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). [pullquote]’They must know how...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...