Peterhof Palace and Gardens – truly amazing!

We visited the dazzling Peterhof Palace and Gardens on our last day in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Built by Peter by the Great in the 18th Century, Peterhof is spectacular!  The Palace was closed because it was a Monday, but we were most interested in the gardens anyway.  I had the visit scheduled on the itinerary for the previous day, but it was rainy and we definitely wanted a pretty day for our visit.

We walked 10 minutes from our lodging at Comfort Hotel to the Pier with Lions embankment on the canal where we boarded a 40 minute Hydrofoil boat to Peterhof.

Upon arrival, there is a beautiful 10 minute walk to the centerpiece of the complex, the Grand Cascade and Samson Fountain in front of the Palace.

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Even with my wide-angle lens, I wasn’t able to capture the entire complex!

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The gardens are also referred to as the “Russian Versailles”.

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The creativity is astounding!

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You can barely view the sea in the distance…

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The Artistic Side of Oslo

I love to find Art everywhere and Oslo, Norway was no exception.  I featured a photograph of this unconventional water fountain located down the street from my Hotel a couple of days ago, but taken from a different angle and turned into black and white, it becomes a piece of Art!

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This statue of a part man, part devil, part hoofed creature with his manhood in all of  it’s glory is quite artful!

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