Riga blooms: the Ball of Flowers!

“God bless Latvia…Where Latvian daughters bloom, Where Latvian sons sing”. Thus recites one line of the Latvian national anthem. And the word ‘blooming’ could not be more appropriate, now that the The Ball of Flowers is taking place in Riga. The Riga Flower Ball is the most important event of environmental design, as well as the most attended… Continue reading

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Manifesta 10 in Saint Petersburg, where East and West unite.

As if its world-topping permanent exhibition hadn’t been enough, this year the Hermitage is showing off an authentic pearl among his temporary exhibitions: Manifesta 10. Many of you may have heard of this European exhibition of contemporary art, which takes places every two years and constantly changes its location. The previous two editions, for instance, took place in Limburg (Belgium) and… Continue reading

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Kostroma Dance Show: from Rus to the USSR

If you followed the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia you know that the Opening Ceremony of the Games featured a splendid re-enactment of the history of Russia. I don’t know about you, but I really wish I had been there to see that performance. Yet, if you are lucky enough find yourself in Moscow at the moment, you have the… Continue reading

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Stereoleto Music Festival, this coming weekend!

This weekend in Saint-Petersburg, on the Yelagin island, one of the of the most awaited musical appointments of Russia will take place: the Stereoleto Music Festival. Stereoleto in Russian means literally Stereo summer, and this international music festival, started in 2002, has gained year by year substantial critical acclaim and widespread popularity amid the Russian as well… Continue reading

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Weekend Trip to Water Park Slides of Saint-Petersburg

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Weekend Trip to Water Park Slides of Saint-Petersburg Hurray, it’s Friday, Water Park time! With the weekend around the corner the topic of this post couldn’t have been anything else than a tip for your Saturday or Sunday. So, we all know that Saint-Petersburg is a real pearl of culture, art and history. With so many splendid sightseeing… Continue reading

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Of St. Petersburg’s Metro and Russian smiles

The first time you have taken it you must have thought: are these stairs ever going to end?? Well, Saint-Petersburg’s Metro is indeed one of the deepest metro systems in the world and the deepest by average depth by all of its stations. The reason for all this depth is two-fold. On one hand, digging… Continue reading

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World Choir Games land in Riga!

2014 will be memorable year for Riga, which happens to be not only the European Capital of Culture, but also the World Capital of Choral Music. Riga is hosting the World Choir Games – also known as the ‘Olympics of Choral Music’ – which will kick off next week and last from 9 till 19 July. The World Choir Games are the world’s largest choir… Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Leninka!

Today the Russian State Library in Moscow, also familiarly known as the ‘Leninka’ turns 152. It was founded in July 1, 1862 and took over 140 years of work to become what it is now: the largest library of the country and the fourth largest in the world for its collections of books. The library stocks over… Continue reading

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