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An Introduction to Skating in Russia
A Day of Skating in Pushkin
by Kathie Fry
Photos of Skating in Pushkin
The town of Pushkin was called Tsarskoye Selo until it
was renamed in 1917. It was the residence of the tsars
from the beginning of the 18th century, when a huge palace
and a park complex were built, including the Catherine
Palace and Alexander Park. The Catherine Palace is one of the
best examples of Russian Baroque architecture.
Pushkin is only a short train ride from St. Petersburg. Whenever
I travel there with friends, we always follow a set routine.
After we arrive at the Pushkin train station, we spend some time
skating up and down the avenues of the town, through parks and
along the shop-lined streets. The town is on a gentle hill, so
skaters will get a good workout going one way and a nice long ride
going the other. Next we skate to the Egyptian Gates to take a group
photo before we stop for ice cream in the square in front of the
Now we are ready to head out of town for a skate through the
countryside. We skate on a bridge over a ravine, and head for
a model Chinese village that is currently being used as a hotel.
We take a group photo under the Chinese Gate, skate through the
Chinese village, and stop for a group swim at a local lake.
Next we skate through a beautiful meadow and forest, to a cafe where
we all have lunch. At that point, the group can either catch the
train back to St. Petersburg or skate all the way back to the city,
visiting the palaces and parks of Pavlovsk along the way.
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