Helsinki, Finland: I Can’t Get You Off My Mind!

I simply loved everything about Finland……….maybe it was the fresh air, the sea, or the fact that I no longer felt I was being watched all the time after being in Russia. I just felt free! I loved the wide streets, the cleanliness and the no graffiti look! I loved the chatter of the tour…

Weekly Smile: Color

Happy Monday everyone! I was looking through my recent travel photos and I must say these colors put a smile on my face! When we were in Helsinki, Finland this couple looked so happy to be sitting on a bench in Sibelius Park, so we asked if we could take their photo! Smiles all around…

Sort of Thursday Doors: We’re On to a New Year!

Disclaimer…………..This post is going to be long………..it may take a while for all the photos to load……..there will be a quiz at the end…………..just sayin”. But, oh my, what a year I had! To say the last few months year has been jam-packed would be an understatement! Now, I am never too sure what day…

Peterhof Palace Near St Petersburg, Russia

Well, it’s another beautiful day! My, two in a row, aren’t we lucky we are going to the Peterhof Palace today! Peterhof is a series of palaces and gardens located in Peterhof, Russia, close to St Petersburg. It was built by Peter the Great after visiting the Palace of Versailles in France, in 1717.  It…

The Ballet and More in St Petersburg, Russia

It’s a new day in St Petersburg and the sun is shining! Yeah! Now, from the new to the old and back…….Let’s see some more photos of the landscape, as we make our way from the ship into the city…….. From the Industrial Port, you get a good view of modern St Petersburg…….. and a…

The Fabergé Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

I had never been to Russia, so I really looked forward to going there! I was most interested in learning more about the Russian people. Face to face, one on one. This did not happen. The Russians that escorted us at all times were friendly, but in a guarded kind of way. I just had…

The Ups and Downs of the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, Russia

We’re back in St Petersburg and today we will be a touring the Hermitage, the second largest art museum in the world (the Louvre in Paris, is the largest) ! First, a little about the routine everyday after we left the ship. Security is very tight in Russia. Foreign visitors must have a visa to…

Six On Saturday: From Russia With Love

Good morning SOS’ers! It’s been a while since I posted here, sometimes life just gets busy! But, this morning we are back touring in St Petersburg, Russia, just one of the stops on our Baltic Cruise! What gardens and flowers will we find here? First, let’s take a look around the Hermitage, a museum of…

One More Little Neighborhood in Tallinn, Estonia

This will be my last Doorscursion from Tallinn, Estonia. The medieval Old Town has been a treasure trove of doors! So, let’s start in the Old Town Square and make our way into another old neighborhood! Not everyone has sitting doves! And I found one here……… But, walking along the Old Town Tower Walls I…

A Sign of the Times in Tallinn, Estonia

Yesterday, I talked about the Maiasmokk Café, the oldest surviving coffee shop in Tallinn. Did you notice the Featured Photo of the café window in today’s post? It features Maiasmokk’s famous marzipan and coffee. But, why are there all those kittens? It’s all about another folktale from Tallinn! But, as you check out the shop…

Tallinn, Estonia………The Old and Older………..

Today in Tallinn……what are we up to? I thought we would start in the Old Town and work our way into the Town Square to see how the architecture changes. Tallinn’s Old Town is one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is something…

Six On Saturday in Tallinn, Estonia

Good morning SOS’ers! This morning I am taking us for a stroll through Tallinn, Estonia…….Enjoy! The outdoor cafes, in Old Town Square, were surrounded by baskets and baskets of petunias. The Tapas Bar invited us in with bright pink geraniums……. “Petunias on a post” here, but notice those two trees?  The leaning trees just look…

Thursday Doors in Tallinn, Estonia

We have arrived in Tallinn, Estonia! What will we find here? Let’s check out the map to see where we are! Oh yes, this is Fat Margaret’s Tower……one of six gates and towers built as part of the Great Coastal Gates, that controlled access to the town in medieval times. The gate system was built…

Six On Saturday: The Unexpecteds

Dear SOS’ers, just because you’re on a cruise ship, it doesn’t mean you are going without flowers……or fantastic arrangements! Welcome to our suite on the Seven Seas Explorer! There were the orchids…….. up close and personal……. And flower arrangements were found in the Atrium………. Aren’t these just gorgeous? and there were also arrangements in one…