Kamenny Islands (translated as the Stone Islands) is a great place to walk around in the historic part of the city without risking facing the army of tourists. There is plenty of sightseeing to be done here and I would love to tell stories about everything, so I’ll start with my favorite piece: it is the Girl with a Paddle. To be totally correct, the monument is located on the anonymous island near the rowing sports base.
Some curious facts about the Girl with a Paddle: the USSR authorities actively promoted the value of being a strong and sporty person in the 1920s-1930s. As a consequence of that idea, several monuments of athletes appeared all over the country. There were several girls with oars, and the local one is a copy of a statue in Moscow.
I don’t why, but I like this monument a lot, even understanding that this is the extreme form of eclecticism: you find this Soviet realism monument quite close to the oak tree planted by Peter the Great. Why not? 🙂 Also, this spot has a very romantic ambiance with its willows, boats, the water and the white figure of the Girl with a Paddle.