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Mon 12, Tues 13 and Wed 14 August - we make our way home

SINGAPORE | Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 | Views [113] | Comments [1]

    Mon 12 and Tues 13 -  After what has been a wonderful holiday we finally had to face the reality that all good things come to an end, and make the second leg of our long trek home. We set off to the Singapore Changi airport ... Read more >


Sat 10 and Sun 11 Aug - Activities in Singapore

SINGAPORE | Sunday, 11 Aug 2013 | Views [147]

    I think I may have mixed up the day of the week and the date in my last blog entry - lack of sleep on the flight from Copenhagen caused that! I have today's blog entry dates right.    We finished our first day here ... Read more >


Thurs 8 Aug - off to Singapore

SINGAPORE | Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | Views [194] | Comments [2]

  We are now slowly making our way home, stopping for three nights in Singapore. We flew with Singapore Airlines, on a Boeing 777-200 departing Copenhagen at about 12.30 (an 11 and a half hour flight). The flight started smoothly but an hour ... Read more >


Wed 7 Aug - off to Copenhagen

DENMARK | Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | Views [167] | Comments [1]

    After our last 8 days in Tallinn, we finally set off to catch a plane to Copenhagen. We are now slowly making our way home, and stopping in Copenhagen for one  night. Tomorrow  we are off to Singapore for three days, then ... Read more >


Tues 6 Aug - our last day in Tallinn

ESTONIA | Wednesday, 7 Aug 2013 | Views [347]

  This has been our last day in Tallinn for the organ music festival. There are still 5 days left of the festival but we fly to Copenhagen tomorrow. The festival dates were postponed by a week this year, which has meant that our timing only allowed ... Read more >


Mon 5 Aug - another musical experience

ESTONIA | Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | Views [129] | Comments [2]

  Today we had a lazy start to the day, before setting out this time to St John's Church for another concert.    The concert began with two Russian students playing - a 16 year old girl and a 17 year old boy. They both study at ... Read more >


Sat 3 and Sun 4 August - organ music adventures

ESTONIA | Monday, 5 Aug 2013 | Views [208] | Comments [1]

  Sat 3 - throughout the organ music festival there are some half hour recitals. We went to the Niguliste Church for one of these concerts, performed by an Estonian organist, Anna Humal. She played the most fabulous pieces by Messiaen and Cé... Read more >


Thurs 1 and Fri 2 Aug - exploring Tallinn and hearing organ music

ESTONIA | Saturday, 3 Aug 2013 | Views [228] | Comments [2]

  Thurs 1 - After a slow start, we set off to see some more in the old town. As we are going to some organ concerts in the Dome Church (aka Cathedral of St Mary the Virgin) during the festival, we thought we would start by going up the hill to ... Read more >


Tues 30 and Wed 31 July - off to Tallinn, and wandering around Tallinn old town

ESTONIA | Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | Views [108] | Comments [1]

  Tues 30 - After a leisurely breakfast we set off for the bus station in Tartu to catch a bus to Tallinn. The bus was very luxurious, although not quite the same class as the bus we caught from Riga to Pärnu a few days ago. We had ... Read more >


Sun 28 and Mon 29 July - more meandering around Tartu

ESTONIA | Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 | Views [129] | Comments [4]

  Sunday 28th - Yesterday evening I must have overdone things for my poor toe, as this morning it was quite painful. Today we just meandered around, so I could try not to overdo it. I know walking around isn't helping me to heal but I don't want ... Read more >


Fri 26 and Sat 27 July - leisurely look around Pärnu and off to Tartu

ESTONIA | Sunday, 28 Jul 2013 | Views [173] | Comments [2]

  Yesterday we took it easy and spent time wandering around Pärnu some more. We sat in a couple of lovely parks and also visited a market. The market was very low key by comparison with Riga's huge market in the Zeppelin Hangars. We ... Read more >


Wed 24 and Thurs 25 July - exploring Pärnu

ESTONIA | Friday, 26 Jul 2013 | Views [133] | Comments [3]

  The last couple of days, we have taken it easy, just wandering around Pärnu. The old town is lovely and at this time of year there are lots of floral displays everywhere.    There is a Tallin Gate, not far from where we ... Read more >


Tues 23 July - off to Pärnu and an unexpected musical adventure

ESTONIA | Wednesday, 24 Jul 2013 | Views [119] | Comments [6]

  This morning we bid farewell to Riga again and caught the bus to Pärnu, Estonia. This was no ordinary bus - it was a Lux Express bus with first and second class seats. Every seat had TV monitors with movies etc plus wifi, GPS tracker, ... Read more >


Sun 21 and Mon 22 July - last day in Liepāja then back to Riga

LATVIA | Tuesday, 23 Jul 2013 | Views [139] | Comments [4]

  The last two days haven't been very eventful. Yesterday we walked off the beaten track to see more of the waterfront in Liepāja. On the way, we passed lots of wooden homes that don't rate a mention in the tourist blurbs, but a lot of them ... Read more >


Sat 20 July - more exploring in Liepāja

LATVIA | Sunday, 21 Jul 2013 | Views [178] | Comments [1]

  Liepāja can certainly be described as a city of contrasts. Today, we went from one extreme to the other!    Our hotel is not far from the beach. You can't see the beach from the hotel but you can walk there in about 10 or 15 ... Read more >


Friday 19 July - exploring Liepāja

LATVIA | Saturday, 20 Jul 2013 | Views [133]

  Today we walked around town slowly, with me hobbling with one very bruised foot.    We had a look at St Joseph's church. It was a very dark - in fact, too dark to really see it properly. We then went onto Holy Trinity Cathedral.... Read more >


Thurs 18 July - off to Liepāja

LATVIA | Friday, 19 Jul 2013 | Views [102] | Comments [1]

  This morning got off to a bad start because I kicked my little toe on the leg of the bed and it really hurts! Hopefully I haven't broken it - I taped it up with a bandaid and am hoping for the best. Rob provided plenty of sympathy!  ... Read more >


Tues 16 and Wed 17 July – Day in Riga and Day trip to Rundāle Palace

LATVIA | Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 | Views [139] | Comments [1]

Tues 16 - Yesterday we had more of a look around the old town of Riga. In one of main squares there is beautiful ornate building with a restored façade, called the House of Blackheads. It was originally built in 1334 for the city’s guilds.... Read more >


Sun 14 and Mon 15 July – More in Riga and day trip to Sigulda and Krimulda

LATVIA | Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 | Views [160] | Comments [4]

Yesterday was a bit of a laid back day, starting with doing a spot of washing at a Laundromat which Rob had sussed out on the internet before we left Australia. While the washing was going around and around, we went to a Church nearby and sat in on their ... Read more >


Sat 12 July – Walking around the old city of Riga

LATVIA | Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 | Views [135] | Comments [3]

Riga, Latvia, was founded in 1201, and has some wonderful old building in the centre of the old town, which have stood the test of time. St Jacob’s Cathedral, which was sited outside the old city walls, was built in 1225, to serve the surrounding ... Read more >


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