"The Old Arbat Street" Streets of Moscow Tip by Muscovite
Streets of Moscow, Moscow: 25 reviews and 37 photos
Fondest memory: ?And strangers hanging out in my pet-shop? ? google for the literary translation of that song, it?s much less politically correct. The Moscow bard who was born into Arbat comes out in bronze from one of the lanes.
I was still at school when this lovely street became a showcase of bling. Much later I attended a course of Russian architecture, where a fairly young but overwhelmingly successful Ossetian architect, the mastermind of Arbat?s revamp, cursed his bad luck and swore by his diploma he never meant the place to look this way. He did not order those plain street-lamps, or the acid façade paints, and he certainly did not envisage any wheeling-and-dealing ?en plein air?. Looks like this whole business affected his health, as he died soon, just 49 years of age. He was not the worst of their lot.
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