The Russian Museum in St. Petersburg
Trip Start Oct 17, 2010
14Trip End Oct 24, 2010
2nd Day in St. Petersburg
After a good night's sleep I get up and walk directly to the window. It is 8.45 am and I am curious to see the view from my room.
High yellow-red leaved trees, the autumn colors I love! I guess I must have come in the best season!
A few minutes later I am in the kitchen with Katerina and Alexei enjoying our breakfast
It is just like the (Turkish coffee) which Greeks have named – Greek coffee after the invasion of the Turkish forces in Cyprus in 1974. The coffee is nice and strong and we talk for more than an hour…..so much to be said before we set off for the first ramble to the centre.
It is a nice sunny day, but the temperature is only 4 degrees. I dress properly ….wearing so much because I know that we will be walking a lot today.
I am not used to wearing such heavy clothes, and what bothers me most is the fact that I have to take off my gloves every time I am taking a photo.
There are times that I cannot feel my fingers.
Before going to the centre Katerina has to have me registered and we have 3 days to do this
We take the metro and get to the centre. The city is huge and the buildings are beautiful. I cannot stop taking photos and continuously I give my gloves to Katerina to hold. I feel so heavy, and I can hardly move. Actually I am not feeling comfortable at all with all these that I have put on today. It is though very cold and windy sometimes! I know that if I try to hold my gloves under my arms I might lose them.
Our first stop is the Russian Museum.
It is also called a treasure-house of Russian art. It is the first state-owned collection of works of Russian art and culture which amount to over four thousand items.
The interiors of this Palace (Mikhailovsky) were repeatedly redesigned, but the façade and the décor of a number of halls and rooms have been preserved
I feel very secure to have Katerina with me. Of course otherwise I could not have made it. There are not many English signs and it is a country that one needs either to have a private guide with, or come with a group of people through a tour agency. When it comes to Museum entrances it is similar to Kenya, and probably every other country worldwide. Locals pay less than foreigners and Katerina tries here to get a local ticket for myself too…..and Yes, I can pay less ….at least here today!!!