Published: May 22nd 2010May 22nd 2010
St. Petersburg - Peterhof
The two attractions that drew me to St. Petersburg, apart from the Winter Palace, were the Catherine’s Palace at Tsarkoye Selo , with its fabulous Amber Room and the fountains of Peterhof.
However, since we were visiting St. Petersburg in the first week of May, I was resigned to the idea that the fountains may not be playing. Typically, the fountains play from mid-May till mid-October.
Imagine my delight when the guide told us that this year, they had started the fountains on 1st May itself. There was a grand ‘Opening of Fountains’ ceremony on that day. (We have a DVD with 2008 Ceremony.)
However, as I did not want to be disappointed too bitterly, I kept telling Avi NOT to expect the fountains while I kept my fingers crossed.
Looks like whosoever is the God of tourists, he/she was properly pleased with us because when we reached Peterhof at 11:00 AM, the music started and water-jets from the ‘Samson’ fountain soared into the air. One-by-one, other fountains also started.
It was a fairy-tale spectacle.
Here is a photo-blog of the Peterhof.
There are more photos below