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Inside the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, Russia

We spent approximately two hours in the Hermitage as part of our tour. It was packed with people, so it was difficult to get a clear shot of anything. I was so affected by the opulence and the amazing collection of art, but was also surprised to discover all the windows open as the place was not air conditioned, and the paintings were not protected from the changes in humidity. I was also surprised that we were allowed to take photos in most galleries. This is a place one must visit many many times in order to appreciate the enormous volume of works housed there in. Overwhelming, is definitely an understatement.

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Taken on July 14, 2011