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Great Inventions by Russians

The world’s largest country boasts not only natural and architectural beauty, so when going on a tour to Russia keep in mind that it’s also a proud mother of many famous scientific discoverers, inventors and brightest minds. One might know about the Sputnik or Mendeleev’s Periodic Table of chemical elements but what other interesting creations and scientific discoveries were made by Russians which we use today?

Is Russian Easter different to yours?

While the rest of the world decorated Easter eggs couple of weeks ago, Russians just cracked theirs a few days ago. Unlike the rest of the world, Russians use Julian calendar, often differing from Gregorian. Hence this year Easter day falls on April 8th - the last Sunday. In celebration, today we take a look at the Russian Easter and what traditions are common during this festive period.

Catherine the Great | Russia’s Most Iconic Empress

Among all the great women of the planet who have achieved change for the better, it is surely fair to mention one of the most iconic women in Russian history, Empress Catherine the Great. Beyond doubt, she is far and away a legend and a notable Russian leader: the time of her reign is described as the Golden Age of the Russian Empire. In this piece, we would like to pay tribute to the accomplishments of Catherine II and share interesting facts about her life.

Russian Traditions: Maslenitsa or Shrove Tuesday

Golden, round-shaped, sometimes folded, thick or thin with rich and fluffy texture, sweet or savory toppings...yes, you guessed it right - we are talking about pancakes! Couple of days ago many countries around the globe have feasted on delicious pancakes in celebration of Shrove Tuesday also known as Pancake Tuesday or Pancake Day. But did you know that Russians are making a second batch of pancake batter as we speak?

Eating in Russia: At the Table Superstitions

Modern Russians may not believe in many superstitions, yet some have become an intrinsic part of everyday life. We have put together some Russian superstitions, beliefs and traditions connected with at the table behavior which you might find odd but that can help avoid some shocking surprises during your tour to Russia! In this article find out why you shouldn’t leave an empty bottle on top of the table when in Russia, where to sit, and more.

Most famous Russian pies

Russian pies or “pirogi” are probably the most distinctive dish in Russian cuisine. The word “pirogi” itself derives from the Russian word “pir” meaning “feast”. Indeed historically, pirogi were a must during any celebration. Today we are going to review the most famous types of Russian pies and learn how to cook them.

North of Russia: an interview with our travelers

Powdery white snow dusted over the mountain tops, pastel colors of the Polar Night flickering on the snow, forests covered in the white and grey shades... If you ever been intrigued by the thought of traveling to the North of Russia, we have a treat for you! Our travelers Nigel and Carolyn just came back from their fourth trip to Russia and share their experience during an interview with our rep Vera.

Three reasons why you need to visit The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

The famous onion-shaped domes and colorful exterior of the unique looking church - the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood - are what travelers to St. Petersburg often remember it by. In fact, travelers who visited the capital of Russia probably instantly thought the picture represents the famous St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow as both landmarks share many similarities. 

Russian Revolution 1917 Flashback

Ranking among the most transformative political events of the 20th century, the Russian Revolution of 1917 toppled monarchy in Russia, drew the line to the reign of the royal Romanovs, and resulted in the exaltation of the Soviet Union. November 7th, 2017 celebrates 100 years of the October Revolution and here’s a close-up on the sequence of events that led to it with top-notch 360° videos to flash you back in time.

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