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Christmas in Moscow

Christmas in Moscow

on Dec 20, 2015

Fir tree decorated with baubles and tinsel? Yes. Old man with a white beard and red suit delivering presents? Yes. Celebrating with the family. Absolutely. Christmas? No. Not Christmas… but New Year. You see, the thing is that Communism and Christianity don’t exactly go together, so since the 1930s the more secular Christmas traditions in Russia have...

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Expedicia Restaurant

Expedicia Restaurant

on Dec 17, 2015

“Would you like to try some of the reindeer meat?” my husband asked. “It’s served frozen” he added as I reached for a slice. Frozen it was, and served with lots of onion and horseradish. Having never had anything frozen that wasn’t dessert, I was about to reach for a second piece when my husband chose to mention it was raw...

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Tverskoy Boulevard

Tverskoy Boulevard

on Dec 17, 2015

As winter begins, finding somewhere central to stretch your legs (and more importantly the kids’) might seem like a challenge, but thankfully Moscow has the lovely tree-lined Boulevard ring where you can do just that. You can of course walk the entire ring, but at a toddler’s pace a small section is good enough for us, and one of our favourites takes us...

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A Walk with Pushkin

A Walk with Pushkin

on Dec 17, 2015

As Shakespeare is to England, so Pushkin is to Russia. He was born in Moscow in 1799 into an impoverished noble family and is most famous for his poems – many of which are considered masterpieces. He was also the author of the first major Russian works in several other genres including one of the first important Russian plays, Boris Godunov. Our walk begins at...

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Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

on Dec 17, 2015

I don’t often like to admit that I’m wrong, but it turns out my assumption that art galleries and young children don’t mix was completely incorrect. Today I went with Beanie-boy to the Pushkin Fine Arts museum, and was able to enjoy an exhibition about Caravaggio and his followers…and my son enjoyed it too! We started with one of the...

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