Peterhof Palace and the second day we spent the afternoon at the Hermitage Museum. Now feast your eyes...Let's start with Peterhof Palace! How amazing!
The next day we hit the Hermitage Museum. (tickets in hands, posing a photo with our Russian tour guide, outside the museum)
and oldest museums of the world, it was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly three million items, including the largest collection of paintings in the world.
Outside the Hermitage Museum. The building is absolutely magnificent! Mint, mustard yellow and white!
4 Euros per camera (we have three cameras!). So Dr. John, Stephanie and David snapped as many as they can!
Vincent Van Gogh to Henry Matisse.We had only 3 hours in the museum!
fell behind from the tour group (so I thought)!!! There was no sighting of him for good 10-15 minutes. I was SO worried as you can imagine. It turned out that he was taking his sweet time snapping these Impression art photos. Little did I know that he actually got to the designated waiting area right at 4pm. I was fretting that he will miss the bus and the boat! Phew! However, it was one older gentleman from the cruise ship who went missing! His wife (who had his passport!) couldn't locate him. She was in distress when all of us waited in the bus for an hour...by this time, it was 5pm! Our tour guide informed us that we HAD to leave and told the lady that the museum will take her husband back to the ship as soon as they find him....she was in distraught and so we left the museum. It was very quiet on the bus since we were all worried about this gentleman (he has a walker!). After we got close to the ship and someone spotted him near another cruise ship.... (Dr. John snapped this photo)
Well, there's "From Russia with Love for you $$"...one fellow Dutch cruiser said.
So, with this happy ending, I conclude the tour of St. Petersburg with Virginia. We are heading to Tallinn, Estonia next!
update: Dr. John and I just returned from Minneapolis a few hours ago. EVERYTHING went smoothly! I can't wait to share this super fun event with you!