Last Tuesday I went with Mikael Melbye to the Tretyakov gallery, which is simply amazing. Whole schools of Russian painting such as 19th century landscape, portraiture and genre paintings that I hardly knew existed. I particularly liked this little pair of sisters. The other impressive thing is that by lunchtime it was full of families on a day out, it isn’t free, and there are very few tourists at this time of year. Good news for the appreciation of Russian culture, I thought.