Here are some signs I can read:
This one says "Big Ben." And the word below that says "school."
One of my personal favorites. This is a coffee house chain called . . . are you ready? "Coffee House." Except the way it is transliterated in Russian, it looks like it should be pronounced "Coffee Chaos." But if you say that to a Russian speaker, they don't get it. Meanwhile, the Spouse and I crack up every time we see one. They are as ubiquitous as Starbucks.
The sign below with strawberries on it says "BLINI."
This ad literally says (at least as I interpret it) "30 days without paying Internet." That is "Internet: Free for 30 Days" if you sign up for STREAM! You can see the word for "Stream," right? СТРИМ! = STREAM!
The brown sign says "Art Club Nostalgia."
This yellow sign says
Here's an easy one.
This one says "Bankomat [that's European for ATM] 24 Hours." But those of us who live here say "24 Yucca." It's wrong, we know. But we can't help it.
Another freebie: TOILET. You first? Really. Go ahead. I'm fine.
Finally, you can see that this movie stars Michael Caine and Jude Law. Sound it out . . .
Now some buildings I like . . .
This is the Tea-Coffee Store. It was built in honor of the Chinese ambassador's visit to Moscow in 1896. It is one street over from Baboo's school. I haven't gone in yet, but I have pressed my nose to the window.
I have two shots of this one. The yellow building to the right is where Skittles has judo.
I think it is just an apartment building. But I love all the wonderful animals.
This building leans backwards. A lot.
And this one is down the street. I have no idea what it is.
This tower is part of what was, for a while, the tallest church tower in Moscow. But it got struck by lightning and part of the very top was destroyed.
This is the Tretyakovskaya Gallery. Last Friday I accompanied Baboo's class when they went to look at paintings that illustrated the Russian history they have been studying. That was a yawn. But there is a Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit there that I am going back to check out this Friday.