Russia Photo Diary

I returned from Russia two days ago, and since then, I have been suffering from post-Russia depression, the worst cold ever and the remnants of jet lag. I’ll leave my woes out of this discussion, however, as I wanted to share some of my experiences in Russia with you all!

In Russia, we visited Moscow and St Petersburg, both beautiful cities in their own unique ways. I have to mention the weather of Russia, undoubtedly it was freezing. No matter how many layers one wore, the cold managed to get through to your bones in some way or another. Prepare yourselves for image overload!

Beautiful hand painted Russia dolls and other assorted souvenirs. 

The most common things you will find at a Russian souvenir store are Russian dolls, Russian hats and the usual magnets, crockery and mini models of famous landmarks.

Hard Rock Cafe – Moscow

I was awestruck to find Hendrix’s fur coat which he both owned and wore in the 60’s at the Hard Rock Cafe in Moscow.

Heinz ketchup!

Taken in the Hard Rock Cafe in Moscow. I’m so impressed by anyone who can speak and read Russian, it seems like such a complicated language!

St Basil’s Cathedral – Moscow

The iconic St Basil’s Cathedral is even more splendid in real life. The unusually gloomy weather does not put the cathedral in its best light; but the fabulous architecture and bold colours speak for themselves.

Strolling around in GUM 

Π“Π£Πœ, or GUM in English (pronounced goom) is the equivalent to Harvey Nichols or Sak’s Fifth Avenue. The huge department store has a collection of different brands from around the world.

GUM at night

The GUM faΓ§ade facing Red Square. The building is eloquently lit up, as was the adjacent St Basil’s Cathedral. The beautiful lights made it feel like Christmas!

The Kremlin – Moscow

The iconic word “kremlin” actually means “fortification”, and so there are essentially many kremlins in Russia, but Moscow’s kremlin is referred to commonly as “the Kremlin”. Historically the Moscow Kremlin was the seat of both political and religious power in Russia, but that changed in 1712 when Tsar Peter the Great announced that he was moving the capital to St Petersburg.

Cathedral of Christ the Saviour – Moscow

This was a great highlight of the trip. We went inside the cathedral, and words can not explain just how beautiful it was. The architecture, the artwork, everything about the cathedral was so grand. Unfortunately, taking photos inside the cathedral is not permitted; but I highly recommend you search for some images of inside the cathedral on the web.

Yusupov Palace – St Petersburg

Russia is rich with historical palaces, my favourite was probably the Yusupov Palace in St Petersburg. Fortunately, we were allowed to take pictures here, but it would take me far too long to show you them all! This room is a more cultural room with Arabic decorated on the walls and grand statues adorned in the corners. There seemed to be something of every culture in Yusupov Palace, I highly recommend you look up more images of the palace on the web.

Food at the banquet

We attended a lovely banquet at Yusupov Palace in the evening, I really enjoyed it! The tables were adorned with elegant crockery and I loved seeing the traditional and cultural food such as the infamous borsch.

Hermitage Museum in Winter Palace – St Petersburg

The State Hermitage is a museum of art and culture in St Petersburg. With fantastic artwork ranging from Van Gogh to Matisse. If you are a fan of art. then I highly recommend you visit the Hermitage Museum, seeing famous artwork up close and live is a whole other experience.

Outside Winter Palace – St Petersburg

Evidently, Winter Palace is richly decorated inside and out. The palace is beautiful and grand and well worth the visit. I’m outside the palace with my gorgeous friend!

Ballet at the Imperial Hermitage Theatre

Ballet is such an elegant form of dance, I enjoyed watching fragments of famous ballets such as Swan Lake, Sheherezada, Corsair and the masterpiece of Russian ballet: The Dying Swan

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this post, Russia is a beautiful place which you must see at least once in your life. It’s full of culture, rich architecture, intriguing history and famous landmarks.

