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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.
Written Jun 24, 2006
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.
Updated Aug 19, 2003