Back to the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg….
One of my favorite rooms was the green dining room done in Jasperware. I can’t even imagine how they did this with the walls. You may have seen Wedgewood Jasperware, but it’s usually dishes.
Isn’t this just the most beautiful doorway?
In no time, we were out the back door. This time I had more than a few minutes to photograph the back of the palace:
Can’t get over the colors against the blue sky.
We then had some free time to explore the gardens….
I thought this structure was so pretty with the reflecting pool and unusual clouds.
I wasn’t wowed by the gardens, but appreciated all the manicured trees and shrubs. It would kind of be overkill to do elaborate gardens with a palace like this.
The Hermitage Pavilion is like a miniature palace. I thought the architectural details were wonderful.
A closer look.
A Turkish bath on the small lake.
The back of the palace.
The Cameron Gallery, which houses temporary exhibitions. We didn’t have time to go inside.
Even the coffee cart in the garden matched the decor.
The sun was shining and really made the gold domes stand out. See on the left side? That’s some kind of screen that’s been painted to match the surrounding walls while the area is renovated. I thought that was such a cool idea and saw it on other buildings in St. Petersburg.
Soon we were on our way out, but I managed to get these final shots.
I loved seeing Catherine Palace. Really could have photographed it all day long.