Russian Extreme Sports

It’s true that some of the best athletes in the world come from Russia. Russia comes in at a close second (only to the US) in recent Olympic medal counts, including gold medal count. But what about extreme sports? Yep, Russia’s got that covered too!

Fearless!

From wild freerunning stunts across crumbling Soviet architecture, to fun skateboarding tricks in the capital city, Russia’s extreme sports athletes seem to have no fear! Check out this awesome video of BMX tricks in Moscow for one example of hot stunts in front of cool architecture:

While you’re watching, keep a look out for the following landmarks:

  • St. George Church near Victory Park
  • The Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Victory Park
  • “Monument to Victory” Obelisk in Victory Park which is 141.8 meters tall (10 centimeters for each day of the war) with St. George and the Dragon at its base
  • An alleyway off of New Arbat Street
  • A monument to Lenin across from the Canon advertisement
  • A bust commemorating the physicist Igor Kurchatov
[Thumbnail picture credited to Mad Wraith]

Top 10 Sights in Paris Countdown #1

You all saw it coming… the top sight to visit in Paris is, of course, the world famous Eiffel Tower!

#1 The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower… Who would have thought it would become the emblem of Paris? Certainly not Gustave Eiffel, who created it to show off France’s technical advances at the 1889 World Faire Exhibition. Can you believe that the Eiffel Tower was supposed to be taken down after the Exhibition? Well, it’s now the most visited monument in the whole world. Go Tower!

Eiffel Tower

[Picture credited to Kimberly Vardeman]

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Top 10 Sights in Paris Countdown #2

Number two on our list of top 10 sights in Paris is of course the largest museum in the world, the Louvre!

#2 The Louvre

The Louvre Museum is the biggest museum in the world, visited by millions every year. The Louvre has a long history. Before becoming a museum, the Louvre was a storage place — during the revolution, all major works of art were placed there to avoid destruction. Before that, it was a palace embellished by King Francis I. And before that, it was a stronghold built to protect the city of Paris.

The Louvre

[Picture credited to Rictor Norton & David Allen]

Today you can get lost in never ending galleries filled with the most amazing artwork on the planet. You can wink at that mischievous Mona Lisa (careful, she’ll be watching you…). Or you can solemnly stand in front of the Coronation of Napoleon Bonaparte.

Have you been to the Louvre? Tell us about it in the comments section!

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Top 10 Sights in Paris Countdown #3

The third sight in our Paris countdown is the Palace and gardens commissioned by Marie de’ Medicis.

#3 Jardin du Luxembourg

The romantic Jardin du Luxembourg is one of the largest public parks in Paris and well worth a visit, especially after a hectic day at the museum! Take your time as you meander through this garden, commissioned by Marie de’ Medicis (second wife of Henry IV), towards the Luxembourg Palace which houses the French Senate, and the famous Medicis Fountain.

Palace and Garden of Luxemboug

[Pictures credited to Oh Paris and HarshLight]

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Top 10 Sights in Paris Countdown #4

Day or night, rain or shine, you can find anything you could possibly want at our next destination!

#4 Champs-Élysées

“Il y a tous que vous voulez aux Champs-Élysées… (There’s anything you could want at the Champs-Élysées…)” Joe Dassin famously used to sing, with everybody else singing along. The Champs-Élysées is the most famous, magnificent and elegant avenue of Paris.

Arc de Triomphe

[Picture credited to Stefano Brivio]

It starts with Napoleon’s Arch of Triumph and ends at the Concord Square where a huge Egyptian obelisk now proudly stands close to the spot where poor Louis XIV lost his head (literally! he was guillotined there). A lot of water has passed under the bridge since the French Revolution though, so now you can peaceful enjoy the majestic scenery!

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Top 10 Sights in Paris Countdown #5

For all of you art lovers out there, the greatest collection of impressionist art in the world is housed in… where else, but Paris!

#5 Musée d’Orsay

You’ve probably heard of The Orsay Museum, known for its incredible collection of impressionist paintings! You can walk around in galleries displaying Monet’s, Manet’s, Van Gogh’s and Cezanne’s works – among many others’. But did you know that the Orsay museum wasn’t always a museum? It was originally a train station that would welcome trains from the city of Orléans. Go figure! On the other side of the river, another museum wasn’t always what it is today…

Orsay Museum

[Pictures credited to Brad Bechtel]

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