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.
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|
ГУМ, 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 façade 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.