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How it was in 2007

Impressions of my tourists:

Peterhof. Grand Cascade. August 2007Jim Lee & K°, USA. August 27 - September 1, 2007.

Good morning from Saint Petersburg! Well, it is not exactly 74 degrees as it was last week but at 7 am here the sun is coming out and it should be a very nice day in the 60s. Great day for going to see where Catherine hung out in her Pushkin palaces... hmm. There is a story there .. old girl with her young Push.

Wonderful day yesterday with a visit to the Peterhof, the summer palace of Peter the Great who actually used it . As you look at the fountains, remember there is no pump anywhere. All of the fountains work on gravity from a lake some 20 KMs away and flow into the sea. What a feat of engineering. The whole place was partially destroyed by those bad Nazis but since t hen as you see, it was restored to its original glory. Peter wanted his own Versailles and he did it. The place is huge and there is just room after room of amazing silk and art. But the glory is also in the surrounding grounds and the arrival by canal from the Gulf of Finland. Wow.

Peterhof Sea Canal. August 2007 Spent the day at Peterhof and then on to the hotel and out to shop in the huge collection of shops in the nearby block long "mall". Nothing really to buy but very nice to see how the other side is living. Things are good in general according to our guide Nicky (we have renamed him).

En route to the Armenian restaurant whose name is the ancient name for the capital of Armenia, Eravan. ok, so who knew that? Anyway, we had Carl to guide us through the choices and it was like we never ate before. Oh my, cool thing is the restaurant has this dinner service plate set that is made by the Imperial Porcelain makers here in St P, so take a look. I tried to steal one but they said no no no.

Gay Bar Central Station St. Petersburg Russia. August 2007 Oh anyway, as you see we stopped at Central Station, the in - gay bar on the way and had some nice sushi and drinks. The locals are quite friendly as they say. Bar is very open and free and life is good for all here in St P. I made a friend .... :) More later of course! Jim et al. see all the pix at www.flickr.com/drjimlee/sets or www.flickr.com/drjimlee/collections
I updated the site to make it easier to roam around when you are bored LOL

(see also: how it was in 2006, 2005, 2004)

 

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Federico:
Ciao Kolja! Che dirti? Grazie mille per i tuoi innumerevoli aiuti durante il mio trimestrale soggiorno pietroburgese. Grazie soprattutto per i bei momenti trascorsi tra spiegazioni e scatti fotografici dinanzi alla meraviglia artistica della tua citta, San Pietroburgo, cosi come dei dintorni, Carskoe Selo e Pavlovsk!! Un ringraziamento anche da parte dei miei genitori...
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Federico

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