Saturday, May 12, 2007

From Russia with Love

Today we did indeed make it to Peterhof, the palace of Peter the Great. The main palace is exquisite - each room decorated in its own unique style. The grounds are enormous. There is an upper garden, designed in the French style and a sprawling lower garden, more in the English tradition. The Palace is surrounded by fountains i can only compare to those at Versailles. The grounds are filled with fountains, and smaller "sub palaces", surrounded by moats and gardens. One end of the property touches the Gulf of Finland, where Peter the Great would arrive on ship.

fountains at Peterhof
Peterhof fountains

We spent most of the day wandering around in the sunshine and taking in the beauty of our surroundings.
Church at Peterhof
We returned to Saint Petersburg (a journey that involved bus & metro), had a sushi dinner on a patio in the sunshine and soon will be back in our room.
Tomorrow will be our final day in Russia and we shall see how much we can fit in.
Good night.
d & b
Trees at Peterhof

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