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…

Window Peeping in Stockholm: Two Point, Oh!

I couldn’t help it! I had to show more windows, they were all so lovely! We’ll start, today, in the large Stortorget Square. There were many people here, just relaxing away the day! Don’t you love the color of those buildings? Many folks were around the fountain too! But, we tend to like the small…

Six On Saturday in Stockholm

I think you can tell a lot about a city by their plants and where they choose to have them. The cities that don’t have them look tired, worn out and very very drab. Not only do the plants and flowers make the cities more charming and welcoming, I think their presence just boosts the…

Window Peeping in Stockholm

Of all the places we have been I don’t remember such good “window dressing” as we saw in Stockholm. I know I have never taken this many photos of windows before! The shops in Old Town are just fascinating and really draw your eye to their window displays! They were very creative and artistic! So,…

Thursday Doors in Stockholm, Sweden

Our cruising adventure, this year, started in Stockholm. We went a few days early, before the ship sailed, so we could see this outstanding city. Now, I must tell all, keeping in the spirit here, that the average year round temperature in Stockholm is 46 degrees. In the summer make that 65 degrees. On our…

Six On Saturday: The Baltics Edition

Hellooooo to all the SOS’ers! I have been traveling for a month in the Baltics and Norway and other spots too! What a great time we had and of course, I was always on the lookout for great flowers and gardens! We were not disappointed! So, here is a snippet of what we started off…