The Hermitage and Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Our adorable Russian tour guide, Uta (pronounced Utah), is seen in the lower right-hand corner…at least top of her head is visible.
The Gold Peacock Clock from the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is truly amazing. There is a video below to show this beautifully crafted piece in action.
The Faberge eggs took one year to complete. The eggs were presented to the Czar each year to commemorate a special event. Faberge designed the eggs, but did not craft them. The first egg was the simplest…white with a golden chicken and egg as the inside “surprise”. The exact replica of the Scythian gold bracelet won Faberge an international prize and gained a very important customer….the CZAR of Russia! Faberge was allowed to copy an actual Scythian gold band that was in the Hermitage collection to use for his entry in the international competition. It is shown next to the first egg…the simple white egg. The original gold band is in the Gold Room. Pictures are not allowed to be taken there. There are 19 eggs in this collection. All eggs contained a surprise and most of them are included alongside the egg in the display case.
This picture is taked outside Copenhagen, Denmark. Right alongside our ship’s dock was a group of outlet stores. The weather turned very cold and it was a damp cold. I purchased this Norwegian brand vest at one of the outlets as I was heading to St. Petersburg, Russia where I thought I might need another layer of warmth. The weather research I did for this trip has averaged about 10F colder than actually predicted. This made a difference when traveling the Baltic. This vest is an olive green color with a pale pink lining. It layers easily under and over other pieces without adding bulk. It was the only practical purchase I made the entire trip….but…much needed!
Here I am in my French Connection embroidered silk kimono. It remains a favorite piece of mine. I have paired it with orange Monies earrings and an orange resin necklace. Tonight, we will have a special dinner on the ship at Manfredi’s Restaurant. There are several restaurants on the ship and all meals in these restaurants are included in the cost of the cruise. However, there are two very special high-end restaurants and we were only allowed one reservation in each. Manfredi’s is one of these restaurants and I booked a reservation early in April (as soon as I was allowed) for a private table on the evening we completed our visit to St. Petersburg, Russia. It was a fabulous experience and marked the occasion of visiting St. Petersburg perfectly!