Russia Favorites

  • Koryaksky Volcano from Kaynyran
    Koryaksky Volcano from Kaynyran
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  • Avachinsky Volcano from Kaynyran
    Avachinsky Volcano from Kaynyran
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  • On the way to Pavlovsk by marshrutka
    On the way to Pavlovsk by marshrutka
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Russia Favorites

  • General impressions

    Moscow Favorites

    Can you believe it - we have beaten both Spain and Greece as budget travelling goes! Here is what the Backpacker Index says, giving us # 14 - between Bratislava and Prague: Certainly one of the world’s most important cities, Moscow continues also to be frustrating for many travelers, with relatively few hostels and traveler-friendly budget...

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  • Personal Observations

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    Having spent a very pleasant, and educational, few hours exploring the Peter and Paul Fortress it was definitely "that time of day". The sun was out and this little outdoor cafe on the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island looked like an ideal spot to sit band enjoy it. My request for a "Pivo pajalusta" was easily interpreted and the friendly guy serving...

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  • The Volga Embankment

    Volgograd Favorites

    The city is also known for its Gorky Theater, the beautiful Volga embankments and parks. It is pleasant to stroll in the parks along the embankments. http://www.odnoklassniki.ru/profile/346395808357

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  • Streets of Moscow

    Moscow Favorites

    This is another place I came across during my random wanderings. It seems that Club Solyanka, on the street of the same name, is one of Moscow's hippest nightclubs but on a swelteringly-hot June afternoon I was more interested in finding somewhere to sit in the shade and have a cold beer. It's not obvious from the street but my beer nose led me up...

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  • Canals and Rivers

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    Why not have a boat trip along the city canals and rivers, which will allow you to see the buildings from different angles and to enjoy the city sites - the splendid samples of the old Russian architecture. walking along the city canals and living there for a year.

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  • Battle of Stallingrad

    Volgograd Favorites

    To military history lovers. Places to visit in Volgograd - Kalach ( meeting of the armies memorial) - Mamaev Kurgan (recommend to visit when it is dark as well) - Stalingrad Panorama - Tractor factory museum (clearance required) - Monuments along Volga river embankment (Gasitel, etc) - Ludnikov's island - Volga boat ride - Paulus museum in...

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  • Red Square/Kremlin

    Moscow Favorites

    Despite my reputation I'm not actually a total drunkard. I never start on the beer until I've done something either productive, cultural or energetic (and sometimes all three). Wandering around the Red Square and Kremlin area on my first morning I fancied a coffee but because my hotel had required payment in cash, which had used up most of my...

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  • Monuments

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    Our first stop where we got out to take pictures was along the river at what the guide said were lighthouses (there were two) but which the travel literature called Rostrums. Apparently several times a year, they build a fire at the top of it in a kind of bazaar thing (I find that it is a gas light). Stuck onto the side are ship bows which the...

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  • Monuments & Buildings

    Moscow Favorites

    OK. This isn't really a serious tip but just a bit of naughty observation. Whilst doing my random wandering bit and taking photos about places I didn't have a clue about, it so happened that not long after I'd taken a pic of the famous St Basil's Cathedral I'd taken a pic from across the river of the Stalin Skyscraper, the Kotelnicheskaya...

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  • Parks and Squares

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    This towering triumphal column was erected in 1833 as a somewhat belated monument to the defeat of Napoleon in 1812. Designed by Auguste de Montferrand, who also designed St. Isaac's Cathedral, the Alexander Column was hewn from the rock face of a cliff in Karelia over a period of two years, requiring the labors of thousands of workers. It was then...

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  • Other places to see

    Moscow Favorites

    The nearest vicinities of the Red Square, including Manezhnaya Square are the places most attended by Muscovites for the last four centuries. In XV century in the old Moscow here lived handicraftsmen and shopkeepers selling the products at the entrances of their workshops. In the beginning of Peter the Great ruling period there were set up the...

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  • St.Peter and St.Paul's Fortress

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    Opposite to Winter Palace on Neva River, there is the first construction of the city, Sts Peter and Pavel Fortress. The fortress was found by Peter I the Great in May of 1703 (the year of the foundation of the city). The fortress, in spite of its military name, never been under the siege or took part in the battles. But it was used as a prison in...

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  • Cathedrals & Monasteries

    Moscow Favorites

    This is one of the most beautiful convents in Moscow and its was founded in the early 16th century. Its main cathedral was consecrated in honour of the Smolenskaya Icon of the Mother of God Hodigitria. According to legend, the icon was painted by St. Luke himself, and it is closely linked with the convent's foundation. The icon was brought to Rus...

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  • Hermitage

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    Es la primera vez que recomiendo una película, pero El Arca Rusa de Sokurov puede ser muy interesante , tanto a los que se preparan para ir a visitar el Hermitage , como para los que ya lo han hecho La película dura 96 minutos y se rodó , en una toma sin montaje alguno y en un sólo día, ya que el Museo Hermitage tenía que estar cerrado El arca...

