Wondering where to go on holiday this year? If Russia is not near the top of your list, it should be. Here's why:
If there's one reason Russia is where to go on holiday next, it's because of its geography. Russia is the largest country in the world, with a surface area of seventeen million square kilometers. That's a seventh of the earth's landmass. It also boasts the Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, and the Urals, the oldest mountains in the world. And Moscow, the capital, is the largest city in Europe, with ten and a half million citizens. Add to that a diverse landscape, often of breathtaking beauty, that has served as the fount of inspiration for poets, artists and musicians for over a thousand years, and this is one destination where to go on holiday is a must!
Arts and Culture
Russia's bigger cities pulsate with the same vibrant energy that one experiences in London or New York. Moscow's Bolshoi Theater and Pushkin Art Gallery, and St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater and Hermitage are widely regarded to be some of the best art institutes in the world. St. Petersburg on its own is host to 2,000 libraries, 221 museums, 80 theaters, 100 concert halls, 45 art galleries, 62 movie theaters, 80 nightclubs, and over 100 concerts, shows, and festivals annually. So on any given day, you are likely to find a movie or live show to your liking, be it ballet, orchestra music, or the theater.
Religion, literary geniuses, famous political personalities - Russian history has them all. Visit the harrowing Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, or the monumental St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow; visit the homes and favorite haunts of master artists like Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Nabokov, and Chekhov; visit the tomb of Lenin, and the palace of St. Catherine the Great where the Tsars lived. Visit them all and you will only have scraped the tip of the iceberg.
Food and Drink
While Russia did not invent vodka (that honor goes to Poland), it is universally acknowledged that Russia perfected it. But vodka isn't the only thing worth trying in Russia. Russian cuisine has its own unique character and is worth experiencing at least once. It is based on wheat and vegetables, along with meat or fish. Porridge and porridge-type dishes are popular.
White nights and winter
The Russian winter, contrary to popular belief, is the most awe inspiring time of the year to visit. Yes, you have to pack warm, but at no time is Russia more beautiful, more enchanting, than in winter.
And the Russian summers are witness to a unique period on earth when the sun doesn't set for about three weeks straight, a phenomenon referred to as white nights. You may not catch much shut-eye in this period, but it's a once in a lifetime experience!
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