St. Petersburg- Peterhof Palace and more

 

Beware- a lot of pictures ahead!!!

We started that day out at Peterhof, a palace and its surrounding gardens and fountains, about 15 miles outside of St. Petersburg on the Gulf on Finland.  It is supposed to be like a Russian Versailles but it reminded me of another one I recently went to with my sister in Germany.  (Megan- any idea which one?  I’m going to say it was when I visited for Oktoberfest- I can’t remember).

St. Petersburg Peterhof outside

The palace

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The fountains when they aren’t on yet. Plus me!

St. Petersburg Peterhof fountains

St. Petersburg Peterhof funny signs

Be careful when taking pictures because someone may pull a dollar out of your butt.

St. Petersburg Peterhof gardens

Gardens

St. Petersburg Peterhof impressive ponds

Then the fountain show started.  All the gold statues are coated in real gold.  Shiny.

St. Petersburg Peterhof gold fountains

From our angle it looked like the main fountain gold man was peeing with some force.

St. Petersburg Peterhof backyard

Peterhof was gorgeous. Make some time to stop here if/when you get to St. Petersburg.

Next up was historic St. Petersburg.  I skipped the group lunch because they always take up too much time and are more expensive than my granola bar. (money saving travel tip!)

First up was the Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.  It was made to look like St. Basil’s in Moscow and was the site of the assassination of Alexander II by a terrorist group in 1881 (hence the name).

St. Petersburg CHurch of spilled blood

Walking up to it.

St. Petersburg CHurch of spilled blood me

And with me in it.

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Inside was pretty too.  And they let you use your flash on your camera.  Unheard of!

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The Kazan Cathedral was under construction and was very dirty but was a big impressive building. I also saw a man with a cat on a leash but he yelled at me when I wanted to take a picture of the cat going nuts over a bird.  Big meanie.

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St. Isaac’s Cathedral.  I climbed 262 steps to the top of the dome and got a good look at St. Petersburg from high up.

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City Hall/Mariinskiy Palace.  The rest of the high up pictures were all fuzzy because the storm was rolling in.

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Inside St. Isaac’s.

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The Hermitage.  We are going into the Hermitage tomorrow.  I’m looking forward to that and their Monet room.

One more fun picture of The Church of the Saviour on Spilled Blood.

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We got done today just in time to miss the sideways rain. Hopefully tomorrow it clears up as I have a lot more to see.  Tonight we are off to Swan Lake ballet performance!

 

 

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9 Responses

  1. Courtney says:

    Where’s the ballet update I’ve been jealously awaiting???

  2. Megan says:

    I do not know which castle… maybe Ludwigsberg?? Was it near Stuttgart?

  3. Bumble Bee Mum says:

    Gosh.. St Petersburg is SO in my bucket list. The pickpocket sign is cute! We Singaporeans tend to be pretty complacent in this aspect.. So yes, I must remind myself to watch my pockets when taking photos. #TravelTuesday

  4. Talk about a trip I would love to make someday!!! The castle looks like either Schleissheim or the one on Herrenchiemsee near Munich…either of those ring a bell? Fun stories and great photos, thanks for linking it up with #TravelTuesday!

  5. There are so many beautiful places in St. Petersburg. It would be a dream to visit. Keep the photos coming!

  6. Wow, what beautiful buildings! I’d love to visit some day.

  7. Anna says:

    I soooo want to go to Russia! St. Basil looks amazing and I’d love to see it with my own eyes! And I love that photo of the gold statue “peeing” hehehe.

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