c.i. : great pix ! thanks !
brings back wonderful memories .
(i recall when we visited the 'hermitage' , i was looking for a bathroom .
there were about a dozen guys ahead of me and a sturdy russian lady stood guard .
i took a dollar note and quietly passed it on to her . she grabbed me by the sleeve , pushed the other guys aside and with a smile opened the door for me
when i reappeared she gave me a big smile and said "thank you !" .
what a good old dollar won't do ! it even opens the loo