When my husband said he was going to a two day conference in Murmansk I seized the chance to go with him. “But what will you do all day” he asked? I assured him that I would be quite happy walking around the town and visiting museums on my own – i’m a big girl… Continue reading Murmansk – Capital of the Arctic
Yup it’s not a mis-print, Arthur Ransome, most famous in Britain as the author of the children’s book Swallows and Amazons, spent time in Russia. When I was 9, my Aunt gave me Ransome’s book ‘Old Peter’s Russian Tales‘ for Christmas. I still have it and brought it to Russia with me when we moved… Continue reading In Search of Arthur Ransome – in Russia
Contrary to my expectations Moscow has a vibrant coffee shop scene. There are many small cafes dotted around the city. Some are chains and some are independent. Some have a cosy old wooden vibe and others an ultra modern space age feel. They sell a variety of particularly delicious cakes and pastries as well as… Continue reading Moscow Coffee Culture – Raf or Bumble?
In April, when winter was truly over, we decided to spend the Orthodox Easter break visiting a few more towns on the Golden Ring. We set off on the Yaroslavl highway in the pouring rain, passing Pereslavl-Zalessky, sight of a previous trip. We headed on until we reached the small town of Rostov on the… Continue reading Golden Ring Part 3: Rostov to Yaroslavl via Uglich and Rybinsk
Nastoiki are homemade Russian liquors, usually flavoured vodka. Many restaurants and bars will sell a selection of 3 or 4 different flavours; some might have up to 6 different flavours to choose from. If you are feeling brave you can buy a set – one of each – to try. There are sweet ones generally… Continue reading NASTOIKI! Zaztravia!
A month after our trip to Vladimir and Suzdal (see part 1) we ventured off to a couple more towns on the Golden Ring. First up was Sergiev Posad, home to the Trinity monastery of St Sergius, founded in 1340, which is today one of the most important spiritual sites in Russia and an active… Continue reading The Golden Ring Part 2: Pereslavl-Zalessky and Sergiev Posad
At varying distances of between 2 to 5 hours drive north east of Moscow are a collection of small towns known as The Golden Ring. These towns date from the early 12C and contain some of the oldest and most beautiful early Kremlins, monasteries, cathedrals, and churches with their prominent onion domes. They are considered… Continue reading The Golden Ring Part 1: Vladimir and Suzdal
I have always liked going on foreign trains and especially overnight ones – it seems like such an adventure and a great way to see some of the countryside. But I do wonder if writers who say things like “I was gently lulled to sleep by the rhythmic sounds of the wheels on the track… Continue reading An overnight train to Kazan
I Am Back and blogging again! After a longer than planned stay in the UK, I am finally back in Russia! On the first day of freedom from my 2-week quarantine we got on a plane and flew to Yekaterinburg (also spelt Ekaterinburg). The city is the 4th largest in Russia and sits in the… Continue reading 2 Days in Yekaterinburg
Firstly, if I had realised that there was going to be a part 2, I would have given you advanced warning by naming the earlier blog Gorky Park part 1. But I had no idea that this park could give me so much to write about! The other day I discovered a forest in the… Continue reading ‘All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey, I’ve been for a walk on a winters day….’ (Gorky Park part 2)