Waltzing in ‘War and Peace’

Thanks to my friend Svenja at Castleholic, 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). ‘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...