When I walked out of an elegant evening at the Catherine’s Palace in St. Peterburg, my instinctive thought was, “ No wonder the Russians revolted. They were starving and their Czars lived like this!”
Yikes, the extravagance of this and the seriously over the top palaces we saw in Saint Petersburg, Russia, revealed a dynasty that apparently couldn’t get enough gold and gilt. Apparently they were trying to outdo the French.
We visited Catherine’s Palace after the regular admission was closed and not only meandered through the public rooms without the thousands of tourists who are there during the day and enjoyed a lovely concert in the grand ball room.
It was blindingly gorgeous. And so was Peterhof Palace. And what we saw of the Hermitage. We visited both of those during the normal tourist hours. The gold and the gilt is not my style, but fascinating to see. The clothing of the wealthy reflected this fascination with fancy stuff.
The glittering Amber Room, a copy of the original one, is famous world wide. The original room, dismanteled during WW II to prevent the Germans from stealing, has been in the news lately because the hiding place may have been discovered.
The parks. The fountains. The ballrooms. The art. All so extravagant and grand. I keep using the word extravagant. How about lavish, excessive, ornate, elaborate, gaudy, garish or ostentatious? You tell me.
What do you think?