Marco Polo Saint-Petersburg
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Since I'd spent all day on my feet yesterday, I thought a bit of relaxation was in order.
The sun was shining and I had heard that Peterhof (Versailles by the Sea) was worth a visit.
This was the 'out of town' residence used by the Royal Family.
As I walked through the huge gates, there was a long manicured garden with fountains and sitting in the distance was Peterhof, the yellow and white summer residence of the royal family dating ...
... palace in the suburbs of his new city and, after an aborted attempt at Strelna, Peterhof - which means "Peter's Court" in German - became the site for the Tsar's Monplaisir Palace, and then of the original Grand Palace. The estate was equally popular with Peter's granddaughter, Empress Elizabeth, who ordered the expansion of the Grand Palace and greatly extended the park and the famous system of fountains, ...
... 8217;s the one it was) could sail from the Gulf of Finland right up to the entrance to the palace. We than headed to an area of the gardens known as Mon Plaisir – passing one of the trick fountains. Apparently this dude had a good sense of humour and he had some fountains created which didn’t look like a fountain and would suddenly come on and surprise his guests. We saw another fountain then had a peek in the window of the pavilion which ...
... by Peter the Great for Katherine the Great named the Greats by the people evidently. We did peter & Paul Cathedral again more opulence by the churches they were all so extravagant with the decoration of their churches. It was a big day even though we only get to see a couple of places a night of ships entertainment & we were ready for bed & the next part of our exciting trip to Russia.
What a Difference a Hundred Years Make!
For all the European sophistication and military glory of the rulers of Russia and their willingness to assimilate nobility from all over Europe into their royal court, they had a dark side.
They not only ruled through terror and intimidation, they also maintained slavery (serfdom) and harbored a fear and hatred of the Jews.
When, in 1770, Catherine the Great expanded on the ...