“A Gentleman in Moscow” Tour of the Metropol Hotel – How You Can Follow in the Count’s Footsteps

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles is a must-read novel, recommended by even the likes of Bill Gates and soon it will also be a TV series. You don’t have to be interested in Moscow either to be charmed by the wit of Count Alexander Rostov – the book’s main character. The Count’s story takes place almost entirely in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow near the Bolshoi and the Kremlin. This hotel is… Read more »

A Complete Guide to Dressing for the Bolshoi Theatre (for Both Men & Women)

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 Seeing a performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow should be at the top of your Russia bucket list! This historic theatre holds some of the world’s best ballet and opera performances. Dressing the part for this grand theatre is at the top of many theatre-goers minds, too. Should you wear a gown? A suit coat? Are jeans acceptable? This post is here to explain how to dress for the Bolshoi Theatre for both… Read more »

St. Isaac's Cathedral View from the Colonnade

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 The best view of St. Petersburg, Russia is arguably from atop St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Visiting this beautiful cathedral should already be on your itinerary for St. Petersburg, as its interior is as spectacular as its gilded dome exterior. However, getting to its colonnade is not for the faint of heart! It requires scaling nearly 300 steps and then being faced with a not-terribly-secure-looking railing as the only thing separating you from the edge of… Read more »

The Duchess of Marlborough egg, a.k.ka the Pink Serpent egg

Last Updated on October 1, 2019     You can’t visit Russia without hearing about the famous Fabergé eggs. You’ll likely see large crowds gathered around their single display case in Moscow inside the Kremlin Armoury. However, the world’s largest collection of these eggs belongs to the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg! (And the Fabergé Museum in St. Petersburg allows photos, unlike in Moscow.) You might be wondering what in the world a Fabergé egg even is? (I didn’t have… Read more »

Sanduny Banya

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 *WARNING* – This post might be TMI for some, and it’s also written from the perspective of a woman visiting a public Banya in Russia. (Sorry, dudes, I’m not entirely sure what goes on over on your side of the banya.) So, if talking about nakedness, body parts, bodily functions, etc. makes you queasy…you’ll want to hit that “X” button now. Otherwise, buckle up! A Woman’s Experience Visiting the Public “Sanduny” Banya in Russia… Read more »

What I Wore to Moscow, Russia's Bolshoi Theatre for a Swan Lake Performance

Last Updated on October 11, 2019 Wondering what to wear to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia? This post is here to help! Dress c/o* (Similar here) | Pumps | Belt | Bracelet c/o* (On sale!) | Necklace (Similar) The Bolshoi is a historic theatre in Moscow that opened in 1856. (Pictures of it are at the end of this post.) One of the most famous ballet performances to see at the Bolshoi is Swan Lake. This is because Swan… Read more »

Siberian Banya

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 Experiencing a Russian Banya should be at the top of your travel itinerary for Russia, especially if you’re visiting during winter! For this post, I’ll explain what a banya is, what to expect when visiting one and share some funny videos and photos from our experience! (I’m jumping into a frozen lake in one video, haha.) Enjoy! *This experience is highlighting Put-in Tours’ “Moscow Day Tour to Sergiev Posad with Banya & Dinner.” We… Read more »

25 Dazzling Photos of Moscow, Russia During Winter

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 Moscow, Russia during the winter is really a sight to behold! Calling it a “winter wonderland” is a bit of an understatement. I am continually amazed by the beauty of this city after a fresh snowfall. (I would also venture to say, that visiting Russia during the winter is an even more magical experience than visiting during summer!) The majority of these photos are from central Moscow, and I didn’t include a ton of… Read more »

The Museum of Cosmonautics - Is it Worth Adding to Your Moscow Itinerary?

Last Updated on April 15, 2019 When it comes to must-visit places in Moscow, Russia, the Museum of Cosmonautics generally doesn’t make the same lists as The Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral or the Bolshoi Theatre…however, does that mean it’s not worth adding to your Moscow itinerary? This post will explain! What is the Museum of Cosmonautics? The Museum of Cosmonautics is a museum dedicated to space exploration. It charts the history of the Russian space race and famous Russian astronauts… Read more »

How to Spend 2 Days in St. Petersburg During the Winter

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 Visiting St. Petersburg, Russia in wintertime is a magical experience. You just have to be sure to bring some VERY warm clothes and adjust your itinerary accordingly. Certain famous attractions, like the Peterhof fountains, will be drained…and taking a canal ride? Yeah, that’s not happening. But don’t let that deter you – the beautiful, winter wonderland more than makes up for it, and perhaps you could replace that canal ride with a horse-drawn sleigh… Read more »

