It was not long after the boat set off that we realised that it was not going down any canals but steaming off into the Baltic. I looked again at the tickets and then nervously consulted the guidebook before confessing that we were going to be travelling more than 15 miles along the coast and I had no idea when the return boat would be.
But like all good adventures it had a happy ending. We had a very pleasant day wandering around the palace grounds (not dissimilar to Versailles) and on our return to the boat jetty we eventually found someone who understood where we wanted to get to. And we were back in plenty of time for dinner (I can’t remember what we had but it’s a fair bet that it involved borsch and vodka.)
Peterhof is famous for its many fountains (around 150 in total). This is the Grand Cascade, with 64 fountains and many golden statues.