Basanavicius Promenade, Palanga, Lithuania

We are making our way from the beautiful Palanga Botanical Garden and Amber Museum to the  resort area of Palanga……….If you missed the first post on this city you may want to read it so you can get your bearing and learn some fun facts about this beautiful setting in Lithuania!  Driving down a wide…

From Klaipėda…to …Palanga……..Lithuania

You just never know what is to be found on the excursions when you stop at a port……..I look forward to being in a new country every morning and because we plan these vacations well over a year in advance I can’t always remember the specifics of the excursions we have chosen! So, it’s always…

A Book, The Revolution of Marina M

If you have been following my blog, you know I have been posting on the Baltic countries. We’ve traveled from Sweden to Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia and next on the horizon is Lithuania. It has been an eye opening adventure and following along historically, one of those “I had no idea!” times, on the way…

Cat On a Hot Tin Roof in Riga

Ok, I promised you more news about the Riga Cats…….well here is the famous one, on the turret of a medieval mustard-colored house, re-modeled with Art Nouveau. It is right across the square from the Guild House. The roots of the Guild House began with the Holy Spirit Guild, Riga’s first established brotherhood, in the…

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #84 : Narrow

I’m joining the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge this week for the first time. Amy, from The World is a Book has chosen Narrow as our theme…… First a narrow street and tunnel in Stockholm………… This sculpture was on board the Seven Seas Explorer……it looks like an angel to me with a very narrow waist………hopefully my new…

Sixish On Saturday:Say It With Flowers

or maybe a stroll in the park………. I couldn’t help myself. I had to show more of beautiful Riga, Latvia. The city has turned the OLD MOAT, that surrounded the medieval historic area, into a beautiful little waterway that meanders through the city. The walkways are large on either side and the parks are well…

Thursday Doors: The Medieval Riga, Latvia

In 1201, Riga was a small port town. From the 13th century to the 15th century Riga grew, as one of the key centers of the Hanseatic League, (towns with German ties that functioned with independent political power)  Because of their valuable trading and cultural routes Riga flourished and led the way in current trends…

Riga, Latvia:Town Hall Square; Domes and Steeples

We are in the Town Hall Square and these gothic structures are going to give us our first glimpse of Riga’s architecture and style. There are many churches, domes and steeples to study, but today I am going to show the most prominent and the must-sees in Riga. I hope you have brought good walking…

Weekly Smiles: The Valentine Edition

Last summer, on our cruise on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer, we celebrated our anniversary……….The butler and staff surprised us by decorating our room and  making these delightful little cakes………… They were in our room when we came back from our excursion. That put a smile on our faces that I can still remember! Our…

Six On Saturday: Sleuthing in Riga, Latvia

Good Morning SOS’ers! I hope you have been following us along at our stop in Riga! There is so much to see and do here! It’s like being in a fairytale! My photos for today come from just one of the restaurants/garden areas and I’m going to call this one Stonehenge! Scattered all around Riga…

Thursday Doors in Riga, Latvia

There are many layers to Riga, Latvia………There is the economic layer, with the bright and shiny new buildings across the river from the Medieval Village, where the cobblestones and ramparts can still be seen. There is the old moat, now filled with water, dividing a beautiful, tranquil park into left bank and right, in the…

Riga, Latvia: First, The Bus View

It was a beautiful, sunny and warm day, when we debarked from the ship to get a look at Riga! We have a full day ahead so let’s get started! The bus is going to take us around the streets of Riga first, so we can get a feeling for the city and it’s Art…

Weekly Smile: Cookin’ and Cruzin’

I’m up early, this overcast Monday morning, preparing vegetables to make a Vegetable Beef Soup. Now, there is nothing wrong with a good beef soup……….I like cutting up the fresh vegetables and browning the beef and adding the spices and letting it simmer all day. Then into the fridge it goes, because most soups and…

Helsinki Calls!

We’ve been on a Cultural Walk of the city and I have to say I have been quite impressed with all the activities here! We’re headed to some different avenues now, walking down wide, wide boulevards, that are as spotless as I have ever seen in any city! We’re coming to a big mound of…

Six On Saturday: The Helsinki Edition

Good morning SOS’s! If you’ve been following along we’ve been in Helsinki on a Cultural Walk! As we got around the neighborhoods we also saw  beautiful flowers and trees. Let’s look at those today! This arrangement on the path, just placed here for everyone to enjoy, is a good choice of color and texture, don’t…