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Looking out along the beautiful Black Sea beaches of Sochi, Russia.

5 Great Things to Do in Sochi, Russia

The 2014 Winter Olympics have come and gone from Sochi, Russia, but that doesn’t mean that the city should leave your radar. While the hash tag “#SochiProblems” might have been popular before and during the Ol...
by Jim Cheney

Sunset over the port of Sochi, Russia.

The Beautiful Beach Resort of Sochi, Russia in Photos

If you’ve been watching the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia, you may have heard the commentators complain about the weather being too warm for winter sports. Reaching temperatures above 60° Fahrenheit (16° Celsi...
by Jim Cheney


Staring up at St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, Russia.

5 Free Things to do in Moscow, Russia

Unlike many cities in Eastern Europe, Moscow can be a very expensive city to visit. What makes it even worse for travelers on a budget is that while some expensive cities are full of free things to do (like Tokyo, Japan, or Was...
by Jim Cheney

My wife, Julie, holding our smoked omul in Listvyanka, Russia.

Smoked Omul, Babushkas, and Lake Baikal

“Should we try it?” my wife and I said to each other, apprehension on our faces. All around us stood old babushkas, heads covered in checkered red scarves, the deep canyons that covered their haggard faces indicativ...
by Jim Cheney


The port of Sochi, Russia, as seen from the top deck of the ferry at sunset.

Sochi, Russia: Beaches, Bikinis, and…the Winter Olympics?

In less than a year, the 2014 Winter Olympics will put the Black Sea resort town of Sochi, Russia, on the map. Despite being one of the most popular tourist destinations for Russians, Sochi barely registers on the international...
by Jim Cheney

A mural inside Komsomolskaya Station showing the hard work of the proletariat.

The Most Beautiful Subway System in the World: Moscow, Russia

Having grown up in America at the tail end of the Cold War, I always assumed that Moscow was a dark and dirty city. But, when I visited Moscow last August, I was really blown away with the beauty of the city’s architectur...
by Jim Cheney