Synopses & Reviews
As the symbolic heart of Russia, Moscow, which recently celebrated its 850th anniversary, has enjoyed a renaissance as one of the world's great cities. The capital's once somber streets now buzz 24 hours a day with purposeful activity, and joint ventures between east and west have already opened plush new hotels, internationally-stocked shops, and well over 1,000 eating establishments. Her sister-city, St. Petersburg, host of Russia's Golden Age and cradle of revolution, and surely Russia's soul, celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2003. One of the most graceful and well-proportioned cities in the world, filled with baroque and classical architecture, intersected by canals, it is easy to see how St. Petersburg became the inspiration for musicians, artists and writers such as Rimsky-Korsakov, Pushkin and Dostoevsky. This book contains a wealth of information on the two cities and the regions surrounding them: fully updated histories and cultural connections of the cities, information on finding accommodation, shopping and restaurants, details of museums, architectural landmarks and theatre and comprehensive tours of each city. Also included is an indispensable guide to the Golden Ring, a series of ancient Russian towns set in the stunning countryside around Moscow. Second edition of a best-selling guide with detailed cultural, historical, religious and political studies of these fascinating cities An itinerary to the Golden Ring of ancient Russian towns surrounding Moscow Indispensable facts and practical information for the traveler Literary excerpts from writers such as Alexandre Dumas, Alexander Pushkin and Fyodor Dostoevsky Special topics include essays on the Russian Circus, the Trans-Siberian Railroad, Catherine the Great and the Siege of Leningrad This edition coincides with the 300th anniversary celebrations of the founding of St. Petersburg 126 color photos 16 easy-to-use maps and plans
Indispensable...takes the traveler on a splendid journey through the extensive map of the Russian soul. (Isabel Allende)
A definite 'Don't Leave Home Without It!' (Robert Trent Jones II)
Provides the history and travel information for Moscow, St. Petersburg, and the Golden Ring in Russia, and includes transportation and restaurant guides, as well as basic Russian vocabulary.
About the Author
Masha Nordbye is a writer and TV producer who has visited more than 100 countries. She has traveled extensively throughout the former Soviet Union over the past 25 years, and studied at Moscow University. She has produced films for National Geographic, ABC, The Discovery Channel, PBS, Disney, and 20th Century Fox, as well as other documentaries on the Russian Circus, Lake Baikal and Siberian Tigers. Nordbye also helped organize a North American Tour of the Moscow Circus, leads treks in Russia, and is the author of other books and numerous magazine articles on Russia.