We live close to the Old Arbat, one of the main pedestrian streets in the city where you’ll often find portrait artists and musicians and where you can always pick up a souvenir or two. Particularly on a sunny day it can have quite a buzz to it and I feel very fortunate to live in this part of town.
But my feet are itching to explore Beyond Arbat to some of the lesser known streets nearby as well as other parts of Moscow, and that is what this blog is all about. Some of the places I visit with my family will be in the guide books but I also want to write about the hidden nooks and crannies we discover.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to eat, wondering what to do when it rains or just want to find a great playground so the kids can burn off some energy, I hope you’ll find this blog gives you lots of ideas for things to do and places to go in this incredible city.
Just a couple of notes:
Lots of people have asked where I get the material for my walks. The sources I draw on the most frequently are:
- the Discover Moscow website um.mos.ru/en which gives details about all the notable buildings in Moscow that have a blue plaque with a QR code on it.
- Anna Benn and Rosamund Bartlett’s book Literary Russia: A Guide which I’ve found to be full of wonderful detail for the walks about Russian authors.
- Caroline Brooke’s Moscow: A Literary and Cultural History
On translations – as there doesn’t appear to be a standard way of translating Russian letters into English, I have decided to stick to the Google Maps translation of Russian street names even when some of these are not how I would personally write them. If a museum, café or other place we’ve visited has a website translated into English then I use the same spelling for their name that they use.