Leisure and sports
My happiest childhood memories are connected with the beach in Kuokkala. As yesterday, I remember the days spent in the morning on the beach at my booth. This booth was an indispensable accessory for rented dachas. The dacha was rented only entirely. It never occurred to anyone to rent or rent a dacha from room to room. And in the spring, as soon as the summer residents moved to the dacha they had rented, the owner put the booth on a cart and drove it to the beach, where, together with my father, they chose a place for "our" booth. Often there were so many booths that they were lined up in two rows (naturally, in the less convenient second row, booths were placed late in moving to the country). <…>
… during the day, in the heat, the beach buzzed like a beehive, with a swarm of children's voices, joyful, frightened when they plunged, mischievous when playing, but always muffled by water, blurry, unsharp. This beach music is heard even now, and I still love it very much. What a miracle of fun, entertainment, mischief, ease of communication, theatrical and festive impromptu was this Kuokkala!
— D.S.Likhachev, "Memories"
In recent times, the quiet and calm village of Repino bore the romantic Finnish name Kuokkala, apparently from the word "koukku", which means "hook". Russians with Finams have lived here since the Middle Ages, occupying together a vast territory on the Sestra River and doing mostly fishing.
Later, these picturesque lands attracted wealthy Petersburgers, who began little by little to rebuild their summer cottages and estates here. Little by little, until 1879 the Finnish railway opened, giving the construction an already massive character. I must say that Kuokkala only benefited from this: even though there were more summer residents than aborigines, the village was replenished with elegant wooden villas in the spirit of northern Art Nouveau - with obligatory turrets and openwork carvings. At the end of the 19th century, the village even opened its own railway station, finally turning Kuokkala into a summer resort for the Petersburg intelligentsia.