Your Guide to a Trans Mongolian Experience from Moscow to Irkutsk Siberia (Part One)

One of the train stops

Staying at the Delta, one of the four hotels in the Izmailovo Hotel Complex had its advantages. There was a decent sized supermarket a five minute walk from the complex. We gathered our supplies of instant coffee, apples, “Made in China” plastic bowls, canned fish, bread, bottled water, bananas, cookies, spread and a whole load […]

Discovering Moscow Kremlin and Red Square

Archangel's Cathedral

Everyone knows about the devastation of the Soviet-era, but did you know that the treasures of Russia’s pre Soviet-era are still intact? Twenty-first-century Moscow is a city with magnificent squares, cathedrals, artwork, shopping and remnants of the Soviet-era. To visit Moscow on your own (if you don’t speak or read Russian) is to miss the […]

A Taste of Russia’s Stolovayas or Canteen-style Food and Other Delicacies

View of St. Petersburg from Sky Bar Azimut Hotel

If you’re going to eat every meal at the Four Seasons Lion Palace’s restaurants in St. Petersburg or the likes of C.D.L. Restaurant in Moscow, your money is not going to last long. Sure, these places serve quality food in only money can buy ambience but to experience the real Russia we got out and […]

Why You Need a Tour Guide When Visiting The Hermitage St. Petersburg

The Hermitage Museum front view and view from The Neva River

Even with a guidebook and map in hand, the couple seemed lost and disturbed trying to figure out where exactly that Peacock Clock was. We on the other hand were right on track walking behind our tour guide Ekaterina. The couple decided to trail behind us as we followed our high-heeled short skirt clad tour […]

Why You Should Stay at The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg Russia

Outside Four Seasons Lion Hotel St. Petersburg

When in the Imperial City treat yourself like a king or queen and stay in a palace. The Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg Russia was once home to Princess Lobanova-Rostovskaya, the wife of Prince Alexey Lobanov-Rostovsky. He was a diplomat, writer, art collector and a close friend of Tsar Alexander I. The palace […]