Peter and Paul Cathedral, Russian Orthodox cathedral inside the Peter and Paul Fortress, Saint Petersburg, Russia. This is the first and oldest landmark in Saint Petersburg, built 1712-1733 under Peter the Great. The world's tallest orthodox bell tower.
Catherine Palace was the summer residence of the Russian tzars, located at Pushkin 25 kms south-east of Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The Amber Room
Also at this palace we saw the reproduction of the Amber Room. Originally installed in Schloss Charlottenburg, home of Friedrich I, the first King of Prussia. Peter the Great admired the room on a visit in 1716 and the then King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm I, presented the room to Peter the Great and it was installed in the Winter Palace. In 1755 Czarina Elizabeth ordered the room to be moved to Catherine Palace in Pushkin (named Tsarskoye Selo or "Czar's Village"). In 1941 the Nazis looted the palace and shipped the Amber Room to Königsberg Castle museum on the Baltic Coast. The original panels went missing in 1945 never to be recovered. The room is spectacular but photography is not allowed, so no photo. Google: Amber Room, Catherine Palace.
We return to Saint Petersburg and visit The Hermitage (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermitage_Museum) and are 'blown away' by the buildings and the artwork. With the time being limited we first looked at the main rooms and then spent our hours viewing the exhibitions. It is estimated that there are nearly three million items and twenty-four miles of corridors in The Hermitage so it is not possible to see it all in one afternoon. Another visit to Saint Petersburg is required!
Raphael's Loggias erected in the Vatican Palace.
This was our fifth visit to Estonia and we spent the day with Garry's family, therefore not many photographs from Tallinn. The family drove us 100kms northeast of Tallinn to Haapsalu where we all met at the summer home of a family member. We then walked around the town before having lunch on the verandah of a lovely old lakeside restaurant. Garry told me he recognized a woman from the ship (whom we knew) and went outside to greet her. Yep, there was an excursion group from the ship that lunched inside at the same restaurant during their tour.