Category Archives: Art

The Russian Museum

Such a treasure trove of remarkable art, i won’t attempt to tell all about these remarkable works (other than to identify them where I can) but I learnt so much about Russian art history, it was cultural overload (in a

The Russian Museum

Such a treasure trove of remarkable art, i won’t attempt to tell all about these remarkable works (other than to identify them where I can) but I learnt so much about Russian art history, it was cultural overload (in a

Martin Randall – the best tours

My trip to Russia was organised by Martin Randall Travel London (with an office in Australia too). They are, in my opinion, the leaders in cultural tours. They are well planned, engage experts who really know their stuff and who

Martin Randall – the best tours

My trip to Russia was organised by Martin Randall Travel London (with an office in Australia too). They are, in my opinion, the leaders in cultural tours. They are well planned, engage experts who really know their stuff and who

Peterhof – Peter the Great’s Palace

A stunning palace with magnificent grounds on the Bay of Finland. The fountains are all gravity fed from the nearby hills. Peter the Great certainly did have a thing for water. We came back to the city on a hydrofoil,

Peterhof – Peter the Great’s Palace

A stunning palace with magnificent grounds on the Bay of Finland. The fountains are all gravity fed from the nearby hills. Peter the Great certainly did have a thing for water. We came back to the city on a hydrofoil,

The Hermitage

We were blessed by being the first group into the palace and below shows a room with no one in it. This didn’t last long as the Summer Palace is the most desired tourist destination in Russia. The level of

The Hermitage

We were blessed by being the first group into the palace and below shows a room with no one in it. This didn’t last long as the Summer Palace is the most desired tourist destination in Russia. The level of

The last of the Romanovs

The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in St Petersburg is the final resting place for most of the Romanov Tzars. A little gilt on the outside but a lot on the inside. Everyone was keen to see the

The last of the Romanovs

The Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul in St Petersburg is the final resting place for most of the Romanov Tzars. A little gilt on the outside but a lot on the inside. Everyone was keen to see the

Rushing through Russia

The Moscow Underground metro service is very impressive with over 200 stations and many lines. We had a brief ride to see several stations from the 1930-50s, constructed with all the adornments the Soviets could muster. And muster they did

Rushing through Russia

The Moscow Underground metro service is very impressive with over 200 stations and many lines. We had a brief ride to see several stations from the 1930-50s, constructed with all the adornments the Soviets could muster. And muster they did

The dead centre – Novodevich

The New Maiden’s Convent (Novodevichy) was the place Tsars sent their former wife or sister either into seclusion (imprisonment) or to become a nun for the rest of their lives. Smolensk Cathedral, built in 1525, (below) is in the Convent

The dead centre – Novodevich

The New Maiden’s Convent (Novodevichy) was the place Tsars sent their former wife or sister either into seclusion (imprisonment) or to become a nun for the rest of their lives. Smolensk Cathedral, built in 1525, (below) is in the Convent