24 September 2012

St Petersburg (3) Catherine's Palace

Last post of St Petersburg, I'm sad to say but not the least at all. We spent a long afternoon at Catherine's Palace after visiting Peterhof Palace by the sea. This is my favorite palace after Hermitage (obviously) but it was such a wonderful place that I couldn't stop but staring at everything with awe. It was enormous with high ceilings, hundreds of mirros, painted ceilings and countless golden details. It had a lovely garden too and the belonings of Nicholas II and his family were there as well. As a person who has a legitimate crush on Nicholas II, you would guess how glad I was. I love the last Tsar and his family. I love their sad history and Rasputin is an incredible character in the history of Imperial Russia so their reign just delights me. Can't help it.

Also, if there is anyone who's interested/curious; Catherine's Palace is the palace that is inaccurately used as the home of last imperial family, in Fox's animated movie Anastasia in 1997. It's one of my favorite movies ever and I have to say, even though it doesn't have any historical accuracy whatsoever, it was still exciting.

Hope you enjoy.

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Oh and, this little bird house was in a garden right outside the palace. The garden was incredibly beautiful in a very shabby and rustic way - all wild flowers and long grass accompanied by ceramic gnomes and adorables figurines. I can't handle the cuteness.

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I think it's time for some real autumn with lots of rain and plaid and coats but nature doesn't listen to me. I feel grumpy.

Hope you all have a great week. xx

17 September 2012

St Petersburg (2)

These are the images from the Summer Palace which is known as Peterhof Palace. It is out of city, in a lovely town and the roads were just as sweet. The gardens of the palace were made to be copies of Versailles gardens so you can imagine what a beauty the place was. Photography was sadly not allowed in the palace but everything is preserved wonderfully and it's hard not to admire the wonderful fabrics and artwork. Plus, the tour inside the palace is very 'intense' as you keep moving in herds and not very much allowed to kill time around and enjoy the place; because the halls are incredibly narrow and once you stop to make some detailed deductions, you stand in the way of too many people who are eager to see around.

The weather was wonderful and we are told that it was our luck because apparently St Petersburg has only 39 sunny days in a year (statistically speaking of course) and it started to rain the morning we left for Moscow. But I'm just glad that we got to see the Summer Palace and the beautiful gardens with stunning Baltic Sea view under a bright light.

I will need a life time of therapy to get over the amount of beauty in this place.

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The security looks awfully flattered.

Next stop will be my favorite palace; stay tuned for some serious Romanov fangirling.

Have a non-depressing Monday and a good week.

14 September 2012

St Petersburg (1)

Set sail for St. Petersburg
Making use of my time
Cos in three days I'll be out of here
And it's not a day too soon (X)

Greetings all. 

Finally Flickr agreed to cooperate and I could upload a very small portion of the photos I took, so I can post them. -better later then never I guess-

St Petersburg was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The sheltering feeling of something greater than you and being a part of something solid surrounds you. The buildings, the streets, the statues and even the sky is big and open. Russian sky cannot be the same sky I always see upon me. 

The sky was higher and I felt small and it was beautiful.

It was different in everyway; much different than seeing a city that has been the food of media (such as Paris or New York). I didn't know what to expect, I didn't have stereotype images in my head about Russia so meeting something new and beautiful was refreshing. Moscow had its own kind of beauty but St Petersburg was a work of art and it was lovely without being pretentious, it was welcoming and comforting. I'll miss the palaces, I'll miss the streets, I'll miss the canals and late sunsets. Despite the lack of English or Russians' displeasure of having tourists in their lovely city.

Thepe photos are such a small part of the ones I have but if I decided to post all of them, I would have to change the name of the blog to Russian Tea and as lovely as it sounds, I'll postpone it. (Russian Earl Grey is my new lover and I'm cheating on the classic Earl Grey without a shame.)

The majority of the photos are from The Hermitage (Winter Palace, or a small piece of heaven as I call it). I've admired the Winter Palace for longer than I can tell so being in the palace felt unreal. I want to go back to The Hermitage and spend days and days wandering inside the palace.


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For Part 2, stay tuned. Have a lovely Friday and enjoy your weekend. x