Saturday, July 05, 2008

#308 Peter's Palace

I grew up not far from the Missouri town of Versailles, pronounced "ver-SALES". Yesterday we visited the Russian version of Versailles, Peter the Great's summer palace Peterhof overlooking the Gulf of Finland.
Gardens and fountains surround the gilded palace, all listed as part of this UNESCO World Heritage site. The water features (over 140 of them) work by pumps required.
The Russians think Peter topped his inspiration, the French Versailles, but comparisons with the Missouri Versailles are glaringly omitted.

Yours in promoting Missouri tourism,

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