凱瑟琳宮

Catherine Palace

 

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凱瑟琳宮在市郊,地鐵轉火車轉巴士才到達,路不難找,在火車站已見到很多遊客(免簽證的中國遊客特多),跟着大隊就行。

宮殿的藍牆襯絕藍天,金舞廳真的金碧輝煌,宮殿的庭園竟然大到有個湖,另有無數小別院、小澡堂、小教堂,連山頂豪宅也為之遜色。

原來凱瑟琳宮的庭園有個小側門,當地民眾就由此免費入場,在庭園做晨運、影婚紗相、散步;正門雖然收費但接近宮殿,方便遊客;這個設計很好啊,開放設施之餘,也能分流人群。俄國肯開放資源與民共享,也很難得。

凱瑟琳宮重建後也算金碧輝煌,但面向庭園的宮殿背面,感覺很殘破,石屎剝落,牆身甩油,雕像斷頭,希望未來有更完善的修繕工程吧。

 

最令我最難忘的是,在凱瑟琳宮外的小鎮食到了全歐洲最好食的雪糕!

 

 

Catherine Palace is in the country. I have to ride on metro then change to train then change to bus then arrive the palace. The road is pretty easy to find. There are lots of tourists (mainly visa-free Chinese) in the train station and I just have to follow them to the palace.

The blue palace wall is a prefect with the blue sky and the golden ball room is just amazing. The palace garden is so big that there even is a LAKE! And lots of countless little cottages, bathhouses and churches. Even the most expensive penthouse in the Peak in Hong Kong can’t compare to this.

There is a secret little door in the corner of the garden and everyone can come through that door for free. The locals did their morning jog, shoot their wedding photos or just walk in the garden. The front door has a ticket gate but it close to the palace and more convenience to tourists. The secret little door is free entry but close to the garden. Different door meets the need of different people. It’s a good design and can bypass people. I am happy to see the Russians opening such a beautiful place for its people.

The front side of Catherine Palace is a beautiful golden palace but it is a bit dilapidated in its back side. Just hope there will be a complete renovation in the future.

 

I ate the most delicious ice cream in the little town outside the palace. I never thought I would have such delicacy in country side. That is the most surprisingly unforgettable memory for me!

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凱瑟琳宮背面殘破The back side of Catherine Palace is dilapidated
小側門可以免費入場Free entry at the side door
在凱瑟琳宮外的小鎮食到了全歐洲最好食的雪糕!I ate the most delicious ice cream in the little town outside the palace.
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