Andy Potts

Ulan Baatur smiles away

After a week in the Siberian wilderness, Ulan Baatur was a noisy, dusty shock to the system - but a chance encounter on Sukhbaatur Square changed all that Read the guide

The imperial splendour of St Petersburg

St Petersburg has well and truly shaken off its dowdy Soviet past and reinvented itself as a vibrant city with a glittering history Read the guide

Essex: beyond the stereotype

South Essex has unexpected charms, from upscale shopping to good bird-watching - and not a white stiletto in sight! Read the guide

Splashing the cash in Moscow

Moneymen may be in meltdown around the world, but Moscow’s millionaires are determined to party on to the end Read the guide

Kiev's a knock-out

From boxing champs to bowls of borsch, Kiev's quirky attractions make it one of the highlights of the former Soviet bloc Read the guide