Actually, from the inside looking out to the inner palace garden. Catherine II's grandchildren played here.
This lion has no doubt seen many dreadful things go on in front of this Winter Palace, but the hordes of tourists seem to horrify him as much as anything else he has seen.
Here we are following Tanya's #2.
More of that inner palace garden.
Russian flag from inside the palace.
The Neva River outside the palace.