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  • Where to stay in St Petersburg

    Where to stay in St Petersburg

    November 8th, 2019Kiki Deere
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    With its art-filled palaces and iconic canals, St Petersburg – or St Pete, as expats and English-speaking locals affectionately call it – is undoubtedly Russia’s most beautiful city. The former capital of the Tsarist empire is today’s cultural capital of Russia. St Petersburg is a treasure-trove of delights, home to magnificent canal-side mansions, spectacular art galleries…

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  • Discover Lake Ladoga, the purest lake on Earth

    Discover Lake Ladoga, the purest lake on Earth

    September 26th, 2019Kiki Deere
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    Located about 30 miles east of St Petersburg, Lake Ladoga is Europe’s largest freshwater lake, home to a whopping 660 islands. Flanked by thick forests and characterised by rocky coves, this vast body of water provides a range of outdoor opportunities, from swimming to rock climbing, as well as a fair share of historical and…

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  • Where to stay in Milan

    Where to stay in Milan

    September 20th, 2019Kiki Deere
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    Sleek, stylish and cosmopolitan, Italy’s capital of fashion and design is a bustling modern metropolis. And with a decidedly international outlook, there’s places to stay from five-star hotels to Art Deco beauties and friendly B&Bs. Here’s our guide to where to stay in Milan. Milan is the country’s leading financial centre and Italy’s most prosperous city. With a vibrant dining scene…

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  • Going out in St Petersburg

    Going out in St Petersburg

    September 18th, 2019Kiki Deere
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    St Petersburg has a dynamic dining scene, with scores of restaurants to suit all tastes, from laidback cafes to hipster hangouts and sophisticated establishments. You’ll find traditional Russian restaurants serving up much-loved classics, from caviar and borscht to beef stroganoff, along with a number of places serving up New Russian cuisine that rethinks traditional fare in…

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  • Great experiences in St Petersburg

    Great experiences in St Petersburg

    September 6th, 2019Kiki Deere
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    Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, St Petersburg was the sophisticated capital of the Russian Empire for over two hundred years. Wanting to both modernize and Westernize Russia, Peter the Great built the city as ‘a window to the West’, bringing in architects and engineers from Europe to construct its fairytale-like Neoclassical buildings. The…

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  • Exploring St Petersburg: why Russia’s cultural heart will win you over

    Exploring St Petersburg: why Russia’s cultural heart will win you over

    June 15th, 2018Kiki Deere
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    St Petersburg is a sophisticated forward-looking city that feels and looks much more European than Moscow. Its pretty canals are lined with pastel-coloured buildings that house shops, cafés and a plethora of outstanding museums. This is Russia’s most charming city, its laidback and relaxed pace of life a welcome change from the country’s frenetic capital.…

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  • Rediscovering Moscow: why the time to go is now

    Rediscovering Moscow: why the time to go is now

    June 14th, 2018Kiki Deere
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    Bustling and energetic, Moscow is a vibrant 24-hour city with a captivating and chaotic spirit that blends Western and Eastern cultures. Grand palaces and pretty onion-domed cathedrals sit cheek-by-jowl behemoth Soviet buildings that are relics of years of Communist rule. At night, the city morphs into one of the world’s liveliest, offering a decadent nightlife…

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  • An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Moscow

    An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Moscow

    June 11th, 2018Kiki Deere
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    One of the world’s most dynamic metropolises, Moscow has an energy like no other city, a chaotic spirit rumbling just beneath its polished surface. And since Russia is hosting the World Cup, 2018 is a big year for the city. Whether you’re hoping to be in the heart of the action, or you’re longing for a…

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  • 8 of Europe’s most haunting ghost towns

    8 of Europe’s most haunting ghost towns

    March 23rd, 2017Kiki Deere
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    Abandoned buildings with crumbling walls. Deserted streets. Eerie silence. Scattered across Europe are a number of once-bustling towns that are now left uninhabited. Some were the scene of fierce fighting; others were abandoned when natural disasters struck. From France to Norway, these are the ones you should add to your bucket list. 1. Oradour-sur-Glane, France The small…

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  • 9 of the best UNESCO sites in Europe

    9 of the best UNESCO sites in Europe

    February 23rd, 2017Kiki Deere
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    With more UNESCO sites than any other continent, Europe is home to a staggering array of natural and cultural landmarks. There are historical sights and architectural marvels aplenty, from classical Greek ruins to Italian Renaissance cities. The scenery is exceptionally diverse too, with white-sand beaches, ancient forests and dramatic fjords just a hop and a skip…

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  • Homestays: why you should stay with a local rather than in a hotel

    Homestays: why you should stay with a local rather than in a hotel

    February 15th, 2017Kiki Deere
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    This feature has been made possible by Homestay.com, an accommodation marketplace connecting guests to local hosts in over 150 countries. In recent years social travel networks have become increasingly popular, largely thanks to a rising interest in experiential and responsible tourism. Travellers are looking for new ways to engage with local communities and delve into…

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  • The 10 best places to travel as a student

    The 10 best places to travel as a student

    December 19th, 2016Kiki Deere
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    This feature has been made possible by Cheapflights.co.uk, where you can search and compare cheap flights from 1000s of airlines, travel agents and travel sites. Travel is the best form of procrastination and as a student, with those long holidays full of faraway deadlines, it’s almost inevitable you’re going to want to get away. Flights…

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