Russia, Berlin and Prague

Russia, Berlin and Prague

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I combined a trip to Russia with Berlin and Prague.

While in Russia I stayed in St Petersburg and took the new luxury high-speed train to Moscow. St Petersburg is a city built on majesty and grandeur. It is recognized as the Venice of the North. Peter the Great built this enchanting city in the 18 th century creating canals and waterways and they are left today much as he intended. I appreciated the elegant palaces and the Hermitage Museum’s collections they are both truly another world. The ornate Church of Spilled Blood is covered inside and out by mosaics of tiles and precious and semi precious stones.

In the evening I enjoyed the Opera at the Mariinsky Theater.

Moscow is built on strength and power and there is no better display of it than the Kremlin and Red Square. The Armoury Museum features the famous Faberge Imperial Easter Eggs and I had a special tour of the Diamond Vaults which house the crown jewels of Russia.  There is a energy of new Moscow from high fashion to haute cuisine. In the evening a visit to the lovely Bolshoi Theater is a must.

Berlin is an exciting city and a true metropolis of Europe. It has over 150 museums where the modern collides with centuries of history. It is easy to get around and much to see and enjoy. Museum Island is easy to navigate and my favorite museum in the world is located there; the Neues Museum is an architectural wonder combining the old with the new. In the evening there are traditional and modern theater performances and many music venues.

Prague is the fairytale city of Europe with it’s cobblestone streets lined with architecture from all of the great eras of European history. I enjoyed the stunning views from the  picturesque Prague Castle District and  a visit to the Strahov  Monastery and library. My time in Old Town Prague included the Jewish Quarter , Wenceles Square and Old Town Square with its different period architecture. In the evening I found excellent restaurants with Michelin stars and interesting modern theater as well as the Estates Theater.