Arbat Street is not quite like anywhere I have been before, yet in a way every city has one. It is a long street filled with shops and without cars. Street performers are everywhere, and cafes, souvenirs, random museums, and other shops line the street. People watching is a wonderful past time which we enjoyed for hours.
When we first arrived the only toilets I could find were port-a-loo’s which were guarded by two very serious looking Russian women who insisted I pay 20 rubles to use a loo (80c).
At first we confused by the mass number of people showing up in bathrobes and slippers. Then we found out it was flash mob – suggesting they are not quite as random as they appear. We missed the dance, but the girls had fun with the left over foam:
The other left over from the flash mob were hugs:
There were also some amazing and interesting street performers. Here are two of my favorites.
We also went to Novodevichy, which really wasn’t my cup of tea, although most of the other visitors seemed to love it. They charged me 100 rubles to take photos, so here are the best of them:
All photos on this page © Rhonda Albom 2012
Travel Counter: We are in week 6 of our 250 day overseas adventure.
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