World Travels

October 2021 | Moscow | Saint-Petersburg

I lived in Russia (1988-94), the UK (1994-2006), and the US (2006-2016). I repatriated to Russia in 2016 and have been based in Moscow ever since. Apart from my travel reports, which are linked below, you can also peruse my national comparisons (2011) and my Russia/US comparison (2017).

The maps and rows on this page will be steadily filled in over the coming months:

  • Big cities are CAPITALIZED and touristic/prominent ones are highlighted.
  • My favorite places are denoted by a golden star.
  • Natural wonders & internal regions are italicized.
  • Places where I *lived* (spent >3 months) are underlined.

Note that Moscow and Saint-Petersburg both have separate guides/pages. There is also a separate guide on expatriating/repatriating to Russia.

My Productivity page has some notes on optimizing travel arrangements. Note that I also have a “culinary page” at World Cuisines.

 

Russia & Near Abroad

RUSSIA ★★★★★ / 1988-1994, 2016+
Moscow Region
 GUIDE   MOSCOW ★★★★★ / 1988-1991, 1993-1994, 2016+
Klin ★★★ / 2004
Kolomna ★★★★ / 2017, often
Ozery ★★★ / often
Sergiev Posad ★★★★ / 2019
Volokolamsk ★★★ / 1991-1993 / 2017, 2019often
Central Region
Borovsk / 2019
Bryansk ★★★ / 2018
Gus-Khrustalny ★★★ / 2004
Ivanovo ★★ / 2004
Kostroma ★★ / 2004
Murmansk ★★★ / 2021
Nizhny Novgorod ★★★★ / 2020
Obninsk ★★★★ / 2019
Pereslavl-Zalessky ★★★ / 2004
Rybinsk ★★ / 2004
Suzdal ★★★★ / 2004
Torzhok ★★★ / 2019
Tver ★★★ / 2019
Uglich ★★★ / 2004
Vladimir ★★ / 2004
Yaroslavl ★★★★ / 2004
SPB Region
 GUIDE  SAINT-PETERSBURG ★★★★★ /2004, 2017, 2019
North Region
Veliky Novgorod ★★★ / 2018
ZAVOD Bar (vodka sampler)

 

Europe

Belgium
BELGIUM ★★★ / 2003, 2018
Antwerp ★★★ / 2003
Brugge ★★★ / 2003
Brussels ★★ / 2018
France
FRANCE ★★★ / ~1998, 2003, 2005, 2007
Arcachon ★★★★★ / ~1998
Bordeaux ★★★ / ~1998
Paris ★★★ / ~1998, 2003, 2005
Val d’Isère ★★★★★ / 2007
Val d’Isère ★★★★★ / 2007 ❄️
Germany
GERMANY ★★★★ / 2003
Aachen ★★★★ / 2003
Frankfurt ★★★★ / 2003
Heidelberg ★★★★★ / 2003
Köln ★★★ / 2003
Nürnberg ★★★★ / 2003
Ireland
IRELAND ★★★★ / ~2001, 2006
Cork / ~2001
Drogheda ★★★★ / ~2001
Dublin / ~2001, 2006
Poland
 2019  POLAND ★★★★ / 2019
Kraków ★★★★ / 2019
Ostrołęka ★★★★ / 2019
Warszawa ★★★★ / 2019
Portugal
 2018  PORTUGAL ★★★★ / 2018
The Algarve ★★★★ 🏞️ / 2018
Albufeira ★★★★ / 2018
Estoril ★★★★ / 2018
Faro ★★★ / 2018
Lagos ★★★ / 2018
Lisbon ★★★★ / 2018
Portimão ★★★★ / 2018
Sagres ★★★★ / 2018
Sines ★★ / 2018
Sintra ★★★★ / 2018
Romania
 2018  ROMANIA ★★★ / 2018
Brașov ★★★ / 2018
Bucharest ★★★ / 2018
Ploiești ★★ / 2018
Râșnov ★★ / 2018
Transylvania ★★★★ 🏞️ / 2018

 

