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  • Moscow's First InterContinental Opens; Hotel Indigo Planned for St. Petersburg

    The InterContinental Hotels Group is zeroing in on the Russian market, debuting two properties within two years—with a new property in Moscow opening earlier this week and another planned for St. Petersburg in 2012.

    Posted by Rachel Klein on December 08, 2011 at 9:44:51 AM EST in Trip Ideas
  • Shop like a local: learn how to buy quality Russian vodka

    There are hundreds of brands of vodka in Russia. Some are rough and best left alone; two of the best are Flagman and Russky Standart. Alcohol counterfeiting, which can lead to alcohol poisoning, is a problem, so try to purchase vodka from a reputable-looking store or, if buying from a kiosk, check to see that the seal has not been broken.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on July 27, 2011 at 1:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Know your footwear fundamentals in Russia

    Shoes are particularly important in Russia and must be kept clean, even when the weather conditions make this difficult. In some museums, galleries, and palaces, such as the Tretyakov Gallery, you may be asked to put on plastic booties similar to the kind surgeons wear over your shoes before entering the gallery.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on July 01, 2011 at 1:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Brace your liver! How to drink vodka like a Russian

    Vodka is drunk socially all over Russia to produce a state of conviviality referred to as dusha-dushe (soul-to-soul). When a Russian taps his throat, be prepared to join in for a round.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on June 08, 2011 at 1:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips Tagged: Myanmar, alsace, Alsace, tasmania
  • Europe's Top Public Squares

    If you've been to Europe, you undoubtedly have a favorite square, whether it's a piazza, campo, place, platz, or plaza. Members in our forums recently shared their opinions, and Italy lead the list.

    Posted by Fodor's Community Members on November 05, 2010 at 10:56:46 AM EDT in Trip Ideas Tagged: virginia, argentina, Madrid, charlottesville, Bora Bora, Nantucket, Lebanon, versailles, camping, topchef
  • Moscow and St. Petersburg: Buy vodka

    There are hundreds of brands of vodka in Russia. Some are rough and best left alone; two of the best are Flagman and Russky Standart. Alcohol counterfeiting, which can lead to alcohol poisoning, is a problem, so try to purchase vodka from a reputable-looking store or, if buying from a kiosk, check to see that the seal has not been broken.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on August 04, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Russia: Try folk remedies

    When Russians have a cold or cough, many drink hot milk with honey and butter in it before bed. They also recommend that you soak your feet in hot water mixed with a bit of dry mustard for ten minutes or so, then put on wool socks and go to bed.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on May 06, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Russia: Mind your feet

    Shoes are particularly important in Russia and must be kept clean, even when the weather conditions make this diffi cult. In some museums, galleries, and palaces, such as the Tretyakov Gallery, you may be asked to put on plastic booties similar to the kind surgeons wear over your shoes before entering the gallery. When entering a Russian home, always remove your shoes at the entryway.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on April 09, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips
  • Russia: Drink Vodka

    Vodka is drunk everywhere socially with the intention of producing a state of conviviality referred to as dusha-dushe (soul-to-soul). When a Russian taps his throat, be prepared to join in for a round. The "vodka procedure" is as follows: prepare a forkful of food (pickles, herring, boiled potatoes) or chunk of bread, inhale and exhale quickly, then breathe in and tip the vodka down your throat all at once (no sipping here), breathe out and eat.

    Posted by Fodor's Editors on April 03, 2010 at 2:00:00 AM EDT in Travel Tips

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