Not sure about where your next holiday inspiration is coming from? Here's why it's coming from Russia:
What holiday inspiration could be more inspiring than the largest nation on earth? That's right, with a surface area of a whopping seventeen million square kilometers, Russia is the largest nation in the world. What's more, Moscow, the capital - and not London or Paris - is the largest city in Europe! And if that doesn't whet your appetite enough, consider that it is also home to the mythic Baikal, which is not only the deepest lake in the world, but is also known to be the oldest and clearest lake in the world. And as if that wasn't enough, a little Russian holiday inspiration can quickly take you from the depths of the waters to the heights of the skies with the Urals, the oldest mountains in the world, and the Altai, a more commercial mountain range ideal for tourists.
With a storied history going back over one thousand one hundred and fifty years, Russia has produced some of the finest artists the world has to offer in terms of literature, music, and acting. What better place to get your holiday inspiration from than from the homes and museums dedicated to such icons as Dostoevsky, Stanislavsky, and Pushkin. Visit the places where they used to work and experience the tremendous uplifting energy that they imbibed.
And of course, you cannot miss Moscow's Bolshoi Theater and Pushkin Art Gallery, and St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater and Hermitage, which are widely regarded to be some of the best art institutes in the world. Whether you're looking for a refined piece of theater or an exciting night out on the town, you are likely to be able to find both, particularly in Moscow.
Russia not only possesses copious amounts of natural beauty but a considerable amount of man-made beauty as well. Moscow, the capital, is a great example. Here, the colors of St. Basil's cathedral are almost out of a fairytale, and the Red Square is worth visiting purely for the vastness of its scale.
Almost as impressive as Moscow is St Petersburg, the former capital of Russia. Once known as "the Venice of the North," its architectural beauty, too, is the stuff of legend.
From tropical temperatures to nail-biting cold, the Russian weather can go anywhere in between depending on where you are. If you find the intense cold exciting, Omyakon village is for you. The lowest temperature ever registered (-71.2 C) was here. On the other hand, the southern region Sochi is a popular tourist destination because of its mild subtropical weather.
Food and Drink
Russian vodka is famous the world over. But Russian cuisine, based primarily on vegetables and wheat along with some form of meat, is also known for its distinctive taste and flavor and is worth trying at least once.
So if you feel a little down on holiday inspiration for your next travels, head on down to Russia, and have the time of your life!