Mesmerising in its lines of elegance and rich décor, the palatial splendour of Imperial St. Petersburg is characterised by fanciful baroque curves and monumental Empire style. This style was greatly admired by the Petersburg nobility, making it a popular sight not only in museums, but in everyday architecture.The shared name of The Hermitage Hotel and the world-renowned museum is no coincidence — the hotel's interior copies many of the styles and details of the Winter Palace, the heart of the State Hermitage Museum. Staying there guests can feel like royalty themselves as they compare modern hotel culture with the daily life of Russian monarchs.
The Owl’s Nest restaurant is scenically located on the bank of the Mzymta River, which originates in the Caucasus Mountains. The restaurant’s menu stays true to its location, featuring a variety of Caucasian foods. RTG TV host Nadezhda Lebedeva learned how to prepare those dishes typically ordered on festive occasions, including lamb roasted in a French Cinderella Pumpkin and a starter of young cucumbers marinated inside a watermelon.
Tourist Grand Tea Route links 150 cities with tea history in Russia, Mongolia and China. It allows today's travelers to cross the whole Eurasia. It passes though the city of Irbit in the Ural. For two centuries fairs of samovars and new tea harvest were held there. Tea made out of «Chinese broom» was quickly became one of the most favourite in Russia. They drank tea with sugar and without, with lemon and rum. The exposition of the ethnographic museum shows the golden times of Irbitsk fair. Ural local historians claim that the first samovars in Rus' were not made at local manufacturers Demidovs' factories. But they drink not only Chinese tea in Ural. As early as in the 17th century local citizens learnt how to prepare drink from willow-herb, the grass that grows at roadsides. Today willow-herb tea is becoming more and more popular again.