Friday, September 6, 2013

Sweden's Archipelgo

September 5, 2013

Cruising back to Stockholm I get up at 6 am to see the Swedish Archipelgo which is composed of 30,000 islands reaching out forbalmost 40 miles into the Baltic. Many tiny islands are large enough for only one house.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Helsinki, Finland

September 4, 2013

No real plan for Helsinki. Used the map the ship, Anastasia, handed out and located the major tourist sites and started walking. It was nice, not exceptional but nice. Really enjoyed the walking in the 70 degree sunshine. 2 stops on way back, lunch at McDonalds and Subway for dinner. Had to get a little variety which is the spice of life.

St. Petersburg, Russia

September 3, 2013

My long awaited trip to Russia was a little disappointing. I, of course, refused to purchase a tour and relied on getting around myself. Mostly did a good job but could not find a couple of cathedrals. The Hermitage Museum was enormous and had a lot of beautiful sculptures and paintings from the Masters such as Monet, Picasso, and countless others. Unfortunately I am not a big fan but do like Monet. After a couple hours here i started back to where the ships City Tour (provides only transport) was located. Fortunately on way back I found a McDonalds and supper for the boat. Beautiful city, its just I have seen more beautiful. I climbed 262 steps up the Colonade at St. Isaacs Cathedral for a panoramic view of St. Petersburg. Then on to the Hermitage Museum.