Pine Cones – a traditional Northern Russian dessert!

by Yaroslav Yasko on February 8, 2019

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Northern Russia, the Caucasus and much of Siberia are famous for their lush pine forests. Locals have learned to utilize everything that the harsh nature there has to offer. Pine buds and essential oils are used as a bronchitis cure, pine needles as a source of vitamin C, pine tar as a skin ointment, and pine cones as the basis for various recipes. The best sort are young green buds, gathered in Russia in May-June.

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Russian Cuisine Traditions

by Yaroslav Yasko on February 1, 2019

They say this is mind-blowing for the foreigners. A soup with soda water? A meat-broth jelly? Herring and beetroot in one salad? All these are a part of classical Russian cuisine traditions.

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Summer Solstice Celebration in Latvia

by Yaroslav Yasko on January 25, 2019

Do not miss the most Latvian holiday of all – Jāņi or “Liigo!”, the night from June 23 to June 24 (in harmony with the summer solstice), when people participate in joyous festivities just as their ancestors did centuries ago.

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4 Wonders of The Russian Circus

by Yaroslav Yasko on January 18, 2019

Amazing artistic performances, unimaginably difficult tricks, and the highest appraisals from both the public and professionals – all this refers to the acts below.

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Christmas Market in Saint-Petersburg

Top Christmas Markets in St.Petersburg

by Yaroslav Yasko on December 14, 2018

Christmas is just 10 days away! Time to get some presents under that tree, huh?
We have prepared best of the Christmas bazaars available in the city on Neva for you.

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The Most Important Exhibitions Of This Winter in St.Petersburg

December 10, 2018

Winter seems to be one of the most depressive times of the year in Russia. You only normally only enjoy a couple of daylight hours, whilst the night usually lasts around 15-20 hours. However we here at UlkoTours have managed to find a perfect way to spend your evening freetime when it’s dark – a […]

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Tips & Tricks When Visiting Russia

December 2, 2018

Russia, as any country, has its own traditions, customs and local tips. Coming from an article on Insider, from an American citizen, who has lived in Moscow for around 4 months, we are now publishing some tricks for any US citizen coming to the Russian Federation.

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A Literary Tour to Moscow & St. Petersburg

November 23, 2018

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries Russia produced an enormous number of figures of world literature, including Pushkin, Chekhov, Tolstoy and Solzhenitsyn. Many of their former homes and places associated with these literary titans have been turned into museums and visiting them provide many insights into what inspired their creations.

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St. Petersburg Cultural Forum: Guests from Qatar

November 16, 2018

St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum is a unique cultural event of the world level, a discussion platform, which attracts annually several thousand cultural experts from all over the world: the stars of the drama theater, opera and ballet, outstanding directors and musicians, public figures, representatives of government and business, the academic community.

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Russian Cuisine – not only vodka & caviar!

November 10, 2018

Many believe that Russian cuisine is vodka and pancakes, caviar and pies, dumplings and borsch. Everything is very filling, high-calory, and most importantly — clichéd. This opinion has a reason, but we still try to break the stereotypes and show another Russian cuisine that is unusual, and at the same time nutritious and healthy.

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