Synopses & Reviews
Explore the symbolic heart and soul of Russia--Moscow, one of the world's great cities, and her sister city, St. Petersburg, the host of Russia's golden age and cradle of revolution--through this authoritative text, which captures the mood and magic of these famous destinations. Moscow's once somber streets now buzz 24 hours a day with purposeful activity. St. Petersburg's baroque and classical architecture and her canals, an inspiration for musicians, artists, and writers such as Rimsky-Korsakov, Pushkin, and Dostoevsky, charm visitors to this day. This guidebook's wealth of information on these two cities and the regions surrounding them will evoke the timeless qualities of Russia's centers of power. • Covers the Golden Ring of ancient Russian towns surrounding Moscow, including Yaroslavl, Vladimir, and Suzdal • Special essays on the Russian Circus, the Trans-Siberian Railway, Catherine the Great, and the Siege of Leningrad • Literary excerpts from writers such as Pushkin, Dostoevsky, and Dumas "As the designer of Russia's first ever golf course in Moscow, I and my international crew had the pleasure of using Ms. Nordbye's guide extensively as we placed the Reds on the Greens! A definite 'don't leave home without it!'"--Robert Trent Jones, II
"Indispensable... It not only provides a cornucopia of practical information and cultural insight, but takes the traveller on a splendid journey through the extensive map of the Russian soul."--Isabel Allende
About the Author
Masha Nordbye, award-winning journalist and TV producer, studied at Moscow University, and has a degree in Russian studies. She has traveled extensively throughout Russia and the republics of the former Soviet Union over the past 25 years. Ms. Nordbye has also produced numerous films about Russia for many international companies, including National Geographic, The Discovery Channel, PBS, and Disney. Her documentaries and magazine articles have been on such varied topics as the Russian Circus, Lake Baikal, Siberian tigers, and rafting across the Altai region of southern Siberia.