Catherine Palace

Catherine Palace, just south of St. Petersburg, originally built in the 18th century, destroyed by the Germans during the sieged of Leningrad, and rebuilt in time for the Tencentenary of St. Petersburg in 2003.

St. Petersburg

Rome is Rome

Speaking of Rome. there are at least two that often comes to mind: St. Peter’s Basilica and the Coliseum, also known as Flavian Amphitheatre.  The coliseum is named after the emperors of the Flavian dynasty, which was used not only to entertain the people of Rome but also the place where many Christians were martyred.

Roman Coliseum


I have visited this city four times already and every visit offers a different perspective. In my first visit, I rented an apartment right at the heart of the city; the second visit, I stayed in an attic.  The third and fourth visits were in a hotel.  But it was the room in the attic that gave me a real taste of Amsterdam.  As you climb the stairs, it gets narrower and narrower.  No wonder they have such big windows, to bring in the furniture.