Among the thousands of things to see in Budapest, I found one that is probably not so obvious, even though you walk through them every day.
I’m talking about doors! The capital of Hungary is an open gallery, a perfect example of well preserved and finely restored buildings from different centuries and styles dating back over a thousand years.
As Russia prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February, we hear from Intrepid Group Leader Boris ‘Bob’ Golodets about why he loves this time of year in his homeland…
“Winter is probably one of the best seasons to visit Russia. Let’s face it, we have winter at least half of the year and the country mainly was designed to survive in cold temperatures. As premier Putin once said to foreign guests, “You can feel comfortable in Russia in all kinds of the weather – just dress appropriately!”
How do you start to wrap your tongue and mind around a language as challenging as Russian? It’s not as hard as you might think with these tips to help you enjoy your tour of Russia…
For starters, you need to know some important things about language. Some essential rules. For example, if you put the stress on the first vowel in the word Uha it will mean ‘ear’ and if on the last vowel, it will mean ‘fish soup’. So let me share with you some of the very important Russian words and phrases and along the way you will discover some interesting facts about their etymology and relationship with English.
Can you imagine the entire Russian Federation being reconstructed in miniature? The diminishing Soviet Union tradition and technique of producing scale models has been resurrected for this impressive project and interactive work of art.
Known as the Grand Maket or ‘Grand Model’, it is the one of the most unusual museums of Russia. It’s an incredibly interesting miniature depiction of my country and it is in my city, St Petersburg.
To really get to know a country you need to meet its people. The tuk tuk driver who takes you to your destination, the bartender who shares his local tips, or the babushka who sells sweets on a Moscow street corner. You will come across so many wonderful local characters, like this very talented young woman in Kolomiya…
On Intrepid’s tours of Ukraine we have a hidden highlight for lovers of local art. You’ve probably heard of Faberzhe eggs, made more than 100 years ago by famous jewellery master Karl Faberzhe (known to many as Febergé). Well, the Slavic tradition of egg painting is still alive today, albeit in a more modest form than the richly decorated and priceless Faberzhe eggs. Fortunately the skills have been passed down through generations and if you know where to look you can find these fine artists in unexpected places.