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Europe 2017

Trip: Europe 2016

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Wonderful, wonderful, Copenhagen

DENMARK | Friday, 2 Sep 2016 | Views [289] | Comments [2]

We arrived at 9:30 this morning and began our day by walking over to the Little Mermaid, from our ship, to say hello. The tourist buses had begun to arrive and it was quite crowded. Since we had another beautiful day, we decided to walk the 2 plus miles ... Read more >

Warnemunde, Germany

GERMANY | Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016 | Views [327]

It is a charming little sea resort town with a lovely church and their beach is the largest on the Baltic. Conditions are great for sailing, windsurfing, and kite surfing so it is a popular destination for German tourists. Our weather was perfect ... Read more >

A Typical Day at SEA

SWEDEN | Wednesday, 31 Aug 2016 | Views [273]

The whole program was thrown off because of the rough seas but the ship has a plan for such an event. So, when we awakened this morning, we found a new program outside our door with a list of on board activities planned for the day. There is an extra ... Read more >

Rainy Stockholm

SWEDEN | Monday, 29 Aug 2016 | Views [295]

Even though the weather did not cooperate, it was still a pleasure revisiting Stockholm. To me, the #1 attraction is still the Vassa Museum which houses the Viking ship which sank on its maiden voyage because her cannons were too heavy. And the special ... Read more >

Peterhof, Our Favorite Tour Destination

NETHERLANDS | Sunday, 28 Aug 2016 | Views [205]

Peterhof was built by Peter the Great as his Summer Palace for the use of his family and the royal court. We lucked out with the weather and it was sunny, and warm. (According to our guide, there were only 12 or 13 rain free days the whole summer). ... Read more >

Hello, St. Petersburg RUSSIA

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Saturday, 27 Aug 2016 | Views [262]

As we made our way around the city on the tour bus, I couldn't help thinking about my grandfather. If he hadn't been willing to take a gamble, been brave, a pioneer of sorts, my life would have been very, very different. He decided to leave Russia in ... Read more >

Walking Tallinn, Skype's Home

NETHERLANDS | Thursday, 25 Aug 2016 | Views [419]

Tallinn, Estonia is truly a gem. The entire old city, which is quite large, is a UNESCO, World Heritage Site (We walked over 8 miles in the “old city”). It is steeped in history and beauty. And you can see the different cultural influences ... Read more >

A Day of “Rest”

NETHERLANDS | Wednesday, 24 Aug 2016 | Views [279]

We are at sea today heading for Tallin, Estonia. There is always so much to do and choices to make. Our Trivia team is doing quite well and we have a great deal of fun, even when our answers are incorrect! Here is a taste of life on board... See Photo ... Read more >

Aarhus, Denmark, The Cultural Capital of Europe 2017 (according to them)

NETHERLANDS | Tuesday, 23 Aug 2016 | Views [254] | Comments [2]

Aarhus is a college city with lots of new buildings going up which are mostly museums and theaters. It also has the tallest and longest church in Denmark and a brand new waterside library. There is also a cool looking museum that has a unique exterior ... Read more >

Oslo's and its Iceberg

NETHERLANDS | Monday, 22 Aug 2016 | Views [289]

Oslo has a new Opera and Ballet Theater. It is right in the Harbor and it is truly lovely. You can walk on its roof and admire a majestic sight of new Oslo going up before your eyes. The theater is supposed to capture the spirit of an iceberg. And it ... Read more >

Photos: Celebrity Baltic Cruise

NETHERLANDS | Monday, 22 Aug 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Welcome Aboard

NETHERLANDS | Sunday, 21 Aug 2016 | Views [222]

So nice to relax and be waited on hand and foot! We have met some delightful people from Canada, Australia and the States. Here are some of our favorite places on the ship (including a lawn with real grass). But, I love the coffee from the specialty ... Read more >

Goodbye Amsterdam; Here We Come Oslo!

NETHERLANDS | Saturday, 20 Aug 2016 | Views [302] | Comments [2]

We say farewell to Amsterdam and board the Celebrity Silhouette today for the beginning of our two week Baltic Cruise. My neck is looking forward to some rest after having to swivel multiple times before taking each step. Supposedly, the internet ... Read more >

So, When Does A Bike Create More of a Problem Than Help the Environment?

NETHERLANDS | Friday, 19 Aug 2016 | Views [306] | Comments [1]

There are some 800,000 people in Amsterdam and approximately 880,000 bikes!!!!! And no, I haven't counted them. Many people with whom we have spoken, explain that they keep as many as three bikes around town in different areas. This massive quantity, ... Read more >

Exploring Amsterdam's Museum Area On A Sunny Day

NETHERLANDS | Thursday, 18 Aug 2016 | Views [347]

Amsterdam is rather unique in that several major museums are located quite close to one another. For example near the Van Gogh Museum, you also have the Museum of Modern Art, The Rembrandt Museum as well as the Concert Hall. The area is filled with ... Read more >

The Van Gogh Museum and Special Exhibit

NETHERLANDS | Wednesday, 17 Aug 2016 | Views [285]

Interestingly enough, the dream for the museum was brought to fruition by Van Gogh's nephew, Vincent (who was named after his famous uncle by Van Gogh's brother, Theo.) The museum is an amazing tribute to Van Gogh. His works are beautifully displayed ... Read more >

Making Dutch Wooden Shoes

NETHERLANDS | Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016 | Views [323] | Comments [1]

This was a really neat experience! A machine ( made in France) can make a pair of wooden shoes in 5 minutes and the gentleman demonstrated how it's done. He began with a hunk of wet poplar wood. With a very sharp knife, that looked more like a sword, ... Read more >

A New Neighborhood

NETHERLANDS | Monday, 15 Aug 2016 | Views [206]

Today we explored a different section of Amsterdam. It is called Jordaan and is known as the “arty” area. The streets are a wee bit smaller (which makes them really narrow) and they are a great deal less crowded! The shops were even more ... Read more >

Dutch Humor or "What's in a Name"?

NETHERLANDS | Sunday, 14 Aug 2016 | Views [311]

You judge for yourself. We have found the names of some of the shops either clever, humorous and/ or thought-provoking. Here are some of favorites. See Photo Gallery to view them.  

Class Trip

NETHERLANDS | Saturday, 13 Aug 2016 | Views [356] | Comments [2]

At one of the entrance's to our local park there is a kindergarten. On several of our excursions we have seen the children playing in the park. Just outside the main door are special bicycles that hold eight children each. The other day we saw the bikes ... Read more >

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