"Sharrie's Russia Kremlin" Top 5 Page for this destination Russia by Sharrie

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the land of the tzars...
the playground of Ivan; the Terrible, the Kalita & the Great!
The land that conquered, terrorized & mystified!

A land until not so long ago was still a superpower!
& today? (Imho, it still is!)

As a visitor, it took a great deal of effort to get the papers ready. More so than many countries.
It took a lot of patience to understand what works in the "world" does not necessary work here.
English does nothing here. Russian rules.
Try asking for a glass of water in English & u know what helpless means.
Notwithstanding, it is a land of beauty, character & evolution.
A must for anyone who wishes to understand the "ism" of this world; communism, socialism, capitalism & globalism!

Facts About Russia
Capital: Moscow.
Area: 17,075,200 sq km.
Population: 144.52 million.
Language: Russian.
National Holiday: Russia Day, 12 June (1990).
GDP Per Capita: US$16,100.
Currency: Russian ruble (RUR) = 100 kopeks.

Web Resources
National Anthem: Patriotiskaya Pesn' (The Patriotic Song)
Country Code: 7
CIA World Factbook: Year 2009
Online Travel Guide: Columbus World Travel Guide
Russia Destination Guide: LonelyPlanet.com
Map: Lonely Planet Map

Historic Timeline & VIP
Rise of Moscow
1325-1340 : Ivan I - The Kalita (Moneybags)
1462-1505 : Ivan III - The Great
1533-1584 : Ivan IV - The Terrible
1645-1676 : Alexis
1697-1725 : Peter I - The Great
1725-1727 : Catherine I
1727-1730 : Peter II
1762-1796 : Catherine II - The Great

  • Last visit to Russia: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • american_tourister's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2005 at 1:28 AM

    You should have used the VIP entrances. The bribe is only 100 Roubles ($3.00) and it was worth it to not have to stand in line like that.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Oct 23, 2004 at 9:25 AM

    You always provide wonderful essays and pictures, splendid!!

  • RoseAmano's Profile Photo
    Aug 14, 2004 at 7:31 AM

    Information is gold, isn't it? Lovely pages about "western Russia", and hoping to visit there one day, as we just fell in love with "eastern Russia" which has much less gold, much less tourism, less history but still it's own veritable legacies.

  • Confucius's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2004 at 2:34 AM

    I would travel all the way to Russia just to see Anna Kournikova wearing a "chee pao" Chinese dress! Looks like you had a good safe time in Russia and enjoyed writing about it. Well done!

  • suvaa003's Profile Photo
    Dec 22, 2003 at 5:28 AM

    what a great page about my favorite country well done

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2003 at 6:05 PM

    A fascinating country, as you have admirably shown. I wonder when I will get my chance to visit Russia.

  • andal13's Profile Photo
    Dec 16, 2003 at 7:59 PM

    Probably we have different perceptions of this magnificent country, but you had the luck to visit it, and I appreciate the way you show it in this great page.

  • Dec 3, 2003 at 4:51 PM

    I guess the Vodka chapter still has to be written ;-)?? Yet, I not only exceptionally loved to learn about your unpreoccupied views on Russia; you're probably the only one who would find a good reason to share the GUM under OBP!!

  • Audrey118's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2003 at 5:00 AM

    you are wrong - gold has renewed it glitter these days - esplly with the concern over the terrorist attacks... such an amusing travelogue - i will keep on reading

  • richiecdisc's Profile Photo
    Dec 2, 2003 at 4:45 AM

    Boy, am I glad I gave you two minutes of my time, otherwise I'd have to take that temporary insanity plea too. Love the architecture but leave it to the "Communists" to charge money to take a picture of it. ;) Nice work here, SG.


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