Lance and I arrived in Athens last night. Athens is the oldest European city with a history of more than 4,000 years. It is the birthplace of Democracy, Philosophy, Theater, Music and Poetry and there is not better way than walking to discover this glorious city and its monuments. We took a hop on and hop off bus to get a view of the city. We got off to take quite a hike up the big mountain to look over the Acropolis. The buildings were built 2000 to 2500 years ago. A couple of years ago a fellow artist sent some pictures of paintings done all over the world that would be considered I guess street paintings. One was an Owl done on a corner in a intersection in Athens, Greece. Two years later I am here and now on the hunt for that intersection. A cab driver was taking us to the address we had of where it was located. He had not seen it but introduced us to few more he new about and were quite famous in Athens. I think he had as much fun as we did.
After viewing the Acropolis we headed for a badly needed lunch. Had to try a Greek salad in Greece.
Here I am. It was a very cool street painting.
Painting of Plato
The name of this is “Crisis!” Depicting their money crisis for the last eight years and still not over.
We had a sea day planned because of the distance between Lithuania and the German port of Warnemunde is quite far. We met some people the day we arrived in St Petersburg and spent a little time with them at the nightly shows. Turns out they were celebrating their 40th anniversary and she had a surprise for him. She had it set up with the Captain and crew that they would re-new their vows. The cruise director and the Captain did the honors and Lance gave the best man’s toast. Pam was the maid of honor and official photographer. Their Butler, Ronny, gave the bride away. Our Butler Mishra was also involved doing the champagne honors. Crystal coordinated the whole thing. I have no idea who was steering the ship because all the crew was in attendance. We arrived in port early today. Very cute little port town with lots of people out on a sunny Sunday afternoon. We also went to Rostock that is a very cute University town about 8 miles away. The University is the 3rd oldest in Germany founded in 1419. Tonight is our last night on the ship as we head home tomorrow morning. Looking forward to getting home and seeing the pups.
Attended Wine Tasting which was very interesting. We learned a lot about each of the 5 wine and pairings we had.
Wedding Cake made for Don and Barbara Waters
Husband Don walks into the Library where the event was held.
Barbara’s Butler gave her away. It was so charming.
Best Man Lance gave the toast!
The handsome man on the left was our Butler on the cruise and his name was Mishra. It was so fun.
Guitar player was the cruise ship band played a beautiful song of Barbara Striesand.
The whole crew was there and it finally dawned on me…who was driving the ship?
Getting ready to go Celebrate in the Polo Grill.
This renewing of Vows certainly made this cruise memorable. Don and Barbara are from Miami, Florida.
When I dropped money in her hat she changed slightly with a wink and a nod. Interesting face.
Likely a painting.
A very unique shoe store. From the sculpture in front, the knobs on the doors and the shoes inside.
Day 6 was a stop in Helsinki. It is a nice little town that held the 1952 Olympics. Today the town is so small and the Olympics are so big that there is no way that they could hold an event like that now. We passed by the Olympic stadium but it was closed for renovation. The streets are very narrow and the bus had trouble getting by the parked cars. Cute little port town.
Day 7 was a washout. We were going to dock in Riga, Latvia but with 12 ft swells and 40 knot winds it was to dangerous to dock the ship. So instead we had a day at sea on our way to Klaipeda, Lithuania and got there 5 hours earlier than originally intended. We had a full day here and will be leaving at 8:00 PM on our Warnemunde, Germany. Day 9 is a day cruising the Baltic. The weather on this trip has not been the best with very little sun shinning through the heavy clouds. The good news is that we have had little rain so we have been able to see everything we were interested in seeing. Klaipeda is a small shipping port on the coast of Lithuania. The thing we continued to hear about was the fried bread covered with cheese and garlic. We were able to find a shop that had it on the menu and gave it a try. It was very good and the fries were also good. We saw a very interesting thing on our way to town. A video is attached for your viewing. A bit of an archaic way to move the bridge but effective.
Cute little Tug coming up behind us to guide us to the Port of Helsinki.
Just as we got to the bridge it was in process of moving. Quite interesting.
Saw many weddings going on in the port of Klaipeda during our walk.
We heard one thing we needed to try while here is Fried Bread. Found it!
Called Kepta Duona in Lithuanian.
Deep Fried bread with cheese and garlic pour over it.
Interesting Sculpture on the moving bridge.
Back on board relaxing on our deck.
Watch this Video Clip of the turning of the bridge so boats could go by.
St Petersburg is a huge city. Much like all big cities in Europe it has a history that is one of opulence. When I think of Russia I think that it is poor with people under soviet rule that … Continue reading →
We arrived at the ship at noon for our Oceania Cruise, smaller ship with 685 people aboard. Our room is spectacular, but should I say it is more like a condo. It has two bathrooms, living room with a stocked bar of our choice. I will share it as I myself have always been curious at what these rooms looked like so I will give a tour of the very nice room called the Owner’s Suite. Our view is the back the boat with a very large deck. The boat sailed at 5:00 PM and we were off to our first stop which is Tallinn, Estonia.
More living room to bedroom
Now this is very extreme. A pillow menu. You can choose your pillow.
Wall of storage and closet space.
Who do we think we are?
Living room with sliding door to deck and sliding door from bedroom to the deck.
Nice touch with our own personal stationary for writing letters.
Fresh fruit every day.
Wondering if I should should pinch myself in case this was just a dream.
Today was a tour of Stockholm. The most impressive thing to see in Stockholm is the VASA museum. It was a ship that was built between 1626 – 1628 and sunk on the first voyage not far from where it was launched. 31 people died as the ship listed to the side and trapped these sailors beneath the top deck. Some were trapped by the canons having shifted as the ship listed to its’ side pinning the sailors. The cold water of the Baltic Sea preserved many of the bodies. They raised the ship in 1961 after locating it in the late 1950’s. They did an incredible job reconstructing the vessel and put it back into it’s original shape. They built a museum around it and today is the number one attraction in Stockholm.
We visited the old town that has lots of shops and restaurants. Lots of very unique items of art and clothing souvenirs. Tomorrow we join the cruise to the other Baltic countries. Stockholm like Copenhagen is very expensive. Another example of socialism at its’ finest.
If you click on the photos they will come up with explanation.
Ornate art wood carvings on the boat.
Couldn’t get the whole building in a photo. Truly lovely.
Ship that sank in 1628
Those square hatches were where the canons would stick out.
What those wood carvings on the ship when it was launched for its first and tragic voyage.
Couldn’t resist this guy. Don’t you love his little shoes?
Colors of paint of the past
A photo of my own Viking in Old Town in Stockholm.
Out of all the meals we have had in three countries so far this was my fave. I loved the way they served it. Outstanding mussels.
The following photos are just interesting sights in Berlin such as Check Point Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust memorial and several other sights. Love Berlin. Lance and I both agreed that we would come back. We had a perfect spot in town staying at the Marriott Hotel. Food is great. Packing up to leave tomorrow and heading for Stockholm.
Capitol Bear which is painted differently throughout the city.
Hop On Hop off bus tour of the city.
[caption id="attachment_2446" align="alignnone" width="3024"] Time for a little shopping.
Area set up to emulate a beach for the Military during the cold war that were stationed in Berlin.
Beach set up near Check Point Charlie. Set up for the Military to feel that they were on the beach.
I’m peeking out from the maze of concrete boxes which serve as a memorial for the Jews that died under the Hitler regime.
[caption id="attachment_2470" align="alignnone" width="3024"] A church left with the scars of World War II
Hop on Hop off buss tour.
[caption id="attachment_2426" align="alignnone" width="3024"] Check Point Charlie