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... and in addition to the beautiful palace there are 66 fountains, 39 gilded golden statues and 12 miles of man-made canals to supply fresh spring water to all of the fountains. Inside the palace the theme of opulence that we saw at Catherine’s Palace and The Hermitage continued with incredible carvings and some of the most ornate silk wall coverings you have ever seen. There were also two very interesting rooms that were decorated in a Chinese theme ...
... PALACE AND FOUNTAINS
Our shore excursion this morning took us to Peterhof is the grandest of all palaces. Its gardens are spread over 1500 acres containing 37 gold statues 3 waterfalls and 64 fountains
Peterhof is located 22 miles west of St Petersburg on the Gulf of Finland. Built in 1723 it was the summer palace for Peter the Great, it was intended to rival Versailles. The famous palace and park with fountains are included in UNESCO catalogue of the ...
... tour of our surroundings at 11 PM before bed (we had been up since 6 AM with a 4 hour time difference). It was on this walk that I realized not only my winter coat I had packed, but my entire wardrobe of warm clothes would not only be inadequate but would probably lead to my imminent transformation into pure ice....the human body is 80% water and it was freeeezing.
The next day, we awoke to a guided tour of Nevsky Prospekt, the most famous street in ...
... had read about an island fortress just off the coast from Helsinki, so we made our way across town to the ferry dock and had a delicious crêpe while we waited for the next boat. The trip lasted about 30 minutes and we got to see the harbor islands and several enormous cruise ships as we passed by. The island of Suomolinna/Sveaborg is a fortress, built in 1748 to protect Finland from the Russians, but then taken over by the Russians during the ...
... had read that in the Hermitage there are several million artifacts and that it would take years for someone to see it all. I believe it. It was so grand and beautiful. Catherine the Great founded the Hermitage in 1764 as a museum for the royal family.
We started by walking through the state rooms of the Winter Palace. It was fun for me to imagine the girls were ...