11 Jul, 2016 in Moscow
Botanical gardens Moscow Russia (5)

One of the last things I did on my visit to Moscow was to pay a visit to the Moscow botanical gardens. Russians seem to be very passionate about gardens, and there are several all around Moscow. This botanical gardens are located in the north-central part of Moscow, and I decided to stop by on […]

6 Jun, 2016 in Moscow
The red square Moscow Russia (18)

Possibly one of the most recognizable icons to anyone anywhere in the world, definitely to all Russians and former-USSR countries, the Red Square (together with the Kremlin) is the heart of the Russian political authority. A UNESCO heritage site, with magnificent cathedral structures, the Kremlin hosting the Russian president, the Lenin mausoleum, all surrounding a wide open-space […]

20 May, 2016 in Moscow
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour Moscow Russia -004

Walking distance from the Kremlin in Moscow is one of the tallest churches in the world. Most of my Moscow visit was sunny and cheerful, but my visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour was during gray cloudy weather which made the church seem even more striking. It has gone through some hectic history, almost completely destroyed […]

5 May, 2016 in Moscow
Novodevichy Convent - Moscow (1)

On a gloomy weekend day, I headed over to the Novodevichy Convent to visit one of the most well-known church-convent in Moscow. Founded in the 16th Century by the tsar it combines religious worship and solitude with fortifications to guard the area against invaders. It is now a UNESCO heritage site for its fine architecture and decorative details. […]

20 Apr, 2016 in Saint Petersburg
Krestovsky Island Saint Petersburg Russia (11)

On my second day in Saint Petersburg, I decided to head to the northern part of the city and explore the local island parks – Krestovsky Island  and Norway Park. Krestovsky Island was very quiet when I visited, and the amusement park wasn’t open, so I just had a stroll around and watched the locals row on the […]

12 Mar, 2016 in Saint Petersburg
Winter Palace State Hermitage Museum Saint Petersburg Russia-005

Saint Petersburg is a gorgeous city, and a good place to kick off a tour of the city is at the area around the Winter Palace with the State Hermitage Museum, one of the largest and oldest museums in the world, dating back to the 18th century. The area features a huge square, many historical buildings with remarkable architecture, and several world-class […]

10 Feb, 2016 in Moscow
Kremlin Moscow (11)

A symbol of the former USSR, the Kremlin in Moscow brings up all sorts of associations, but there’s so much more to the Kremlin than history of cold war politics. For the tourist, the Kremlin offers grand Russian architecture with palaces, churches, cathedrals, and museums. I skipped the museums, and headed to the Kremlin complex […]

18 Jan, 2016 in Moscow
Gorky Central Park of Culture and Leisure Moscow Russia (17)

Moscow has some really wonderful parks, and Gorky is one of the highlights. If you’re looking for green space for some gardens, sports, food, arts, and … beaches? then Gorky seems like just the place. It has all of those and much more. It’s a very large park and there are all kinds of things taking […]

16 Dec, 2015 in Saint Petersburg
Peter and Paul Fortress Saint Petersburg Russia (11)

While roaming around Saint Petersburg on foot, exploring canals, and viewing gorgeous architecture I arrived at the Peter and Paul Fortress. Built by Peter the Great in the 18th century, this fort commands the water pathways of the Saint Petersburg area, and was later converted to an Alcatraz like prison. You can go up to […]

8 Nov, 2015 in Saint Petersburg
Saint Isaac

When I stopped over in Moscow for a few days I was contemplating whether I have enough time to go see Saint Petersburg, but everyone I asked recommended that I do without any hesitation. So, early morning I took the 4-hour fast train to Saint Petersburg without doing any homework and not knowing what to […]

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