After touring the palace we walked forever around the gardens. We bought ice cream and walked some more. Everything was so beautiful and the gardens themselves were simply enormous. There was also a lake and a smaller palace which was simply breathtaking.
Today we went on an excursion to Tsarskoe Selo. It was absolutely beautiful and breathtaking beyond belief. We boarded a bus and drove there. Our guide was a fierce Russian woman who led the tour and ensured that we all stayed together. We saw the gardens and the palace and went inside and saw the famous Amber Room. It was incredibly beautiful but I had imagined it would be bigger and brighter based on photos I’d seen. Also it seemed like everyone was trying to get in and I thought the doors would be closed, like a vault, and you would go in and just be blinded by the amber but it wasn’t like that at all. I guess I imagined it would be incredibly secretive because you weren’t allowed to take photos in it. But it was still very nice and very beautiful.