September 9, 2011
Irina, my Russian friend in Miami, recommended I visit Petrodvorets outside Saint Petersburg. So I rode the Metro (subway) for twenty minutes and then hopped a mini-van for a thirty minute ride west of the city.
Peter the Great (1682 – 1725) built a home here on the shores of the Gulf of Finland to oversee the construction of his naval base. Eventually the area was developed with gracious white palaces, sculpted gardens, a series of dancing fountains and energetic cascades.