By Russia specialist John When I suggest taking a trip to St Petersburg or Moscow during the winter months, most people are horrified at the prospect.
They envision long, dark days when the mercury never rises above freezing, or endless wind and rain.
Ok, I won’t deny the sub-zero temperatures, but if you have already weathered a northern European or North American winter, it honestly doesn’t feel that different. In winter, not only do you eschew the crowds that can sometimes throng Russia’s cities in summer, I’d also argue you’re in for a richer, more fulfilling experience.
Winter offers the photogenic, romantic Russia of your imagination, the snow-dusted country of Doctor Zhivago and Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. In recent years, Russia has seen a rise in tour groups choosing to visit in summer.
Casa Mono It was Irving at Irving when the show filmed, but now it’s the stylish Casa Mono, outside which Carrie and Charlotte spend time deciding how many of the male passers-by they would, um, well, you know. There are both belly dancers and awkwardness as the single scribe celebrates another year.
In the US, obstruction of justice is a federal offence in which someone "corruptly attempts to influence, obstruct or impede the due and proper administration of the law”, they told the US broadcaster.initially believed that he could instruct the new President in what was appropriate during their communications, but later became convinced the President was intending to try and affect the direction of the investigation, the source told the US broadcaster. "I just fired the head of the FBI He was crazy, a real nut job," Mr Trump said, according to a document detailing the Russian visit. That's taken off." The President also reiterated that he was not personally under investigation, although he previously admitted "I just fired the head of the FBI He was crazy, a real nut job," Mr Trump said, according to a document detailing the Russian visit. That's taken off." The White House did not dispute the account portrayed, and instead said that the FBI investigation had put unnecessary pressure on the President's ability to conduct diplomacy with Russia.
Blue Water Grill A Union Square favorite, Charlotte brunches at Blue Water Grill with Arthur, a Harvard grad, whose behavior is more perilous than chivalrous.Although this won’t impede your trip in the summer months, it does mean you may have to wait in line a little longer than you normally would for some of Moscow and St Petersburg’s points of interest (even with pre-ordered tickets, you have to wait in line to enter the Hermitage or the Kremlin during busy times).In winter you’re more likely to have the same sights entirely to yourself, when they’re often covered in snow (see below).Citizens walk the streets muffled in furs; frosted windows reveal displays of traditional Cossack hats (nowadays worn only by women).Snowfall adds a sprinkling of white to palaces, statues and churches, or sometimes drapes itself like thick icing over rooftops.Brasserie 8 1/2 This midtown stand-by marks the spot where Carrie is discovered and recruited as a “real” model for Dolce & Gabbana, only to wind up as fashion roadkill.