After they hustled us out of the Hermitage without letting us see very much art, we went to Catherine the Great's Palace, a 45-minute bus ride out of St. Petersburg. It's a palace -- really big, full of gold trim and baroque trim on everything. From arrival at the front door to actually entering a room with something notable to look at took one hour. We waited on line to get in the building, then we waited to get little booties to put on our feet to protect the parquet floors,
Our guide was big on pointing out the details of the fabulous furniture, which frankly didn't do much for me.
Then we strolled through the gardens