Russia

Getting a Visa for Russia…a cautionary tale!

Getting a Visa for Russia…a cautionary tale!

Everyone travelling to Russia needs a visa. I have learnt that it’s easy to spontaneously book flights to Russia on a whim one rainy afternoon but just because you might pick up a bargain on the flights doesn’t mean it’s going to be a cheap trip. Visas to Russia cost around £125 per person and […]

What my children say about…St Petersburg

What my children say about…St Petersburg

After spending the first part of our trip to Russia in Moscow we then travelled by fast train to St Petersburg at the height of the summer. We spent five days in the city exploring and having fun before getting the Red Arrow night train back to Moscow. These are what my older children, aged […]

Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg – Don Quixote ballet (a visit with children)

Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg – Don Quixote ballet (a visit with children)

There are few things that go together as well as ‘ballet’ and ‘Russia’. So when we took our trip to St Petersburg we knew we simply had to visit the Mariinsky with our children. The Mariinsky Theatre is a beautiful building, steeped in history and beautiful in duck egg blue. Opened in 1860 it became […]

The Red Arrow Night Train between St Petersburg and Moscow

The Red Arrow Night Train between St Petersburg and Moscow

We took an amazing trip to Russia with our children, visiting the cities of Moscow and St Petersburg. On the trip back from St Petersburg we decided to take an overnight train – we’ve wanted to take a sleeper train for a while and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to experience it. There are […]

Piterland, St Petersburg – and our trip to Russia’s biggest waterpark!

Piterland, St Petersburg – and our trip to Russia’s biggest waterpark!

Every trip we take is all about balance – we always try to get enough of things we want to see mixed with enough of things the children want to see. If we were travelling around Russia on our own we probably wouldn’t have put a waterpark on our list of sites to visit! But […]

Peterhof gardens & fountains, St Petersburg, Russia

Peterhof gardens & fountains, St Petersburg, Russia

On a hot, sweltering August day there is no place better to cool off than the gardens around the Peterhof Palace on the outskirts of St Petersburg. With three young children and having explored the Hermitage the day before we were feeling a little palaced out! But the gardens around the Peterhof are the perfect […]

Sadko Restaurant, St Petersburg, Russia – Review

Sadko Restaurant, St Petersburg, Russia – Review

  In the heart of St Petersburg’s North-Western District, close to the historic Mariinsky Theatre is a wonderful restaurant which boasts a truly family friendly experience. Sadko is a perfect restaurant for families to get together and enjoy delicious dishes in stylish surroundings with wonderful painted ceilings and chandeliers. This restaurant is packed with atmosphere […]

Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg, Russia

Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg, Russia

  This was our first time in St Petersburg as part of our trip to Russia with children. We had a packed itinerary so we knew we wanted to be somewhere really comfortable and central and we certainly got both of these requirements and more besides in the lovely Corinthia Hotel. Corinthia Hotel, St Petersburg […]