Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve in Moscow

Tsaritsyno Museum-Reserve: Walking Seminar and Picnic Dolskaya ul., 1, Moscow, 115569 Offered as part of the SRAS cultural program – Summer, 2016 Free, but bring ~$10 if you want a snack Tsaritsyno is a park and museum complex in southern Moscow. Currently one of the largest reserves in Moscow, the land started as an aristocratic […]

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Gorky Park and Garage Museum of Modern Art in Mocsow

 Gorky Park and Garage Museum of Modern Art in Moscow Poster Child of Russia’s Urban Revitalization Open 24/7 Free Entrance, Bring Cash for Food, Bike Rentals, etc. For several years now, Russia’s federal government and the city government of Moscow have worked together in an attempt to revitalize the capital city, with a particular focus […]

Kolomenskoye Park in Moscow

Kolomenskoye Park Andropova Ave, 39 Daily 08:00-21:00 (May 1st to September 31st 07:00-24:00) Free (~$5 for drinks and ice cream) Kolomenskoye Park is definitely one of Moscow’s must-see attractions. Open year round, this former royal estate contains historic local buildings, gardens, a haunted ravine with pagan shrines, and several artifacts and parts of wooden buildings […]

Old Moscow In Paintings. Part 1.

The only way to peek into Moscow’s past prior to invention of photography is through paintings and works of masters of historical reconstruction. In this article, we will compare the look of old Moscow with how we see it today. Past painting: Louis-Pierre-Alphonse Bichebois. Cathedral of St. Basil the Blessed, Beginning of 19th Century. Present […]

Irkutsk’s Old Houses: Windows to Siberia

The following was contributed by Renee Stillings, Program Director following her recent visit to Irkutsk to check up on SRAS programs there. Those programs include Russian as a Second Language, Siberian Studies, and more. My first visit to Irkutsk happened over twenty years ago, when I was looking to expand study abroad options for SRAS […]

The Tragic and Triumphant History of the Girl with an Oar

The Girl with an Oar sculpture was re-introduced to Gorky Park in 2011. Originally installed in 1935, it was then a controversial piece of art, and endured criticism, a likely theft or vandalism, revision, and then destruction by Nazi bombs. Everyone associated with the statue died the year the statue was destroyed: 1941. The statue […]

Botanical Garden in St. Petersburg

Whether you’re in St. Petersburg during the sunny summer months or the wet, cold winter, the Botanical Garden and Museum on Apothecary Island provides a welcome and colorful reprieve. Read on for an overview of the garden’s tumultuous history to its current global acclaim. History Founded in 1714 by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg’s Botanical […]

Urban “Decay” on Display: Street Art in Poland

What does street art have to do with the Warsaw Rising? Street art is a controversial issue. Legally, it can be considered vandalism and, to some, creates the impression that the area is unloved and untended. Regardless of personal opinions on legality, the line between graffiti and art is subjective and arbitrary. From humble beginnings […]

Wilanów Palace in Warsaw

When I lived in Warsaw, a friend visited who had spent the summer doing archaeological digs around Italy.  So what could be the oldest and most beautiful Polish place I could take her to rival ancient Roman artifacts?  Wilanów Palace, Poland’s only remaining Baroque residence. The palace houses a museum and boasts an elaborate garden […]

Summer Chopin Concerts in Łazienki Park

Summer Chopin Concerts Łazienki Park Free Lazienki-krolewskie.pl Want to soak in some classical music with that summer sun? You’re in luck! From mid-May to September, you can catch Chopin concerts every Sunday in the Royal Łazienki Park next to the Chopin Monument. And the best part?  It’s FREE.  The first showing is at noon, the […]

Bishkek Irrigation Canals

There is a lot going on in Bishkek and there are a lot of pleasant parks and a few wide, shaded boulevards. While walking along them looking around, in the quieter areas, you will notice the sound of a babbling brook. Look down and you will find one of Bishkek’s most interesting characteristics that no […]

Warsaw Uprising Mound

Warsaw Uprising Mound / Kopiec Powstania Warszawskiego Located in Park Akcji „Burza” in Czerniaków (Mokotów district) Open to the public 24/7 This week the weather was finally nice enough that I decided to walk to the end of the long street that my dorm is on and explore the area a little. The trees in […]

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