St Petersburg in Russia Cultural Guide

Despite its relatively young age (compared with other European cities), St Petersburg harbors many layers of history and culture, yet the historic sits quite comfortably next to the contemporary. Old facades hide new cultural developments as the locals shift between established traditions and current trends,...
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Kazan Ancient City in Tatar Russia

Kazan (meaning a cooking pot in Tatar) is the Istanbul of the Volga, is a place where Europe and Asia curiously inspect each other from the tops of church belfries and minarets. Kazan is an ancient place, about 150 years older than Moscow . Its millennium...
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Smolensk Russia

One of the oldest cities in Russia – contemporary to Novgorod – Smolensk carries plenty of cultural history into the present day. Ancient walls, onion dome cathedrals and well-landscaped parks are strewn across the undulating hills of this mid-sized city. The highlight is the magnificent...
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Ulan Ude in Russia

The appealing capital of Buryatiya, Ulan Ude (Oelan-Oede), is 456km east of Irkutsk by rail and makes a sensible staging post for visiting Mongolia or eastern Lake Baikal. Founded as Verkhneudinsk in 1775, the city prospered as a major stop on the tea-caravan route from...
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Moscow is always awake

Moscow Skyline
Moscow is one of the largest, most densely populated, expensive and powerful cities on the face of Planet Earth. Almost five million more people live in Moscow than live in for example Berlin. It stands to reason, therefore, that the pace of life at work...
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