Topic: A Russian Moment
Photo credit: Yandex.ru
This magnificent aerial view of Peterhof is a perfect example of the sheer size of the palace and park complex. The Grand Palace and its extensive wings spread out in both directions, complete with a gold-domed church flanking each wing.
The extensive parks on both sides of the Grand Palace are among the lovliest in Russia. The pathways are dotted with sculptures, the gardens afford a variety of blossoms and sculptured hedges. Numerous pavilions can be found in the north park leading down to the Gulf of Finland.
Gatting to Peterhof is easy, but getting there by sea is the only way to go. During the summer months, visitors arrive from St. Petersburg by hydrofoil (departing from the pier directly in front of the Winter Palace on the Neva River). I have made this journey several times and highly recommend it. You can sit back, relax, enjoy the view of maritime Petersburg, and arrive at Peterhof in style avoiding the traffic jams that seem to plague the city's highways these days.
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 20 April, 2013