St. Petersburg – Day 1

Today was our first day in St. Petersburg, Russia. We went to the Hermitage, which is a museum that houses 2.7 million works of art. There are several areas to tour in the museum…our guide told us if you spent 1 minute at each piece exhibited, it would take you 7 years to cover the whole thing! Luckily, our tour was narrowed down to only certain rooms! We specifically saw the Gold room, or treasury room, which holds gold and jewelry of the czars. It was stunning. We also saw the theater.

(Entering the Hermitage)

(The Hermitage)

During our visit, we saw works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, da Vinci (only 14 of his works exist in the world and the Hermitage has 2), Matisse, and many others. It was really amazing..our guide was wonderful. She studied languages and art history and she actually got teary eyed when speaking of Rembrandt’s masterpiece Return of the Prodigal Son. We learned a lot and really enjoyed the visit.

(Lauren looking at some Vincent van Gogh’s)

(Lauren pointing out other pieces of art)

After going back to the ship for a quick dinner, we went back ashore for a ballet performance of Swan Lake at the Mariinsky Theatre (formerly the Kirov). The theatre was unbelievably gorgeous. I really can’t describe it and the pictures don’t do it justice. The performance itself was amazing…even Jeremy loved it! (oh, and we weren’t even the youngest people there)!

(Kirov Theatre)

(On the way to the ballet)

( Us @ the ballet – Swan Lake)

This picture was us at dinner on the ship. The dinner had a russian theme. Everyone had a couple of shots of vodka followed by caviar and the most amazing black cod! (Yes, we are getting fat)!

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  1. Cathie Reicher says:

    I think they should pay both of you to write (and photograph) your travels! I would definitely buy the book!! You’re acquiring such culture–will you still talk to us? Keep having fun–everything looks amazing. Miss u, Cathie

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