She showed the women are just as good as the men when it comes to spending the nation's wealth on some good digs.
Truly, a resplendent place.
Great for photographers.
Nice Gardens that are actually larger than the ones at Peterhof.
The Germans attempted to blow up the palace when they were driven from Russia.
They put time fuses on seven one ton aerial bombs through out the castle. A Russian soldier defused the timers before they could go off.
But the place was badly damaged and it took decades to restore it.
Room after room of the Baroque style.
I finally got to see the Amber Room which the Germans dismantled and shipped home during the war. (I had wanted to see this for years.) It was known to be safe but it was never found. So the Russians found 12 tons of Amber and restored the room. It was the only place you could not take photos so this one is from the web.
This ends the tour of Russia. Tomorrow we cast our fates to the wind at 3am Russian time, 5pm Albuquerque time, and hope the cabin crew strike at Lufthanza doesn't prevent our flights. We go to Frankfurt. Then on one of those giant Airbus 380s to Houston, and arrive home at 6pm or so. Wish us luck. Anything can happen.