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Moscow's Billboards

Moscow's Billboards

This picture I took long time ago, but still remember these nice and cheerful ladies, Bobbi and Dolly from Boston (by the way, I have nice picture of me and Bobbi in my special photo album dedicated to my Dear Clients). Before their river cruise between Moscow and St. Petersburg they had several days to discover Moscow and used my services as a guide and driver. We spent great time all together, had a lot of fun and within couple of days became very close friends. I am still in touch with them and try every time to ask their news and worry about their health.

On the moment when I took this picture we walked up and down old Arbat street and they decided to stop and take a picture nearby a big poster with a woman sitting on a chair... From the beginning of 90s, after crash of USSR, step by step advertising occupied streets and covered buildings in our cities and now, after 17 years of developing market in new, democratic Russia - advertising on the streets even became a very big problem, especially in Moscow, where concentrated business, politic and travel activities. Today it is hard to believe that in former USSR was not advertising at all and we saw mostly slogans, propaganda on our streets combined with red banners. Recently Moscow’s authorities issued a law which will protect the most historical buildings and sites from irritating advertising signs and huge billboards which cover interesting architecture and important historical sites (for example area around the Moscow Kremlin).

These big posters which they can also use in special purpose - to cover construction of new or renovation of old buildings – and I think that it is a great idea to hide construction works or make ugly building a bit more festive with advertising. But here I would like to make interesting remark about Russians and their souls.. We don’t like limits and as usual don’t like to control ourselves.. For example, if we started to drink vodka we usually drink off all we have and go to get completely drunk for sure J, or in the current example, if we started to put advertising on our streets – we shall cover everything to get the best effect.. -)… so that now I think it is too much advertising in Moscow and tourists, of course, pay attention and impressed of our new but already great market place J.

Here are some popular impressions of my clients from different countries and continents right after their landing in one of two Moscow’s International airport (SVO-2 or Domodedovo) which I collected for you:
 - we didn't expect that so many cars and  such bad traffic in Moscow!
 - how many big apartment buidings and wide roads you have!
 - you have such different architecture, great combination of modern and old styles!
 - you have so much advertising with so huge billboards and such nice girls advertising fashion, especially underclothes or bikini! Waw!

As about the last expression, concerning this image, I often reply here that we live too far from seas and oceans and have not so much sun especially during a winter season so that these girls warm up our souls and remind us not to forget to spend our vacation somewhere where long long sand beaches... J

With BEST Regards,
Arthur Lookyanov
Moscow Fun - Pictures from Russia
Last Edited: February 28, 2008

Photo taken on 2004-06-11 at 12:11:21

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No photo available Mike and Pam Zent
From: Chelan, Washington USA
Date: 2006-10-23 01:14:00

What a good decision it was to hire Arthur as our guide for our extra day in Moscow after our Viking River Cruise. He was on ship promptly at the agreed upon time to meet us and load our luggage in his new car. He first took us to our hotel, and then because we were early and the room was not ready, he graciously offered to bring us back after lunch to help us check-in and then continue the tour. We choose three sights that we did not see on the cruise. Arthur knows his way around, drove safely, and escorted us inside each location. His knowledge in guiding us through was invaluable and he made sure we saw the most important items or features. We also went to a delightful resturant where the locals go to eat, which was reasonable and good. Besides being knowledgeable in his history, Arthur speaks very good English. When we finished the last tour he added some bonus areas he wanted us to see and refused to charge more than the agreed upon price. What an honest, dependable, humorus, intelligent, and super friendly gentleman. We would highly recommend him as a guide and driver to anyone going to the Moscow area. We enjoyed him so much that instead of having the hotel get us to the airport, we hired Arthur the next morning to take us. Again, he was ready and waiting, and got us to the airport almost on the dot as to what he told us it would take. He would not leave us until he was sure we understood where to go and then answered any final questions we had. Thanks Arthur for helping to make our trip to Russia so very special!!