Love from,

Miss Iffa




    April 6, 2012 / 3:23 pm

    How Fun..Lovely clicks..Thanks for sharing your trip memories with us πŸ™‚

  2. Susann
    April 6, 2012 / 4:04 pm

    Wonderful photos – it looks like you had an amazing trip! I'm sure the ballet was great!xx, SusannFashion in Pepperland

  3. Natasha Fatah
    April 6, 2012 / 5:01 pm

    This is so great! One of my favourite posts. Seems like you're having a great time, wishing you nothing but fun, joyfilled, safe travels. :)xoxo~Natasha Fatah~

  4. Shabna
    April 6, 2012 / 10:08 pm

    Ohhh looks so beautiful! I've always wanted to visit x

  5. Anonymous
    April 6, 2012 / 10:30 pm

    You seemed to have an amazing trip! πŸ™‚ I envy you for visiting Hermitage Museum and see that Russian balett (since I'm a huge fan of both!).And you look very great in the pictures. πŸ˜‰ You don't have to be jealous of your friend because of her hair, yours is just as gorgeous! πŸ™‚

  6. Nina Gonzalez
    April 7, 2012 / 12:08 am

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  7. Francesca.
    April 7, 2012 / 3:18 am

    Oh wow, looks like you had an amazing time in Russia, you're so lucky! It's definitely on my list of places to visit! xx

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    April 7, 2012 / 9:16 am

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  9. TheHeadlessMannequin
    April 7, 2012 / 9:38 am

    I've bookmarked this post for when I finally get around to visiting Russia πŸ™‚ Great combination of lovely pics and great tips! I'm also a little obsessed with russian dolls so that first pic looks like my idea of a market heaven πŸ™‚

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    April 7, 2012 / 10:30 am

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    April 7, 2012 / 3:10 pm

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  12. bulbulvish
    April 7, 2012 / 5:15 pm

    Lovely photographs:)Elegance stylized

  13. Romy van K.
    April 7, 2012 / 10:33 pm

    The little dolls in the first picture are amazing!Thanks for your lovely comment! I follow you now, wanna follow me back :)?xx Romy

  14. mardijane
    April 7, 2012 / 11:42 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE AMAZING COMPLIMENT YOU LEFT ON MY BLOG! I was so flattered. I'm about to do a massive post on a trip I recently did too, unfortunately it wasn't anything as exciting as Russia but I will be taking inspiration from this post.Love this blog!XX

  15. Izzy
    April 8, 2012 / 2:07 am

    such beautiful travel snaps! thanks for sharing, now I want to make a visit to Russia haha. The St Basil's Cathedral looks like it would be awe-inspiring to see in real life. and all those hand-painted Russian dolls are so lovely! <

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    April 8, 2012 / 7:08 am

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    April 8, 2012 / 8:45 am

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  18. Chocolate in Fashion
    April 8, 2012 / 1:22 pm

    WooooooooooW!!! FANTASTIC!!!

  19. Anonymous
    April 8, 2012 / 6:05 pm

    Thanks so much you totally made my day. :)I absolutely adore your header and the trip to Russia looks like great fun! Especially the ballet, it's beautiful. And so was the post before this. I've always thought there's something really gorgeous about art supplies. Aditi,

  20. AmyBell
    April 8, 2012 / 6:21 pm

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog! These photos are lovely, I definitely want to go there at some point! x

  21. Anna Mohamed Amin
    April 8, 2012 / 6:34 pm

    Thankfully you didn't have to endure -32Β°C in February.. I think the weather now isn't that bad. They're just nice for us living here, not too cold, not too hot.. πŸ˜€ And the language isn't that hard once you understand the alphabet. Anyway, great pictures! πŸ™‚

  22. HauteMangoGirl
    April 8, 2012 / 8:21 pm

    thanks for your kind words, hun! i was born in st. petersburg, so i totally love this city :)xx

  23. allie
    April 9, 2012 / 12:36 am

    amazing pictures! I wish i could travel =(

  24. eline
    April 9, 2012 / 4:32 pm

    Russia looks amazing, you took some lovely pictures! And I love ballet, my mom takes me a few times a year and it's so enchanting to watch

  25. StyleDestino
    April 9, 2012 / 7:39 pm

    wow Russia looks awesome. I've been myself dying to visit, but so far no luck!!Thanks for the pictures, atleast for time being those wud suffice!! Gr8 post

