There are also a number of smaller, unnamed buildings close to the palace ~ alongside the larger Cameron's Dairy and the Aviary.The grounds were almost empty of people when we were there ~ admittedly, the weather wasn't terrifically suited to a leisurely walk, but, ultimately, having the grounds to ourselves only added to the atmosphere.more
This beautiful yellow-hued building was initially built as a swimming pool (the original furnishings included art, tapestries & furniture). . .the building extends further on the other side, as opposed to just being a round-house.It's not open for wandering visitors, but a peek inside revealed what appeared to be a workshop of some kind. There were...more
If you journey up the hill at the rear of the palace to visit the Apollo Colonnade, you'll suddenly realize just how close the grounds are to the roads and traffic of the modern city. The paths and ponds of the lower grounds are peaceful and quiet, but this "ruin" is victim of the encroaching city.more
We didn't have a full meal at this restaurant, but we did take a break from the rain. It's self-service cafeteria style and they had some good pastries and excellent espresso.
By the palace and the palace yard there are many stands where you can buy souvenirs for very cheap, I did so too. If you want more distinguish items check the store just behind the corner.
You can typically note the "good luck" spot on a statue at a quick glance ~ toes, fingers, noses are bright and shiny from the wear.
Firmly planted in the centre of the Muses, at L'Etoile section of the grounds, this statue sports a less-common shiny appendage. . .promising a specific type of luck, I suppose. ;-)
Of the trio of imperial palaces that we visited ~ Peterhof, Tsarskoe Selo (Pushkin), and Pavlovsk ~ this is the one where we chose to skip the palace proper, in favour of wandering through the grounds.
Fondest memory: The grounds and its pathways are dotted with ruins (artificial, of course), temples and charming buildings. It was a rainy day, but we still enjoyed wandering. . .and it was free of cost.