The Arbat
View along the Arbat
     This is the "Old" Arbat, the theme street for "Olde Rossiya." Novy Arbat, which has few old buildings, is the next street over on the left. The purpose of these streets is to help part the gringos from their Yankee dollars by having them shop for souvenirs and knick-knacks. The best of Russian craftsmanship is on display. You can buy samovars, lace, icons fresh from the factory, and Michael Jordan matrushka dolls, and if you aren't a Bulls fan, Shaquille O'neal or Karl Malone versions. I think the picture accurately conveys the ambience. There, I saw the only Japanese restaurant that I saw in Moscow, waitressed by hefty Russian women wearing kimonos. (I did not eat there.)