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Red Square, Moskva, Russia, 109012
When visiting Moscow, one has to go to Red Square and the place that most stands out from a distance is St. Basil's Cathedral.
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Yakimanka District, Moscow, Russia
We visited various sights in Moscow. The guide we had hired took us to an out of the way park where this memorial had been placed for the victims of Stalin's many pograms. It was quite striking but perhaps even more so, as at the same park were...
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Theatre Square, 1, Moskva, Russia, 125009
An unforgetable evening at one of the premier ballet houses in the world. If you are into ballet and art in general this is a must while in Moscow.
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Zamoskvorechye District, Moscow, Russia
Some of Moscow's subway stations are to be found in guide books. No wonder. In some of them you feel like inside a museum or palace.
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7, Voznesenskiy Pereulok, Moskva, Russia, 125009
You will be hard pressed to believe this is a grocery store if you look up the walls and the ceiling. Not only you will get a great assortment of food and drinks here but you will be surrounded by art and artsy things (not sure how original or...
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Red Square, Moskva, Russia, 109012
We landed in Moscow at night at 9pm on a cold winters night. After checking into hotel, we asked the hotel staff where Red Square was in reference to the hotel. She told us it was less than a 5 minute walk and the hotel staff said she got off in...
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New Arbat Ave, 8, Moskva, Russia, 121069
One of the most well-known bookstores in Russia, Dom Knigi (House of Books) can be found throughout the city. It’s worth just walking through them. They often have foreign literature (translated into Russian and in the original) as well as pocket...
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This former chocolate factory was refurbished in 2010 into an arts and entertainment complex to suit the modern tastes of today’s Muscovites. On an island across from the Kremlin, the red brick complex houses art galleries, restaurants, shops,...
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This romantic and elegant restaurant offers classic food done right. The service is impeccable and the food itself is top rate. Try the various fish options – including appetizers and main entrees – to really get a taste of Russia. Reservations...
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This awesome bar concept for Moscow’s hipsters makes it feel like you’re simply in someone’s apartment, other than the staff and multiple seating options. The proprietors often sit at the piano and belt out jazz and rock standards, and the vodka...
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The Kremlin - with its colored spires and ornate buildings housing captivating museums - does not disappoint. Climb the Ivan the Great bell tower for great views over Moscow, or simply meander the expansive grounds and soak in the atmosphere of...
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Tsaritsyno District, Moscow, Russia
A summer residence for Ecaterina II, the park was closed during the soviet regime to be reopened few years ago after considerable renovation efforts. I truly enjoyed my time here.
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Chistoprudny Blvd, 3, Moskva, Russia, 101000
One of the highlights of my visit to Moscow was taking a leisurely walk along the boulevard ring. Lots of nice restaurants and bars to the either side to stop at, but many locals are just hanging on the benches, drinking beer, listening to music...
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St Petersburg, Russia, 198096
Some of St. Petersburg’s most stunning sights are deep underground. The city’s metro system dates from the 1950s, and with its ornate decoration, crystal chandeliers and extravagant use of marble, it was intended as a showpiece for the Soviets....
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Pavlovsk Palace is more modest than some other palaces built for the czars, as it was designed as a country residence by Scottish architect Charles Cameron under the direction of Catherine the Great. Cameron's original design reflected a...
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Garden St, 7, Pushkin, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 196601
Pushkin, a charming suburb of St. Petersburg, is home to the Tsarskoe Selo estate where two of the czars’ most famous and fabulous palaces can be found. The Catherine Palace is named after Peter the Great’s wife (not his more famous...
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Petergof, Saint Petersburg, Russia
The view from the Grand Palace terrace to the Gulf of Finland; the canal enabled the tsars to sail from the bay to the Grand Palace.
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Vosstaniya Square, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
Vosstaniya Square, one of St. Petersburg’s main squares and transport hubs, lies on Nevsky Prospect. Its name translates as “uprising,” as it was the site of many demonstrations of the Russian Revolution in 1917. Most of the buildings surrounding...
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Невский просп., 153, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 193167
What began as a small fashion boutique has now grown to three floors of shopping, offering over 50 of the world’s top designers. Babochka still retains the feeling of a boutique, with most brand showrooms separated into smaller, elegant...
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Vyborgsky District, St Petersburg, Russia

By Nick Marmet

In a palace that dates back to 1820, the Four Seasons St. Petersburg opens this fall. Suites offer terraces that overlook St. Isaac’s Cathedral (by Auguste de Montferrand, the same architect who designed the palace). The hotel has a...

