Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008


Arkhangelskoye, the 18th-century estate 20 km (12 miles) west of Moscow, is sometimes referred to as Russia's Versailles and features jazz and classical-music concerts in summer. You should feel free to bring a picnic here or enjoy a decidedly so-so meal at the on-site café. Bear in mind that Arkhangelskoye is not about doing anything; it's about strolling, taking in the atmosphere, being very pensive and 18th-century. You can hire a car or arrange a tour through your hotel concierge; to go it alone, take the metro to the Tyshinskaya station, then take bus no. 549 to Arkhangelskoye, the last stop.