Cold comfort at the summer palace
Summer palace, 17th c. Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich

Cold comfort at the summer palace

Sometimes the least traveled places can be the most interesting, even in tough conditions. On a dark, bitterly cold day, we went to Kolomenskoye Park at the outskirts of Moscow because of the ravine. The…

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Observation post: Moscow
Pedestrian mall near Tverskaya Street

Observation post: Moscow

Waiting in Moscow for a few days before beginning a rail trip across Siberia, we were pleasantly surprised to see the old city in such fine shape. We had not been here for 25 years…

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Iron, water, blood in Yekaterinburg
Ironworks at Museum of Architecture & Design

Iron, water, blood in Yekaterinburg

Yekaterinburg began in 1723 with a dam made of Ural larch, one never replaced till this day. It was a planned city, named in honor of Queen Catherine I, and organized as a factory town…

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Baikal: The Deep Freeze
Crystalline frozen texture

Baikal: The Deep Freeze

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In brief: Baikal lake is extraordinary in many ways, but its ice is the big draw. Crystalline frozen texture The best way to enjoy Lake Baikal in wintry Siberia, we found, is just to get…

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Along the Trans-Siberian
Our Trans-siberian cabin

Along the Trans-Siberian

In brief: The Trans-Siberian railway offers little drama, but takes you into a special world. Our Trans-siberian cabin Our home for four days and nights, crossing Russia from Moscow into snowy Siberia, was a very…

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Countering the Peterhof Principle
Tree fountain, Peterhof

Countering the Peterhof Principle

To turn a phrase, tourist money corrupts; overwhelming tourist interest corrupts overwhelmingly. In some environments, like the rain forests of Borneo, that turns a safari into a show. In the wild, orangutans are very difficult…

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