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St Petersburg - Thursday, 4 September 2014

Visit the summer residence of Russian royalty at Peterhof. Tour of the Grand Palace, followed by a walk through the magnificent gardens. Visit to the Yusupov Palace

sunny 19 °C

After dancing and late into bed, I certainly did not want to get up this morning and we had to be on the bus by 8.30 am. We drove to Peterhof to visit the Grand Palace, the summer palace of Catherine the Great. Well, words just couldn't describe it. It was just amazing. The interior was gold, gold, gold with magnificent silk on the walls and curtains to match. It was stunning but unfortunately photos weren't allowed. But, photos were allowed in the grounds. Fountains everywhere and the main one "performs" to music every hour. What a spectacle. We walked through the grounds and around every corner, there was another spectacular fountain or a manicured garden. It was lovely.



We then walked down to the water and caught a hydrofoil back to the city. It took about half an hour and we passed by where the big ocean liners dock. There were about four in port and one of them would have been Carole and Doug's Royal Princess, but we weren't close enough to read the name.


Back on the bus for a short ride to our lunch stop, the Metropol Restaurant. It was nicely decorated and our meal was nice though Phil didn't agree. There was a nice cheese soup, salmon and pannacotta with chocolate. Very nice.

Back on the bus for the short ride to the Yusupov Palace which is in the main city area. This palace belonged to the richest family in Russia. They even lent money to the Tsar! One of the Yusupov sons, Felix, murdered Rasputin and we went down to the basement to see where it all happened. Very interesting. It is a great place to visit.


We returned to the ship, all very tired and had about an hour to rest before dinner.

We had dinner with Peter and Mavis McWilliam and Jim and Jose Eames.

There are a few people sick on the ship, some with colds and quite a few with a bit of gastro. We are hoping that it's not catching.

Posted by gaddingabout 02:29 Archived in Russia

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