Arriving home from the Biltmore (see part 11), I break the news…………..!!!!!!!
Still absorbing the idea of a journey to Russia in less than six weeks, we set about planning our itinerary:
Santa Barbara – San Francisco – Seattle – Copenhagen (3 nights) – Stockholm – St. Petersburg (4 nights) – Stockholm (1 night)
– Newark – Denver – Santa Barbara
We’ve enjoyed a great send-off from friends
and look forward to a few days in Copenhagen, before the final leg of the journey to St. Petersburg.
A drive north from Copenhagen, along the coast of Denmark closest to Sweden takes us to Rungsted, the hometown of author Karen Blixen, pen name Isak Dinesen. The family home, her father’s 40 acre estate, Rungstedlund, is open to the public.
Karen Christenze Dinesen von Blixen-Finecke is buried on the estate.
While driving we are treated to idyllic scenery at every turn.
Cruising the canals in Copenhagen,
we came upon quirky houseboats,
and old waterfront warehouses, now luxurious condominiums.
In St. Petersburg, Rosalyn prefers that we stay at the Nevsky Palace Hotel where she will be….with the caveat: ‘if you see me prior to the concert, do not approach me – I go deep inside myself….’ With this directive in mind, we have scheduled our arrival for one day prior to the concert – we will be touching down in Russia on
the Fourth of July!!!!