Saturday, June 30, 2012

St Petersburg Catherine Palace-gardens

Catherine II loved cold baths.  This was her bath house.

This is a little villiage Catherine II had built.  It was something like Marie Ationette's little peasant farm, but not quite so precious.

A little getaway palace behind the big palace.  The biography that I read on Catherine II, Catherine the Great, Love, Sex and Power by Virginia Rounding indicated that tales of her bizzare sexual exploits were exagerations.  She did have many favorites and fell hopelessly in love with them and had a few favorites of the favorites.

She liked this little building behid the palace as it was always cool in the summer.


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