For a country whose people claim they are atheists Russia is full of churches and monasteries. And what churches!!! The onion shaped domes in gold, blue, green and pinks fills you with awe. During the revolution the communists vandalised and burnt down several beautiful churches. However, today Russian Orthodox Christianity continues to be the largest… Continue reading Liubov v Rossi ( Love in Russia)
Setting sail late evening and meeting the crew of Viking Truvor was fun. Goodbye St Petersburg, you are beautiful and I bow before you for your indomitable spirit and pride. At midnight standing under the stars and watching the ship gently sail into Lake Ladoga it felt like being part of another universe. So surreal… Continue reading Cruising Lake Ladoga and Mother Volga with Vodka and zakuski
Catherine Palace, the Royal family’s Summer Palace in the town of Pushkin is the picture of luxury now. Little did I know that in the Second World War it was vandalised and from the 1960s the government has been painstakingly restoring it. The Russians are so proud of their culture and inheritance, they have worked… Continue reading Venice of the north…. St Petersburg
Vodka tasting in Viking Truvor was very interesting. Each time the toast was different and the stories too. The first one we tasted was Tsarskaya. It was introduced into the market for the 300th birthday of St Petersburg. The second one was Husky “north lemon “. Though lemon is partly the name of the vodka… Continue reading Na zdorovie!! Vodka anyone? 🥂💃
While Ocean cruises have become cliched , the river cruises have become the new go-to , to soak in the feel and heartbeat of a country.Waterways of the Tsars is an amazing cruise belonging to the Viking Cruises. Our ship Viking Truvor welcomed us on a Saturday afternoon to spend ten days of fascinating and… Continue reading River cruise and some more……….
Recently I read in the paper that a lady called Allegra McEvedy has written a cook book for children called Jolly good food. The book basically has recipes for all the different foods mentioned in Enid Blyton books. Reading that article my thoughts went back to some 50 years. Growing up in a small village/town… Continue reading Ginger beer and Mr Goon
What comes to your mind when you think of Wayanad are rolling hills , green tea gardens, coconut , arecanut and banana plantations, blooming flowers and cool breeze on your face. At the end of a week if you fly into Calicut and then drive for three hours enjoying the beautiful scenery you are in… Continue reading A tryst with Wayanad