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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Fountains of the Gold

There's nothing else more attractive than the Summer Palace of Peter the Great in Peterhof. Peterhof is situated on the shore of the Gulf of Finland but it smells just like Gurney Drive in Penang. The shore has nothing else more significant than the rubbish floating like boats in the sea. But yet some Russians didn't care and bathed themselves there. I bet they smell like hobos.

Anyways back to the description. Peterhof has a series of palaces and gardens, laid out on the orders of Peter the Great, and it's sometimes called the "Russian Versailles". It's a UNESCO World Heritage site too. It must be coz it's magnificent!!!

There are 2 main gardens in Peterhof, The Upper and The Lower.

The Upper one has a few fountains with different figures. It was originally a place where people grew plants and the ponds were for fish.

The fountains in the Lower Garden were not installed during Peter's time and the sea channel was for ships to enter to the complex.

The Grand Palace wasn't so big as it is nowadays. The additions of wings of the Palace were under the order of Elizabeth of Russia, Peter's daughter.

Forget about the history, just look at the place. It blew me away at the time I stood in front of the entrance. Though it was hot, but the water droplets cooled us down.

There were only 3 restaurants at the Lower Garden. The cheapest restaurant wasn't so cheap. I hope you get what I mean.

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