At a short distance from Moscow, there are many unique and distinctive cities, famous in their time for folk crafts - scarves and shawls, lacquer boxes, painted trays, delicious pastille, elegant glass blowers. It is pleasant to make day excursions to such cities, each time learning something new and getting to know the history of your country.
Kolomna - marshmallow and rolls
You can get to Kolomna along the Ryazan highway. Only 118 kilometers and you will find yourself in a beautiful city, the main attraction of which is the Kremlin, in one of the towers of which Marina Mnishek languished, for which the tower was called Marinkina. Then you can visit the Old Golutvinsky Monastery for men, a distinctive feature of which are pseudo-Gothic towers. An obligatory destination is the Pastille Museum with a small factory, where the delicacy is made in the old fashioned way: mashed baked apples are whipped with wooden spatulas for two days. You can mold a roll on your own in the Kalachnaya Museum in order to later eat it with tea. If you have time, you can visit the Kuznechnaya Sloboda Museum.
Zhostovo - painted trays
Just 20 kilometers from Moscow, there is a village famous for its trays. At the mention of Zhostovo trays, flowers on black are immediately remembered, but in fact the painters use a rich palette. Black lacquer trays were popular with merchants and nobles, and multi-colored trays were bought by artisans and peasants. To find out how the painting on tin takes place, you can attend a master class.
Fedoskino - lacquer boxes
The village of Fedoskino is located 17 kilometers from Moscow, famous for its lacquer miniatures on caskets. Here you can visit the museum of lacquer miniatures, visit the wooden house of the merchant Pyotr Lukutkin - at the end of the 19th century it was he who owned the craft, and all the works of Fedoskino masters were called "Lukuta lacquers". And the village itself deserves attention - it is an incredibly picturesque place, with hills and river bends. You should definitely see the wooden church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker, erected in the 19th century.
Pavlovsky Posad - scarves and shawls
Pavlovsky Posad is located 63 kilometers from Moscow, you can get here along the Gorkovskoye highway. The city became famous for the manufacture of shawls and scarves. This is a full-cycle enterprise, known since the 18th century: from unbleached sheep yarn, fabric is produced, the design for which is created by artists. Then the fabric is cut into shawls and fringe is woven around the edges by hand. In the city, you can visit the Museum of the History of Russian Scarves and Shawls, visit several churches and look into the house-museum of Vyacheslav Tikhonov.
Wedge - exquisite works of glass blowers
89 kilometers separate Klin from Moscow. You can get here along the Leningradskoye Highway to see how glass blowers work, creating glass balls or icicles. In addition to the museum of glass-blowing craftsmanship, you can visit the museums of Tchaikovsky, Arkady Gaidar and Mendeleev.