Peterof PalaceWoman in the Middle | September 11, 2013
After our big first day in Russia we rested, we showered, we slept, and then we went out the next day to see even more! Happily, it cooled off a bit the second day so it wasn’t quite as grueling to do a day of sight-seeing. The main destination on the second day was Peterof Palace. There can never be too many palaces and too much gold leaf! We were not allowed to take photos inside the palace, so I am going to show you what we saw outside, which is pretty darn amazing!
We entered the gates and this is what we saw. Another huge and amazing looking palace.
Here is a closer view. Like the other Russian buildings we saw this one had white accents, this time coupled with tan paint.
If you are a Tsar, you can build a canal which brings your personal ship from the river right up to the back door of your palace. This is the view from the back of Peterof Palace looking down the canal to the river. We walked down to the river and hopped on a boat ourselves, which took us back to St. Petersburg. Pretty amazing view, isn’t it?
At the head of the canal is this spectacular fountain. Who says gold leaf is just for indoors?
Here is a close up of one of the figures that decorate the fountain.
One last look at the rear of Peterof with the fountain below and the canal. I am not sure whose head that is in the corner….not anyone I know!