Travel thumbs

Writers' blocks

Literary pilgrim Stephen Phelan has explored an author's home or two. From Tolstoy to the Brontes, he shares his favourites.

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Rostov cathedrals.

In Zhivago's footsteps

Paul Edwards leaves Moscow for the sweeping flatlands that even today offer solace and romance in a time of upheaval.

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Course of history... Kizhi's wooden churches.

Voyage beyond the Volga

Brian Johnston sails into a land of monks, murder and majesty on the river route from Moscow to St Petersburg.

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