John Muir


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Along the fountains are many marble and gilded statues, lions, classic figures, etc. One of the fountains has a cluster of pipes - 365 - one for each day in the year with fine effect - a geyser about 30 feet high or 40. All together there must be thousands of jets. In front of terrace facing the open Gulf of Bothnia, grand old oaks, elms, poplars, etc., planted some of them by Peter the Great. The whole planned by him. His first summer palace very plain, lowly, and curious, especially his many baths. Tricks, etc., seats suddenly enveloped in a film of water, etc. The new little palace is charming, sometimes occupied a few days by the present Emperor. The larger one less account, gaudy but finely colored outside. One room full of portraits - heads and busts of ladies unframed, the walls from top to bottom covered with them. Artificial lakes, artificial trees as fountains. All the fountains play 4 hours a day. Pretty fancy garden in front of small palace, a dozen steamers

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Original journal dimensions: 9.5 x 16 cm.

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