Click on above photo to view it in large format: Hermitage Museum storage and research facility in St. Petersburg, Russia, where all restoration work takes place, and the one-third of the collection that is not on display is kept in climate controlled vaults. Private tours of the facility are now available on a limited basis.
During my Viking River Waterway of the Tsars cruise down the Volga-Baltic Waterway between Moscow and St. Petersburg, I captured these panoramic photos of Russia, showing four of the most iconic views in the country. They are not my usual quality, since I shot them with my iPhone, but they do capture a great view of the sweeping public spaces that seemed so prevalent in Russia’s two most important cities. Click on each of the thumbnails to see a larger view: