Visit to St. Petersburg with Russian TV Travel Program
I was invited to take part in a Russian TV travel program titled ‘Там хорошо, где мы есть,’ which translates roughly as ”The Grass is Greener on Our Side.” The program focuses on travel mainly around Russia and is generally three days long.
The show host gave me the chance to visit the imperial family’s summer residences at Peterhof and Tsarskoe Selo, learn to cook borsh and take a ride on a hot air balloon over the St. Petersburg suburbs. This post will include photos from the imperial residences.
Here is the link to the 30-minute TV show. The video is the second from the top: http://www.ntv.ru/peredacha/Horosho_tam_gde_mi_est/m43260/o307256/
Not a Popular Autumn Destination
While St. Petersburg is not considered to be a good destination in the late Autumn due to the city’s cold and windy weather, the advantage of going offseason is the much smaller crowd.
Peterhof and Tsarskoe Selo are so packed in the summer time that one can spend a long time in lines, while getting ‘clean’ shots of the residences various buildings is near impossible.
We traveled to and from St. Petersburg by train in a group of six that included myself, my friend Masha, two cameramen, a soundman and a producer. We spent two nights at a B&B-styled lodging in the St. Petersburg outskirts.
We arrived in St. Petersburg on a Friday afternoon and went straight to Peterhof, getting there slightly before sunset. The clouds rolled in just as we arrived and were able to take a few photos before it became too dark.
Sunny Saturday at Tsarskoe Selo
There were only a handful of people on this late Friday walking around Peterhof. There seemed to be as many workers as visitors…construction workers were busy fixing the palace facade while guards were strolling the laws and palace workers taking smoking breaks.
Fortunately, the clouds were thinner on Saturday for our visit of Tsarskoe Selo. We entered through the huge, heavy metal gate at the north end, getting an amazing view of the Rococco-styled blue and white Catherine palace before the local tour groups came.
The sun was still not high in the sky, resulting in a strong contrast between the shaded and sunlit areas of the palace. Despite the sunny weather, the crowds were still very thin at Tsarskoe Selo. We spent about two hours walking around the residence before heading to the
Photo Gallery of the Royal Family Summer Residences