Russia

Tips and Articles in Russia

In 1716, King Frederick William I of Prussia gave Peter the Great what became known as the Amber Room, a luminous testimonial to a friendship between nations. Thousands of pieces of soft amber had been carved to form intricate mosaics, gleaming de...
For her new book (The Greatest Dishes! Around the World in 80 Recipes, Harper Collins), T+L contributing editor Anya von Bremzen scoured the globe for the best traditional recipes. Here, her five favorite winter dishes, and where to find them. 1....
Azure, Hong Kong Scene A "floating" glass dining room atop a boutique hotel, with 270-degree views. Must-Order Salade terroir—smoked duck breast, foie gras, tomatoes, and quail eggs. Where 33 Wyndham St.; 852/3518-9330; dinner for two $130. Bon...
What country-house hotels are in close proximity to Heathrow?We have a one-night layover, and we want to be pampered on our last night in Europe. —K.L., Calabasas, Calif. Is there a better way to end a trip than with a world-class meal, an Englis...
There’s a big reward waiting when you decide to slow down—you can finally go on those trips you’ve always dreamed of, without having to worry about a too-small allotment of vacation days. Whether you want to explore never-inhabited corners of the ...
Turku, Finland, is a quiet place. Until the Russians moved the capital to Helsinki in 1812, Turku enjoyed a good six centuries as Finland's most important city. But these days, it's a town of shipbuilders and university students, known for its med...
There is no more striking moment for visitors to Moscow than their first walk into Red Square. From the onion-domed spires of St. Basil's Cathedral to the cobblestoned expanse where the Red Army marched in May Day parades, the full sweep of Russia...
Once is not much for a country shrouded in melodrama and mythology. Once is rather a gamble when the country is so large, its language so utterly foreign, its reputation somewhat less than reliable. Once, on the other hand, can be unforgettable. ...
MADRID Twenty-two-year-old chef Jaime Renedo had a hard time convincing his mother to let him open a restaurant inside her Asian antiques store. How lucky that she relented: Asiana (4 Travesía de San Mateo; 34/91-310-0965; tasting menu for tw...
Some countries live off collective memory—rough-hewn stone monuments, mournful anthems, goats ritually slaughtered in honor of some lunar god—but here in Russia the national pastime is forgetting. After being in St. Petersburg for less tha...
Paris On the second floor of the Eiffel Tower, is Alain Ducasse’s new Le Jules Verne (Ave. Gustave-Eiffel, Seventh Arr.; 33-1/45-55-61-44; dinner for two $390). Everything about the restaurant is thrilling, from the minimalist Patrick Jouin desig...
Happy cab rides are all alike; every unhappy cab ride, however, is unhappy in its own way. In Prague I learned from expensive experience that meters can be set at different rates. The next time, I made sure the driver set the correct rate, but he...
Understated is not a word usually associated with Aussie designer Marc Newson and his glossy creations. But the man behind the luxe-mod interiors of New York’s Lever House Restaurant (390 Park Ave.; 212/888-2700), and the space-age Ikepod watch p...
Art Europe London "Hogarth" at Tate Britain (through Apr. 29). This wide-ranging retrospective, the most comprehensive devoted to the 18th-century British satirist and moralist William Hogarth in 30 years, includes portraits, conversation piece...
Russian beach has the undeniable ring of an oxymoron. Russia is, after all, the land of reindeer, permafrost, and polar night—a place where people are occasionally killed by icicles. The pants-tucked-in-the-boots look is always de rigeur here, ou...