Last stop trying to pick up aussie gear for Kazan (turns out there was nothing). Took the last flight a few hours ago to Kazan via Belarus with a few aussies and many French. 3am in Kazan was broad daylight. Until next time Saint P... ! Let's go Australia! ⚽️🇦🇺
Inside the incredible St Michael's Castle. Despite many palaces, it's the only castle. Had a moat around it (back then) with 3 heavily guarded draw bridges, but Paul the First still only survived 40 days here. It contains some of the best art portraits I've ever seen.
Peter the Great apparently built the amazing Summer Gardens after travelling to other royal estates overseas and seeing such gardens. They were the first public garden in Russia, the requirenents being that 'any well dressed man was permitted entry'.