The surroundings of St. Petersburg offer many interesting places.
In September 2015, the Yu. V. Linnik Centennial Conference was held in the Euler International Mathematical Institute, in honour of the great Yuri Linnik (1915-1972). During the conference, an excursion was organised to Linnik's resting place at Komarovo, 45km northwest from St. Petersburg.
On that occasion, I learned that Anna Akhmatova (Anna Gorenko; 1889-1966) was only a few meters away, and that Ilya Repin's house was in a nearby village, Repino. The latter information led to a visit in 2017 described in the next paragraph.
Related topic: Portrait of Akhmatova by Altman in State Russian Museum.
Repino is named after Ilya Repin (1844-1930), who spent the last thirty years or so of his life in this pittoresque village. The landscape you see on the photo (without trees, but with two persons in the sea, fully dressed) was represented in Repin's painting "What a freedom!" (1903) in the State Russian Museum.
Repin himself designed his house, which he called the "Penates". He was buried in the garden; in accordance with his wishes, an (oak) tree was planted in the nearby.
Related topic: My favourite paintings by Repin in State Russian Museum.
☞ TSARSKOE SELO
Pushkin was a student at the Tsarskoe Selo Lyceum. In Russia, every schoolchild knows the Pushkin monument in details.
☞ PETERHOF (or PETERGOF)
Grand Palace (church)
A frog singing
Birches on beach
"[...]P.S. It is that same green bench I showed you today.
Shame on you! I was forced to add that as well."
(F. Dostoevsky, "The Idiot", Part Three, III, Aglaya to
Hundreds of benches are in the view — all painted in green. Which one exactly did Aglaya Ivanovna show to Lev Nikolaevich?
Image from Fyodor Dostoevsky Literary Memorial Museum. Background photos by myself: (left) Lake (1899-1900), Isaac Levitan, State Russian Museum; (right) State Hermitage Museum & the Neva.
□ The City on the Neva
□ Canals and Bridges
□ Noble Spirits
□ The Idiot and Poor Folk
□ Peterhof, Pavlovsk, Repino (you are currently on this page)
□ The Rest is Silence