Peterhof Tourist Traps

  • Me with Peter's courtesans at Peterhof
    Me with Peter's courtesans at Peterhof
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  • Lady courtesan
    Lady courtesan
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  • Lady courtesan
    Lady courtesan
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    Photograph with 18th century costume courtesans

    by aukahkay Written Jun 24, 2006

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    Me with Peter's courtesans at Peterhof
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    As you stroll along the Water Avenue to admire the fountains, you will chance upon a man and lady dressed resplendently in 18th century costumes. You will be tempted to take a photograph with them for 60 roubles using your own camera. That was what I thought - 60 roubles for a photograph and so I agreed.
    However, after the first photograph, the lady suggested other poses - waltzing positions and kissing her hand. In total, 6 pictures were taken and the total cost came up to 240 roubles!

    Unique Suggestions: State from the beginning that you only want one photo to be taken. Otherwise, resist the temptation for a photograph.

    Fun Alternatives: You can zoom in on them using your telescopic lens from a vantage point on the balcony of the palace or the stairs leading down to the Water Avenue.

    Related to:
    • Castles and Palaces
    • Historical Travel
    • Arts and Culture

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    Peterhof Arrival

    by Canadienne Updated Aug 19, 2003

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    Entry to Peterhof

    Two different guidebooks indicated that the hydrofoil trip to Peterhof was spectacular. . .that the estate would be revealed as you approached, much in the same way that it would have been to sea-bound travelers of the time.

    Sufficed to say, we were disappointed in the view, pictured here. The Hydrofoil is neither cheap, nor convenient in its timing. . .so if there are two or more of you traveling, you might want to consider other options (taxi, car & driver, bus).

    Unique Suggestions: If you choose to take the hydrofoil despite it's price and limiting timings, just don't do it for the view. Think of it as a means to an end.

    Fun Alternatives: There are buses to Peterhof. . .and a taxi ride split by three people would certainly work out to about the same cost as the hydrofoil, so examine your options.

    Related to:
    • Historical Travel

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