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Abramtsevo

Abramtsevo

on May 4, 2016

If you were to list the most influential Russian artists of the 19th century you might come up with names such as Ilya Repin, Valentin Serov, Isaac Levitan, and Mikhail Vrubels. Moscow’s Tretyakov Gallery has rooms dedicated to their work, but perhaps the main thing that links them is that they all spent time at the Abramtsevo estate. Abramtsevo was bought...

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Bogdarnya Farm

Bogdarnya Farm

on Jan 21, 2016

Muscovites hold to the maxim that you work in the city and rest in the country. It is a good way to look at life, and many city dwellers (not just the rich, but ordinary folk too) have a small family home in the country, known as a Dacha, which they return to at weekends. Sometimes, especially when I’ve just done yet another school run by pushing – and...

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Arkhangelskoye Estate

Arkhangelskoye Estate

on Jun 14, 2015

I can’t help but smile when I see a newly-wed couple. The bride, who always looks radiant in her beautiful dress, with her bridegroom looking like he’s won the lottery now that she is by his side. So yesterday I smiled a lot as we spotted almost a dozen bridal parties having their photos taken while we were at Arkhangelskoye estate. Arkhangelskoye, which...

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St Petersburg with kids

St Petersburg with kids

on Jun 13, 2015

St Petersburg is a beautiful, romantic city but it probably isn’t the first place that springs to mind for a family holiday. Yet we went last week and had a great time. So in case you are thinking about visiting St Petersburg too, here are some of our highlights. Our favourite day out was to the gardens at the Peterhof palace. It is a beautiful place and you...

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