St. Petersburg, Russia
Today was shorter than most. We drove an hour outside of the city to Peter the Great’s summer palace, Peterhof. Peter the Great never actually lived in the palace. In fact, he hated it and choose to live in a two bedroom cabin on the water instead. Despite his dislike for it, the palace was stunning. It is often referred to as the Russian Versailles because of its extraordinary fountains and gardens. But, it ones up Versailles, because it sits right on the Baltic Sea, creating a view that is unimaginable. We toured the palace and saw the gold fixtures in the rooms and the Chinese Room (filled with lacquer and ancient silk). We distinguished between Chinese and Japanese pottery. We saw authentic beddings and silks and 25,000 Wedgwood Serving China. Unfortunately, we couldn't take photos inside the palace.
Then, we went under the palace to visit the Grottos of Peterhof. This is where Peter would take his guests to show them that Russians are intelligent. He would explain how his fountains worked and just when his guests wanted to rip their hair out from all the bragging, Peter would offer them food on a table. But this was Peter’s jokers fountain. Once a guest could reach in to grab the food, the fountain would go off and soak them. It was hilarious.
Get enough of our faces yet?
After, we walked the gardens and ate in the garden. The former greenhouse, now cafeteria area, was more beautiful and larger than most mansions. While we were enjoying the beautify of this place, it suddenly started to pour. And I mean pour. Within 5 minutes everything was flooded. By the time we got back to the van, we were soaked.
Back on the boat, we napped and relaxed before dinner and the club.