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If you are going to visit Lake Baikal in the Irkutsk region, you should definitely take part in the following trip – a train ride along the shore of Baikal on the historical part of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

The Circum-Baikal Railway was the most complex and expensive part of the Trans-Siberian Railway of the Russian Empire. Today, it has become a place for a unique guided tour. Photos by: Alexander Belenkiy.

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an amazing journey

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Today, you don’t necessarily need to have a drone to look at the city of Tula from above.

In the spring of 2016, the city received a new bronze attraction – a sculpture showing the historic city center as of 1913. Photos by: Sergey Rubtsov.

Bronze monument Miniature Tula, Russia, photo 1

Old Tula – the view from above

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The Central Air Force Museum is a museum of the history of aviation technology located in the village of Monino in Shchyolkovsky district of the Moscow region, 23 km east of Moscow.

The museum, opened to visitors in 1960, has a rich exposition of helicopters and aircraft of civil and military purposes, as well as weapons, tools, uniforms, artwork. The exhibits are located in the open air, in two hangars and six exhibition halls. Photos by: Andrey Khachatryan.

Central Air Force Museum, Monino, Russia, photo 1

explore one of the largest aviation museums

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If you love skiing, you should definitely visit the annual festival GrelkaFest held in April in Sheregesh – the most popular ski resort in Russia, located in the south of the Kemerovo region.

This time of year the weather is already warm enough. One of the main features of the festival is a massive ski descent of the participants wearing bikinis. From 2015, the participants also take part in a special ski descent wearing bright carnival costumes.

The carnival-parade at the festival GrelkaFest in Sheregesh, Russia, photo 1

very colorful event

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Eleven host cities of FIFA World Cup 2018, that will be held in Russia, got their unique symbols to demonstrate to the world their cultural values, architectural features, and natural beauty.

The idea is good but the result as you can see is controversial. This giant red snake looks a little intimidating. Source.

Moscow

Official Look of Host Cities of World Cup 2018 in Russia - Moscow

symbols of World Cup 2018

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In the vast expanses of Russia, you can find almost everything – amazingly beautiful natural sites and diverse works of human hands.

Probably the strangest of these creations are bizarre and often creepy self-made toys standing in the open air almost anywhere where people live.

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weird Russian outdoor toys

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Traditionally, summing up the year, let’s take a look at some blog posts about Russia that were the most popular in 2015.

1. Propaganda posters of Soviet space program (1958-1963) – Part 1. It is also the most popular post in our blog of all time.

Propaganda posters of Soviet space program (1958-1963)

Top 10 posts about Russia

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Every year, in September, the Grand Cascade of fountains in Peterhof is used as a venue for the Festival of Fountains. In recent years, you can see the show within 2-3 days from Friday to Sunday.

Everyone can attend this show after buying a ticket at the ticket office of the museum-reserve. Also, this service is provided by numerous travel agencies in St. Petersburg.

The Festival of Fountains in Peterhof, St. Petersburg, Russia, photo 1

colorful show

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Alexander Park is a small, but very cozy park located between the Gorky Metro Station and the zoo in Saint Petersburg.

In this park, you can find an interesting exhibition “St. Petersburg in miniature” – a collection of mini-copies of famous historical buildings of the city. Photos by: Yuri Yuhanson.

Kazan Cathedral.

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St. Petersburg in miniature

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“The motives of Russian architecture” was a magazine published from 1873 to 1880. The magazine showed drafts and sketches of houses, public buildings created by the followers of the so-called “Russian style” in the architecture.

This style, based on the traditions of folk culture, revived the old methods and motives of Russian architecture. Country houses, exhibition halls, public buildings, churches looked like magical houses of Russian folk tales. It was thought that these projects were desirable to build all over Russia. Pictures by: humus.

The motives of Russian architecture in 1873-1880, picture 1

real Russian fairy tale

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