Our Woman in Minsk
This short ‘postcard’ article appeared in The Times.
Rakovsky Brovar, in the former Jewish Quarter, serves Belarusian home-brew inside a rustic ‘hunting lodge’, complete with mounted stag heads.
A full promenade down the length of Independence Avenue, taking in the imposing grandeur of the Palace of the Republic, the monolithic war memorial in Victory Square and the ever-popular circus.
Taking photos of the President’s Palace, the Ministry of Defence or the KGB building – unless you are hankering after a look inside.
GUM department store – gilded in its original Soviet marble, not to mention golden hammers and sickles.
The city is easy to navigate on foot – all sights are centrally located – but it’s worth taking the metro (12p a ride) to admire the beautifully decorated platforms.
Go to the ballet or opera, now being staged in the newly renovated Opera House. Tickets are available from the underpass kiosk in front of McDonald’s, with seats in the front stalls costing about £3.