what to pack for russia in winter

Last Updated on December 5, 2019Wondering what to pack for a trip to Russia in the winter? This post is here to help with packing tips for both men and women. Russia is cold and snowy in the winter, there is no doubt about that. However, this shouldn’t discourage you from visiting! Russia is even more beautiful in winter, in my opinion. After living here for a little over a year, I’ve figured out how to dress appropriately for the… Read more »

Vodka Museum in Moscow Russia

Last Updated on November 15, 2019When you think of Russia, you can’t help but also think “vodka.” Russians and vodka have a longstanding history with one another. And the Vodka Museum in Moscow is here to shed some more light on this history! (Plus, there are inexpensive vodka tastings here…need I say more?) If you’re debating adding Moscow’s Vodka Museum to your Russian itinerary – then this post is for you! I’ll break down what to expect when visiting, and… Read more »

Easy-to-Pack Russian Souvenirs

Last Updated on November 13, 2019After living in Russia for more than a year, my husband and I have accumulated quite the collection of Russian souvenirs! Most of these were bought right at Izmailovsky Market in Moscow, too. (Click here if you missed my post on that!) The majority of the souvenirs on this list will easily fit in your luggage as well. We didn’t ship anything back to the United States when we returned to our home – so,… Read more »

Izmailovsky Market

Last Updated on November 13, 2019The best place to buy souvenirs in Moscow, Russia is easily Izmailovsky Market. It’s located just outside the city center and is easy to get to via the metro. The prices here are a fraction of what you’ll pay on Arbat Street for the same souvenirs… and you can barter!  My husband and I went here countless times to buy souvenirs for friends and family members. We also took anyone who visited us in Moscow… Read more »

“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 where… 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 »

Outfit Fun in Russia - Featuring a Nesting Doll Dress

Last Updated on June 7, 2019 Dress c/o* | Pumps | Cardigan (Similar) | Sunglasses (Similar) | Earrings An unspoken goal I had made for myself for this blogging year was to write about things that answer a question and people will find useful – not just whatever strikes my fancy. However, I think I’m going to be stretching that a bit with this post, haha. I’m not sure if many people will find themselves in Russia wanting to recreate… 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 »

Siberian Banya

Last Updated on October 28, 2019Experiencing 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 did… Read more »

25 Dazzling Photos of Moscow, Russia During Winter

Last Updated on October 31, 2019Moscow, 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 Red… Read more »

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

Last Updated on April 15, 2019When 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 and… Read more »

photos of Christmas in Moscow, Russia

Last Updated on November 30, 2019Christmas 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! Once… Read more »

Red Square at Christmastime

Last Updated on November 16, 2019 Cape c/o* (Also available here) | Hat c/o* | Boots (similar) | Boot Cuffs | Sweater | Mittens | Jeans I’m so excited! We finally have snow here in Moscow! It’s really starting to feel like Christmas now. It doesn’t hurt either that every store, restaurant and home seems to be decked out in Christmas decorations and twinkly lights now. However, the most Christmasy part of Moscow is certainly The Red Square (this is… Read more »

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

Last Updated on October 1, 2019Note: 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 in… Read more »

Bunker 42

Last Updated on June 7, 2019Bunker-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. Now,… Read more »

The Cathedral of the Annunciation

Last Updated on October 1, 2019This 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 is… Read more »

Floral dress for traveling comfortably

Last Updated on November 4, 2019 Dress c/o *(Similar here & here) | Bag | Sandals | Sunglasses (similar) | Necklace (similar) | Earrings (similar) I didn’t plan on featuring this outfit on the blog, as this is a floral dress I’ve styled quite a few times on the blog already. However, in the words of Bob Ross…this outfit post was a rather happy little accident. We had spent the weekend exploring Moscow, and spent most of our time at… Read more »

Saint Basil's Cathedral

Last Updated on October 1, 2019This 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 photos… Read more »