Friday – 22 June 2007


Hermitage day.  Got into the queue about 10:30.  By noon the queue was twice as long.  My student card has been coming in handy this trip.  Most places is 50% off the admission but at the Hermitage, students are free.  Ran into Lana a couple of times.  Earl said that we had seen the Kent Greenland paintings in Alaska.  I did not remember them.  We found whole sections of the museum that were free of tourists.  The busiest tourist areas were the pre nineteenth century art and the royal palace areas.  We did check out the special exhibits: Relics from the Post Roman Empire Era and Selected Treasures from the Shanghai Museum. After five hours we called it quits.






Click here for images from our trip to the Hermitage


Having a smoke outside the Hermitage


Restroom Buses outside the Hermitage








10:30 am queue


View outside from the Hermitage


Met one of Earl’s stamp buddies for dinner.  We ate at a Russian cuisine restauraunt.  Had Pemeli (Ravioli, perogies, potstickers) with various fillings and sour cream.  Also tried three types of soup – borscht, kvas and vegetable.



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