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.

Aeroflot’s Pobeda set to take off

Pobeda Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation (NG)

In air travel news, Russia’s Federal Aviation Agency has granted Pobeda, the low-cost carrier subsidiary of Aeroflot, its operator’s certificate and air transportation licence. The award of the documentation, under Russian legislative rules, allows the new low cost airline to begin ticket sales as of November 11.

Sochi Welcomes Formula 1 Fans and Drivers

Sochi Autodrom

According to news from Basel Aero, Sochi International Airport is already welcoming passengers for the upcoming Russian Formula 1 Gran Prix there. Sochi International Airport is expecting passengers to arrive and depart in between 30 countries on board over 730 flights.

TripAdvisor’s Top 5 Hotels in Crimea

Swallow's Nest

Chances are you’ve only heard about the Crimea peninsula via news of a political nature lately. But for those interested in new and fascinating places to see and experience, this Black Sea gem offers its own world of intrigue, history, and vacation bliss too. Here’s a sampling of the best resorts and hotels in Crimea from TripAdvisor.