on July 22, 2000
Going to Pushkin is a little like heaven on earth. This beautiful summer palace of Catherine II is my favorite. It is perhaps the greatest example of rococo architecture in the world. The palace has to be seen to be believed! One of the many highlights is the restoration of the famous missing amber room. The furniture, paintings, and procelain in the palace are priceless remembrances of a time that has truly 'gone with the wind'. The grounds are immaculate and you
can get a fine meal for little money in The Aresenal, which is located across the lake from the palace. The flora and fauna are fascinating and sprinkled with statues in tasteful places on the grounds. I was very sorry to learn that the superb shopping facilities in the basement have been relocated to other places in the city. Even so, there are ample places to find great buys as far as Russian applied arts are concerned. To see the Summer Palace in the spring or summer is divine. To see it in winter under a mantle of snow is to be carried back to every beautiful scene in the movie, Dr. Zhivago. Not far away is the tragic Alexandrovski Palace where Nicholas and Alexandra spent their happiest years. Sadly, this is also the place where they found themselves under house arrest before removal to Ekatringberg and execution by the Bolsheviks.
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