It turns out that a town in the style of XVII century is hiding in Pushkin. In the 1900s, the wealthy citizens of St. Petersburg entertained themselves by building this area in an ancient way. Houses for priests, workers, laundry. In Soviet times a hotel was opened here, but they quickly left this idea behind. Nowadays it's a little-known and very pleasant place for contemplative walks.
Music from Soviet films unwittingly played in our heads as we approached a station filled with apples. There were two humble houses on the property. The first was built for the family, and it is still home to the composer's widow. The second housed a workshop. Now it's a museum where nothing has changed since the musician's death. Cassettes, books, stacks of notes and a piano. It's funny that Kurosawa, a director, lived in this workshop back in 1979. The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday.
To find a mansion, you need to move boldly through the building of Soviet construction. It's not deserted, it's an agricultural research institute. The Eliseevs' estate is a rare Art Nouveau in the outskirts of St. Petersburg. Inside you can walk on your own, but from the interiors there is nothing left at all. The facade of the main entrance is now decorated with good graffiti, mixed with reminders of the heroes of Russian rock.
Modest wooden interior. There is a white stove in the center of the facility that warms up with one view. Russian cuisine is on the menu. Prices are as democratic as possible.
The Alley of the Hanged Manor leads to the estate, as the inhabitants of the nearby villages now joke. Here the writer's parents met while cycling in Võru. And they left. Nabokov's grandmother remained in the house, to whom his grandson used to come on holiday.
Here was the childhood of V. Nabokov's mother, his house was inherited along with his uncle's savings. With this money, the young writer publishes a collection of his poems. In different years the building was a hostel for students of the veterinary school, a shelter for German troops, a laboratory, a school. It's great that now in the estate settled a modest museum V. Nabokov. The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday.
The Lutheran church adorns a humble village. It is ancient and active. Inside there is even a modest organ, divine services are held on Sundays.
Ahead of the Gazpromneft filling station. A good reason to make a stop: refuel with quality fuel, drink coffee and just warm up.
The Kingisepp district is not famous for its restaurants. It's an adequate establishment. Fast service and democratic prices.