Trip Start Jul 24, 2013
Trip End Aug 06, 2013

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Flag of Russian Federation  , North-West Russia,
Saturday, July 27, 2013

We then went and had lunch which consisted caesar salad, beet (yes the vegetable) borsch, and beef stroganoff with potato and mixed vegetables. Reminded us of how we were served in China..

After lunch we were bussed to the Hydrofoil terminal where we boarded our boat for the 40 minute ride to Peterof, the summer palace of Katherine the Great among others. THis palace is famous for its grounds which are quite extensive and its (i believe) 152 fountains, all run by gravity (there are no pumps). Many of these are quite spectacular. We took an optional tour that allowed us to go through the palace itself, Our Guide, for the day was Tatiana and she was a wealth of information.

The palace itself fell to the German's in WWII and was extensively damaged. Lennon in 1947 signed a decree that said the Palace, gardens, fountains and statues were to be rebuilt. This did not beg, until 1954 as the artisans had to be trained to complete the task. They have done a magnificent reconstruction and are justifiably proud of their accomplishment.

We returned to our ship at approx. 8:00 pm, dinner, checked email and began typing this.

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The Doppleganger on

Those churches and grounds are beautiful, but having only taken 205 shots, all I can say is ROOKIE!

#1 sis on

bet no one had a problem with relieving themselves after all that spouting water! looks really spectacular. I'm very envious! wish I was there

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