace made from Delt tiles
these panels were made with crushed emeralds...
The family tree
this was a copy of Catherine the Greats coronation dress...decorated with precious stones and gold thread...she had a collection of 20,000 dresses and 40,000 shoes...she held balls and the invited women were expected to have a new dress each time...the dresses were marked by a servant as the people entered so they could not wear the same dress again!!
Tourists having fun!!
David, me Eamon, Susan, Emilia, Dacha our lovely guide and Vanessa.
out in the back garden...
view from the back....the park and garden was huge, we only saw a fraction of it...as we had to be back in the bus and return to St P.
we had a traditional lunch of borsch, stroganoff, and pancakes for afters. This was exchanging email addresses. ....Vanessa took a photo and emailed to everyone!
After lunch we went to the Church on the Spilled Blood to have a look inside
This church was built on the site where Alexander II was killed...the walls are covered in mosaics.....just jaw dropping to see.
In the evening we went to a singing and cossack dancing...no ohotos allowed, was a great evening we were all very entertained.