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Travel in Europe and Russianewsfromrussia.com am 28.07.2011
Nearly twice the size of Canada, spanning nine time zones, home of Mount Elbrus, having maritime borders with Japan and the USA and by far the largest country on the planet Earth: Welcome to Russia!
It might be difficult to grasp how big this country is with it‘s territories reaching from the tundra to rich forests, like Fyodor Tyutchev once wrote „[...]In Russia you only believe“. Comprising over 100 Nature Reserves and 35 National Parks, with a combined land mass larger than Germany, Russia truly is a feast for the eye of nature lovers.
Nature of Russia
Due to the different climate zones there is a great variety of flora and fauna all over the country. From the icy tundra with it‘s mossy grass landscapes and polar wolfs in the north to the taiga in the south where bears and siberian chipmunks roam the dense forests. One of the most popular national parks of Russia is the Zabaikalsky National Park on the eastern shore of Lake Baikal in the Barguzisnky District. It is the home of 291 vertebrates including 241 birds, 44 mammals, three raptiles and three amphibians. Nearly 70 percent of the park is covered by Forests made up of Scotch pine, Mountain pine and several others.
Cities and Shop-A-Holics
In Another „special“ about Russia may be the White Nights during summer solstice in June. The name „white nights“ is given in areas of high altitude where the sun never goes down completely all night long. Until 10 pm the sun does not set and the twilight lasts for the most part of nighttime. The „White Nights Festivals“ have their origin in Saint Petersburg and are a great attraction for tourists from all over the world. A city that, at least for June, truly never sleeps.
Of course there is more to the city: It seems like culture and architectural finesse from all over Russia is combined in this wonderful city. From St. Isaac‘s Square in the very heart of the city, the impressive St. Isaac‘s Cathedral and Church on the Spilt Blood are just nearby.
Once you‘re on the boulevard, which runs all the way down from Hermitage to Alexander Nevsky Square, you will have the perfect shopping-opportunity: The streets, set in stunning architecture, are filled with shops and other commercial experiences. So don‘t forget to buy some russian souvenirs like Matryoshka dolls and Nutcrackers for your loved ones at home.