Category Archives: Churches

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

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

Abramtsevo – an artists’ colony

This estate was founded in the 1750s and into the ownership of Sergei Askakov, a writer, in 1853 by which time the main house had been constructed. His books about nature were attractive to many people. Many of his writings

Abramtsevo – an artists’ colony

This estate was founded in the 1750s and into the ownership of Sergei Askakov, a writer, in 1853 by which time the main house had been constructed. His books about nature were attractive to many people. Many of his writings

The Kremlin

Red Square is not red and ‘red’ has nothing to do with communists. Red means beautiful. Not that it was particularly so on the day visited as it had been the site of a concert and they were dismantling the

The Kremlin

Red Square is not red and ‘red’ has nothing to do with communists. Red means beautiful. Not that it was particularly so on the day visited as it had been the site of a concert and they were dismantling the

Tretyakov treasures

I hope I can do justice to today’s exploration of the Tretyakov Gallery of Russian art of the 11rh to early 20th century (pre-Revolution). We begin in the Church of St Nicholas, now forming part of the gallery, and which

Tretyakov treasures

I hope I can do justice to today’s exploration of the Tretyakov Gallery of Russian art of the 11rh to early 20th century (pre-Revolution). We begin in the Church of St Nicholas, now forming part of the gallery, and which

Moscow – not what I expected

Not what you expected when I said “Moscow”. The Metro station – This is our local grocery store – With lots of caviar – And as for the bottle shop – Our hotel is opposite the Kremlin So the view

Moscow – not what I expected

Not what you expected when I said “Moscow”. The Metro station – This is our local grocery store – With lots of caviar – And as for the bottle shop – Our hotel is opposite the Kremlin So the view

In London again

I have returned from my driving sojourn and I am London as you can see from my last post, I had booked a performance of ‘A Very Expensive Poison’ at the Old Vic theatre. I’m staying at one of my

In London again

I have returned from my driving sojourn and I am London as you can see from my last post, I had booked a performance of ‘A Very Expensive Poison’ at the Old Vic theatre. I’m staying at one of my