Voices from Russia

Monday, 26 November 2012

26 November 2012. From the Russian Web… A REAL “Hobbit Motel” Down Under


This is for real; I kid you not. Click here. See… it’s a real motel in Waitaimo NEW ZEALAND on North Island. Just when you thought that you’d seen it all…



Saturday, 29 September 2012

29 September 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. International Tourism: Makeup and Number of Trips to Various World Regions


Annually, 27 September is World Tourism Day. The General Assembly of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) created this observance in order to emphasise the importance of travel as an economic factor and as a means of strengthening international ties. The UNWTO didn’t choose this date by chance; it adopted its charter on this date in 1970. Most countries have celebrated World Tourism Day for more than 30 years. Russia joined in as well in 1983; in 2003, when it focused on the end of the tourist season in the Northern Hemisphere and the beginning of it in the Southern Hemisphere, Russia was in charge of the event. In 2012, World Tourism Day has the motto, “Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Energy for Sustainable Development“. The official celebration will be in Spain, in Maspalomas.

27 September 2012



Tuesday, 25 September 2012

25 September 2012. From the Russian Web… Oktoberfest! Let the Good Times Roll!


I saw this image on one of my fave Russian sites… and it led to another lightning flash of inspiration. The German is translated in the title above. Oh, yes… do save a litre or two for me…


Sunday, 23 September 2012

23 September 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. A River of Beer at Oktoberfest


Every year, the legendary Oktoberfest festival in München attracts millions of tourists. However, the locals call it the Wies’n, which in the Bavarian dialect means “meadow”. That isn’t surprising… traditionally, the venue of the festivities is a special area in the city centre called the Theresienwiese.

The history of Oktoberfest dates back to the 19th century, when the first festival honoured the wedding on 10 October 1810 of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Thérèse of Saxe-Hildburghausen, after whom the meadow where the modern event is held is named. Later, due to the peculiarities of weather in München, the authorities decided to change the date of the traditional celebration to the end of September. However, of necessity, the last Sunday of Oktoberfest must take place in October. The locals have strictly honoured this tradition up to our day. The modern Oktoberfest lasts 16 days. Each year, not less than 6 million visitors visit this colourful event, and München brewers brew up special Oktoberfest Beer for the holiday, with an alcohol content of 5.8 to 6.3 percent. If there’s no such beer, well, there can’t be a festival.

21 September 2012



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