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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 …

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Copenhagen Sites (Death March part 2)

Finishing up our long Thursday tour on foot we walked past the Kastellet, a star shaped fort with moats surrounding it. It was built in the 17th century as part of Copenhagen’s defenses of their important harbor but now serves as a venue for open air concerts and home to new baby swans and geese. With an hour left before …

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North Copenhagen (Death March part 1)

On Thursday afternoon J took K on a (apparently) 21,000 step (9.5 mile) tour around North and Central Copenhagen to see a number of sights….hey, I did buy her a ice cream.  Anyway she knew I was prone to death marches since experiencing them first hand in Spain. The march, I mean tour started when we arrive in Nyhavn fresh …

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Den Bla Planet (The Blue Planet)

Thursday morning, J & K hopped on the metro and went to the coast!  We visited Den Bla Planet, the National Denmark Aquarium. The aquarium was divided into ocean reefs and rainforest streams and fresh water lakes.  Everything in this place was huge! The ocean tank was the biggest I have ever seen.  Something like 15 feet tall and 25 …