From Russia with Love~

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It is a delicate time to visit Russia due to the crisis in the Ukraine. Wifi is difficult to access.
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Check out the interiors of the Hermitage in St Petersburg. It has 22 miles of interior corrirdors!
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The Russian Orthodox Church of the Spilled Blood is amazingly beautiful!
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The interiors are solid mosaic.
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A visual feast!
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The Peterhof Palace Gardens designed by Peter the Great, has a channel connecting the palace to the Gulf of Finland.
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The Gardens are lovely!
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We covered a lot of territory, and I will post some photos of typical Russian homes in the city and countryside when I return to better wifi. Until then, excuse my inability to follow your blogs. I miss them!
Cheers to you from Russia with Love~

132 thoughts on “From Russia with Love~

  1. I loved the Malachite Room. All that glitters might well be gold (leaf?). I saw Kermit being filmed in Red Square. “Hmm. I smell a little Basil in the air” he said. Top that!! (I also ran the Moscow International Peace Marathon but I was much younger then (in my forties).) You must get out more. 🙂

    • Laughing…..I will try. I did take fotos in the Amber Room, a room in the Catherine Palace completely covered in Amber. It is forbidden to take fotos. I forgot to look at the fotos which I will do now!!! 🙂

      • The Malachite Room is at the Hermitage/Winter Palace. When I saw it there was lots of malachite furniture and accessories in addition to the malachite colums. All that glitters I’m referring to the statues at the Peterhof Palace you have pictured. Enjoy. Say hi to Vlad (not The Impaler).

  2. Magnificent photos, Cindy! I haven’t seen photos of St Petersburg this close and beautiful. 22 miles of interior corrirdors, Wow! Thank you for thinking of your followers while you’re traveling.

  3. 22 miles, wow that is incredible. Oh, Cindy, how envious (in a good way) I am right about now. I have always wanted to visit Russia, but for now, I shall settle for your pictures. Thank you!

  4. They’re great. Keep them coming when you have WiFi again. I took a tour of Russia and Ukraine in 1989 to commemorate my grandfather’s family’s 100 yr. immigration to the U.S. from Odessa, Ukraine and loved everything there although it was during the ‘cold war’ and communist regime. I saw all these same places then and love them all and got fairly good photos then with a little Kodak Instamatic camera before the goo pixel ones came out, but the trip was great. Traveled with people from the U.S. from different states as my husband was unable to go with me then due to job obligations. Have a great time and stay safe. Wish I could visit it again but as you said it is probably a little riskier a trip to take right about now. 🙂

    • I love that you know just what I am seeing. Truly remarkable. Your trip sounds fascinating as well! Unfortunately travel to the Ukraine is quite impossible now, but I know it is beautiful and would love to see it under peaceful circumstances. Cheers to you and thank you~

  5. Dear Cindy, this is one country I still would like to visit for sure, as my father’s family came from Estonia. Just love the Russian culture. Your pictures are awesome. Thank you! Hugs! Veraiconica

  6. The colour and vibrancy is so beautiful, I imagine it’s quite moving to be looking up at something so stunning. Amazing shots. Have a safe trip 🙂

  7. I was brought right back my student days when we walked the corridors of Hermitage and had an adventurous week in St. Petersburg! Thanks for sharing these glorious pictures!!

      • Oh…that was a fairly wild trip…we were a social science class from my university visiting our counterpart class at the then Leningrad University. Very different from today’s Russia as you can imagine, but the historic places were the same of course.

  8. I seriously can’t believe you were in Russia with all that is going on with their government hopefully you are safe there and can come home with no problem. I do hate to worry lol but I sadly I am up on current events lol Maybe you know my Russian Watercolor Teacher she goes back each year and runs a tour but then again she is Russian 🙂 Stay safe Cindy

  9. Your photos are so breathtaking. The perspective through all the archways is amazing. I feel like I’m right there with you. I love traveling with you. 🙂

    • Yes, my husband just read a 800+ page book about Peter as we toured Russia, a micro analysis of every detail of his life. He was an amazing architect, world traveler, and intellect. I learned a lot about him second hand!

    • Yes, and with the current political situation, I didn’t know how long it will be fully open to visit, so I didn’t put it off. It was fascinating and I am so glad I went. It a definite learning experience on many levels and wonderful to meet the Russian people who were of course so nice and warm and welcoming. They wanted us to visit again!

  10. Cindy, îmi vine să te îmbrăţişez de emoţie.
    Am vizitat aceste locuri, când studiam la Moscova, într-o excursie organizată pentru noi străinii.
    Doamne, ce bucurie mi-ai putut face!
    Cum să-ţi mulţumesc oare?
    Poate, doar spunându-ţi că-mi eşti tare dragă?
    Onu

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