  26. Emily
    April 10, 2012 / 5:31 pm

    I am so jealous of your trip! Everything looks amazing, and the banquet sounds so good. My grandparents are Russian but don't visit because of bad memories and unfortunately I've never gotten round to going myself, I would absolutely love to soak up all the history and culture though, I think it's such a fascinating place xx

  27. Emily
    April 10, 2012 / 5:32 pm

    ps. forgot to say how good the ballet looks! that would be top of my list!xx

    April 10, 2012 / 7:42 pm

    Girl! you are so cool! and you took great photos of Moscow!!! u r very talented! =)

  29. Allison
    April 11, 2012 / 1:50 am

    Thank you so much for sharing all of these amazing photos! Moscow is definitely on my vacation list, and you have just pushed it up a little higher :):)Allison

  30. Mary Ann
    April 11, 2012 / 5:26 am

    Wow, I'm jealous of your trip to Russia – I've always wanted to travel there. The closet I've been is Prague and Budapest. But I'm the most jealous that you got to see Imperial Russian Ballet, wow!! πŸ˜‰ Thank you for taking a moment to stop by and say hello. πŸ˜‰

  31. Ashlene Nand
    April 11, 2012 / 3:17 pm

    Loved this!!!! I've never been but might need to get out more… xx

  32. Lua
    April 11, 2012 / 7:37 pm

    It seems a very interesting county!!Thanks for your comment, hope that we can keep in touch in the future:)xo

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    April 12, 2012 / 1:55 pm

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  34. Marzena
    April 12, 2012 / 2:49 pm

    Amazing look! I love your colorful dress and nice shoes. Thank You a lot for commented my blog and followed. Have done this same πŸ™‚ Kiss x

  35. Ejnet (Aneta)
    April 13, 2012 / 4:17 am

    Woow, nice photos! I would love to follow you πŸ™‚

    April 14, 2012 / 9:21 am

    Hi!i've just discovered you blog, so nice!i'm dying to visit Moscow, it looks awesome!!!!!I would love you to visit mine and follow if you like it ;)kisses from Spain,S

  37. Anonymous
    April 14, 2012 / 1:16 pm

    This looks absolutely amazing. I would love to see Russia someday, it looks like such a magical place.

  38. Sadie
    April 14, 2012 / 1:37 pm

    I would love to go to Russia, the architecture looks amazing! GUM also looks very pretty at night πŸ™‚ xx

  39. Babe
    April 15, 2012 / 4:04 pm

    Thank you, you're so nice :')You're lucky ! I would love to go to Russia… xx

  40. Fashion Recession
    April 17, 2012 / 2:29 am

    What an amazing post, you've been to Russia, I am so jealouse :(The pictures are great and the info you write is also very nice to read!!Thx for your sweet comment, but may I ask how you are following can't see u in the GFC.All<

  41. pavani reddy
    April 22, 2012 / 11:02 pm

    nice pics..i m staying in aformer part of russia…did u have the russian borsh and salad…

  42. ScatterrBrained
    April 23, 2012 / 9:54 pm

    WOW i am definitely 100% jealous of you being able to visit such a beautiful city. Moscow and St Petersburg is definitely now on my list of places i wish to travel to! :)) Rebecca xHere's my blog:ScatterrBrained

  43. Diana
    April 27, 2012 / 6:25 pm

    Hello! I'm Russian! I was pleased to read the great reviews about my country. I now live in three countries: Russia, Canada and Spain. But my heart belongs to Russia. I will be glad to talk with you))) kisses

  44. Sasha
    April 28, 2012 / 3:10 am

    I'm very glad you liked my country:) You didn't visit Peterhof, did you? That's a pity if it is so because it's a fantastic place: the village of fountains with palaces and The Gulf of Finland. Just adorable! Thanks for your lovely comment, you're a very sweet person and your blog is really nice!I followed with pleasure πŸ™‚

  45. Emma - daydream believer
    May 2, 2012 / 10:16 pm

    Russia looks AMAZING! Definitely can't wait to go there πŸ˜€ Looks like you had a great trip! Emma x

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