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Waltzing in ‘War and Peace’

Thanks to my friend Svenja at Castleholic.com, I have been rewatching the waltz scene between Natasha Rostova and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in four film adaptations of Tolstoy’s War and Peace (I’m not including the 1972 BBC adaptation). 1956 – Movie This was the very first film adaptation of War and Peace that I watched and I …

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Moscow: Kremlin

We’ve come to the last post in my Russian travel series! Today’s post is on the Kremlin, the fortified complex in central Moscow. The Kremlin was a film location in Russia’s War and Peace (1966) film, which featured the Novodevichy Convent and Ivan the Great Bell Tower. The Kremlin had once been the residence of …

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Moscow: Red Square

On our last full day in Moscow, we spent an hour or so at the Red Square. It was partly sunny but it was the best day, weather-wise, for taking photos. The Red Square, along with the Kremlin, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are many notable buildings to see, including Lenin’s Mausoleum, the GUM Department …

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Moscow: Radisson Royal Hotel

On our last evening in Moscow, we visited the 5-star Radisson Royal Hotel, on 2/1, Kutuzovsky Prospekt. Originally known as Hotel Ukraina when it opened in 1957, the hotel is the second tallest of the Seven Sisters, Stalinist skyscrapers that are a combination of Russian Baroque and Gothic styles. At 198m (650ft), Hotel Ukraina has 34 floors and 497 rooms. There are …

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Russia: My Thoughts on Moscow

Dear readers, I’m back with a new post on my first visit to Moscow in October 2014! My thoughts & observations on Moscow ‘Only fools smile without any reason’ – Russian proverb Had I known this, I probably would not have looked like a fool, smiling at everyone and wondering why inhabitants of Moscow were …

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St Petersburg: Peterhof Palace

Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets: Peter’s Palace; Peterhof means Peter’s Court) at Petergof, St Petersburg, is known as Russia’s Versailles. Its namesake, Peter the Great, had designed a summer palace for himself. The original palace, Monplaisir, was completed in 1723. After his visit to the Palace of Versailles in 1717, Peterhof was great expanded and continued to be …

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St Petersburg: Gallery

Today’s post is a gallery of miscellaneous photos from around St Petersburg, aside from the Winter and Peterhof Palaces, which I will post in the next two weeks. St Petersburg is one of my favourite cities and I wish I had more time to explore. Here’s hoping one day I will be able to visit again. …

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St Petersburg: Grand Hotel Europe

In honour of the premiere of BBC One‘s War and Peace, I am starting a new series (of blog posts) on Russia. Every Sunday, I will share photos of places visited during my trip to the country in 2014. Some of these will be filming locations for the current TV series or other film adaptations, and others will be …