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  • Moscow Metro

    Moscow Favorites

    Moscow's metro was inaugurated in 1935 and since then the network grew to 11 lines and covers a distance of about 300 km. Many of the stations from Soviet times are fine examples of socialist realism and therefore well worth seeing. Unfortunately, in the past taking photos was prohibited, but nowadays it looks like nobody really cares about...

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  • Cathedrals and Churches

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    St. Petersburg has many churches all around the town. Most of them are Russian Orthodox Churches, but other denominations can be found as well. Especially the wide Nevsky Prospekt is lined with churches of all denominations and therefore Alexander Dumas called it "the street of religious tolerance". During Soviet times many churches were closed...

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  • Parks/Estates

    Moscow Favorites

    Tourism can be thirsty work, especially when the sun's out and you've been randomly street walking most of the day. Not only that but every so often you need to take the weight off the feet and sit and watch the world go by. Fortunately during my afternoon in Gorky Park I discovered that there are several strategically-located cafes and Cafe...

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  • Museums

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    Hermitage Museum - I did the cruise ship visit to St Petersburg last month. We visted Catherine's Palace in Pushkin first in the morning so we arrived to the Hermitage in the afternoon. The cruise ships have tour guides so the cruise ship visitors do not wait in the ticket lines. Most cruise ships stop running the Northern Europe route the end of...

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  • Nevsky Avenue

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    Nevsky Prospekt is arguably the best-known street in the whole of Russia. In the conclusion of his eponymous short story Nikolai Gogol describes it thus: "Nevsky Prospekt deceives at all hours of the day, but the worst time of all is at night... when the devil himself is abroad, kindling the street-lamps with one purpose only: to show everything in...

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  • Bridges

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    The simple but beautiful Post Office Bridge (Potschtamski most) crosses the Moika Canal near the Yusupov Palace and Bolshaya Morskaya ulitsa. The stay (steel chain) is buried in a core of mortar and stone beds are angled into the ground to bear the vertical load, making the design a product of function. One of the smaller pedestrian bridges, the...

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  • Architecture

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    St. Petersburg was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703, so it celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2003. The tsars employed the best architects and artists from Western Europe to build St. Petersburg. Most of the Baroque or Classizism style buildings were worked out by Italian, French, Dutch or German people, therefore St. Petersburg is...

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  • Visas and Documents

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    La verdad es que ya no estamos acostumbrados a este tipo de requisitos , pero para visitar Rusia es necesario , al menos para los Españoles seguir los siguientes pasos : Visa : No intentes ir al consulado Ruso , pues hay que sacar la visa a través de alguna de las agencias oficiales . Nosotros sacamos la visa y las invitaciones con Iberrusia (...

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  • Weather

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    St. Petersburg gets all four seasons, sometimes a bit unpredictably. The long days of white nights in June do not mean it will be always warm, carry a sweater and umbrella! It can rain most any time of year, though January and February are the coldest and there will be a glaze of ice on sidewalks. Beign by teh Finaldn gulf, the air can often be...

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  • Guidebooks

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    Most facilities in the center are portable toilets. Sometimes on Palace Square you will see toilet buses. Generally WC are all 10 rubles. For free in 5-star hotels, McDonalds and other restaurants. Marble and gold WC in nice hotels like Grand Hotel Europe or Dostoevsky Hotel.

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  • City Environs

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    For the early birds: come to Peterhof before 9 a.m. and enter the Lower Garden free of charge. That is what I do. I love the nature and solitude. Have some seeds and feed the squirrels. They switch on the fountains at 10 a.m.

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  • Theaters and Concert Halls

    Saint Petersburg Favorites

    The most prices for tickets in museums and theaters differ for locals and foreigners. If anybody (non Russian) works or studies in SPb and have a paper with confirmation about a job in SPb then he (or she) can buy tickets for local prices. Women who check tickets in theaters (for example in Mariinsky) are very experienced: they can see who is who....

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  • Memories

    My first (still only) Russia tour was more then 3 years ago. It was just special thing that was my celebration gift to myself for my first year of working. What a gift and what a treat as well! I spend 8 days in total in biggest country on Earth. It was part of my big Eastern Europe tour and it last almost 17 days and it was for me and even excited...

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  • Visa and registration

    Traveling to Russia is not a problem ;-) I have to admit that it's not like moving across the EU for us, but don't be afraid about visiting this lovely country.In your visa you'll find written just the name of the company which invited you. It could be the hotel of your first reservation or just a company, like West-East Link. Anyway, what it's...

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  • St.Petersburg is a must! :)

    St.Petersburg is very different from Moscow, much friendlier and cheaper. It's full of arty people, you can find lots of great galleries and museums there. Apart from like official culture life there lots of young musicians and artists willing to express their talents. The accomodation there is cheaper than in Moscow, though it's quite a challenge...

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  • BEER!

    Russia is an excellent place for the imbiber with many a good brand of local beer available and inexpensive as well.The Baltika range, Klinskoe, Tolstyak, Sibirskaya Korona. Stary Melnik and Bochkaryov are amongst my favourites.

