The most beautiful manors and royal residences in Moscow, Russia

The most beautiful manors and royal residences in Moscow, Russia Moscow had been the capital of Russia for a couple of centuries before St Petersburg got this status in 1712. Naturally, many noble families moved there and built new homes. Still, Moscow wasn’t forgotten and, in addition to some existing palaces, the czars and aristocrats kept building palaces and manors Read More

Everything about Listvyanka, a village on Baikal Lake, Russia

When I was doing my research for the upcoming trip to Baikal, I would always come across Listvyanka. Almost everyone mentioned it (I am a native Russian speaker, so I searched for the info in Russian), so I decided it was worth going there. And I was right 🙂 Listvyanka is a small village on the shores of Baikal, right Read More

Buuz, sagudai and other local food around Baikal

My guide to the local food around Baikal Lake The history of Russia led to the amalgamation of different cuisines of local peoples of this vast country and the European one. The Soviet times brought new dishes or simplified the refined food of the Russian empire. For example, the famous olivier salad, which nowadays has simple ingredients, contained caviar, crayfish Read More

What to do in Irkutsk, Russia: 30+ things to do in Irkutsk

A full guide on what to do in Irkutsk, Russia, the gateway to Baikal Lake. In Moldova, the country I am from, it is generally considered that only Moscow and St Petersburg are worth any attention among the Russian cities. Many people here believe that outside these two cities every other place is underdeveloped, with awful roads, no infrastructure and Read More