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…

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…