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Moon Moscow and St. Petersburg

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First Edition, May 2009
Pages: 372

Price: $17.95 USD
ISBN: 9781598801712

Moscow-based journalists and editors Nathan Toohey and Jennifer Chater use their experience living in St. Petersburg and as Moscow locals to divulge the mysteries of an area hidden from the Western world for nearly 70 years, from exploring Moscow’s 24-hour nightlife, museums, festivals and shopping districts to traversing St. Petersburg’s canals, palaces and imperial architecture. Toohey and Chater provide suggestions for travelers combining both cities in one visit, along with itinerary ideas, such as a Soviet Flashback in Moscow and the Imperial Grandeur of St. Petersburg. Moon Moscow and St. Petersburg is packed with information on dining, transportation, and accommodations. Complete with details on where to take a troika ride, play billards, or purchase sundries from street traders, Moon Moscow and St. Petersburg gives travelers the tools they need to create a more personal and memorable experience.

What’s inside Moon Moscow & St. Petersburg

Enjoy the very best of Moscow and St. Petersburg with these itineraries:
    • The Best of Moscow & St. Petersburg
    • Vodka, Borsch, and Shashlik
    • Soviet Flashback: Moscow
    • Holiday Traditions
    • Imperial Grandeur: St. Petersburg
Discover the ins and outs of Moscow’s & St. Petersburg’s neighborhoods.

Recommendations for the top restaurants, nightlife, shops, sights, and hotels in:

    • The Kremlin and Red Square
    • Kitay-Gorod, Lubyanka, and Chistye Prudy
    • The Center and Inner Northwest
    • Arbat and Kroptkinskaya
    • Zamoskvorechye
    • Southwest
    • Southeast
    • Greater Moscow
St. Petersburg
    • The Center
    • Kolomna to Sennaya Ploshchad
    • Vasilyevsky Island
    • Petrograd Side
    • Smolny and Old Nevsky
    • Greater St. Petersburg
Take a trip outside the city with these excursions:
    • Moscow: Rostov Veliky, Sergiyev Posad, Suzdal, and Vladimir.
    • St. Petersburg: Peterhof, Pushkin, Pavlovsk, Kronshtadt, Vyborg, and Novgorod the Great.
Resources include a Russian Phrasebook

Both born and raised in Australia, Jennifer Chater and Nathan Toohey met in 1990 while studying Russian at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. After making several trips to Russia as students and tourists, the pair finally decided to move to St. Petersburg and buy a dirt-cheap apartment in 1998. Russia’s financial crisis of that year prompted their 1999 move to prosperous Moscow, where they have lived ever since, making frequent trips back to the northern capital.

In the past decade they have worked mostly at Moscow’s only English-language daily newspaper, The Moscow Times, covering everything from real estate to restaurants. They have also created several newspaper-affiliated publications, including a monthly entertainment magazine, a dining-guide series, and a photojournalism album. More recently they joined Moscow’s English-language weekly, The Moscow News.

Jennifer and Nathan travel extensively around Russia for both work and play, camping at Lake Baikal in Siberia, hiking in the Caucasus Mountains around Dombay, swimming in the Black Sea in Sochi and Anapa, and exploring the many fascinating cities and towns closer to home. Still, they find practically nothing more enjoyable than discovering and rediscovering little-known corners of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Nothing more, that is, than acquainting their readers with these very same discoveries.