United States

 2016  UNITED STATES ★★★★ / 2006/8-2016
California ★★★★★ / 2006/8-2016
Cascadia ★★★
Midwest ★★★★
Mountain ★★★★★
Northeast ★★★
California
Berkeley ★★★★★ 2008-2014
Chez Panisse – set menu, Alice Waters. House of Curries. Turkish Kitchen.
Fort Ross ★★★★ / 2015
Fresno ★★★
Los Altos ★★★★ / 2006/8
LOS ANGELES ★★★★ / 2013
Monterey ★★★★★ / often
Morro Bay ★★★★ / often
Mountain View ★★★★ / often
Napa Valley ★★★★★ 🍷 / often
Oakland ★★★ / often
Palo Alto ★★★★
Redding ★★★
Richmond
Sacramento ★★ / 2014
SAN FRANCISCO ★★★★★ / often
Sheba Piano Lounge. Samovar.
San Jose ★★★★ / often
San Leandro ★★★★ / 2014-2016
SAN DIEGO ★★★★
Santa Barbara ★★★★★ / 2006/8, 2013
Solvang ★★★★ / 2006
Tahoe ★★★★ / often
Alpine Meadows ★★★★ ❄️ / often
Homewood ★★★★ ❄️ / often
Kirkwood ★★★★ ❄️ / often
Northstar ★★★★ ❄️ / often
Olympic Valley ★★★★ ❄️ / often
Cascadia
PORTLAND ★★★ / 2014
SEATTLE ★★★ / 2014
Midwest
CHICAGO ★★★★ / 2014
PITTSBURGH ★★ / 2014
Mountain
Big Sky ★★★★★ / 2012
Big Sky (Montana) ★★★★★ ❄️ / 2012
Jackson ★★★★ / 2011
Jackson Hole (Wyoming) ★★★★★ ❄️ / 2011
LAS VEGAS (Nevada) ★★★★★ / 2013
Park City ★★★★ / 2010
Park City (Utah) ★★★★★ ❄️ / 2010
Reno ★★★★
Winter Park ★★★★★
Winter Park (Colorado) ★★★★★ ❄️
North-East
BOSTON ★★★ / 2013
NEW YORK ★★★★ / 2013
WASHINGTON D.C. ★★★ / 2013
Rasika (crispy spinach). Russian House.

 

United Kingdom

UNITED KINGDOM ★★★★ / 1994-2006/8
England ★★★★ / 1996-2006/8
Northern Ireland ★★★
Scotland ★★★ / 1994-1996
Wales ★★★
England
Bath ★★★★
Birmingham ★★
Blackburn ★★ / often
Blackpool ★★★ / often
Bolton ★★
Brighton ★★★ / 2019
Cambridge ★★★★★ / ~2005
Canterbury ★★★★ / 2018
Channel Islands ★★★★ 🏞️
Chester ★★★★ / 2004
Durham ★★★ / ~2007
Kendal ★★★
Lancaster ★★★★ / often
Lake District ★★★ 🏞️ / often
Leeds ★★★
Liverpool ★★ / often
LONDON ★★★★ / 20162016, 2018, 2019
Best Restaurants: The Golden Chippy (fish & chips); The Olde Bank of England (pie sampler); Tower Tandoori.
Lytham St Annes ★★ / often
Manchester ★★★ / often
Oxford ★★★★★ / ~2005, 2016, 2018
The Eagle and Child. Bodleian.
Penzance ★★★
Plymouth ★★★
Portsmouth ★★★ / 2016
Preston ★★ / 1996-2006/8
Sheffield ★★★
St. Albans ★★★★ / 2019
York ★★★
Northern Ireland
Belfast ★★ / ~2001
Giant’s Causeway ★★★ 🏞️ / ~2001
Scotland
Aberdeen ★★ / 1994-1996
Edinburgh ★★★★ / ~1995
Glasgow ★★ / ~1995
Grampian Mountains ★★★★ 🏞️ / ~1995, ~1996
Isle of Skye ★★★★★ 🏞️
Wales
Bristol ★★★
Cardiff ★★★
Conwy ★★★★ / 2007
Snowdonia ★★★★ 🏞️ / often

 

Asia