Peterhof Castle

Garden Gateway

Garden Gateway

6 Photos in This Gallery

St. Petersburg was what I was afraid of when I decided to go on a Baltic cruise.  Foreign tourists may disembark a ship for the day without a visa, but only if they are on an organized tour with a licensed Russian tour guide.  On the first day the ship docked about 2 hours late.  Everything was delayed and the Hermitage was so crowded that enjoying the paintings was nearly impossible.  A lot of what one gets to see is from the window of a  bus.

The second day in St Petersburg I took a bus tour to Catherine’s Palace and Peterhof Palace.  It was a difficult day photographically, with a white sky and crowds everywhere.  I must have spent about 5 hours on the bus getting around through the Russian traffic which is actually worse than Houston.  At least it wasn’t steaming hot outside.

All but the last photo in the gallery were shot at Peterhof.


37 responses

  1. Nicely done… 🙂


    August 14, 2013 at 8:26 am

  2. I love all these pics! You done a very good job!!!


    August 14, 2013 at 9:06 am

  3. I visited St Petersburg when I was still in college…it was called Leningrad then. Very little traffic on the streets…few cars and buses. The historic places have probably not changed that much, but everything else has! Great pics!


    August 14, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    • Housing is very expensive there now and everything seemed crowded.


      August 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

  4. A very nice set.
    Like the one who ran out of candy. It’s not good to run out of candy while on a walk around. 🙂


    August 14, 2013 at 1:10 pm

  5. Love the steps and water fall. Brilliant.


    August 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

  6. another wonderful series of photos…a beautiful location!


    August 14, 2013 at 5:53 pm

  7. You still managed to get beautiful photos. The gardens look amazing.


    August 15, 2013 at 1:10 am

    • The guide said and I agree, the gardens were the best part of it.


      August 15, 2013 at 7:04 am

  8. Well you caught the beauty of the gardens wonderfully, that green gateway looks like an enchanted tunnel to another world. I wonder what the little princesses story is, she looks a little sad…


    August 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    • Thank you. I think the little princess is trying to get tips from people taking her picture. There was an adult princess too, but the shots had a bad background so they went to the bit bucket.


      August 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm

  9. Lovely post!


    August 16, 2013 at 6:06 pm

  10. I love the main picture so much. Great share

    ~Have a beautiful day


    August 18, 2013 at 9:51 am

  11. I’m really enjoying your Baltic cruise photos, which are excellent. You have such a brilliant take on your locations and subjects. I love how you capture the people. (So many beautiful women!) I feel that I’m standing right there with you.

    My husband and I are planning to take a Baltic cruise next summer. Would you do anything differently in touring St. Petersburg now that you’ve been there, such as take a different kind of city tour?


    August 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    • There really isn’t much wiggle room. The tour to the Hermitage did give us 3 free hours after the museum, so look for something like that. There are also independent tour operators which charge a lot less than the tours sold on the Ship. Peterhof was the best of the major tourist venues because of the gardens.

      Don’t worry, it was a great vacation. You will love it.


      August 18, 2013 at 3:57 pm

  12. you should visit St Petersbourg and neighboring residences in late May. The weather is perfect and tourist hordes haven’t arrived yet.
    Two days in St Petersbourg is definitely not enough, if you ever go back opt for a week or better two… and try to find a Russian friend.. not only will you find out so much more, but you will get the entry tickets for much cheaper.. the charge Russians tenth part of what they charge the foregners..


    August 19, 2013 at 7:16 am

  13. I am soooo glad you pushed through it, despite the difficulties, photographically. Yay!


    August 29, 2013 at 9:38 am

    • I sort of had little choice because without a visa visitors must be on a tour.


      August 29, 2013 at 10:35 am

  14. You must be on a similar cruise to the one I took back in 2009. It’s a wonderful itinerary, full of great discoveries. But I was also frustrated by the requirement to be on a bus tour… it was so hard to just look out the window and not get to be among the city, experiencing things first hand! I felt rather separated from the actual culture. Your photos from the castle are even more impressive given the constraints on visitors- it looks like a real slice of local flavor.


    August 29, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    • Thank you. My objective is to always evade constraints. Fortunately, Russia was the only regulated port.


      August 29, 2013 at 8:33 pm

  15. Thank you for liking “On a Grand Scale.” You did a great job of capturing the beauty of Peterhof Palace in spite of less than ideal conditions for taking pictures. My favorite photos in this gallery are “Garden Gateway” and “Peterhof Garden” because they are a wonderful combination of nature and design.


    September 29, 2013 at 11:28 pm

  16. Reblogged this on Ron Scubadiver's Wild Life and commented:

    To view all 6 photos click on the clock icon from the reader, or “View Original” from the reblogged post on my blog.


    March 12, 2015 at 9:15 am

  17. Great phots, the traffic would have had me steaming.


    March 12, 2015 at 10:00 am

  18. I particularly like the Garden Gateway 🙂


    March 12, 2015 at 10:19 am

  19. Ron, for sure you’ve been in right place but in wrong time, unfortunately. Another thing is short time of being. Otherwise you would make a great collection of the beautiful place. Who knows, may be some time in the future you’ll do it. Somebody has written in comment (tiny lessons blog) that visited that city by the time of being Leningrad. This time never come back. By that time it was easy to approach any place in there with no crowd and traffic at all. Anyway, even today in different circumstances you can make a great shots.


    March 12, 2015 at 10:57 am

    • Alex, being in the right place at the wrong time is a lot better than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Thank you for your thoughtful comment.


      March 12, 2015 at 11:45 am

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