Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Russia in Winter

A few years ago we went to Russia in the winter. I’m not sure what prompted me, but I started looking over a few pictures of that trip the other day and I thought I’d post some and share a little about this experience in case there is anyone out there who has ever had the inkling to go there.

Russia is such a lovely country and I hope to see more of it someday in the future.  Growing up in the US during the Cold War, I have to admit that I did have a fairly twisted view about this country when I was younger. Going there, however, really opened my eyes even more to the glory and history of this land. The culture is rich and the architecture is both unique and beautiful.  The Russian Orthodox cathedrals are spectacular, the Kremlin is awe-inspiring, and the palaces are breath-taking. The Hermitage art museum is filled to the brim with incredible works of art both from Russia and around the world. We also saw the Russian ballet, which, I think, was my highlight, as I grew up dancing and the Russian ballet is the pinnacle of the art.

Here are a few words of advice for anyone thinking of going. Even though I usually travel independently, we went with a small tour group for this trip. There are a number of reasons I was grateful for this. They were able to arrange visas, museum entry, and hotels (which can be fairly expensive, so tour groups can often get better deals). We had someone to pick us up and drop us off at the airport and trains and to take us around. The group was only six of us at the maximum and they were able to take us around for little tours to get acquainted with the area, but then we also had days were we were completely free to go on our own. Moscow, in particular, is an incredibly large city and I can’t imagine being to navigate it on our own without some guidance, especially since everything is written in Cyrillic. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my little trip down memory lane and if you are thinking of going to Russia, I would say definitely go for it.

Have a lovely day.

A Whole Lotta Love,


lindsay said...

these pictures are amazing! it really sounds like you have had the amazing opportunity to see many beautiful places.

i never really thought about going to russia, but after seeing these...i think i should! ♥

Ashley said...

Wow how truly beautiful! Thank you so much for posting. The likelyhood of me going to Russia any time soon is pretty small so it's neat to live vicariously! :)

Amy said...

What an incredible trip! Those buildings are so beautiful. I've never even thought of traveling to Russia but you've definitely opened my mind to it. Traveling is so much fun and I hope to do a lot more of it.

Jenia said...

Home sweet home!
I took my hubby-to-be to see Swan Lake at Mariinky Theater, and he fell asleep!

vintch said...

oh my gosh those PICTURES! seriously some of the most beautiful i've seen in a long, long while. i must visit russia. i simply must. if i wasn't convinced before, your lovely post certainly did the trick:)

George said...

Great Post! The Pictures Look Fantastic!!!

Raised By Wolves

Ashley said...

These pictures are so enchanting and lovely! I would love to go to Russia one day!!

Your blog is so very cute! I'm glad I stopped by....can't wait to read more & more! I'm a new follower! xo


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