It turned out that the Hermitage is closed Mondays - except for cruise ship tours. So we had a very relaxing visit, only a few hundred of us!
The way out, shown a bit early! Lovely tapedtries. I may have taken this picture the first day.
.. and Caroline, in another group.
However, when we got back to the ship there was another huge queue, where I ran into Richard, whom I seemed to always meet in queues. Perhaps this is something to do with fear of terrorism. Most other places you can just get off the ship and walk around.