We were in St. P for three days and by the time we had seen Hermitage, Peterhof, and Catherine Palace, we were pretty well overwhelmed by the gold leaf etc. This is another gorgeous palace and well worth the visit. The amber room is especially remarkable. Catherine Palace is outside of St. P and requires transportation of some kind. Despite my remarks, I'm glad we didn't miss this. By the way, our tour guide says there are better and less expensive places to buy amber if you're interested. Also, amber used to be available in pieces washed up on the beach. No more...now they have to send divers down to dig into the sand to find it. So new amber is more expense. Luckily for me, brown and gold are not my colors.
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