St. Petersburg -- Peterhof

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May 22nd 2010
Published: May 22nd 2010
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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.

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