10 of the best Russia holiday destinations – beyond Moscow and St Petersburg

Majestic lakes, mountains, history and even ecotourism resorts, opt for Russia’s lesser-known cities and nature parks and there’s enough to keep you exploring for weeks. Share your Russia tips in the comments below Marvel at … Marble canyon, Ruskeala, Karelia. Photograph: Shamukov Ruslan/Corbis Ruskeala, Karelia Why go? Karelia, a republic in north-west Russia, is known as one the country’s most beautiful places. The nature here is breathtaking and more Finnish than Russian, with lakes, waterfalls and trees growing on giant rocks. Ruskeala is a village close to Sortavala, one of…

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In the Footsteps of a Sun Goddess: Danny Darling’s Journey to St. Thomas

Danny Darling could be called the guy version of Julia Roberts in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love.” During the recent winter storms across the Northeast, Danny bought a one-way ticket from Maine to St. Thomas. He has no passport, but he doesn’t need one. He packed his things up, left his pug with a trusted friend and set off for his Caribbean adventure. With no return ticket, Danny has been living at Sugar Bay Resort & Spa. His story is touching, hopeful and speaks to the transformative power of travel. What…

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St Andrews University recruits Oxford’s Professor Sally Mapstone as its second-ever female chancellor

One of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world has announced it is to take on its second female principal. St Andrews University in Fife, Scotland, looks set to receive Oxford University’s Professor Sally Mapstone who will take on the role of principal and vice-chancellor in September. Professor Mapstone, who is the current pro-vice-chancellor of education and professor of older Scots literature, was educated at Wadham and St Cross Colleges at Oxford. Professor Louise Richardson, current vice-chancellor at Oxford and former principal of St Andrews, was among the first to congratulate…

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0 of the best Russia holiday destinations – beyond Moscow and St Petersburg

Majestic lakes, mountains, history and even ecotourism resorts, opt for Russia’s lesser-known cities and nature parks and there’s enough to keep you exploring for weeks. Share your Russia tips in the comments below Marvel at … Marble canyon, Ruskeala, Karelia. Photograph: Shamukov Ruslan/Corbis Ruskeala, Karelia Why go? Karelia, a republic in north-west Russia, is known as one the country’s most beautiful places. The nature here is breathtaking and more Finnish than Russian, with lakes, waterfalls and trees growing on giant rocks. Ruskeala is a village close to Sortavala, one of…

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