9781841575704

Travellers Moscow & St Petersburg, 2nd

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    9781841575704

  • ISBN10:

    1841575704

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2006-04-01
  • Publisher: Thomas Cook Publishing

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Summary

Travellers Moscow & St Petersburg provides a detailed guide into these great Russian cities. Both cities are ablaze with history, art and architecture.

Table of Contents

Backgroundp. 4
Introductionp. 4
Geographyp. 8
Historyp. 10
Politicsp. 16
Culturep. 18
Haves and Have Notsp. 20
First stepsp. 22
What to seep. 30
Moskva (Moscow)p. 30
Excursions from Moscowp. 88
Sankt Peterburg (St Petersburg)p. 94
Excursions from St Petersburgp. 130
Getting awayp. 132
Moscowp. 132
St Petersburgp. 138
Directoryp. 140
Shoppingp. 140
Entertainmentp. 146
Music and Theatrep. 150
National Holidays and Festivalsp. 154
Childrenp. 156
Sportp. 158
Food and Drinkp. 162
Hotels and Accommodationp. 172
On Businessp. 176
Practical Guidep. 178
Indexp. 190
Walks
Walk: Tverskaya Ulitsa and Patriarshiy Prudp. 68
Walk: Kitay Gorodp. 70
Walk: The Arbatp. 74
Walk: Kuznetskiy Most and the Neglinnayap. 76
Walk: Kutuzovskiy Prospekt and Park Pobedyp. 78
Walk: From Khram Khrista Spasitelya to Gorki Parkp. 82
Walk: From Lubyanka to Manezhnaya Ploshchadp. 84
Walk: Zamoskvorechep. 86
Walk: Nevskiy Prospektp. 120
Walk: Neva West Bank to the Griboyedov Canalp. 122
Walk: The Winter Palace to the Summer Gardenp. 124
Walk: Basil Island and the Spitp. 126
Walk: The Smolniy Districtp. 128
Features
October 1917p. 14
Khram Khrista Spasitelyap. 36
Street Lifep. 46
The Artistic Explosionp. 58
Park Pobedy (Victory Park)p. 66
Stalin's Skyscrapersp. 72
Russians and Beveragesp. 80
Country Lifep. 92
Waterwaysp. 98
The Last of the Romanovsp. 118
Russian Winterp. 136
The Marketp. 144
The Bolshoyp. 152
Vodkap. 170
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Excerpts

The market - rynok - is a central element of city life in Moscow and St Petersburg. Somehow these strongholds of small-scale capitalism managed to survive communism's assault on private property. This was not least, perhaps, because even the dutiful party functionary relied on the markets for that little something special when the shelves of the state were barren of all but a few wizened beetroot and dusty jars of pickled cucumbers. Moscow's Cheryomushinskiy or St Petersburg's Kuznechniy markets are an experience in themselves, a microcosm of the old Soviet Union. Traders from all corners of the former empire accost the casual visitor: swathy Georgians proffer bright red roses 'for the beautiful lady, sir'; Uzbeks and Turkmen crouch over piles of watermelons and sacks of roasted sunflower seeds; buxom Ukrainians invite you to try their national favourite - huge slabs of pork fat called salo; fishermen from the Caspian Sea stand proudly in front of bucketfuls of red and black caviar; and old ladies in bright headscarves sell salted tomatoes and pickled garlic from their allotments in the suburbs of the city.

Excerpted from Travellers Moscow and St Petersburg by Chris Booth
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