What to Know Before Touring the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia is home to more than 1 million works of art and nearly 3 million exhibits in total. It’s actually the 2nd largest art museum in the world! (#1 is the Louvre.) The Hermitage is an absolute must-visit on your trip to St. Petersburg. This post will give a little background on it, as well as how to really make the most of your tour there! Brief History of the State Hermitage Museum… Read more »

12 Things to Know Before Visiting Catherine Palace in Pushkin, Russia

No trip to St. Petersburg, Russia would be complete without a visit to Catherine Palace in the suburb of Pushkin. Catherine Palace (or the Great Palace of Tsarskoye Selo) tops many of the “must-see” lists for planning a trip to this area. Being armed with a little knowledge before you go can certainly make the visit more enjoyable! Check out all my tips, tricks for getting tickets and visiting, as well as some fun facts about the palace. 12 Things… Read more »

Pavlovsk Palace

Pavlovsk Palace (or Paul’s Palace) isn’t as popular of a tourist destination as Catherine Palace or Peterhoff Palace – but does that mean it’s not worth adding to your St. Petersburg, Russia itinerary? This post will explain! What is Pavlovsk Palace? But first, you’re probably wondering what in the world this place actually is. Here’s a really quick rundown on the story behind Pavlovsk Palace… This palace was built in the 18th century on orders from Catherine the Great (Russia’s… Read more »

Moscow, Russia for New Year's Ever River Cruise Review

This year we spent New Year’s Eve in Moscow, Russia and my brother-in-law was visiting for the occasion too! This was really exciting for us and we wanted to go all out to ring in the New Year. My biggest regret when we tried to watch the NYE fireworks display in Sydney, Australia, was that we had gone to a public space and fought for the chance to see them (and we didn’t really get to see much). So, my… Read more »

photos of Christmas in Moscow, Russia

Christmas in Moscow, Russia is one of the most magical things I have ever seen in my life. It looks like this city was plucked right from a fairytale! For this post, I’m going to share 20 of my favorite photos of Moscow during Christmastime. But here’s the thing, while we’re going to be celebrating Christmas on Dec. 25th…Moscow celebrates Orthodox Christmas, which is January 7th. So, Christmas festivities are only getting started here! Once I get back to Moscow… Read more »

A T-34 Tank - You can actually ride this in Moscow, Russia

Note: This post is in no way meant to promote violence of any kind. This is simply an off-the-beaten-path tour that is available in Russia. All shots fired here were blanks, therefore no living thing was injured in any way. Things in life I never thought I’d say, “Why yes, I’ve ridden in a Soviet tank (T-34 to be exact) and shot a machine gun.” There are some really crazy things you can do in Russia, and this happens to… Read more »

Bunker 42

Bunker-42 was once a top-secret, Soviet military complex. Stalin had commissioned it to be made after the United States created a nuclear bomb. 65 meters (or about 213 feet) underground, was the desired depth to protect Russia’s top officials from a nuclear attack. It became operational in 1954. Fortunately, it was never needed for its true purpose and was instead used as the command center of strategic bombers for nearly 30 years in Moscow. Now, it is a museum dedicated… Read more »

Moscow metro

As crazy as it may sound, Moscow’s Metro is so beautiful it absolutely deserves its own tour. You can visit scores of stations and be blown away by each station’s unique architecture. There are over 200 subway stations in Moscow, so it is certainly worth having a plan before you go. This post will share useful tips before you start your tour, plus 6 stations I thought were amazing! Enjoy! 5 Things To Know Before Touring the Moscow Metro 1.)… Read more »

The Cathedral of the Annunciation

This article is now available as a mobile app. Go to GPSmyCity to download the app for GPS-assisted travel directions to the attractions featured in this article. No trip to Moscow, Russia would be complete without going inside the Kremlin. However, getting inside is not an entirely easy process. And what exactly is the Kremlin, anyways? This post will explain! What To Know Before Going Inside The Kremlin What is The Kremlin? The Kremlin is a fortified complex in the… Read more »

Saint Basil's Cathedral

This article is now available as a mobile app. Go to GPSmyCity to download the app for GPS-assisted travel directions to the attractions featured in this article. There’s no question the exterior of St. Basil’s Cathedral is one of the most impressive things I’ve ever seen in my life. But what about the interior? Does it live up to the incredible exterior? And is it worth the admission price? I’ll share my thoughts and photos in this post! But first,… Read more »

moving

Yep! We’re at this whole moving across the world thing again. I know, I know, I said we were staying in the States until AT LEAST Christmas, and we did just buy a house. But things changed…and boy, did they change fast. All of our previous experiences with applying for visas have been incredibly long and drawn out processes. However, our visas this time were processed in just ONE DAY. It was nuts. We literally just booked our flights last… Read more »