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Thursday, September 8, 2011

White and grey sky, but a royal skyline

Dick went on a tour of the Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg during our August holiday with Viking River Cruises. He couldn't take photos in the famous Amber Room, but he did take plenty of inside photos, plus plenty of outside photos in spite of the colorless, cheerless sky.

















A colorless sky looks better behind a gold fence, above left, or from
the beautiful window of an ornate palace room, below right.



© Photos by Richard Schear


Posted for
SkyWatch Friday
the meme for people, like me, with their heads in the clouds.
To see other skies of other colors, please click HERE!


Even the dullest sky looks good when reflected, along with trees, in a decorative pond.

29 comments:

Carver said...

The ornate buildings are perfect for a white or gray sky. Gorgeous shots.

Wind said...

Wonderful place here!
Thank you for visiting me and have my best regards from Romania!

Seasons said...

These pictures help to get a feel for what it was like, for those inside and those outside the Catherine Palace. Thanks!

Ebie said...

Is it also a Royal palace? Cool photos for a grey sky day!

Eaglesbrother said...

Truly an awesome Royal Residence I can just imagine the Art within.
Sorry about the skies..wish they had been better for you.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific captures, Kay! The rather grim skies do make a perfect backdrop for the Catherine Palace -- so colorful and dramatic! Happy SWF!

Sylvia

Inger-M said...

Wow, they certainly knew how to build palaces in those days!

Lolamouse said...

Gorgeous pictures!

jabblog said...

Glorious! A grey, some may say nondescript, sky makes a wonderful backdrop for such beautiful buildings.

aka Penelope said...

What a massive building this is, Kay, probably requiring miles of walking to view. Even a colorful sky would likely pale in comparison to the unique palace below.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Terrific photos. Thanks for sharing. :)

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

An imposing palace...makes me feel like a commoner! :-)

BLESSED BE THE SKY

Cloudy, clear,
Bright or drear—
Blessed be the sky!

Sun and star,
Near or far—
Blessed be the sky!

Rain or snow,
Sunset glow—
Blessed be the sky!

Wind or calm,
Healing balm—
Blessed be the sky!


© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Joyful said...

I love the blue and gold of the ornate building and gates. Such grandeur.

Judy said...

On the bright side, there are no shadows when the sky is gray...
My favourite is the one through the ornate window!! I just love it!

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Oh what a treat on your travels - looks stunningly ornate.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful details!

My Skywatch

ladyfi said...

Wow wow and more wow! What impressive architecture! Great shots of a magnificent city.

Gattina said...

The buildings are spectacular ! the skies less ... looks like our skies here, grey !

Pearl Maple said...

Oh how pretty, the blue and gold and lovely details, thanks for sharing your images of someplace I always wanted to visit.

Ms. Becky said...

well my jaw dropped when the page loaded and I saw these photos. the colors of the palace are so very beautiful. such opulence though. but it's very well preserved and that's wonderful - it's a historical treasure. what a beautiful spot. happy day to you Kay!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

These pictures really do help me feel as if we were there with you. What a beautiful place. And the gray skies kind of seem right for there, like what I'd expect somehow.

Cafe au lait said...

These are beautiful.

My Sky.

Dimple said...

Wow! What a huge building! It looks large enough to house a small city!
Beautiful photos!

Karine said...

You are so lucky to have visited so many of St. Petersbug palaces, it is one of my dream destinations...just for the palaces!

EG Wow said...

What a pity that he couldn't take photos in the amber room! The photos he was allowed to take are neat in spite of the grey skies!

Kim, USA said...

Wow that is something else. Huge and pretty!

Sky View

Kay L. Davies said...

@ EG Wow — Now he tells me he couldn't take pictures IN the Amber Room, but he did take some from one doorway on his way in, and from the other on his way out of the room. I'll have to post them separately, now that I know what, and where, they are.
— K

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very nice photos.

Regards!

Linda said...

Amazing architecture! The palace outshines the skies.