PHUKET: With all the recent talk about the influx of Russian tourists and expats to our island, I jumped at the chance to attend a Phuket Gazette exhibition in Moscow and see how the other half lives, as it were.

Moscow, like any other large European city, has a wealth of grand historic architecture, museums, galleries and cultural attractions – not to mention fantastic public transport, which Phuket can only dream of having.

And Moscow certainly has its share – the majestic Saint Basil’s Cathedral, the rich history of the Kremlin and the refined elegance of the renowned Bolshoi Theater.