A billion dollars buys artistic perfection
The imposing marble edifice of the Bolshoi Theater stands as one of Moscow’s more visual reminders of the distinction between the city’s old and new elite.
The Hermitage will exceed your expectations
If I were forced to compare the Hermitage to, say, the Louvre, the Prado or the Rijksmuseum, then the Hermitage would win hands down.
Was St Petersburg’s Metro designed to confuse strangers?
A local joke says the St Petersburg Metro was built to confuse outsiders as, to change between the five different lines, you often also have to change stations though a connecting underground walkway.
In St. Petersburg, what do you do when you're thirsty?
In St. Petersburg, they drink beer from the bottle. On the street. All of them. Young and old.
A beautiful square with a terrible history
There is nothing more beautiful than strolling across Red Square on an early winter evening.
How bad taste can make for good photography in Moscow
I’ve been married to a Russian woman for eight years now and Moscow has since become my home. I’m completely enthralled by this city – by its beauty and by its extremes. I started a travel blog to share my experiences with the outside world, because many westerners still have a biased impression of Moscow to this day.
Not always clear how fortunes were made
Hello Moscow, with the rich on one side and, on the other, the poor. The former, the new Russian oligarchs, spend vast amounts of money – and it is not always clear how their fortunes were made. The latter hold on as best they can, often unable to afford two meals a day. Yet the oligarchs are the ones who need $10,000-an-hour shrinks to treat their depression.