Tourism Experts Put Together List Of Best Museums In St. Petersburg, Russia

Russia’s St. Petersburg is one of the best cities on earth for art lovers. Luckily for first-time tourists, travel experts have just put together a list of the top museums everyone must visit while in this grand city. Below, we’ll go through the five best museums in the cultural capital of Russia.

First on travel critics’ list is the State Russian Museum. As you might expect from the name, this museum houses over 400,000 works of art by Russian artists. Indeed, when it opened in 1898, this museum was the first in the world to showcase the prowess of Mother Russia’s artists. You’ll find this museum on Inzhenernaya Street near Mikhaylovsky Square.

The next museum you must visit is The Hermitage at Palace Embankment, 38. This massive museum is one of the largest in the world and includes the Tsars’ former Winter Palace. It would take a lifetime to see the millions of masterpieces housed in this museum. A few highlights include works by Renaissance greats like Michelangelo and Raphael as well as paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, and Vincent van Gogh.

For people who are more into modern art, check out the Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art. While it was only founded in 2010, the Erarta Museum has collected well over 2,000 works of contemporary art and hosts numerous concerts throughout the year. The Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 29 Liniya Vasil’yevskogo Ostrova, 2.

The fourth museum on this expert travel guide is the Fabergé Museum at Fontanka River Emb., 21. This intriguing museum houses precious eggs created by Tsar Alexander III’s jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé. In addition to the marvelous eggs, guests can enjoy thousands of Russian artworks.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Samoilov Family Museum at Stremyannaya Street, 8. This museum is the apartment that the legendary actor Vassily Vassilievich Samoilov used to call home. As you walk through this museum you’ll learn more about Samoliov’s life as well as his enduring contributions to Russian theater. Be sure to check beforehand to see if there will be a classical music performance while you’re visiting.

Endangered Cambodian Lake.

Fishing in the world’s many lakes has been impacted by many environmental changes. No more so than the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia, which in the dry season, covers almost 1,000 square miles. During the wet season, May to November, the lake swells to 6,000 square miles and is the area’s main source of fish, as they flow from the Mekong River into the lake.

Due to illegal trawling in protected waters and changes in ecology, local, legal fishermen struggle to make a decent living. At one time, the Tonle Sap Lake was one of the largest inland fisheries, but now at least four types of fish have not been caught in recent years and others are smaller and fewer in numbers. Fish from the lake feeds 80 percent of the population and many thousands of tons of fish are exported to neighboring countries.

A string of hydro dams along the Mekong and its tributaries has also impacted problems facing the lake. These dams prevent fish migration and add to the vanishing fish dilemma. Between these additions, climate changes and droughts in recent years, locals fear there may not be enough fish for future generations. Many families living in the area for over 40 years have decided to move away from the place they love to ensure a better future. They are in debt and if they stay, there will come a time when they cannot afford to buy fruit and vegetables and will have to eat less.

Rare $500 Tickets To Brussels Now Offered At Major American

There’s no excuse for putting your European dream vacation on the backburner this year. Major airlines in dozens of American cities are now offering extremely cheap plane fares to Brussels, Belgium.

So, just how cheap are these discounted tickets? The most you’ll have to pay is in the $500-range. In some cases, these tickets could go as low as $400.

These prices are exceptional values for the busy spring and summer travel seasons. Indeed, the average price for tickets to Europe in the springtime is around $800 and summer travel could be around $1,000.

Some of the major airlines participating in this discount include Lufthansa, Air Canada, Delta, and Air France. Almost all of the major cities in the USA should have these discounted tickets available right now. Unless you’re flying out of New York, however, you’ll most likely have to make one stop before you arrive in Brussels Airport (IATA: BRU).

The dates available for this discount vary depending on what city you’re planning on flying out from. As of today, there are still plenty of tickets available between March – May and a few in August.

Even if people aren’t interested in visiting Brussels, it’s still a good idea to take advantage of these ticket prices. From BRU, travelers can easily book a transfer flight to other major European cities.

Anyone interested in these prices has to act fast before other savvy travelers snatch them up. Travel experts recommend visiting the website Momondo to have the best shot of scoring a few of these cheap flights to Belgium.

The Top 10 Longest Non-Stop Flights Have Just Been Revealed

Modern travelers are demanding more non-stop flights…no matter how far the distance. To meet this increased demand, many of the world’s major airlines have begun offering long-haul services to dozens of exceptional destinations.

Both advances in the field of aviation and lower fuel costs have made this Renaissance of long-haul flights possible. Planes like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner can hold a ton of fuel and travel just over 9,000 miles.

To commemorate this resurgence in non-stop flights, business leaders have put together a list of the longest flights now offered. Below, we’ll go through the top ten longest flights of 2018.

As of today, the longest non-stop flight Qatar Airlines’s service from Doha, Qatar to Auckland, New Zealand. This flight measures an impressive 9,026 miles.

Coming in at second place is a flight between Perth, Australia and the British capital at 9,009. Qantas, Australia’s leading airline, offers this service.

The Emirates Airlines comes in at third place with its flight from Dubai, UAE to Auckland. This flight measures 8,820 miles.

The first American airliner on this list is United Airlines in fourth place. The longest flight offered by United Airlines is from Los Angeles to Singapore, which is just over 8,750 miles.

Rounding out this list’s top five is another United Airlines flight, this time from Houston to Sydney. Experts say this flight measures about 8,590 miles.

