Well, the morning was easy. We passed a lot of Russian summer houses or dachas, which can be very basic, or a place to grow your own vegetables. Some dachas are quite ornate. Dachas are visited at weekends and in summer as most Russians live in large ugly soviet built apartment blocks - the only really awful architecture we have seen.
|A fairly typical dacha|
|A more highly decorated dacha with extensive gardens|
|First view of Peterhof|
|The highly ornate chapel with gilded roof domes|
After the inside we toured the gardens, which have hundreds of fountains. The landscaped gardens go right down to the Baltic Sea, or Gulf of Finland, where a fast ferry will take you to St Petersburg in 30 minutes.
|David tests the waters of the Baltic Sea|
|Kids cooling off in one of the funny fountains|
|Actor in period costume|
|The canal gives a straight line view from the palace to the sea|
|Peterhof Palace and a few of its fountains. The "yellow raincoat like" figures are gold statues|
After a couple of hours wandering the gardens, followed by about a kilometre's walk to the coach, we were all wilting. We arrived in St Petersburg right on peak hour and crawled through the horrendous traffic before reaching the hotel eventually.
Traffic and parking in Russia's cities is a significant problem as they were never built with cars in mind. Car ownership is a relatively recent phenomenon, parking is creative, and drivers fairly fearless - frequently a driver will reverse into the oncoming traffic, even buses, then across another lane without any qualms.
Tomorrow is a day in St Petersburg itself.