8 Cities of Russian's Golden Ring

8 Cities of Russian’s Golden Ring

From Yaroslavl, Kostroma, Ivanovo, Suzdal and Vladimir. Sightseeing the eight cities of the Russian Golden Ring can be such an adventure. Let's start with Sergiyev Posad, it is located in Moscow Oblast in Russia, the Trinity Lavra of St. Sergius is one of the greatest Russian Monasteries. It is also the spiritual centre of the Russian Orthodox Church or the Moscow Patriarchate. It all begins with the Baptism of Rus' at Kiev and restored in the 1917 and reinstituted in 1943 during the World W... [ read more ]

Southern Russia

Southern Russia

Oblasts of Russia, this is the way countries are subdivision and organize in Russia as well as some countries of former Soviet Union. In Russia, oblasts are subjects of the Federation as they do have some degree of autonomy. First the federal cities of Russia are St. Petersburg and Moscow. Of the 83 subjects, 46 of the Russian Federation are oblasts. Always with the nicest climate, the Southern Russia borders the Volga Regions, Russia's Central Region, the Caspian Sea, Black Sea, Georgia, Uk... [ read more ]

Maximizing Your Ten Days in Russia

Maximizing Your Ten Days in Russia

It's a travel mission possible if you are in Russia for at least ten days to cover best of St. Petersburg and Moscow. Your travel can be on a cruise after you arrived in the beautiful baroque styled St. Petersburg. Enjoy the architectures all around the city center, checkout the Nevsky Prospect, Smolny Convent and the Palace Square. The other highlight is the Peter and Paul Fortress and the Cathedral not to be missed. That is where the tombs of the Romanovs are buried under the 122 meters ... [ read more ]

Provincial Town Kashin's Sights

Provincial Town Kashin’s Sights

Kashin is about five hours or five and a half hours by train or suburban train from Moscow. Some people take an overnight train from Saint Petersburg to Tver' to savior the scenic beauty. Kashinka is the river that cuts through the whole town with loops and curves. You may check out a special 'point' where it is so narrow with a single street for the amazing view of the river on both your left and right. There are straight streets running from west-east and north-south, usually they ends with ... [ read more ]

Advice on the Russian Rubles

Advice on the Russian Rubles

100 kopeek makes one Russian rouble, that makes 35 Rubles to 1 Euro if you are to exchange it, or about 30 roubles to 1 US dollar. It might sound strange to you but it is not legal to use the Euros or US dollars when you are in Russia, so you have to get your money change in any case. As it makes the foreign currencies usage like 'under table' money since it will not be declared for paying at a cafe, or any service providers. Initial Expenses in Cash Bring some cash with you for paying the... [ read more ]

Sights of Ekaterinburg (Yekaterinburg)

Sights of Ekaterinburg (Yekaterinburg)

Yakov Sverdlov is a prominent Bolshevik and also an inspiring orator. At one point in history, he was the assumed successor to Lenin. In the city of Ekaterinburg, you can see his statue that has been erected on the boulevard just across from the Opera House. The region is still referred to as Sverdlovskaya Oblast and its railway station is still Sverdlovsk and not Ekaterinburg, for during the Soviet era, this region was named Sverdlovsk after Yakov Sverdlov. Jewish Community Center 'Synagog... [ read more ]

Russia's Gem: Novgorod

Russia’s Gem: Novgorod

Novgorod is a town that is so beautiful with solid old churches, kremlin full of historic treasures and gorgeous tree-lined streets. There lives laid-back and friendly locals and one of its beauty is its access to the scenic countryside. Basically, Novgorod means 'new town' and ironically, it has been around since the 9th century! Varangian Norsemen Over the past 600 years, it has been Russia's most pioneering artistic and political centre. If you want to begin explore Russian's history, y... [ read more ]

Smolny Institute and Bridges Highlights

Smolny Institute and Bridges Highlights

The Smolny Institute is a Palladian edifice in St. Petersburg. It has designs and original concepts of the Venetian architect Andrea Palladio. Mainly, there is a strong based on the symmetry, perspective and values of the formal classical temple architecture of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. The building was commissioned from Giacomo Quarenghi and constructed to house the Smolny Institute for Noble Maidens. It was under the decree of Catherine II the Great in 1764 and was Russia's first educat... [ read more ]

25 Must Do in Russia

25 Must Do in Russia

In memory of the war, there is a WWII memorial complex called "To the Heroes of the Stalingrad Battle". This is very well-known all over the former soviet union (FSU) countries as Mamayev Kurgan. This 48 meters tall monument is in Volgograd, has Mother Russia and it stands on a hill crest. The posture is of her raising the sword in the mid air. It is the highest point of the city and its actually a Tatar burial site. Now this open-air museum has 35,000 Russian solders buried altogether there. ... [ read more ]