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Dublin walk about town

On our first full day in Dublin we covered 3 of the main neighborhoods and got a good overview of the city center. Here is what we were up to. Yeat’s painting We took a short city bus ride and walked through the Trinty College on the way to the National Gallery of Ireland. Upon entry we discovered the 5 …

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I like gold…

Today one of the many stops we made was at the national museum of archaeology of Ireland. It was nice to get in for free to the museum as one of the collection of national museums and galleries. One of the big draws to the archaeology museum is the claim of the best collection of historic gold in western Europe. …

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Sunday Roast! oh and church too

We have arrived in Dublin! Our direct flight on Aer Lingus was comfortable and quick, first time we have flown direct to Europe in a long time. (Usually too rich for our blood). K navigated the Dublin leftsided driving like a champ after staying up all night on the plane and we arrived at our hotel around 3:00 in the …

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Helsinki, Finland

Today our port of call was Helsinki, Finland.  We have another stunning sunny day to take in the sites.  We started our visit with a 2 hour boat tour around the archipelago of rock islands and nature parks that surround the capital city.   The Finnish clearly love the water and everyone was out enjoying nature with sail boat classes …

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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 …

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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 …