A short family trip that will allow you to get acquainted with the history of Russian folk crafts and see with your own eyes how amazing items of decorative and applied art are made in just a couple of days. You will not only learn how to make the famous all over Russia Gzhel ceramics, but you can also try to make an intricate souvenir with your own hands, or to paint a clay workpiece. The second day of the trip also promises to be interesting. In Pavlovsky Posad you will learn the secrets of making and painting silk scarves and try on the role of a fabric weaver. And museum visits will be diluted with outdoor walks and lunches in decent local restaurants.
We go to the village of Gzhel of Ramensky district to see how fine ceramics and porcelain are made. After that we will visit the Gzhelian quarries, and in the evening we will go towards the village of Electrostal, where we will spend the night.
You can start your journey in one of the restaurants near the Plaza Ramstars business park called Conquistador. It is characterized by a welcoming atmosphere, as well as a detailed, authentic interior and exterior. The menu offers many Spanish dishes as well as traditional Russian snacks.
One of the many symbols of Russian culture can be called the original dishes, as well as ceramic and porcelain products of the Gzhel factory of artistic painting. The excursion here includes a walk through the quiet and picturesque countryside where the company is located, as well as a visit to the production hall, where the famous painted figures and dishes are born. You can take a master class from local craftsmen and try to paint the figure yourself. Very important point: excursions are conducted only by appointment, for this purpose it is necessary to call in advance on the number specified on an official site of manufacture.
Not far from the ceramics factory you will find the Grzegel Pits - a good place to relax in warm weather. The environment is peaceful, the views are beautiful, I would like to stay here longer, but it is time to go.
Dinner can be held at the pretty café Entresol. Both traditional Russian dishes and some popular European ones are cooked here. Many visitors celebrate beautiful salads as well as desserts. Sometimes there are performances by local artists, so if you are lucky, your dinner will be complemented by live music.
One of the favorite recreation places for locals is the City Park of Culture. This pleasant place attracts many people both in summer and winter. There are quite a few different attractions, among which there are various carousels, Ferris wheel and skatepark. Prices for each attraction is also quite democratic - from 100 to 250 rubles.
The filling station is located in the heart of Electrostal. Thanks to this you can easily get to the iconic places of the city: the Church of Christians of the Seventh Day Adventists (280 m from the gas station), the Church of St. Andrew Rublev (1.4 km) and the main Chapel of Electrostal (800 m). The gas station is open 24 hours a day, so there will be no problems with lack of fuel or delicious goods on the road.
Today will be mainly devoted to visiting the museums of the historical city of Pavlovsky Posad. It once played a crucial role in various historical events and was also a very large craft centre. You can learn more about it on tours in the main museums of the city.
Starting in the morning, you can go to the already familiar Café Entresol. There is a special breakfast menu with a selection of light snacks, omelets, toasts and other traditional breakfast dishes. The choice of coffee is also very extensive.
The first stop for us today will be the Museum of the History of Russian Shawl and Shawl. Here you will find all the details about the history of traditional women's suits, as well as traditional methods of manufacturing and dyeing textile products. You can even try to apply a drawing on the fabric yourself. And for school-age children the museum offers master classes on calligraphy, or, as it used to be said, penmanship.
Another interesting cultural and historical object in the city can safely be called the Pavlovo-Posad Museum of History and Art. It is located in a small wooden mansion, and its exposition is devoted to the history of the region, everyday life and once flourishing crafts, outstanding people who lived here, as well as to some extent industry and science.
The perfect place to relax and have lunch will be a small restaurant in Balacheille called La Provence. It serves mainly French and European dishes. It is a cozy place with pleasant staff. And there are also very delicious desserts.