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…

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…

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…

Beautiful Helsinki; Let’s Take a Walk!

In my last post I was coming back from Porvoo to meet up with hubby in Helsinki. So, today’s photos are what I  missed when hubby went on his tour and I went on mine. He took a walking tour of Helsinki. There is a lot to see and he took oodles of photos so…

Thursday Doors: Porvoo, Finland

Today, for my Thursday Doors I’m showing you doors from Porvoo, Finland, population 50,000, which is primarily the village of Porvoo and not the OLD TOWN.  Located about one hour from Helsinki, it is well worth the trip for the scenery and the delights of this medieval village. I have written a full post about…

Perfect Porvoo, Finland

I am getting back on the bus in Helsinki……..If you have been following us along, this is where hubby and I part ways. Sometimes we pick different excursions and go our own way, because we are interested in different things. I like to visit small, out of the way neighborhoods and meet one-on-one, to talk…

Six On Saturday In Porvoo, Finland

Hei! That is the Finnish word for Hello! So, Hellooooooo SOS’s! I feel like I am finally getting back into the swing of things! 2019 was a very busy year for us and we don’t look to slow down any time soon!  It has been so warm this winter and I am itching to get…

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…