So it might be a bit hard to see since I took this picture through the window of a moving bus, but you’ll have to trust me on this: this young woman is indeed riding a horse down the sidewalk in St. Petersburg, a designer purse on one shoulder, while drinking a bottled iced tea (or is it vodka in disguise?), smoking a cigarette, and talking on her cell phone. Ah, you say, impossible, as she’d have to be doing it all with one hand since her right is holding the reins. I promise. I and a dozen other passengers saw it with our own eyes.
While the vestiges of communism linger here (there’s no such thing as an elegant family home; ramshackle apartments are all the rage), fashion is a serious priority. Jeans and sneakers are not a common sight on the streets of St. Petersburg. Women prefer heels, mini-skirts, and chunky accessories. This former Russian capital is a virtual poster child for Sex and the City sans New York.
If you’re into shoes, bring your camera and your zoom lens….