All of this is such wonderful news--except for some of the prices, of course
--and I'm hoping that sometime in the next few years I can check it out personally.
Twelve years ago our tour stayed in St. P. Which was wonderful, but next time, for my purposes, I would want to stay right in Pushkin. We did spend one day in Pushkin and dined at a pleasant second floor restaurant, paneled in dark wood with roomy, comfortable booths. Most of us had soup and sandwiches and it was all very tasty.
Of course, I was much more focused on visiting Pavlosk and the Catherine Palace than lingering over any meal. Sadly we did not visit the Alexander Palace--it was not open--but I briefly separated from our group and dashed over, looking through the fence and across to the palace itself. While doing so I remember seeing some small boys on bicycles, carrying fishing poles, and feeling rather envious of their leisure time!
Since that visit I have often thought how wonderful it would be to spend two or three days at Pavlosk and have the time to walk about and take it all in gradually, rather than have to meet any particular schedules.