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A Fabulous Russian Tour!
In July my husband and I travelled to Russia with the International Academy of Trial Attourneys of which hw is a fellow.
In Moscow we had the privilege of having a private tour of the Kremlin and the Armory that stores the jewels, thrones, crowns, gold leafed carriages and belongings of the Imperial Family. We were entertained by the Red Army Choir in the Armory and then dined at the Red Army Club. We had an appointment with Mikhail Gorbachev but he was called out of town at the very last moment. We did, however, meet Boris Torpornin (Number 2 man under Gorbachev) at his datcha (country home) and enjoyed a garden party while overlooking the Russian countryside. We then took a private car on the Russian Rail to St. Petersburg
In St. Petersburg we took possession of Peterhoff (Palace owned by Peter the Great) with it's 400 ft fountains turned on for our group. While being served Russian vodka and caviar we overlooked the fountains and the Baltic Sea from the terrace. Here we were entertained by a string quartet and later a choir. We then dined in the Throne Room catered by Potel & Chabot and served by white-gloved uniformed waiters.
The highlight of the trip was a private tour of the Hermitage (after hours) and then a special performance in the Hermitage Theatre by the Bolshoi Ballet from Moscow. The theatre is open only a few times a year. It was Catherine the Great's private theater. In fact the entire Hermitage was built so that Catherine could be with her favorite art. Catherine said that she wanted to view her art alone - "Just the mice and me". She wanted to be a hermit- thus the French title Hermitage.
It was a visit of a lifetime and has inspired me to capture on canvas the spirit and emotions that I felt experiencing all these very memorable events.