Standing on Red Square, Moscow
|On Red Square in the heart of Moscow|
On my first trip to Russia, Red Square was closed off thanks to some kind of terrorist threat. I was so disappointed not to be able to walk on this famous square - but the second time round, with my mother, we could walk all over it as much as we want! I love this picture for many reasons, but having my beloved St Basil's Cathedral in the background is obviously one of them.
Eating out in St Petersburg
|Eating in St Petersburg|
Our delightful homestay host in St Petersburg was a wonderful source of information, but the best tip she gave us was to eat at a place called (I think) Leima, on a canal near the city centre. Suitably for my Mum and I, it had incredibly delicious vegetarian food, including to-die-for garlic rye bread which we took home for snacks each day and an eggplant dish so delicious we went back for it three times.
Day tripping to Sergiev Posad
On my first trip to Moscow, I didn't make it out of the city, but I was determined to the second time around. My Mum's knowledge of basic Russian helped us get the right bus to visit the town of Sergiev Posad, about an hour out of Moscow, a gorgeous place with some of my favourite onion domes, and a very good-value marketplace with lots of typical Russian souvenirs.
I could go on, but you get the idea! So, happy birthday (for yesterday) to my delightful Mum, and perhaps we need to start planning another dream trip before your next decade rolls around?