James (Jim) McCullochNewmarket, ON, Canada
Two days with Polina were very special. Her knowledge of the city and region, the special cathedrals and palaces we visited, along with their place in history, is amazing. We spent 2 hours in the Winter Palace part of the Hermitage (we had specified the artists we wished to visit), and I am sure that her knowledge of the rest of that Museum is just as phenomenal. The trips to the Pushkin and Peterhof suburbs showed vividly how the Czars and Czarinas of the 17th century onward were such prolific spenders.