I bought a book for my son Dave the title is “What Life was Like in the Time of War and Peace” about Imperial Russia 1696-1917. I thought it would tell David a little about the country where he was born.
On the back slip cover was this bit of history.
“In the spring of 1797, Count Nicholas Sheremetev welcomed Emperor Paul I, son of Catherine the Great to his country estate with a spectacular display. The Count stationed a serf next to every tree in the grove that led to the estate; each of the trees had been sawed nearly all the way through. As the emperor’s entourage made their way up the long drive, the trees fell away on signal.
To the visiting tsar, it was as if a curtain were opening, and there before him, set off by a tremendous fireworks display, stood the glories of Ostankino—- its church, pond, gardens, and the magnificent palace itself.”
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