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  • Tea Ceremony

    Having some tea according to the Russian tradition. The tea drawing is brewed in small kettles and is diluted by boiled water from the samovar ("self-boiler" in Russian). In other words, you would simply call it "Russian tea"... Help yourself! :-) Lots of Russian folk songs....Here's a nice link to a good Russian song "I love you, Russia" sung by...

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  • Rusko 2011

    Rusko, Transibiřská magistrála, Bajkal - to byly vždycky moje sny, které jsem ani nikdy nebral moc vážně. Ale podívat se na tento kousek světa mě vždycky lákalo. Azbuku a pár slovíček umím, nějaké kontakty mám v Rusku taky, tak proč nenaplánovat něco šíleného? A co třeba rovnou cesta...

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  • Obtaining an invitation for the visa

    For my upcoming trip, this time I organised my invitation through www.visatorussia.comInvitation came next day via PDF and cost USD30.00. The next day I took the invitation down with a completed application form to the Russian Embassy here in Tokyo.Swift and easy to use service.Mind you I do hope one day that I can enter Russia visa free.

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  • The Red square and Kremlin (Moscow)

    As ancient chronicles assert, the Red Square appeared at the end of 15th century, when Ivan III ordered to ruin all wooden buildings, surrounding the Kremlin and threatening with the fire, and to allot this area for a market. That's how the first name of the square - Trade Square ("Torgovaya") appeared. However, in 16th century the Square was...

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  • Naryshkin Baroque

    Naryshkin Baroque, also called Moscow Baroque, or Muscovite Baroque, is the name given to a particular style of architecture and decoration which was fashionable in Moscow at the turn of the 17th and 18th centuries.Naryshkin baroque is essentially a fusion of traditional Russian architecture with baroque elements imported from Central Europe via...

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  • History of Saint-Petersburg

    Saint-Petersburg is the Northern capital of Russia, its cultural, historical and architectural center! Saint-Petersburg was named in honor of patron saint of Peter The Great, who founded the city more than 300 years ago and for more than 200 years (till 1917) it was Russian capital. Peter the Great modeled the city after European capitals and it...

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  • History of Moscow

    The first chronicle record of Moscow dates from 1147. The foundation of the city of Moscow is related to the name of Yuri Vladimirovich Dolgoruky, a Suzdal prince famous for creating towns (in 1954 a monument to Yuri Dolgoruki was built in the center of the capital). AT first, Moscow was one of the smaller towns near the south-west frontier of...

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  • Learn the russian alphabet !!!

    Learn the russian Alphabet, because you will hardly ever find any inscriptions that are not made only in cyrillic letters and many russian words are also quite easy to understand when you are just able to read them. TYAЛET = myaлem these are 2 different ways to write the word TUALET (toilet) BXOД CBOБOДHЫИ...

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  • Useful phone numbers

    The most common European emergency number 112 (following Directive 2002/22/EC: Universal Service Directive) and also standard on GSM mobile phones. 112 is used in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,...

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  • Painted Wooden Eggs

    Hand-made souvenirs are great!Why not buy painted wooden eggs that are usually used on Easteror choose one of the traditional Russian shawls to take home with you.Take a look at some other wooden hand-made souvenirs.

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  • Russian Matryoshka Doll

    Wooden handicfarts: decorated hand-made spoons, for example, a traditional Russian souvenir...Amber handicrafts:nice traditional Russian souvenirs such as things made of Russian amber like these. taking home together with nice memories some other reminders of your stay in Russia: 'matryoshka' wodden doll, a hand-made article painted in different...

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  • Not learning Russian

    Let me admit that I did not follow my own advice and learn the 60 critical words as I recommend on my VT home page for visiting a country with a different language, but I did do something that proved very useful and added to the pleasures of my visit.I learned the basic sounds of the Cyrillic alphabet. There are enough words in Russian with Latin...

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  • Cyrillic alphabet

    The Russians use the cyrillic alphabet. It's easier to pronounce if you got the translations.А = aБ = bВ = vГ = gД = dЕ = jeЁ = jøЖ = zhЗ = zИ = iЙ = jК = kЛ = lМ = mН = nО = oП = pР = rС = sТ = tУ = uФ = fХ =...

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  • Historical people

    Some historical Russian people eighter by power, strength of will or implementation: Josef Stalin, Mikhail Gorbachev, Nikita Khrushchev, Grigori Rasputin, Vladimir Lenin, Leonid Brezhnev, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Boris Yeltsin, Fedor Emelianenko, Major Gennadi Osipovich and Vladimir Putin.

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  • Cyrillic alphabet

    All signs in Russia are written in Cyrillic. So, to read names and directions you ought to learn it. It is not difficult as it is just mixture of Greek and Latin plus a couple of original letters.It was simplified several times in a history. The most significant changes were done in XVIII c by Peter I the Great and in 1918 by Vladimir Lenin.This...

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