Moscow: Old and New Arbat

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New Arbat Avenue

There are 2 Arbats in Moscow – the Old and the New. By far the Old Arbat is much more beautiful, but just for comparison’s sake I wanted to see both! Plus White Rabbit is located in the neighborhood, so we took the New Arbat to lunch, and left taking the Old Arbat.

Because I first saw the New Arbat, I’ll start with it. There is really not much to see here. It reminds me of a cheap touristy strip that you can probably find anywhere. The New Arbat Avenue was part of Stalin’s Master Plan, to have a modern avenue running parallel to the picturesque Old Arbat Street.

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The Church of St. Simeon Stylites located on the New Arabat

 

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I really love seeing American brands in the cyrillic alphabet

 

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Oktyabr Cinema

 

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Koen and I love a good pun and Eagles reference – Steak it easy!

Okay, now I can share more beautiful photos of the Old Arbat Street, but commonly just called the Arbat in English. The Arbat is one of Moscow’s oldest surviving cities, dating back to at least the 15th century, and is the heart of the Arbat District. In the 18th century, Russian nobility regarded the Arbat as the most prestigious living area in all of Moscow. Now it is a big attraction for tourists, to explore the historical buildings and see the artwork being sold on the streets.

 

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The Arbat

 

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Entrance to the Pushkin Museum (in the apartment where he used to live)

 

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Artwork being sold on the streets

 

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Alexander Pushkin and his wife Natalia Pushkina

 

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Plant walkway on the Arbat

 

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The Arbat

 

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The Arbat

 

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Mural of General Georgy Zhukov, a WWII hero

 

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McDonald’s

 

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This one is easier – Shake Shack

 

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Dunkin Donuts

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