The Hermitage is filled with a History and a past that could cover thousands of books and make many great films. The dream of visiting it has come through.
Looking like a Russian I was repeatedly spoken to as a Russian, pretending I was a Russian only lasted until I had words on my tongue, but it made me somehow feel more connected, especially while drinking apple vodka...
Going to St. Petersburg means having a chance to spend a day at the Hermitage until the night has to be lit up, and also going to the Opera, were we watched the "Figaro" at the Mariinsky Theatre.
The Winter Palace was originally the home of the Tsar and the Hermitage was were they entertained. Empress Catherine II was and avid collector and bought up collections she invited guests to see.
Now you can walk through both the Winter Palace and the Hermitage, walking in through an unassuming entrance from the Winter Palace to great spectacles.
I will show you here some images from the buildings and then next time introduce to you the great Matisse collection that has been acquired later.
The Jordan Staircase
Ceiling Jordan staircase
War Gallery Room
The Golden Drawing room
Not many words of information written here, but letting the images save the day.
Time is of the essence these days...