Better late than never! I went to St. Petersburg, Russia with my family last year and had the best time of my life. Though I’m not really a fan of the cold weather (anything lower than 10 degrees isn’t tolerable for me), I still had so much fun because I was able to see snow again after a very long time and it’s an incredible and unforgettable experience freezing together with your family. LOL. Even if the weather was extremely cold and even if it rained most of the time, you really won’t feel any sadness because all the buildings and houses are colored and everything just looks so pretty. We went to Catherine Palace, a Rococo palace located in the town of Tsarskoye Selo (probably just an hour or less away from the city).
It’s where Catherine the Great used to live and everything inside her palace is so grand. The Great Hall, also known as the light gallery, was intended for the most important receptions such as balls and masquerades. Gold kung gold!
The Lyons Hall was created by architect Charles Cameron back in 1781-1783 and named after its silk wall-lining from Lyons, France. An intricate pattern on the silk showed swans and feathered pheasants amidst the branches, set on a golden background.
This is the Portrait Hall, wherein all their huge formal portraits are displayed. I instantly fell in love with the design and decorations inside the hall.
The Green Dining Room is specifically designed for Emperor Paul and his wife. I love the pistachio-colored walls and how small the space is compared to the other halls. I guess you can say this area is “more intimate”.
And of course, my day won’t be complete without goofing around with my siblings.
We capped off the night by having dinner at Mansarda and yes, that is St. Isaac Cathedral at the back. More St. Petersburg travel diary soon! BMS.