Travelogue: Catherine’s Palace, St Petersburg, Russia

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Despite the obvious grandeur of the place, there’s something very human about the scale of the rooms at Catherine’s Palace.  If ever a palace could be described as cozy, this is the one.  I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking.

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*Loved* that clear cerulean blue paintwork.

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And the blue ceramic stoves in each room.  Apparently this was the height of fashion, and the Dutch were kept well occupied with orders to create these giant stoves.

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Peter the Great liked the odd poster wall in his crib.

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And clearly needed many servants to maintain the floors.

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We did our best to help, wearing our fetching blue smurf slippers…

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Although fortunately we weren’t called upon to adopt the fashions of the day.  Imagine trying to take a seat (or three) in that dress.  Even doorways could be a challenge.

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