Over Christmas, 15 Paulinas flew with Mrs Ninnis and Miss Wenham to Moscow where the Red Square sparkled with Christmas lights. We admired the snowy Kremlin, the ornate Metro stations and the eye-opening Tretyakov Gallery. After a bullet train ride to St Petersburg, we explored spectacular palaces and the imposing State Hermitage Museum. A definite highlight and a rare treat was The Nutcracker at the Mariinsky Theatre. From start to finish, it proved an unforgettable trip and gave us all a taste of Russian culture, climate and cuisine.