The rest of the flights from number six to ten are as follows: Qantas’s service from Dallas to Sydney, Singapore Airlines’s flight from Singapore to San Francisco, Delta’s flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg, Ethiad Airways’s service from Abu Dhabi to LA, and Emirates’ flight from Dubai to LA.

World Travel Tips for Saving Money

If you travel a lot, then there are some things you should do to make your experience a better one and save money.

First of all, when it comes to booking flights, realize that a round trip will not always be cheaper. Sometimes, it is worth looking into two one-way tickets. In addition, although you might always book economy class tickets, consider looking into business class tickets and economy plus tickets (if the airline offers it). Depending on the time of the year, they may not be as expensive as you think and you will be able to experience a better flight.

You should also choose your timing wisely. If you really need to get somewhere and you want to save money, you may want to travel on days when business is slow for airlines. People travel a lot before Christmas, but on Christmas itself, you may be able to get cheaper flights.

Another way to save money is by signing up for frequent flyer programs and mile rewards credit card programs. This is true if you fly a lot, and even if your miles are not as many as others, you might still be able to get better customer support because of your participation.

When choosing an airline, choose an airline that has great customer service and actually arrives on time. If the airline has too many delays, you may end up missing your meeting or get-together.

A Culturally Diverse Israeli Cycling Team Travels the World Bringing a Message of Peace and Coexistance

The Israeli Cycling Academy was founded in December 2014 and includes members with similar social values including members of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Their mission is to become ambassadors for peace. They plan to serve as role models for a younger generation that people from different countries, with different beliefs, can work together toward a common goal.

The 2018 team includes champions like Israel’s Roy Goldstein, Spain’s Ruben Plaza, Italy’s Kristian Sbaragli, and Turkish rider Ahmet Orkin. Having a Turkish and an Israeli rider on the same team sends a message of coexistence and peace.

In 2017 the Israeli Cycling Academy competed across three continents, including Australia, South America, and Europe. This diverse team includes members with strong ability but who wouldn’t be able to really show off their skills in their home countries.

The Giro D’Italia is a race second only to the Tour de France in the competitive biking world. This team will compete in a traditional race that will leave the continent of Europe for the first time and pass through Israel.

The Israeli Cycling Academy has members from 22 countries if you count support staff, trainers, and technicians. The Israeli Ministry of Tourism and corporate sponsors including De Rosa Road-racing bikes of Italy sponsor the team.

“The vision and main goal of the team is to instill a love of cycling among young Israelis from all backgrounds,“ Roni Baron of the Peres Center and co-founder of the team said in November. The team for 2018 includes riders from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Turkey, and the United States.

3 Romantic Places to Ring in 2018

If you are looking for a place to hang out with some friends to see 2017 out, then you may want to consider an Airbnb. There are some unique choices that would be super for you and a gang of friends.

Irish Castle

You and 11 of your closest friends can celebrate at an Irish castle near Galway, Ireland. Prepare your own feast in the well-stocked kitchen before serving it in the formal dining room. Then, head upstairs to dance in the new year in the great hall as the clock strikes midnight.

Ski Chalet in France

Hit the slopes on December 31 before relaxing with 10 of your friends at your own private chalet in the Mont Blanc region of France. Soak sore muscles away in the secluded hot tub before snuggling up in front of the fireplace to welcome 2018 in with someone special.

Private Island in the Philippines

Relax in the warm tropical atmosphere by staying in your own bungalow on this private island escape located just three hours from Manila. Enjoy seeing your own lake out your bedroom window when you first wake up in 2018. This one-bedroom home is the perfect place to escape the winter doldrums.

These three places each have their own unique style, so choose the one that is right for you. Then, decide who you want to spend New Year’s Eve with as it may be the start of a beautiful relationship.

St. Petersburg Awarded Best World Travel Destination In Major Awards Ceremony

St. Petersburg was the big winner at this year’s World Travel Awards show. Judges awarded two of the annual competition’s top prizes to Russia’s “cultural capital.”

Not only did St. Petersburg win the title for the “World’s Leading City Destination” in 2017, it also took the prize for the “World’s Leading Cultural City Destination.” St. Petersburg’s only major competition this year was the Vietnamese island Phu Quoc.

This isn’t the first time St. Petersburg has been honored as an exceptional travel destination this year. Indeed, earlier this year St. Petersburg was selected to host the World Travel Awards’ Europe Gala Ceremony, in which it also won the prize for “Europe’s Leading City Destination.”

Andrei Mushkarev, the head of St. Petersburg’s tourism industry, said he wasn’t surprised at all by these high honors. When people visit the “Venice of the North,” it’s hard to deny the city’s “tourist potential,” Mushkarev said.

Over the past few years, St. Petersburg has worked hard to build up its tourism infrastructure and attract global visitors. With about seven million visitors in 2017 alone, it seems that all of those efforts are paying off.

Petersburg is Russia’s second largest city with about 5 million residents. Peter the Great used European models when he was designing this great city in the early 1700s. During the Soviet era, St. Petersburg’s name changed to Petrograd (1914-1924) and then to Leningrad (1924-1991).

The most popular attraction in the city is the Hermitage Museum. This massive museum, which includes the Romonov’s Winter Palace, is the largest in the world and includes great works by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Matisse, just to name a few.

The World Travel Awards was founded in 1993 to access the world’s best travel destinations. Judges who work for this awards ceremony look at various factors for each city they select, including transportation, the local hotel industry, and the quality of hospitality services.