|Now this is a building that could be called The Twist|
During my last trip, Timur Ryvkin of the Colliers Moscow office took me to an area in the city's downtown where another financial district is under construction. It includes a number of 'look at me' buildings at various stages of completion, along with an underground shopping mall, Novotel Hotel and other buildings.
|My very knowledgeable guide, Timur Ryvkin of Colliers' Moscow office|
While some streets do have wide sidewalks lined with shops, and there are a limited number of pedestrian malls, this is not a pedestrian friendly city.
One of the goals of the new financial centre is to create a community that is much more pedestrian and transit oriented. Now speaking of cars...
I always associated Russia with Ladas. However, I was in Moscow for two days before I saw my first Lada. Instead what I saw were Porsche Cayennes, Range Rovers, BMW's and even a few Rolls Royces and Bentleys. I even came across a Rolls dealership in the lobby of a hotel...the Radisson Royal Hotel.
|The Rolls dealership in the Radisson Royal Hotel|
In the winter the cars get extremely dirty. Or in the case of this Range Rover, they catch fire!
|At the end of a day touring about the city I was treated to a very nice tea in the lobby of the Metropol Hotel. No, I didn't eat the whole thing!|