Depending on where you find your information, Mother Russia is either a thriving potential set to unleash vast riches for her people, or a decaying remnant of a Soviet Past. Since a few years I’ve felt it my job to show all the best of this often enigmatic place. After the hundreds of hours with […]
More and more, touristic flows from China to Russia are in the news. According to reports, more than 400,000 Chinese visited Russian in 2014 alone, and the most recent numbers show double this many tourists. Chinese travelers listed Moscow, St. Petersburg, Ulyanovsk, and Kazan as their most desireable destinations in 2014. But other destinations like Sochi […]
Good bye McDonalds and the like, hello Healthy Food! Yes, Healthy Food, because this is the name of a fast food chain with branches in Moscow. And is it possible at all to have healthy fast-food? Well, the following five protagonists in Moscow prove that you can have even more. Healthy Food is a chain, […]
According to the latest tourism news from Sevastopol on the Crimea peninsula, the Mayor of Nice plans to visit Yalta to sign a cooperation agreement between the two cities. Christian Estrosi, will travel to Crimea in May in what is in effect, a continuation of an ongoing intercity relationship.
Roman Chuev, General Director of the Mineralnye Vody International Airport, announced earlier this week a Chinese blogger tour slated to help boost tourism in the North Caucasus District. Our question is; “Hey, where is our invitation?”
According to news from Moscow, Aeroflot is one of several state-owned entities the Russian government is currently considering as part of an accelerated privatization plan.
The head of Russia’s tourism agency, Oleg Safonov told reporters of increased sales volume for Sochi vacations were up over the previous year, and that overall occupancy spiked to 80%. Sochi was visited by some 6 million grouists last year. Mr. Safonov said the demand for Sochi rooms went up largely because of the Formula 1, and other premier events.
In news from Crimea, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has just signed a decree naming more than 220 cultural heritage sites in Crimea. The decree creates a legal framework for setting about preserving, popularizing, and protecting cultural heritage on the Crimea peninsula.
Just 14 kilometers from Novorossiysk, Abrau-Durso it is a small mountain village famous for its inherent beauty, and for being the home of Russia’s sparkling wines.
Due to open next month, the first in a series of luxurious casinos inside the Primorye Entertainment Zone in Russia’s Far East is scheduled to open. Russia’s Far East may supplant Macau and Las Vegas as a gambling Mecca.
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 […]
In September RIA Novosti announced a possible China investment in the Crimea via the head of the Chamber of Commerce of Simferopol, Alexander Basov.
Big news from leading hotels group IHG, one of the world’s leading hospitality brands has announced their launch of the Holiday Inn Express® brand across Russia.
To better understand eastern Europe, one has to understand how the whole continent of Europe developed over the centuries. As the world watches events in Crimea and Ukraine develop today, it’s important that we understand the nature of conflict and society, and of borders.
Photographer Cristina Drafta talks about the Eastern Europe she loves. Find out about coffee in Istanbul, the Paris of Siberia, Irkutsk, and much more.