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The Firebird of Russian Folklore

In Russia, as in many countries, folklore is a part of the people’s tradition and culture. Tales of grandeur and fallen heroes, as well as stories to promote good morals, have been passed down through generations. These tales are often used to teach the younger generation valuable lessons, creating heartwarming family moments around the table as the older family members share the folklores of Russia with their appreciative younger listeners. One mythic character that is found in the country’s folklore, and various versions are found across the world, is the Firebird, or Zhar-Ptitsa.


Pokrov Convent Provides a Special Stay in Suzdal

The charming town of Suzdal, situated north-east of Moscow, dates back to the year 1024, and forms part of Russia’s Golden Ring. Historically, the town was a prominent religious center, with numerous monasteries and churches. These days Suzdal is a popular tourist destination featuring superb examples of ancient Russian architecture. The Pokrov Convent, also known as the “Convent of the Intercession”, situated just outside the town is a working convent that was established in 1364. The convent includes tourist accommodation and welcomes visitors to gain insight into the history and culture of this fascinating part of Russia.


Mineral Treasures of the Fersman Mineralogical Museum

With a collection of more than 135,000 items, the Fersman Mineralogical Museum in Moscow, Russia, is considered to be one of the largest and most interesting of its kind in the world. Visitors to the museum are amazed at the diversity and beauty of the collection, which includes natural geodes, crystals, druzes, gemstones, meteorites and other mineral treasures, many of which have been fashioned into a variety of ornamental and decorative works of art.


Witness an Amazing Natural Phenomenon on a Total Solar Eclipse Tour

A total solar eclipse is a fascinating natural phenomenon which many people are prepared to travel to distant places to observe. The next total eclipse of the sun will take place on 1 August 2008, and can best be observed from four locations in Russia, being Noyaya Zemlya, Nadym, Central Siberia and Novosibirsk. Many tour operators in Russia have arranged tour packages to incorporate this rare event in an exciting sight-seeing tour.


Intriguing Exhibits at the State Museum of Oriental Arts

Situated in the center of Moscow, Russia’s bustling capital city, the State Museum of Oriental Arts is a tourist attraction that is well worth visiting. The building itself is a superb architectural example of early Russian classicism, dating back to 1821. Housed in this stately, pale yellow building is an impressive collection of Oriental art.


Spectacular Tours Along Russia’s Waterways

Russia has always been a popular destination with tourists, a mysterious country filled with history, visions of secret romances, noteworthy attractions and magnificent regal architecture. Walking through the streets once roamed by tsars and legendary Russian leaders, visitors are swept away on a journey of royalty, war, love, deception and revolution. Many visitors choose to drive from one destination to another, while others have discovered an alternative way to explore the beauty and splendor of the Russian cities – river cruises.


Siberia’s Fascinating City, Kyzyl

The city of Kyzyl is the capital of the Tuva Republic in the extreme east of Siberia, Russia. Kyzyl lays claim to being located precisely in the geographical center of Asia - a claim that has proven to be somewhat controversial. Nonetheless, there is a monument in the city that is labeled in English, Russian and Tuvan as the “Center of Asia”. Established in 1914 under the name of Belotsarsk, the city was renamed in 1918 as Khem-Beldyr, before finally being named in Kyzyl in 1926. The Tuva Republic joined the Soviet Union in 1944.


Samovar – An Enduring Russian Tradition

The samovar is a part of the culture in Russia. It has a long history and is said to have been the invention of the Russians, however, its origins are disputed. Every household in Russia had a samovar, and can still be found in households, being used either out of nostalgia or tradition. A samovar is best described as a Russian teapot, that derives its name from two words, meaning “boil itself”. They can be found in all shapes and sizes, and are often bought by tourists, looking to take home piece of Russian culture.

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