the Hermitage

the winter residence

One of the highlights of a visit to Saint Petersburg is a visit to the Hermitage, in the old  winter palace of Ekaterina. Despite being only about 230 years old, the place is filled with Russian history. Tsars living there, the October revolution and of course all the art exhibited inside. A place where art lovers can spent days looking at paintings of Rembrandt, van Gogh, Picasso and many many more, but also Egyptian tombs, Indian swords and ancient Greek statues. I spent most of the time looking at the palace itself. All the decorations, the ceilings and immense rooms. From the outside the palace looks great as well. After spending a large part of the day there, it almost feels if you have been transported 200 years back in time.

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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