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  • How to get away from it all

    How to get away from it all

    December 17th, 2013Site Editor
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    It’s one of the ultimate travel goals: how to well and truly get away from it all. Here’s ten trips, selected by the writers and editors at Rough Guides, that offer true isolation and recuperation. Share your own below. Sleep out in a remote bothy Britain may be one of the most crowded islands on... Read more »

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  • Standing at the heart of Mother Russia

    Standing at the heart of Mother Russia

    December 12th, 2013Site Editor
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    Stand in the middle of Moscow’s Red Square and in a 360-degree turn, the turbulent past and present of Russia is encapsulated in one fell swoop: flagships of Orthodox Christianity, Tsarist autocracy, communist dictatorship and rampant consumerism confront each other before your eyes. Red Square, is, well, red-ish, but its name actually derives from an old Russian word for... Read more »

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  • Soviet Exhibitionism in Moscow, Russia

    Soviet Exhibitionism in Moscow, Russia

    December 11th, 2013Site Editor
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    For a taste of all the Soviet Union once promised and an illustration of what it has come to, there’s nowhere better than the all-Russian Exhibition Centre, known by its acronym VDNKh. This enormous park in northeast Moscow is a glorious illustration of Soviet hubris, an exuberant cultural mix ’n’ match vision of a world... Read more »

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  • St Petersburg’s White Nights

    St Petersburg’s White Nights

    December 10th, 2013Site Editor
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    Imagine spending all day sightseeing, taking a shower and a nap, and then looking out of the window to see the sky as bright as midday. Your body kicks into overdrive, and the whole day seems to lie ahead of you. The streets throng with people toting guitars and bottles of champagne or vodka; naval... Read more »

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  • Take the Trans-Mongolian Express

    Take the Trans-Mongolian Express

    December 9th, 2013Jeremy Smith
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    Even after seven unbroken days on a train from Moscow, nothing can prepare you for the Chinese border. As you pull into the platform, which is lit up in neon colours, a Chinese-tinged version of the Vienna Waltz comes blaring over the Tannoy. Trying to work out the cultural relevance of this is a hopeless... Read more »

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  • The world’s most honest cities

    The world’s most honest cities

    September 27th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    Losing your wallet or purse while travelling is often a painstaking mistake. We keep so much of our lives in there: cash, plastic, drivers’ licence, ID cards. When all of those things go missing together, it can be a costly process to get them back. If you’re prone to losing your wallet, dropping things or... Read more »

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  • Thoughtful travel – ten spots to remember the past

    Thoughtful travel – ten spots to remember the past

    September 17th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    There are some places in the world that you may not immediately think of visiting. Among all the favourite churches, museums and galleries lurk some more disturbing locations with morbid histories, places that represent the darker side of humanity. They may not be top of your itineraries, but they’re equally – if not more –... Read more »

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  • Top places to eat out in Moscow

    Top places to eat out in Moscow

    September 9th, 2013Kiki Deere
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    In a city where it’s possible to pay up to US$250 for a rib eye steak, it is no surprise that most feel daunted at the prospect of visiting the pricy Russian capital, Moscow. Yet there are plenty of quirky cafés, hidden restaurants and expat haunts that will not break your budget. Here is a... Read more »

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  • Paying respects to Lenin, Moscow

    Paying respects to Lenin, Moscow

    September 2nd, 2013Adam Bennett
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    One of Moscow’s unforgettable highlights is a visit to the father of the Russian revolution: Vladmir Lenin. Adam Bennett depicts his encounter with the dogmatic politician who was embalmed and preserved over 80 years ago. Staring into the bulletproof glass that separates me from the legendary Russian leader, I am surprised to see he’s still... Read more »

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  • Nuclear disaster: Chernobyl today

    Nuclear disaster: Chernobyl today

    July 16th, 2013Adam Bennett
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    Chernobyl and the nearby city of Pripyat have been abandoned for over 20 years. Old Soviet symbols still adorn the buildings, and textbooks remain open on desks at the local school. The worst nuclear disaster in history left 52,000 residents homeless – never to return again. Today, the site is a popular tourist attraction: enter... Read more »

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  • The least friendly countries for tourists?

    The least friendly countries for tourists?

    June 25th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    Whether you’re on a weekend away or a month-long adventure, being made to feel unwelcome by rude or unpleasant locals can make or break a holiday. So, if you don’t want to be shunned by waitresses and dismissed by taxi drivers, then Pakistan and Russia are apparently not for you. Following an HSBC poll on the... Read more »

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  • Overlooked World Heritage Sites

    Overlooked World Heritage Sites

    May 23rd, 2013Rough Guides Editors
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