It is no secret to those who know me that I have a few issues with the cold (ok, more than a few). Basically my body was just not made to handle anything below 21 degrees Celsius - which is great when you live in the Caribbean, but a little less great when traveling to Europe (honestly I have no clue how I survived 7 years (7 winters!!) in Europe......I suppose it was all those beautiful gloves and scarfs that got me through the pain). I do love the accessories, the coats, and all the beauty that comes with cuddling up to keep warm and so, this week, I have been meticulously going through my closet, picking out beautiful sweaters, detailed gloves and rain boots. I ordered a lovely white trench and had my scarfs dry-cleaned. So I think I am ready for this trip - umbrella packed and all.
It seems that Spring is not quite in the air yet - although compared to last months' weather (yes I have been monitoring it for a while now) was significantly worse. So I am grateful for any temperature above 10. I also took a photography course (need to practice a bit a lot more), my journal is ready, and the reservations are Fiskebaren and Madklubben Bistro de Luxe in Copenhagen and at Mathias Dahlgren's Food Bar in Stockholm have been made- being spontaneous is one thing - ensuring we can enjoy these Nordic delights requires some planning and reserving.
While in St. Petersburg we will be attending Swan Lake at the Mariinsky Theatre and taking a boat tour through the canals of this splendid city. I so look forward to the fountains at Peterhof, the splendor of the Hermitage and the immensity of Tsarskoye Selo.
Before we visit Helsinki, Tallinn and all the other beauties of the North, we will be enjoying Amsterdam. My second home. A city marked by romantic canals, tulips and a great deal of family and friends. On our return to Amsterdam, after the cruise we will be visiting the newly renovated Rijksmuseum (I am sure a 10 year renovation is well worth the visit).
And so, as I prepare the final things (and Mr. D. smiles at my immense excitement), I will continue to hope the weather will miraculously improve ( I know, it is wishful thinking, it is even raining here in Curacao) and pack the final things for this unbelievable trip.
"You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you
listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, the conversations
you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of
the ocean, the breath of fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest
corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your
life. You are every single day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge
and existence. Let the words run through your veins and let the colours
fill your mind."
A city of
the sea, Helsinki was built along a series of odd-shape peninsulas and
islands jutting into the Baltic coast along the Gulf of Finland. Streets
curve around bays, bridges reach to nearby islands, and ferries play
among offshore islands. Having grown dramatically since World War II,
Helsinki now absorbs over one-tenth of the Finnish population, and the
metropolitan area covers a total of 764 square km (474 square mi) and
315 islands. Most sights, hotels, and restaurants cluster on one
peninsula, forming a compact central hub. The greater Helsinki
metropolitan area, which includes Espoo and Vantaa, has a total
population of more than a million people. Helsinki is a meeting point of
eastern and western Europe, which is reflected in its cosmopolitan
image, the influx of Russians and Estonians, and a generally
multilingual population. Outdoor summer bars (terrassit as the locals call them) and cafés in the city center are perfect for people-watching on a summer afternoon.
My name is Priscilla Joy, I live on the paradise island of Curacao and I travel the globe. I live for all things beautiful, extraodinary, simple, sweet and always chic. I welcome you to be part of my escape.
"I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge
That myth is more potent than history
That dreams are more poweful than facts
That hope always triumphs over experience
That laughter is the only cure for grief
And I believe that love is stronger than death"
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