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Churches of St. Petersburg

Over our two days in St. Petersburg we visited several important and stunning cathedrals and churches. We visited 3 smaller churches and the larger than life, Kazan Cathedral, Church of Spilled Blood and St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Below are some of my favorite pictures.  

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Egg-tastic!

Our second major stop on the first day of St. Petersburg was at the Faberge Museum.   The House of Faberge was founded in 1842 and created a wide range of precious objects for the Russian Royal family, including the 9 eggs on display in the museum. The building itself was stunning and also included several impressionist painting by French …

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Hermitage – Impressionist Art

The St. Petersburg Hermitage recently moved their large French Impressionist Collection into the newly repurposed and renovated General Headquarters across the square from the Winter Palace/ main Hermitage building. J & K were so excited to see the collection on our first day in St. Petersburg and they were not disappointed. Monet, Manet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Siscly, Cezanne, Renior, all …

St. Petersburg

On Wednesday and Thursday we were in St. Petersburg with our guide Mila. With a guide we were able bypass the visa requirements while not getting locked into the cruise ship tours. I have been putting off writing these posts because it is hard to know where to start. So many experiences, overwhelming sites and certainly the highlight of our …

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Cruising while not retired

Observations from Life on the ship I am a bit behind posting because the cruise ship is a internet wasteland. I can poach some here and there on shore in cafes and museums but I am always on the move so never have it for very long. Posts with pictures integrated into the text are a luxury I cannot afford …

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Tallinn, Estonia

Tuesday, we arrived at our first port of call, Tallinn, Estonia. Upon arrival it was very windy and a about 50 degrees but no rain. Marks and Sparks opted for a loop around the city wall on the Hop on Hop off bus. Much of the stone city walls and associated towers still remain intact and (happily) limit the amount …

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Rosenburg Castle & Danish Crown Jewels

Cruising time! On Sunday we packed up our suitcases, ate our breakfast and said goodbye to the hot hostel (yay!) and headed to the cruise ship. The check in process was extremely fast and easy and we quickly checked our bags and got our room keys……but we did not get on the boat. With all of Copenhagen waiting for us …

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Malmo Aquarium & Natural History Museum

On Saturday continuing on in the Malmo Castle complex we visited another aquarium and tropical house. We very much enjoyed the well run aquarium and saw many types of fish, amphibians, and reptiles. The tanks for the coral reef and jellyfish were especially beautiful. In the reptile second there was one particularly agitated gila monster and he was using his …

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Malmo, Sweden

Saturday when our plans with Marks & Sparks changed, J & K decided on the spur of the moment to go to Malmo, Sweden by train. Only a 35 minute journey, we traveled over the iconic Oresund bridge linking Denmark and Sweden. The train travels under the car deck so my pictures were less than stellar but it was cool …

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Danish and French Impressionist Art

Friday the four of us started the day teaching the newbies the bus ropes and visiting the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, a world class art museum with 3 floors of (air conditioned) French impressionist art and a winter greenhouse/ conservatory. Yippee! two of J’s favorite things!  We had a scone and drinks in the conservatory and saw works by all the …