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Russia : When and where to go?
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Russia: Climate & Weather
The largest country in the world, Russia offers a climate with temperatures that get colder as you go from the South to the North and from the West to East as it turns into a more continental climate.
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What to do in Russia
Historically rich, politically controversial, Russia is an amazing destination and not leave you unmoved.
Moscow of course is a must: cultural capital, it is also attractive for its medieval roots, and its sites become mythical, Red Square and the Kremlin, but also the Mayakovsky museum or zoo.
The other city where you can not ignore is St. Petersburg, which includes its canals and palaces, as at the time of the tsars, and offers of places like the legendary Peter and Paul Fortress and the Nevsky Prospekt.
At the far east, Vladivostok has recently opened to foreigners, and is the center of a nature reserve where there are tigers and bears and leopards.
Quite to the south, visit Sochi, a resort on the edge of the Black Sea, enjoying of a subtropical climate of warm waters that attract tourists from Russia and abroad, as well as spas and the surrounding hills dotted with dachas.
Not very far from Moscow, Novgorod dated 9th century teems with wonders, despite the devastation of the Nazis: the icons of the Palace of Facets, the historical museum, many churches, including that of the Transfiguration of the Savior with beautiful Byzantine frescoes.
Another curiosity not to be missed, the Trans-Siberian you will also travel from one end to another in this wonderful country for a distance of nearly a thousand miles for 6 days, making you go through huge forests of birch and pines and endless steppes, then along Lake Baikal and go to Irkutsk, a city very attractive and multicultural.
The Volga Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, with its many museums and monuments of World War II, also trace a line of journey worthy of your attention to visit the center of the country.
Whatever your background, you'll be struck by the diversity of wealth in Russia, but also conquered by the famous Russian soul, responsible in turn of extreme joy and melancholy tenacity.
Russia : The basics
Moscow is connected to the principal cities of the world by daily flights, but getting there by train is also possible from Paris, Berlin or Helsinki and Prague.
To enter the country, you need a visa, you should also complete an immigration card at your arrival and register yourself at the ‘OuFM’.
The currency in circulation is the ruble, it is divided into kopeks. It is relatively easy to withdraw money with a Visa or MasterCard at an ATM which are becoming easier to find.
Concerning your budget, without doubt the accommodation will be the most expensive part: In particular, accommodation in Moscow is very expensive; prices are often double compared to St. Petersburg. For a hotel, plan at least €70 for a double bedroom, often around €200 in Moscow. Another type of accommodation that is developing more and more is renting a renovated apartment which offers a good level of comfort: a studio can be found for around €60 the night, this is a good alternative to a hotel.
On the other hand, eating will definitely be less expensive (less than €15 for a meal) and you will have the choice between numerous specialties including various healthy and filling soups and salads.
Concerning sanitary precautions, it is recommended to have your usual vaccinations up to date (diphtheria, tetanus, polio) and to not drink tap water. Moreover, remember AIDS is very current in Russia: Do not have any sexual relations without protection.
To travel in the country, of course the train is your best choice, in particular the famous Trans Siberian that will take you up to Siberia, even Mongolia or Peking! Flying is also an interesting choice even if sometimes the comfort level is low for certain destinations. Renting a car is also a possible solution, both reasonable prices and road quality. In the principal cities, the underground is both practical and cheap.
Plan a budget for the numerous museums, very interesting but not cheap.
Finally, if you wish to take home some souvenirs for your friends and family you will have plenty of choice because traditional crafts are rich and various: Matryoshka dolls are symbolic and always charming, copper or silver samovars, painted papier-mâché boxes, lovely coloured shawls, metallic trays painted with coloured flowers and fruit, painted wooden tableware, ceramics, wooden sculptures, small animals or combs and vases made from bone from the Northern regions, jewellery and semi precious stones, amber necklaces...
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