St. Petersburg, Russia, Asia
Today was much less eventful than yesterday, but a nice relaxing day nonetheless. I had to hang around the hostel for a couple hours this morning to do my laundry, and then headed out around noon. I got to cross off another place from my Top 100 list, so that was cool. The Hermitage Museum was the 62nd place I’ve seen so far. This one definitely did not disappoint.
I usually am not a huge fan of museums and can’t last more than about an hour inside. I ended up spending almost four hours in the Hermitage. Sure, I got lost a few times and probably spent about an hour of that just trying to find out where the heck I was, but it was incredible. I was not so interested with the artwork inside (which I’m sure is blasphemy to a lot of people), but the buildings themselves were unbelievable.
I found the same thing with the Louvre, I was more impressed with the building than the artwork inside. And with the Hermitage being the second biggest museum in the world (next to the Louvre), I should have expected all the artwork to be housed in a pretty impressive building. Everything was impressive inside, from the floors to the ceilings.
After checking out the museum I just came back to the hostel and chilled here. My knees have been pretty sore the last couple of days so I thought it would be good to give them a little rest. Tomorrow morning I’m going to meet up with Ben and Sam, the Aussies from my tour yesterday, and we’re going to check out Peterhof. It’s supposed to be the Russian version of Versailles. We’ll see about that!