When I entered the grand ballroom in the Catherine Palace, just outside St Petersburg, Russia, I was captivated by the idea of swirling around this space wearing exquisite silks and jewels like Natasha Rostov in War and Peace. In 2016 Lily James got to live out my fantasy on TV! […]
Travel ideas for Russia – trip tips and recommendations from my experiences travelling in Russia. This mighty nation has diverse and beautiful landscapes, attractive cities, and rich cultural traditions. Here you will find exciting travel ideas for travelling in Russia so start planning your trip now and experience everything that Russia has to offer travellers.
I caught a train to Sergiev Posad on a day trip from Moscow, travelling through luxuriant Springtime meadows and a violent thunderstorm. It was a local train with the regular cries of hawkers moving up and down the aisles. It was also a weekend day and at every stop Muscovites […]
When I travelled in Russia one of my priorities was going on a Moscow literary walking tour because I have a great love for Russian fiction. As Mark Twain once said, through the words of his immortal hero Tom Sawyer: “There ain’t nothing that is so interesting to look at as a […]
Pushkin once wrote of St Petersburg in summer as being “where sunrise runs to meet sunset”. This is when they celebrate the White Nights in St Petersburg, a wonderful festival of both culture and partying. In July the sun sets about 11.30 in what the locals refer to as ‘Pieter’, […]