Horse riding near Staritsa, Tver region

Horse riding in the Upper Volga hills near Staritsa, Tver region >>

I am no longer actively involved with the project but things seem to be doing quite well without me.


Guides with a twist has been called to my attention with a proposal that I list my Moscow the Ugly tour there. The resource lists “alternative” guides in St. Petersburg, Moscow, and Kiev. Examples of tours:

food, flea markets, Metro, 1917 revolution, Dostoyevsky, cycling, vestiges of the Soviet era, vodka drinking, banya, churches, urban decay, village life, architecture, roof walking, poets, daily living etc. etc. etc.

Nearly all of these guides speak English. French is the second most common language.

Suppose I will sign up with with my

      • Winter is the Soul of Russia (c)
      • Russian Misery Tourism (c)
      • camping trips
      • horse riding
      • small towns and villages
      • churches, monasteries, and other from of escapism
      • Russian north
      • budget tourism
      • Etc. etc.

If any of the above are close to what you are looking for check my

Your last chance to sign up for “Winter is the Soul of Russia”

The next few days is probably your last chance to sign up for a Winter is the Soul of Russia” (c) trip with elements of Misery Tourism” (c).

And dead season, when I can offer my time cheap is nearly over too. Gold Ring, Moscow to St. Petersburg, or a trip to Staritsa along the Old Riga road. It can even be done camping style to save you a bundle on hotels and restaurant meals, and of course to make it more of an “experience”. MORE>>

Winter and snow in Soviet cartoons

While looking for inspiration to consolidate and upgrade my “Winter is the Soul of Russia” travel proposal (now scattered across several places:,, etc.) I noticed an exhibition of cartoons and movies dedicated to winter and snow.

Exhibition dates: Dec. 20 to Feb.  10 2013. Location: Solyanka Gallery, Ulitsa Solyanka 1/2, stoyeniye 2, entrance from Ulitsa Zabelina, nearest Metro Kitay-Gorod.  It is by the monument in memory of children who died in the Beslan hostage crisis in September 2004(?) that ended with the Russian military bursting in using tanks and flame rockets.


Gallery’s site: (Russian only).  Checking the site.. the gallery seems to be largely oriented towards children.

Tel.: (495) 621 5572 and 628 4109.

I’m putting the Solyanka Gallery on the list of places to visited.  You are welcomed to join.  By default Wednesdays is my going out day.