This church, austere by comparison, was built for Catherine's grandson, Alexander.
The center front of Catherine Palace. It is so large it took three photos to capture the entire facade.
|The floor and ceiling tour continues! Both here and at Peterhof |
we covered our shoes with booties to protect the magnificent floors.
This picture is in the ballroom, the gold that you see reflected is indicative of the gilded brilliance displayed.
|...and yet another remarkable ceiling...|
|One of the numerous dining rooms, set for a grand meal. The handmade tile stoves were prevalent here.|
|Our tour day concluded, as did the rain, outside in the garden area of Catherine Palace.|
Life is Good!
Tomorrow: Helsinki, Finland
Observations from my journal:
1. The Amber Room in Catherine Palace (photos were not allowed, my memory will need to suffice as my sole souvenir) was spectacular. The walls, literally COVERED with Amber; reflected the light as a warm glow the likes of which I have never seen, or experienced, before.
Whoever thinks: "why don't we go ahead and cover the walls with actual Amber?"
2. A "pancake" feast for lunch, in a tent in the rain on the grounds at Peterhof:
Ham and cheese crepes as our entree, strawberry crepes for dessert; an incredible, delicious memory.
3. Our spirits are waterproof; refusing to be dampened.