Week three in Russia has continued to bring more excitement and great experiences that I will cherish forever. The week started off with a bang, well actually many bangs, as I went to see an incredible fireworks show held in St. Petersburg’s center. Then as the week progressed I visited two more palaces that go by the name of Pushkin and Pavlovsk, followed by literally an “off the wall” awesome tour of an optical museum whose focus was in holographic images. Now at the week’s end, I am greeted by the lack of hot running water in my dorm making morning showers a very special part of my day.
Chillaxin in a park near the city center.
As earlier punned, the week began with several bangs as I went to see a magnificent fireworks display held over the Neva River (a giant river that runs through St. Petersburg). This firework show is named “Red Sails” as an old wooded ship with red lit sails floats into the river near the end of the show. It occurs every year in celebration of the graduation of thousands of students within the city! The show started at 1 am, it was raining and cold, but seeing the stunning fireworks explode above in perfect unison to a remixed melody of Pachelbel’s Cannon made the entire night worth the inconvenience of standing there.
Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia : I couldn't take a better photo myself :)
On Wednesday, I had visited both Pushkin Palace and Pavlovsk Palace where the French students and myself once again got to admire the lives of Russian royalty. Pushkin Palace was a marvelous building painted blue, trimmed with gold, surrounded by green trails and impressive statues. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the opportunity to go inside since there were too many people waiting in queue to get in, but I managed to steal some photos of the surrounding park before my camera died.
Pavlovsk was quite beautiful as well. Like all indoor museums, photography is not permitted, so Ill be brief in my explanation and let your imagination run wild until you can one day visit yourself. It is a stunning three floor building, walls are made of marble and lined with golden detail. The beds were designed for people 4 ft tall and the dinning rooms were grander than any one can dream of. There was a surrounding garden of course, but it was much less impressive than that seen at Petergof Palace - though beautiful none the less.
I feel like this blog is carrying on longer than it should, so I finish off by saying that the optic museum was impressive and dare I say...cool! Methods to create holograms where discussed and some interesting optical illusions were presented that made my head spin! All these principles can be googled in a heart beat!
Hope you enjoyed this week’s summary of St. Petersburg, Russia and thank you for reading!