Articles Tagged ‘russia’

Slideshow: The Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland

Slideshow: The Northern Lights in Finnish Lapland June 21, 2012 | Featured | Read More
Aurora borealis, or the northern lights, is a phenomenon that occurs at very high latitude around the Arctic circle. Named for the Aurora (the Roman goddess of the dawn) and Boreas (the Greek term for the northern wind) the lights can only be seen after dark. You can spot the spectacular light show throughout...

Postcard Perfect: St. Basil’s Catherdral, Moscow, Russia

Postcard Perfect: St. Basil’s Catherdral, Moscow, Russia February 1, 2012 | Postcard Perfect | Read More
When Ivan the Terrible wanted to commemorate the siege of Kazan and capture of the surrounding area, he had an incredible church constructed in the very center of Moscow. Unlike any other building built in Russia at the time, the church was colorful, whimsical, and detailed in a way no one had ever seen...

Forget Flying: Take the Train From New York to London

Forget Flying: Take the Train From New York to London August 29, 2011 | Travel News | Read More
New York to London in three weeks? Hey, it beats around the world in 80 days, and the proposed rail line would offer up an equal dose of steampunk allure, without suspending yourself hundreds of feet in the air with a fireball directly above your head. Russian officials have recently started ferrophiles...

Get Your Geiger Counter Ready: Chernobyl Officially Opening to Tourism for 2011

Get Your Geiger Counter Ready: Chernobyl Officially Opening to Tourism for 2011 December 21, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
When I reported on tourists taking tours of Chernobyl a few months ago, I didn’t realize that most of the private tours are illegal. At least, that’s what the Russian government claims, according to this article at The Guardian. Not for long: starting next year, the site of the horrific nuclear...

Diving Tours Now Available… In the Arctic Ocean

Diving Tours Now Available… In the Arctic Ocean October 13, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
In October 2007 I made the spontaneous decision to skinny-dip in Lake Baikal in Siberia. My wife and I had seen a man in the lake earlier, calmly treading water as if he was in a pool in the summertime. As soon as I hit the water, I knew it was no pool. Instead, I dove into a sea of thousands of pins...

Russia Calls For Visa-Free Travel Between Itself and the EU

Russia Calls For Visa-Free Travel Between Itself and the EU September 17, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
Getting a tourist visa to visit Russia isn’t very straight-forward. Before you apply you need to obtain an invitation from inside Russia and then you need to prove that you are covered by health insurance.  But European Union citizens will have an easier go of it if Russia has its way. Russian...

Moldovan Wines Not Welcome in Russia

Moldovan Wines Not Welcome in Russia August 25, 2010 | Travel News | Read More
For the second time in the past five years, Russia has banned imports of wines from Moldova because of health risks, with reports of more than 90 batches not meeting hygiene standards. One health official said, “It should be used to paint fences.” This is bad news for Moldova, considering Russia...

4 Mid-Millenial Hedge Mazes You Can Still Get Lost In

4 Mid-Millenial Hedge Mazes You Can Still Get Lost In August 10, 2010 | Featured | Read More
Really, how scary can a fern be? What about a ficus? A privet? Shrubs seem pretty harmless… that is, until they all band together to become a maze! Befuddling Alice in Wonderland, stumping Napoleon, and fully scaring the heck out of Hitler, hedge mazes have been around for centuries, delighting...

Hammer and Chisel: Communist Statue Parks

Hammer and Chisel: Communist Statue Parks June 15, 2010 | Featured | Read More
Nobody’s got the chin-jut down like Lenin, and nobody comes close to matching Stalin’s fabulous facial hair. Indeed, the Soviet Union was awash with beautiful leaders whose commanding visages just begged to be immortalized in statues, busts, and propaganda signage. Travelers to present day...