Interview with Paul E. Richardson, author of Resilience: Life Stories of Centenarians Born in the Year of Revolution

Interview with Paul E. Richardson, author of Resilience: Life Stories of Centenarians Born in the Year of Revolution

Paul E. Richardson, publisher and editor of Russian Life magazine, discusses his latest book spotlighting the stories of 22 Russian centenarians born in 1917, the year of the Russian Revolution. The stories of these elders are told with tenderness and sympathy, and rigorous research and meticulous planning went into their telling. Read More


Maritime Magnetism at Estonia’s Seaplane Harbor Museum

Maritime Magnetism at Estonia’s Seaplane Harbor Museum

Housed in a renovated concrete seaplane hangar from 1916 whose high domed walls give it a space-age appearance, the Seaplane Harbor Museum in Tallinn, Estonia, is a cutting-edge interactive place with floor-to-ceiling exhibits, including a 1937 submarine, a full-size replica of a WWI Short 184 seaplane, and the wreck of the 16th century wooden sailing ship, the Maasilinn.  Read More


The Riveting Story of the Trans-Siberian Railway

The Riveting Story of the Trans-Siberian Railway

The fabled Trans-Siberian Railway rolls briskly across seven time zones and 5,772 miles of taiga, steppe and mountain, pausing along the way in places that bring the traveler face to face with the fascinating cultures of Russia. It’s one of the longest rail lines on earth. It’s no surprise that the most legendary railway has a legendary history. Follow along with the riveting historical rundown with a free downloadable map showing highlights of the Trans-Siberian’s story. Read More



Hidden Hutongs: A Peek Into Old Beijing by Pedicab (VIDEO)

Hidden Hutongs: A Peek Into Old Beijing by Pedicab (VIDEO)

There’s far more to Beijing than the remnants of its grand imperial past or Chairman Mao’s legacy. Tucked away beneath the city’s most impressive attractions, one can still find a slice of real Chinese life in the hutongs, or narrow alleyways, that make up the heart of old Beijing. Here’s a glimpse of some of the sights and sounds you might find in Beijing’s vibrant hutong neighborhoods, seen from the backseat of a pedicab. Read More


Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: 25 Years Later – Katya’s Memories of St. Petersburg, August 1991

Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: 25 Years Later – Katya’s Memories of St. Petersburg, August 1991

It’s been 25 years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. We’re marking the anniversary (and the 30th anniversary of MIR) with eyewitness accounts from MIR colleagues and contacts. Katya Boyarskaya, Director of our affiliate office in St. Petersburg, was living there during the time of the 1991 August Coup. Here’s her story. Read More



Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: 25 Years Later – Doug’s Memories of August 1991

Witnessing the Fall of the USSR: 25 Years Later – Doug’s Memories of August 1991

It's been 25 years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. We're marking the anniversary (and the 30th anniversary of MIR) with eyewitness accounts from MIR colleagues and contacts. In this installment, Doug shares his memories of the fateful days of the August coup in 1991, and his travels from Seattle to Moscow to Kamchatka in the Russian Far East. Read More


New for 2017: Ottoman Treasures by Private Train

New for 2017: Ottoman Treasures by Private Train

One of the world’s grandest empires, the Ottoman Empire conquered a vast stretch of land from Northern Africa to the Persian Gulf, and from the South Caucasus to the fringes of Central Europe, with Constantinople (known today as Istanbul) as its central bridge between East and West. Uniting diverse continents, civilizations and cultures, the Ottomans left a permanent mark on the social, political, economic and artistic development of the nations it once ruled. Now travelers can trace the path of this influential empire, and the many civilizations that ebbed and flowed throughout this complex region, on an exciting new rail journey for 2017, Ottoman Treasures by Private Train, rolling through Hungary, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey. Read More


8 Reasons to Travel to Iran Now

8 Reasons to Travel to Iran Now

Iran’s fabulous bazaars, amazing archaeological sites, and unfailingly warm and friendly people are favorites of intrepid travelers and media outlets. Discover for yourself why it deserves a place at the top of any traveler’s list. Read More