However, I DO have a taste for some of the finer things in life. Good food, music, art, traveling...I could do with a princess' income, or her digs. So I braved the swarms of tourists to visit the Winter Palace yesterday.
the Hermitage, but I'm a wannabe princess today, not an art teacher) was the home of the Russian emperors and their family. Since 1917, it's been a museum, and although it did undergo some..."renovations"...during Soviet rule, it's been restored for the most part. Some of the rooms were absolutely breathtaking. I think the library was my favorite, although the smoking room made me regret my lifestyle for a while - there are times when (perhaps) I want a house, so maybe I could dress it up with all the treasures I've collected during my years abroad. Orientalist-style smoking room? Bitch, please - you should see my belly dance studio.