It’s the Spring of 1931 and we join Pandora Bell and her companion after they have made their way from Paris to St. Petersburg, where they duly catch the night train to Moscow….
“Bitter winds were blowing in St. Petersburg and snow lay- on the sides of the streets as we drove to the Moskovsky railway station.The night express from St. Petersburg to Moscow is the best train in Russia; it carries only first-class passengers and is always full no matter what the season of the year.
We had secured a sleeping coupe by telephone. Our quarters were comfortable and we woke at 5am. Pulling up the blinds we looked out on the most exquisite snow scene it had ever been our lot to witness. Snow was falling in large flakes and must have been coming down steadily for hours.
The branches of fir trees, intermingled with those of others still more yielding, were loaded with snow and drooped gracefully under its weight, whilst every few seconds we saw some branch bent right downward and its load scattered and dropped through the lower branches like soft powder. I felt as if I must be Hans Andersen’s little girl in the Ice Queen travelling through forests of snow!
I fell asleep again with the feeling that I had seen some fairy panorama. We found Moscow enjoying a regular April day of alternate sun and drenching rain, and people were quite surprised to hear us speak of snow.
Moscow is a typical city of the old times and a more picturesque one I never saw. From our hotel windows we looked out on a vast array of coloured roofs, red and green predominating, whilst above all towered many glistening golden cupolas. “These cupolas are always bright and shining,” said an English resident, ” and yet I never see any one polishing them.”
This excerpt marks the beginning of Pandora Bell’s sojourn in Moscow. The shining cupolas of the city became the inspiration for her now rare & beautiful Real Egg Shells with Praline. Pandora Bell was also inspired by the tales she heard of the rare Fabergé eggs.
These were jewelled eggs (possibly numbering as many as 69) created by the House of Fabergé. Virtually all were manufactured under the supervision of Peter Carl Fabergé between 1885 and 1917. The most famous are those made for the Russian Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II as Easter gifts for their wives and mothers.
In 2017, we are privileged to continue this tradition at Pandora Bell Ireland. We provide exquisite Easter gifts in the form of our Real Eggshells with Praline, available singly and in pretty gift boxes. There have also been sightings of the rare & coveted Real Golden Egg Shells with Praline…..
You don’t need to be a Russian Tsar to treat your loved ones at Easter.