This is Peter’s Palace, it’s about an hour from the city centre, on the gulf of Finland. The palace had hundreds of fountains, enormous gardens and many gold statues of naked men.

This river goes all the way from the palace out to sea and where it meets the palace the statues open up so the boat can drive under the palace, pretty good for the 18th century!

We spent the day wandering round the gardens, getting wet by the hidden fountains (there are about 8 and they are there to “suprise” you while you stroll around. You can hear the screams), eating ice cream, sitting on the beach and watching the Russians pose on fountains, in flowerbeds…anywhere.

On the beach

Jen doing a Russian pose

All in all it was a lovely day out and so warm! Russia is finally getting the idea that it is in fact Summer and should therefore be warm. Tommorow it’s meant to be 32 degrees!

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