When I saw that the topic for Sue Llewellyn’s A Word a Week Challenge was the word Decadent, I couldn’t help but take a break from posting about China to switch over to Russia. One of the most decadent places we visited on our Viking River Cruise: Waterways of the Tsars from Moscow to St. Petersburg was the Catherine Palace at the Tsarskoye Selo State Museum-Preserve.
As we moved from room to room with a crowd of (just like us) tourists leaning, peering, and picture-snapping, we couldn’t help but marvel at the acquisitions and ornamentation that made each room more spectacular than the last. With clean white walls and gold trim, the mirrored room held us captive. But subsequent rooms showed off statuary, table settings, and period pieces the likes of which we had never seen before. Here’s just a small sample.
Even the artwork featured people in exquisite attire.