Saint Petersburg – Europe's Best Destination

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Russian city Saint Petersburg has been recently voted Europe’s best destination in the annual World Travel Awards (WTA), dubbed the ‘the Oscars of the travel industry’.

Similarly, Titanic Belfast in Northern Island has been recognized as Europe’s best tourist attraction.

In the aviation sector, the award for Europe’s Leading Airline went to Lufthansa.

You can read the whole winners list here.

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Tips For Indian Tourists Before Visiting Russia

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There are few tips that every Indian tourist should keep in mind before visiting Russia. It will definitely help you in exploring the majestic country.

Russian Information Centre in India has prepared a detailed invaluable list for Indian travellers to make our journey hassle-free and smooth. Please read them carefully.

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1. Russians like India, it’s culture and history. Most Russians have a positive image about India and expect closer, increased relations and co-operation between the two countries.
2. Smiling to strangers is not a part of Russian culture. Russians are polite and professional, and they do smile whole heartedly after they come to know you – which often takes time.
3. Revolution and two world wars, dramatic political changes of the past century have a clear bearing on every Russian’s mind. Hence, Russian people think very deep while they generally look forward to a secure and prosperous future. For the same reasons, Russians can be protective about their culture, language and the country. Sometimes to the point of fiercely defending their beliefs.

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And This Is My Moscow

Rainy weather and cloudy skies gave a cold welcome to me upon my arrival in Moscow.

But that did not dampen my spirit to explore this historic city. In just three days, I managed to cover a number of famous spots, including iconic Red Square. Stunning architecture and fascinating culture make Moscow a unique cosmopolitan city in the world.

 

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From bar-hopping to clubbing, from shopping to capturing the beauty of the city, I did my best to make it a memorable as well as fun trip.

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But what intrigued me was the lack of western travellers. Almost everywhere I found a lot of Chinese and Japanese tourists, taking selfies 🙂

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Moscow University. Is not it pretty ?

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Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

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Bolshoi Theatre

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GUM (department store)

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Saint Basil’s Cathedral

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What I liked most about the city: Bars and their lip-smacking foods (My favourite – Russian Salad). IMG_20160414_225759

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Wide roads, big buildings and exceptionally stylish people. Even I found a cab driver very charming. 🙂

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What I did not like: A big big communication gap between local people and travellers.

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I tried to communicate with local people but failed miserably due to lack of English knowledge. At the same time, a couple of people smiled at me, said ‘hello’ especially in bars. 😛

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One recommended place – Izmailovsky Flea Market. You can find authentic Russian products, including Russian dolls and leather jackets, at cheaper rate, compared to other places.

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What I missed: Moscow’s iconic metro stations as most of the time I travelled by taxis. 😦

Love to party? – Head to Bolotnaya Naberezhnaya area, where you can find a plethora of nightclubs there, but I opted for RED.

Recommended drink Khortytsa Ice Vodka (smooth and sweet)

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So this is Moscow. Accept it as it is and you will like it the way I liked it 🙂

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PS:– I booked my Moscow trip with Visit Russia and I must say they are very good at managing a trip. Highly recommended.

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Beauty Of Sokolniki Park

Moscow is home to some magnificent parks and Sokolniki is one of them. Situated in the Sokolinki District of Moscow, the park comes alive with numerous fast food stalls and playgrounds for kids. I was lucky to discover the park as it is just next to Holiday Inn Sokolinki – where I stayed for three days.

I spotted many kids playing and skating, with most of them being closely watched by their mothers. 🙂 I was there for at least two hours, seeing people talking, taking a walk, drinking, some even dancing and making love. I was surprised to see some mothers with their toddlers in the park, while it was snowing. It could be too cold for them or may be not – after all they are Russians. You can also spot many beautiful birds and squirrels in the park.

Believe me, it is an unmissable attraction of Moscow !!!!

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