We came back to Saint Petersburg to see my brother who will be working there for a couple of months. Plus there were two places near the city we hadn’t seen: Peterhof and Pushkin. Peterhof Palace used to be Peter’s the Great summer residence on the Baltic Sea. To get there, we hopped on a fast boat, from where we enjoyed great city views. The garden in front of the palace is elegant and the main fountain spectacular. No wonder the place is overcrowded with tourists.
The following day I took a rusty local train to Pushkin – Tsarskoye Selo. I just couldn’t enter Catherine’s palace, the cue was huge! So I decided to stroll around the garden, pretty big and with far less tourists, and the enormous Aleksandrovskiy Park, almost completely empty. Russia’s royalty knew how to build palaces!