Chinese Visits to Russia Grow Geometrically

Chinese tourists

According to the Press Secretary of the Federal Tourism Agency of Russia (Rostourism), Irina Shegolkova there was an increase of 185% of Chinese tourist taking the free visa path in early 2015. The new Russia-China accord also foretells of paradigm shifts in touristic flows and paths in the CIS as well.

Moscow Leads Russia for Spontaneous Bookings

Moscow facades (I K)

According to a special study from Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan top the list of cities where spontaneity lead to tourism visits and bookings. The online booking service told RIA Novosti that last minute travel to these cities was most popular among tourists who prefer spontaneous travel.

Five Russian architectural projects to blow your mind

cience and Technology Museum in Tomsk © Asadov Architectural Bureau

Culturally, Russia is one of the world’s great treasure chests of fine art of every description. Not the least of these national treasures are the country’s architectural creations. With all the conflict in our world today, it seems appropriate to remind people of beauty and progress. To this end, here are five projects that really should take your breath away.

To have, or have not & Russian Tourists in 2015


When Russia’s influence on the Ukraine government of Viktor Yanukovych got challenged by a kind of rampaging western hegemony, all Europe should have studied more closely these relationships. Now, over a year in, the 2015 summer tourist season will probably be a disaster. Regardless of who we lay the blame on for the current west-east detente disaster, […]

Merry Christmas, Mother Russia

Christmas Eve in Russia

Across Russia today orthodox Christians are celebrating their Christmas with unique cheer. January 7th, the 40 days of Lent preceding having been observed, sees the day dawn on a national holiday a glitter with celebratory cheer. Here’s wishing a Merry Christmas to all Mother Russia, and a remembrance from my fellow Americans. “Judge not, and […]

Make New Year’s memorable celebrating under the Northern Lights

Green aurora borealis over a frozen fjord© spumador

Most people spend New Year’s Eve at home, with their loved ones. But don’t you think it’s time to spice things up a bit this year? How about celebrating the coming year someplace different, like in Northern Europe for example? Countries like Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland have the finest winter resorts and the best […]

CHRISTIE’S offers rare vintage Russian Intourist art


News from CHRISTIE’S , the world’s most famous fine arts auction house, tells of travel nostalgia from Russia in the time of Stalin. The auction house’s Vintage Poster sales, I’m told, always glean special interest in the travel genre. So the vintage Russian Intourist posters commissioned back in the 1930’s bear special note today.