My wife wanted to visit Venice for its canals.... so I took her to St Petersburg for its own canals... at the end of May, perfect timing for the ‘white nights’. Our hosts were kind, taking us to various gems denied to ordinary travellers.
One such was Peterhof, Peter the Great’s summer palace on the Gulf of Finland. Closed most of the year, June 2 was the annual opening day. All of St Petersburg seemed to be there wandering round the myriad glorious golden fountains. The toilet queues were monumental, so the local menfolk kindly created unrecorded additional golden fountains.