Trip to Russia 2019-2020
I always wanted to visit the palace of Catherine the Great and her Amber Room in the village of Pushkin, outside of St. Petersburg, and in January 2020 this became a reality. When I first visited St. Pete in 2000, they had a restoration gongoing on, but now the palace is mostly finished.
Moscow was adorned with lights and it seemed like the whole city was out in the streets. We stayed in the center near the Kremlin at an Airbnb flat located in the House of Composers, a remnant from Soviet times. One of the highlights of our time in Moscow was a performance at the New Stage of Bolshoy Theater.