Things to avoid as a tourist in Russia

Things to avoid as a tourist in Russia

There are some important things to avoid as a tourist in Russia. First of all, do not go to Russia without carrying with you the numbers of the American Embassy or consular centers in the area where you are. If you have a problem, especially legal, call first the consular center to get help faster. It is advisable to call the consular services rather than those of the Russian police. Do not forget to register at the police when you stay in a city for more than three days. If you're stayin... [ read more ]

Russia, a land of superlatives

Russia, a land of superlatives

Russia is a land of superlatives. It is the largest country in the world, the largest reserve of natural gas and the second oil-producing country, the country of the longest railroads in the world, with the busiest subway system and with one of the oldest, largest and deepest lakes in the world, the Baikal Lake. Russia has seaside resorts as well and the snow-covered domes of the Kremlin and its cathedrals reflects the power and mysticism of this Nordic nation. Those who survived the desp... [ read more ]

Things you should know before going to Russia

Things you should know before going to Russia

Russians are not very communicative with strangers. If you have a Russian host that will also make the food for you, it is good to make compliments and to bring a gift. If something happens when you are in that country, it would be better to call one of the numbers : 01 - Ambulance, 02 - Police, 03 - Firefighters, and do not try to handle it alone. It is advisable to know at least a little Russian or take a dictionary with yourself and take care at what hotel are you staying because you c... [ read more ]

Amazing Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod

Amazing Saint Sophia Cathedral in Novgorod

The Holy Wisdom of God in Kremlin also known as Saint Sophia Cathedral in Veliky Novgorod.It is the mother church of the Novgorodian Eparchy and one of the oldest orthodox church. The feature of this church is its divergence from the Byzantine pattern. Veliky Novgorod is a historic city and infact one of the most historic in Russia. It is along the Volkhov River in the northwestern part of Russia. This cathedral was built by Vladimir and it is an expression of gratitude to the people of Novg... [ read more ]

Richness of the Russian Visual Arts

Richness of the Russian Visual Arts

To start with, let’s look at the Russian Architecture and the Russian architects. Palace of Facets can be found in Moscow Kremlin. This is where the main banquet reception hall of the Muscovite Tsars used to be. The Muscovite tsars were the Grand Duchy of Moscow which we know in English as Muscovy. Amongst the secular buildings in Moscow, this palace of Facets is one of the oldest. If you are walking near the Kremlin Cathedral Square, or the Cathedral of the Annunciation and the Dormition ... [ read more ]

Perm in Russia

Perm in Russia

Perm is a city on the banks of Kama River. It is near the Ural Mountains with a population of about one million. Being the 13th most populous city in Russia, Perm’s modern city today is a cultural, scientific, administrative and industrial center. They have leading food industry and oil refining, timber and wood processing industries. Also their oil production is three percent of Russian output making their chemical and petrochemical industry a vibrant one. When you are traveling in Perm, ... [ read more ]

Russian Towns with WWII Heroism Awards

Russian Towns with WWII Heroism Awards

Some provincial towns with about 30,000 to 300,000 people are named with military glory. Why they have been awarded as such is that there were Soviet soldiers here that displayed heroism during the World War 2. Altogether there are 39 of them, we will highlight a few. The seven hero cities in Moscow, Volgograd and St. Petersburg are also included in this list. You may check out the memorials in the Alexander Garden which is just next to Kremlin. Maloyaroslavets This town in Kaluga Region o... [ read more ]

Matreshkas in Arbat District

Matreshkas in Arbat District

The Arbat District has a population of about 28,000 people and it belongs to the district Tsentralny Administrative Okrug or Central Administrative Okrug of Moscow. The meaning of the Russian Okrug is referring to the ‘area’ or region’ and there about ten such districts other than Arbat. The others are Basmanny, Krasnoselsky, Presnensky, Tverskoy, Zamoskvorechye, Khamovniki, Meshchansky, Tagansky and last but not the least Yakimanka. Matreshkas in this terms is the Russian nesting/nest... [ read more ]

Chesme, the Chesmenskiy Palace

Chesme, the Chesmenskiy Palace

Heading southwards of Saint Petersburg leads you to Chesmenskiy Palace. A court architect by the name Yuri Felten had design it with this early early gothic revival style. It has the a certain manner like the Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill villa which you can find in Twickenham. The shape is triangular which makes this building special. The three corner towers were build around a central turret. This name Chesme was after the Chesme Bay as in that year, Russia won the Russo-Turkish War i... [ read more ]

The Pearl of Black Sea in Russia

The Pearl of Black Sea in Russia

Though Sochi is an unofficial summer capital, being unofficial itself as a capital of Russia has landed it a great name. Partly geographic reasons since it is right at the base of the Caucasus Mountains. Sochi is not just known for the winter sports, it is a place to lounge yourself on the beach, even it is possible to swim in the ocean. Sochi is full of healing springs spas and such, a total heaven for relaxation and rejuvenation. You will not believe but walking even recommended by the spa... [ read more ]