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An Introduction to Skating in Russia
A Day of Skating in Pushkin

by Kathie Fry

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1. Introduction
2. Moscow
3. St. Petersburg
4. Pushkin
5. Peterhof
6. Novgorod
7. Kotlin Dikes
8. Sosnovy Bor
9. More Information
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Moscow
St. Petersburg
Pushkin
Peterhof
Novgorod
Kotlin Dikes
Sosnovy Bor
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Me Skating in Moscow
My Fall in St. Petersburg

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 Catherine Palace.

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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More of This Article
Part 1: About Skating in Russia
Part 2: Skating the Streets of Moscow
Part 3: Skating St. Petersburg
Part 4: A Day of Skating in Pushkin
Part 5: Skaters Visiting a Palace at Peterhof
Part 6: Skating Novgorod Kremlin and River Trail
Part 7: Skating the Dikes of Kotlin Island
Part 8: Sosnovy Bor Biathlon Loop Trail



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