One week from today I will be traveling to St Petersburg, Russia. Last Saturday I spent several hours planning and packing for my trip. Mindful and appropriate dressing for the culture I will be traveling to is always foremost in my mind when I am traveling solo. Foreigners treat US travelers with more respect when they are dressed simply with a little hint of their indigenous style. Russia is a place I absolutely love. It has a rich culture, fabulous art, intelligent, and strong women plus believe it or not, great food.
Being a woman who loves to shop, three years ago on my first trip to this fascinating country I spent some of the time looking for beautiful treasures to bring home. One of the items that caught my eye were the many beautiful, ethnic shawls the Russian women were wearing. When I first noticed them in the shops they didn't really appeal to me but when I saw them on Russian women of all ages, I thought WOW these shawls have a magic quality. They seem to come alive when worn and make the women wearing them more beautiful. I decided to try on a few different designs and found I was hooked. My private guide shared that the most beautiful and coveted shawls are made in the Pavlovo Posad textile factory. This company is one of the oldest private companies in Russia dating back to 1795. She told me all of the shawls have names and a message behind them as well as frequently, they are passed down from mother to daughter. Some of the names are By the Fireplace, Summer Twilight, Wedding Ring, Autumn Tango and Lucky Girl. I bought "Confession" in black which I will be wearing on my long flight to St Petersburg and is the one pictured in this blog post. Hope you enjoy the video!