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  • 5 Wacky & New Themed Restaurants

    Theme restaurants around the world are racing to one-up each other, in hopes of debuting something outlandish enough to generate buzz and usher customers through the front door. Here are 5 of our favorites.

    Posted by Karina Martinez-Carter on December 23, 2013 at 2:45:00 PM EST in Restaurants, News
  • New Luxury Resort Opening in Sochi, Russia this Winter

    Already in the spotlight for the upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics, Sochi, Russia, is also getting a swanky new hotel to call its own. The Solis Sochi has an Old Hollywood feel with modern amenities.

    Posted by Kristine Hansen on November 18, 2013 at 8:51:29 AM EST in News, Hotels
  • Four Seasons Lion Palace Opens in St. Petersburg, Russia

    Earlier this summer, a a 19th Century royal palace in Russia's capital city of St. Petersburg completed its transformation into a luxury hotel. That hotel is the ultra-plush Four Seasons Lion Palace.

    Posted by Kristine Hansen on September 11, 2013 at 8:58:55 AM EDT in News, Hotels
  • Travel Trend: Seeing a City from the Roof

    Why not take that classic walking city tour to new heights with this new trend of rooftop tours? From Stockholm to Quito, Ecuador, we've found tours that let you see things from a new perspective.

    Posted by Erin Gifford on February 20, 2013 at 8:55:06 AM EST in Trip Ideas
  • 2014 Winter Olympics Tickets Go on Sale Monday

    Feeling that Olympics fever? Well then you're in luck—individual tickets for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, go on sale Monday, February 11.

    Posted by Elizabeth Lynch on February 10, 2013 at 10:25:14 AM EST in News
  • 9 Most-Anticipated Hotel Openings in 2013

    From Arkansas to Nicaragua, we've got our ear to the ground when it comes to the hottest new hotels. So with a new year ahead, we're sharing which soon-to-open properties we are most excited for.

    Posted by Kristine Hansen on January 22, 2013 at 3:13:17 PM EST in Hotels
  • Russian River Sailing: Viking's "Waterways of the Czars"

    Colorful cathedrals, opulent palaces, and Hermitage masterpieces are standard fare on a Russian holiday, but sailing Russia's rivers offers another side to the world's largest country.

    Posted by Elissa Richard on November 28, 2012 at 2:44:09 PM EST in Trip Ideas
  • Hit the High Seas on Hapag-Lloyd's Europa

    This might just be the best cruise ship you've never heard of. We're just back from cruising with Hapag-Lloyd in Germany, and points beyond, and we're practically in withdrawals.

    Posted by Elissa Richard on September 24, 2012 at 10:26:26 AM EDT in Cruises
  • Two Cruise Ships Debut Exotic Russian Itineraries

    While Russian river cruising is proving more popular than ever before, adventurous cruisers craving exploration beyond the well-traveled Moscow–St. Petersburg route, can look to a duo of new itineraries set to debut in far-flung corners of the country's vast expanses.

    Posted by Elissa Richard on February 18, 2012 at 10:09:54 AM EST in News, Cruises
  • Viking Invasion: River Cruise Leader Makes Waves in 2012

    The world's premier river cruise company, Viking River Cruises, is poised to invoke its inner Viking as it commemorates the line's 15th anniversary year with an aggressive expansion campaign. Not only will they be launching six new ships on European rivers by August, but they're completely revamping their Russian vessels, to boot.

    Posted by Elissa Richard on February 12, 2012 at 11:00:00 AM EST in Cruises, News
  • 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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