Russia

  By Marian Betancourt I had long wanted to visit this fabled city by the sea built by Peter the Great in 1703 to open Russia to the West.  Inspired by the country’s great novelists and poets and Robert Massie’s splendid biographies of Peter and Catherine and the Romanovs, I

By Monique Burns Exploring the Baltic led me first to Hamburg, Germany’s second-largest city, the world’s second-largest port and one of the planet’s liveliest cultural centers.  Then it was on to the Polish capital of Warsaw, once devastated by World War II and the Holocaust, now one of Europe’s greenest

By Dalma Heyn At dinner with colleagues in New York last week, my husband Richard and I were asked about our recent trip to Russia. We reported it in a word: “Glorious.” We’d agreed on the flight home that we’d be hard pressed to explain the intense feelings we shared