St Petersburg has to be way up there as one of my favorite cities. Definitely my favorite I have visited with the toddler in tow. We spent a few days there and crammed as much in as we could. First on our list was the Hermitage. Ok I know this probably isn’t the best place for a small person but we let her run riot with the pigeons around the town square and told them to put away their best china. I slipped her a bottle of milk and let her dose away for a few hours.
Founded by Catherine the Great in 1764 the Hermitage is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world. The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artifacts of world culture. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art. Archaeological finds and numismatic material.
The hermitage exceeded my expectations. I learned so much history and so many interesting facts. The china, the architecture and paintings. There really is something for everyone. Because we were with the ticking time bomb we did join a tour group. I wanted to see as much as possible before she woke up. The pace was great and although Russian, the guides English was clear and easy to understand.
The few hours i had In the Hermitage was nowhere near enough time to appreciate the arts and craftsmanship of the building. If you get a chance and are not too overwhelmed by the interior, be sure to check out the exterior too!
Food and drink are not allowed in the Museum. In 1985 a crazy man entered with acid in a bottle. The staff assumed it was bottled water. He attacked a Rembrandt painting by throwing the acid onto the paint and to this day is still in a mental institute. That is why water or drinks are no longer admitted.