In the far east of Russia lies the land of bears and volcanoes. That is the Kamchatka peninsula situated between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west. The volcanoes of Kamchatka are UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Oslo – Tromsø – Longyearbyen – Pyramiden – Oslo
We visited Svalbard (formerly known by its Dutch name Spitsbergen) for a week and it was as magical as ever. Being the northernmost human settlement in the world with a permanent civilian population it offered us the comforts of the modern world and the wilderness at the same time.
Travel in Russia – experiences and reflections
(Mid-February – good time to experience minus temperatures and snow)
This time the journey takes us to Moscow and Sochi – two cities quite different in what they can offer to tourists…
Who doesn’t know something about Moscow already?
Moscow’s changing and growing at the same time… Numerous building projects can be seen while driving from Sheremetievo airport, through suburbs of Moscow to its central district. The streets are snow and ice-free, despite the recent snowfall and traffic seemed normal. The temperature was – 5 ⁰C, which in the following three days reached – 11⁰C … brrrr
We arrived at Petrovka Street, which is one of the oldest in Moscow and derives its name from the Vysoko-Petrovsky monastery located here. Some of the other famous buildings on that street are:
– The Bolshoi Theatre – the main theatre in Russia;
– The TsUM building – high-end shopping mall in Neo-Gothic style;
– The Gulag History Museum and The Russian Federation Prosecutor’s General Office share a building that is The Vorontsovs – Rayevskys Manor one of the few building that survived the fire of 1812.