|People dining around the central fountain|
The highlight of the event was the Eremitage itself, with its immaculately kept grounds, amazing pools and fountains, elegant buildings and a garden of flowers in bloom that smelt as good as anything I've ever experienced. The original Schloss (palace) was destroyed in World War II, but the restoration has obviously been a meticulous labour of love, because the place is simply beautiful. The Eremitage is the kind of place that feels magical in the long summer evenings, and has the promise of being just as wonderful in Autumn when the leaves change colour, in Winter in the cold and the snow, and in Spring when the trees are in blossom. Magnificent, and none of our photos really do it justice. Overall, the kind of place that makes one realise just how wonderful this Alexander von Humboldt jaunt really is.
|Heading along the entrance-way|
|An awful lot of work went into the Palace's restoration|
|Just one of the folk on stilts wandering about|
|Large sections of the palace were shut off during the festival, further increasing our desire to return sometime soon|