Russia Etiquette

Russia Etiquette

Russia is on the surface every bit as modern and cosmopolitan as any other northern European country, with fashion in cities such as Moscow and Saint Petersburg as outrageous and as daring as London and Paris. However, Russians take their religion very seriously, so…

Russian cuisine

Russian cuisine

Russian cuisine can be diverse and complex, with influences from all over the world – though most notably north and central Europe, central Asia and the middle east. Traditional Russian cuisine is by large very much the same or at least very much influenced…

The Trans Siberian Railway

The Trans Siberian Railway

There is simply no other rail journey that can compete with the Trans Siberian. Journey all the way from Moscow to Beijing, stop off at Vladivostok or the winter-loving city of Harbin and watch from the window as the train ploughs through the desolate…

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg is one of the world’s most stunning cities. Created by Peter the Great and styled after the great cities of Europe, the former capital is a treasure trove of gorgeous palaces, grand cathedrals and even grander museums. The city is crisscrossed with…

The Golden Ring

The Golden Ring

The Golden Ring is a road trip route that takes in a beautiful collection of rural villages, medieval towns and peaceful bucolic countryside to the northeast of Moscow. The route takes in hundreds of churches topped with golden onion domes, ancient towns surrounded by…

The Catherine Palace

The Catherine Palace

The grand centrepiece of Tsarskoe Selo is the huge baroque Catherine Palace. Walk through its sumptuous halls, dining rooms, portrait rooms and of course the inspiring Amber Room (though bear in mind this is a reconstruction as the original amber room was raided during…

The Hermitage Museum

The Hermitage Museum

The vast collections of St Peterburg’s Hermitage Museum number well into the millions and were founded when the Empress Catherine the Great acquired a number of paintings from a Prussian trader. Now, the museum is spread across six buildings and has collections that span…

Moscow

Moscow

Russia’s huge capital city is home to a veritable army of attractions. Start at the cobbled Red Square to see the stunningly ornate St Basil’s Cathedral and the walls of the imposing Kremlin and afterwards consider a stroll and a spot of shopping in…

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