I expect to be out of touch with this site until September 24, then I'll fill everybody in on a what promises to be a wonderful trip to Russia and Austria: a river cruise in Russia on board Viking Truvor between Saint Petersburg and Moscow with time in the cities on each end and visits to towns and sights along the way. Among other things I've booked a full-day extended tour of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg.
From Moscow I'm flying to Vienna for a visit with my son and daughter-in-law. It's been a long time since I was in Vienna, so it'll be not only a family visit, but also re-visiting some of the places I've admired in the past.
I plan to collect lots of photos and notes that may become a Russia-based novel sometime in the future. Stay tuned. Paka!