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Russia

Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral at Night - Moscow

Russia

Once a very closed society, Russia has opened up its doors to tourism and in a very short period of time has become one of the most popular destinations on the planet. During the time of the Czars some of the world's most spectacular architectural sites were built, the Kremlin and St. Basil's Cathedral, the Winter Palace of Katherine the Great (now the Hermitage) in St. Petersburg, and Peterhof, Peter the Great's favorite palace, which is located on the Gulf of Finland. Outside of the cosmopolitan cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg, in the small towns that dot the largest country [by area] in the world, time seems to stand still - barely touched by the rapid expanse of progress in the cities. Two and a half hours from Moscow lies the city of Vladimir, one of the medieval capitals of Russia; and Suzdal, a small city with literary references as far back as 1024 is another 20 minutes away. Once the seat of power in early Russia, the Vladimir-Suzdal region is traditionally perceived as the cradle of the Great Russian language and nationality. A honeymoon in Russia is a great choice for couples that consider themselves culture vultures and history buffs.

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Geography/Environment
Russia is located Northern Asia, bordering the Arctic Ocean, between Europe and the North Pacific Ocean. Due to the immense size of Russia its terrain varies greatly. The most pronounced characteristics are broad plain with low hills west of Urals; vast coniferous forest and tundra in Siberia; uplands and mountains (Caucasus range) along southern borders.
Climate and Weather
The climate is Northern continental, from subarctic to subtropical.

Russia Reviews
St. Petersburg, Russia on a Baltic Cruise
by Lucille Pucciarelli last updated on 10/30/2009
There are two ports in the city and apparently we docked at the older one, which meant VERY long lines in immigration. Though this port is closer to the city, the other has newer facilities with shops and better immigration staffing. Most people were...