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Hermitage - St. Petersburg. Get-away of Catherine the Great - a place to be a "hermit,"
- now a museum stuffed with treasures. Viewed from the River Neva.

Hermitage - getaway of Catherine the Great - now a museum
 
Hermitage - getaway of Catherine the Great - now a museum

 
Hermitage - getaway of Catherine the Great - now a museum Hermitage - main stairway Hermitage - ceiling above main stairway Hermitage - main stair way Hermitage - statue Hermitage - whatchamacallit with malachite columns - malachite is mined in Russia Close-up of malachite column The Hermitage, other museums and art galleries have beautiful, parquet floors Hermitage - chandalier Hermitage - vase Hermitage - one of many famous works of art Pictures and other objects de art were labled in both Russian and English in many museums and at other points of interest throughout the trip Landscape with House and Ploughman - Vincent van Gogh - Hermitage Intricate mecahnical Peacock Clock - many of the visible parts move (note the toad-stool-shaped device at the base of the tree trunk - Hermitage close-up of clock with device to help tell time Close-up of clock - Hermitage Chandelier - Hermitage Parquet floor - Hermitage Elaborate door with inlays and gold gilt - Hermitage The Madonna with a Flower - Leonardo da Vinci - Hermitage Madonna and Child - Leonardo da Vinci - Hermitage Madonna and Child - Leonardo da Vinci - Hermitage Hermitage Multiple archways in corridor - Hermitage Elaborate ceilings abound in palaces - Hermitage Parquet floor in corridor - Hermitage Another elaborate ceiling - Hermitage Statue of dolphin and child - Hermitage More parquet with elaborate table in background - Hermitage Beautiful ceiling - Hermitage More parquet John the Baptist (?) Beautiful table - Hermitage Malachite vase with gold-gilt handles - Hermitage Table with malachite top and intricate iron-work base, gold-gilt - Hermitage Parquet - Hermitage Statuary - Hermitage Statuary - Hermitage The vases were LARGE in the Hermitage Head of Medusa - Pieter Paul Rubens Head of Medusa - Pieter Paul Rubens Parquet floor - Hermitage Parquet floor - Hermitage Large hall - Hermitage Betty - Hermitage Throne - Hermitage Hall with pillars and Betty - Hermitage
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