Souvenirs from Russia
Souvenirs from Russia are the best way to continue the enjoyment of your vacation and to share fun memories with others. One of the most iconic crafts found in Russia are the Matrushka, or nesting, dolls. Sold as a set, they are themed egg shaped boxes that fit inside of each other. You can find them in holiday, religious, nature and historical themes, including fun ones that parody political and popular culture figures. Lacquer boxes painted with beautiful palaces, scenic views and folkloric images are quite popular, and range in size from tiny trinket boxes to large trunks. Faberge eggs reproductions are also quite beautiful and imperial, embellished with jewels and enamel. You can find them in delicate sizes to wear on a chain or larger ones to store happy secrets in. Russian icons, famous for their stylized representations of saints, are another item to tempt the tourist. Other fun Russian souvenirs could be a great key chain or magnet.
Russian Food and Drink
As befits the largest country in the world, Russian cuisine takes many cues from a diverse population and climate. It started off as a hearty peasant food, using local ingredients prepared in simple but delicious preparations. Based on local game, fish, and poultry, with a hearty use of cereals in breads, beer and vodka, this cuisine kept the Russian populace moving through harsh temperatures with hearty stews and soups. The 1500-1700's brought a revolution to food, as Russia expanded into a large and influential empire. During this time, new techniques and foods were imported from other countries, such as smoked meats, pastries, chocolate, wine and green salads. Alcoholic beverages native to the land use local barleys, rye and honey to create their signature tastes, such as vodka. Perhaps the most famous Russian drink, it is created from fermented potatoes or grains. Medovukha is a honey drink, similar to mead and flavored with spices.