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10 Alternative Souvenirs From Russia

Ushanka hat

What to do if you can buy a “Matryoshka” and a samovar in the souvenir shops worldwide, and you really want to bring an outstanding souvenir from Russia? Of course, you can find some alternatives! National Russian hats are recognizable around the world. Almost every tourist in Moscow considers it his duty to buy “Ushanka”…

Tea-Drinking Traditions in Russia

Tea in Russia

The History of Tea in Russia Tea consumption in Russia began in the first half of the 17th century. There are some documents that Russian tsar Mikhail Fyodorovich Romanov received several boxes of tea as a gift from Chinese ambassadors in 1618. Like in France, tea became popular in Russia first of all as a…

A Guide to Moscow’s May Festivals 2020

Fireworks in Moscow

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 all May holiday celebrations in Moscow including Victory parade are canceled. The date of the  Victory Parade in 2020 will be soon announced by the Russian Government.  The calendar of holidays in Russia is quite intense. On the one hand, it is connected with the great history of the country, on…

Old Russian Cuisine: Forgotten Dishes and Drinks

Danilovsky

What Do We Know About Russian Cuisine? Moscow is a huge metropolis where 24/7 you can get almost everything you need. This city offers you a big variety of good, but it is not an easy task to find a restaurant with traditional pre-revolutionary Russian cuisine. The truth is that we only know a little…

Russian Orthodox Dress Code & Top 5 Major Cathedrals in Moscow

Orthodox Church

Churches in Moscow Once you’re in Moscow you’ll be amazed by the number of beautiful golden, black and blue-domed buildings all around the city, especially in the city center wherever you turn around. These are Russian Orthodox churches. Russians by the majority of the population are Christians, although all confessions are well presented here, but…

Uncover Hidden Treasures of Moscow

Café-Pushkin

Uncover Hidden Treasures of Moscow From Café Pushkin to another Kremlin which is not on Red Square There are so many things to do and places to visit in Moscow. So, please, don’t limit yourself to what a normal guest usually sees in the capital of Russia, I mean, pop tourist attractions such as Red…

Vodka: Theory and Practice

Vodka-cheers-during-evening-drinking-tour

It’s time to talk about the most stereotypical Russian drink. About Vodka, of course! Most likely you have already heard something about this strong beverage: 40% alcohol by volume, characteristic taste, and smell and crystal clear as water. To the point, a name vodka is a diminutive form of the Slavic word “voda” (water).