Sunday, March 23, 2014

Russia Travel News

I recently discovered a Website with a lot of travel ideas for Russia-- The site also has blogs from Russia, and stories about politics, business, the arts, and more.

Yachts, budget travel and Russia are not usually words that you would see together, but there is even an article that tells you how to travel from Moscow to the White Sea and beyond by yacht, provided you already have the yacht and quite a lot of patience. The route takes you through Tver, the Beloye Lake where you can visit the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum Reserve, an ancient religious site, and other points of interest. It's not the Mediterranean, but it does sound unusual, and the trip can take about a week.

Another story is about the top five museums in Moscow, though you might disagree with their choices. None of the Kremlin museums make the cut, and neither does the Pushkin, but a Jewish museum opened only in 2012 is on the list. I wonder whether the opening of this museum was connected in any way with the recent Sochi Olympic Games.

There is even a box on the site where you can ask travel questions about Russia and get an answer. My big question for this year would be how difficult is it going to be for Westerners to get tourist visas? It is never easy, and with tensions rising the process could get even more difficult.

In any case, there is a lot to read on the site, including a blog by the recent U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul, who has been on television a lot lately commenting on Ukraine and Russia.

I have noticed over the past few days that I now have some readers in India, and just wanted to say welcome to those of you in the subcontinent.


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