The Top 5 Cathedrals Worth Seeing in St. Petersburg, Russia

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 St. Petersburg, Russia has an impressive amount of beautiful buildings to visit! We’ve already covered some of the awe-inspiring palaces. Now, this list will be for its jaw-dropping cathedrals. If you have the time, I hope you visit all the cathedrals in St. Petersburg! However, if you’re on a time crunch in St. Petersburg, like we were, this list will help you determine the highlights – plus, it is possible to visit them in… Read more »

What to Know Before Touring the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia is home to more than 1 million works of art and nearly 3 million exhibits in total. It’s actually the 2nd largest art museum in the world! (#1 is the Louvre.) The Hermitage is an absolute must-visit on your trip to St. Petersburg. This post will give a little background on it, as well as how to really make the most of your tour there! Brief… Read more »

12 Things to Know Before Visiting Catherine Palace in Pushkin, Russia

Last Updated on September 29, 2019 No trip to St. Petersburg, Russia would be complete without a visit to Catherine Palace in the suburb of Pushkin. Catherine Palace (or the Great Palace of Tsarskoye Selo) tops many of the “must-see” lists for planning a trip to this area. Being armed with a little knowledge before you go can certainly make the visit more enjoyable! Check out all my tips, tricks for getting tickets and visiting, as well as some fun… Read more »

Pavlovsk Palace

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 Pavlovsk Palace (or Paul’s Palace) isn’t as popular of a tourist destination as Catherine Palace or Peterhoff Palace – but does that mean it’s not worth adding to your St. Petersburg, Russia itinerary? This post will explain! What is Pavlovsk Palace? But first, you’re probably wondering what in the world this place actually is. Here’s a really quick rundown on the story behind Pavlovsk Palace… This palace was built in the 18th century on… Read more »

Moscow, Russia for New Year's Ever River Cruise Review

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 This year we spent New Year’s Eve in Moscow, Russia and my brother-in-law was visiting for the occasion too! This was really exciting for us and we wanted to go all out to ring in the New Year. My biggest regret when we tried to watch the NYE fireworks display in Sydney, Australia, was that we had gone to a public space and fought for the chance to see them (and we didn’t really… Read more »

photos of Christmas in Moscow, Russia

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 Christmas in Moscow, Russia is one of the most magical things I have ever seen in my life. It looks like this city was plucked right from a fairytale! For this post, I’m going to share 20 of my favorite photos of Moscow during Christmastime. But here’s the thing, while we’re going to be celebrating Christmas on Dec. 25th…Moscow celebrates Orthodox Christmas, which is January 7th. So, Christmas festivities are only getting started here!… Read more »

A T-34 Tank - You can actually ride this in Moscow, Russia

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 Note: This post is in no way meant to promote violence of any kind. This is simply an off-the-beaten-path tour that is available in Russia. All shots fired here were blanks, therefore no living thing was injured in any way. Things in life I never thought I’d say, “Why yes, I’ve ridden in a Soviet tank (T-34 to be exact) and shot a machine gun.” There are some really crazy things you can do… Read more »

Bunker 42

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 Bunker-42 was once a top-secret, Soviet military complex. Stalin had commissioned it to be made after the United States created a nuclear bomb. 65 meters (or about 213 feet) underground, was the desired depth to protect Russia’s top officials from a nuclear attack. It became operational in 1954. Fortunately, it was never needed for its true purpose and was instead used as the command center of strategic bombers for nearly 30 years in Moscow…. Read more »

Moscow metro

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 As crazy as it may sound, Moscow’s Metro is so beautiful it absolutely deserves its own tour. You can visit scores of stations and be blown away by each station’s unique architecture. There are over 200 subway stations in Moscow, so it is certainly worth having a plan before you go. This post will share useful tips before you start your tour, plus 6 stations I thought were amazing! Enjoy! 5 Things To Know… Read more »

The Cathedral of the Annunciation

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 This article is now available as a mobile app. Go to GPSmyCity to download the app for GPS-assisted travel directions to the attractions featured in this article. No trip to Moscow, Russia would be complete without going inside the Kremlin. However, getting inside is not an entirely easy process. And what exactly is the Kremlin, anyways? This post will explain! What To Know Before Going Inside The Kremlin What is The Kremlin? The Kremlin… Read more »

Saint Basil's Cathedral

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 This article is now available as a mobile app. Go to GPSmyCity to download the app for GPS-assisted travel directions to the attractions featured in this article. There’s no question the exterior of St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen in my life. But what about the interior? Does it live up to the incredible exterior? And is it worth the admission price? I’ll share my thoughts and… Read more »

moving

Last Updated on March 13, 2019 Yep! We’re at this whole moving across the world thing again. I know, I know, I said we were staying in the States until AT LEAST Christmas, and we did just buy a house. But things changed…and boy, did they change fast. All of our previous experiences with applying for visas have been incredibly long and drawn out processes. However, our visas this time were processed in just ONE DAY. It was nuts. We… Read more »