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The magic light of the Great North – Travel Tip

There is an old saying that goes: “amateur photographers talk about gear, professional photographers talk about composition, but great photographers talk about light.” I don’t consider myself a great photographer, but today I want to talk about light.
There is a reason why Northern countries are increasingly popular with photographers (think Iceland, but also Norway, Canada and Alaska, for instance). When you cross the Arctic Circle, the light becomes truly magical...-> Continue reading on the blog's page:

https://rttl.me/2018/02/16/the-magic-light-of-the-great-north/

#travel #travelphotography #traveltips
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Happy Valentine’s Day (now that it is no longer forbidden!)

In Russia Valentine’s Day (День Свято́го Валенти́на – Day of Saint Valentine) is a popular celebration, in spite of being relatively recent, or maybe because it is relatively recent. Let me explain.

As a rule, the concepts of Saint Valentine and Cupid only arrived in Eastern Europe and Asia in the last two decades. That was particularly true in the Soviet Union, where all these Western...-> Continue reading on the blog's page:

https://rttl.me/2018/02/14/happy-valentines-day-now-that-it-is-no-longer-forbidden/ #saintvalentinesday #russia #happyvalentinesday #holiday
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The deepest Metro station in the world

Deep, deep under the Victory park (Park Pobedy in Russian) on Poklonnaya Hill, lays’s Moscow Metro‘s deepest station. At 84 meters underground, according to the official figures, it is the deepest metro station in Moscow and and the third deepest in the world by mean depth, after Kiev Metro‘s Arsenalna and Saint Petersburg Metro‘s Admiralteyskaya, and the very deepest station by maximum depth, 97 m....-> Continue reading on blog's page:

https://rttl.me/2018/02/13/the-deepest-metro-station-in-the-world/ #record #architecture #russia #moscow
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A full lunch here will cost you between 3 and 7 US$! – Culture Shock n.12

Russia can undoubtedly be a wonderfully inexpensive holiday destination (see also my previous post on the price of medicine in Russia). The country’s largest cities, Moscow and Saint Petersburg in particular, offer a huge choice in prices for lodging and eating. For hotels it might be sometimes less than advisable to choose the cheapest option because even if you are not looking for a five stars experience, “clean” accommodations tend to be pricier than you might expect. Food-wise, on the other hand, there is ample choice of low price, but high quality choices, especially if you are curious to try regional cuisines.
The “real magic” happens, though, when you leave the big cities....-> Continue reading on the blog's page:

https://rttl.me/2018/02/11/a-full-lunch-here-will-cost-you-between-3-and-7-us-culture-shock-n-12/ #travel #food #russia
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The greatest rescue operation in the Artic Ocean

In 1957 the USSR launched both the world’s first nuclear-powered surface ship and the first nuclear-powered civilian vessel: the nuclear-powered icebreaker Lenin. Now permanently moored in Murmansk, the ship is an unmissable museum for anyone visiting the largest city on Earth above the Artic Circle. An embodiment of the technical progress of her time, the Lenin comprised 70,000 parts, with the total length of welds stretching to more than 6,000 kilometer. Lenin entered operation in 1959 and worked clearing sea routes for carg...-> Continue reading on the blog's page:

https://rttl.me/2018/02/07/the-greatest-rescue-operation-in-the-artic-ocean/

#history #soviet #ships #interesting facts
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The Tsars’ family tree

In Russia it is often the case that the museums themselves (meaning the buildings where they are housed) are as beautiful and as interesting, if not more, than the artwork they display. One of such examples is, I think, the State Historical Museum of Russia in Moscow....-> Continue reading on the blog's page:

https://rttl.me/2018/02/05/the-tsars-family-tree/ #russia #history #travel #museum
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Perlov Tea House in Moscow: built to wow the ambassador who never came…

On Myasnitskaya Ulitsa, a 5 minute walk from Chistye Prudy metro station, you can find of Moscow’s most seemingly out of place buildings: a three-storey-high Chinese pagoda in the center of the Russian capital! Originally a high-renaissance style building typical of most of the others on this street, the building housed the offices and show rooms of the Perlov family; who were highly successful tea merchants...-> Continue reading on the blog's page:

https://rttl.me/2017/10/06/perlov-tea-house-in-moscow-built-to-wow-the-ambassador-who-never-came/ #travel #history #interestingfacts #moscow
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Murmansk turns 101 years (and one day) old

So many things happened in Russia on October 4th in the course of the centuries! I chose to dedicate yesterday’s post to the anniversary of Sputnik, Earth’s first artificial satellite, but yesterday also marked the 101st birthday of the city of Murmansk. Murmansk was the very last city founded in the Russian Empire. In 1915....-> Continue reading on the blog's page:

https://rttl.me/2017/10/05/murmansk-turns-101-years-and-one-day-old/

#russia #travelphotography #history
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Moscow’s Nativity Convent – 360° panorama and Photo tip!

The Rozhdestvensky Convent, or the Convent of Nativity of Theotokos (Russian: Богородице-Рождественский монастырь) is commonly referred to just as the Nativity Convent and it is located inside the Boulevard Ring, on the left bank of the Neglinnaya River. Not only this is one of the oldest nunneries in Moscow....-> Continue reading on the blog's page:

https://rttl.me/2017/10/03/moscows-nativity-convent-360-panorama-and-photo-tip/ #russia #travelphotography #architecture
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Sometimes you don’t need to speak Russian…. to understand Russian signs! :)

This is a pretty funny (I think) hand made sign I’ve found on a metal fence, right next to a popular free beach close to Zavidovo. In spite of the bad habits, because of which this sign had to be put up, Zavidovo actually has a pretty “glorious” history and status....-> Continue reading on the blog's page:

https://rttl.me/2017/10/02/sometimes-you-dont-need-to-speak-russian/

#fun #russia #funny #travel
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