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Oct 19, 2013 - Peterhof, near St Petersburg (Russia)

Following many recommendations from others, on Thursday 17th October Rachel, Chris and I decided to head to Peterhof, which is a 30 minute mini-bus ride from St Petersburg. Although it was absolutely freezing (note to self…BUY WARM CLOTHES!!), it was definitely worth it. Peterhof was originally built on the orders of Peter the Great as his Versailles-by-the-sea and it was added to by each subsequent Tsar. However, it was virtually destroyed by the Nazis during the battle for Leningrad (St Petersburg’s communist era name) and rebuilt during...

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Aug 24, 2007 - Visit to Peterhof and final farewells

Our final day in St. Petersburg started on a very rainy note as we traveled to Peterhof, a palace of Peter the Great. It was created to give him a place to stay on his way to Kronstadt. Modeled after Versaille, it was Peter's intention to outdo Louis XIV. The palace grounds are 115 hectares and contain 176 fountains, all gravity fed from a source 22 km away. There are no pumps and they still use with the original piping that was installed in 1716! According to our guide, Peter was a man of simple tastes. As we wandered through the palace...

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