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Kronshtadt, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Russian pies. Why in the world do people not talk more about these things. We unknowingly stepped into this wonderful smelling cafe and of course, ended up ordering almost every single type of pie they had to offer. Salmon, rabbit, egg with green...
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Kutuzov embankment, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
It's so easy to take the hydrofoil from its dock near the Hermitage museum to visit Peterhof Palace about 20 minutes north of St. Petersburg. The Grand Palace, surrounding buildings and gardens, is sometimes referred to as the "Russian...
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Theatre Square, 1, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
One of the great things to do in St. Petersburg Russia is to spend an evening enjoying the opera at the historic Mariinsky Theater. They also have ballet and musical theater but we chose Boris Godunov (without Natasha- LOL) during the White Nights...
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embankment river Moyka, 94, Sankt-Peterburg, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, 190031
Our first day in St. Petersburg we toured Yusupov Palace, where Rasputin was killed. The palace was beautiful, and it even had a private theater! We were also lucky enough to see a short performance by an a capella group in the ballroom....
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Long known as Decembrists’ Square, in honor of the December Revolt of 1825 which took place here, Senate Square is located along a branch of the Neva River. The Admiralty and Senate sit along the square. It’s also the home of one of the iconic...
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St Isaac's Square, 4, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
St. Petersburg’s fascinating and conflicted history is evident in St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the fourth-largest cathedral in the world. Its design in 1818 by a French architect proved controversial, with a formal neoclassical plan and no onion domes...
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Until the 19th century, Peter the Great prohibited construction of bridges across the Neva River so as not to interfere with shipping. Temporary structures were then constructed, and the first permanent bridge, the Palace Bridge, wasn’t completed...
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Vasilyevsky Island sits between two branches of the Neva River, with the Gulf of Finland to its west. It’s a short walk over two bridges from the mainland to the island that is home to the city’s old Stock Exchange and a number of museums. The...
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St Petersburg, Russia
Imperialist St Petersburg. This most European of all Russian cities was built by Peter the Great in the 1700s to emphasise, well, how great he was. And in the midst of his greatness is The Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood. Built on the site...
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Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Affectionately called the "Venice of the North" by some of its citizens, this vantage point hints at why. St. Petersburg is a city full of canals. Look for the Japanese Embassy just due east of the Hermitage and you'll find this place.
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Palace Embankment, 32, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Built in the mid-18th century by Peter the Great's daughter Empress Elizabeth, the Winter Palace was the principal residence of Russia's czars. It has also been the home of the Hermitage collection since 1764. From an initial purchase by Catherine...
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Palace Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
Our third and final day in Russia we went to the Hermitage Museum. We got to go into the Gold Rooms, which are not open to the public and which house beautiful antiquities made of gold. We also saw the Peacock Clock, the Rafael Loggias, and...
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Palace Square, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 198324
Vast Palace Square has long been the heart of both St. Petersburg and the entire Russian empire. The Winter Palace was once the home of the country’s czars and today houses the Hermitage Museum. Facing it is the crescent of the General Staff...
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embankment river Moyka, 43, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
The majestic General Staff Building, completed in the 1820s, is one of St. Petersburg’s grandest architectural monuments. A triumphal arch connects two buildings that once housed various ministries. The crescent formed by the buildings faces...
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Kazanskaya Ulitsa, 3А, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
The menu for Terrassa offers a multitude of great dishes—American, Italian, French and Asian cuisine and French desserts—but the restaurant's most distinctive feature is its location at the top of the city center’s tallest building. Kazan...
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Kazan Square, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 190000
The colonnade of Our Lady of Kazan Cathedral on Nevsky Prospect may look familiar. Constructed between 1801 and 1811, it was inspired by St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, but the arms of this colonnade encircle a small garden and fountain. The...
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Inzhenernaya St, 4, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
If you don’t know Andrei Rublev from Ilya Repin, the Russian Museum, above, (4 Inzhenernaya St.) provides a crash course in the country’s art history. For contemporary pieces, Loft Project Etagi (74 Ligovsky Prospekt) shows paintings, sculptures,...
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Griboyedov channel embankment, 2Б, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia, 191186
In a city famous for its neoclassical buildings in pale yellows and whites, the Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood is a decidedly Russian church, topped with brightly painted and gilded onion domes. The church was constructed from 1883 to...
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While there are no shortages of souvenir shops in St. Petersburg, the Souvenir Bazar surpasses them all. With the largest selection of matryoshka nesting dolls, amber jewelry and other souvenirs in one location, the prices are also competitive,...
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Siberian Federal District, Russia
In Land Rovers and on foot, climb Central Asia’s mountains in pursuit of snow leopards. Volunteers search for the elusive green-eyed cats by tracking their footprints, scat, and prey: the argali (mountain sheep) and the Altai ibex. The expeditions...
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Razvodnaya Ulitsa, 2, Sankt-Peterburg, Russia
A beautiful castle just outside Sankt Petersborg.