This was the Summer palace residence for Peter the 1st
All the fountains (well over 100 of them), are run by gravity and are turned on slowly bit by bit at 10.30am each day. Some views are before they have been switched on
And we were told if it looks like gold it is gold!
Below looking up at the palace
Below looking over to St Petersburg across the Baltic sea...and it was freezing cold!
Apparently Peter the Great has a wicked sense of humour. He had this kitsch looking fountain designed to entertain and trick people.
Below you will see one of our group looking for the hidden rock
which would trigger a hidden fountain!!
The staff are meticulous and we saw dozens like this chap raking the leaves to perfection
Then we went on to Catherine's Palace - my history of the Tsars is quite crude but I think Peter's daughter Elizabeth had this built and named it after her mother
So much gold..............
We had to wear shoe protectors............