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Diary of our baltic cruiseCreated by lorna in Lorna Edwards' Blog, Travel
أفضل شركة تداول الخيارات الثنائية Recently Grandpa and I went on a trip to the Baltic cities. SO that I could remember what we did, I thought I would write about it in my blog.
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go We eventually found our cabin with our luggage already outside. It is a bit daunting finding ones way around but its all to do with the stairways. Find out the nearest one and then it seems relatively simple, not to get lost.
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enter Day 2
I was up at 7.15 (6.15 our time) and heading towards the Gym for half an hour of sunrise, stretch and relax class, or in my case wake up mind and body class. All this exercise before my cup of tea. Can I keep this up I ask myself?
Only disappointment so far is my lack of will power when confronted with the buffet breakfast. Unfortunately there is not a full circuit round the boat to walk it off. It’s blocked off at the ‘bow’ (front) of the boat so we have to keep turning round and going back. Three times going back and forth is equivalent to one mile. Gosh I now need a another coffee. More temptation!
We docked at Copenhagen late morning. We met up with a friend of Verity’s who had nobly offered to show us around the town. He was fantastic. He had made a plan of where he would be taking us, which included a short ferry ride where we passed the Opera House. He went to university in the city so we were shown with some pride, the magnificent entrance hall that he walked through each morning to his lectures. At lunchtime we met up with his wife and 7 month old son so we had extra entertainment with cuddles and smiles from the smallest person in the group. Four hours later he left us in the shopping area so us ladies could wander round the best interior design store in town called Illium. There were beautiful things to buy but rather expensive.
One interesting fact he gave us is that in Denmark most people meet up in each others houses so it is important for a Dane to have their homes as cosy and welcoming as possible. Whereas we usually arrange to meet up in a pub or restaurant until they become our friends and then we invite them into our homes.
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I attended my third session of S/S and Relax class. This time the men joined us in our group. Annette found the weighing machine so we now can watch our weight. It seemed to do the trick with me as I had a very sensible breakfast after that. I intend taking my iPod and listen to Hugh Laurie’s latest blues album into the gym tomorrow as I only managed 15 minutes on the walking machine. I was so bored. Well that’s my excuse.
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Stockholm still looked incredibly impressive even in the rain and it poured all the time we were there. Our friends decided to visit the Heritage Museum whilst hubby and I locate the Hop on and Hop off tour bus. To our delight the enthusiastic young student who was standing outside in the rain was able to take our credit card to pay for the trip. We opted for the Blue Line, which took us on an hour tour of the city. We wore earphones and were able to get a perfectly adequate explanation of the sights. We were quite tempted to hop off at the Vasa Museum to see the remains of the 18th Century boat, but as it was still tipping down, we stayed on the bus. After a quick walk around the old town we headed back to the ship. We were drenched.
That night the cruise entertainment was described as Celtic Heartbeat. Our friends R and A, insisted on going, but what a disappointment. R walked our after 5 minutes and A really wanted to tell someone on the entertainment’s team that it had nothing to do with Ireland. Whoever has seen Irish people wearing Caribbean type dresses and exotic coloured turbans? Later on Hubby found out that the choreographer and most of the dancers were Ukrainian
So glad we went on a tour in Helsinki. The boat docked amidst concrete buildings and containers. It was also a holiday for the Finns who were celebrating Midsummer’s Day and had all flocked out into the countryside. Had we not been told why all the shops were closed and why there were so few people around, I would have come back with the impression that Helsinki was a very sad place to live. Fortunately our guide was able to put us right. We were told of certain ritual that young girls do on midsummer night. If you are single, it is said that if you collect a variety of wild flowers and put them under your pillow at night, then you will dream of the man you will marry. Who needs Internet dating if this works.
We finally dock at St Petersburg. By now we have had to put our clocks forward by 3 hours so when we boarded the coach it was actually 5am. Two delightful Russian guides talked us through our one-hour’s journey to St Catherine’s Palace. To really appreciate it, one is shown photos of the derelict building just after the Second World War. It had no roof, walls had been turned to rubble and in many places there were no sign of any floors. Yet since then there has been a slow but incredible reconstruction of the Palace. All the gold leaf has been replaced, the exquisite amber room has been replicated and everything that we saw was as close to its original glory. The last Queen who lived there was St Catherine’s daughter Elizabeth. When she died they found that she had 14,700 dresses, yet there was only 37 roubles was left of the massive fortune that Peter the Great and his second wife had accumulated.
in the evening we went to see a shortened version of Swan Lake. I think the whole audience was off the cruise ship, so probably the performance was put on for us tourists. We thought Odette, was incredible. Her interpretation of being a swan maiden was magical. Whereas the Prince just pranced around the stage looking beautiful, but did very little else.
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Enjoyed a lay in and a leisurely eaten breakfast, In the afternoon we had opted for the walk around St Petersburg. Our guide was Vladimir and he did a great job taking care of us crossing the roads, and making sure we were aware of pickpockets. It drizzled with rain the whole time, which we gather is the normal weather for this time of year. St Petersburg main threat during the winter is the River Neva flooding and causing massive damage to property.
Managed to fit in some shopping in the market. Its ever so confusing as the stall keepers will accept roubles, dollars, euros or pounds. By the time they have quoted you a price in all four currencies, it is difficult to work out whether one is paying a good price.
On one of our many top-up food sessions, we sat next to a couple who had been married for over 60 years. We started to chat and we soon learned that this was their second trip to Russia. Their first was in the 1980′s and it was so interesting that I decided to write about it.
They came to St Petersburg during Mikhail Gorbachev’s presidency. As the left the cruise ship they were greeted by some veteran soldiers who played and even sang World War 1 songs to welcome them into Russia. His lasting impression of the city was that it was dirty, grubby and neglected. When they visited the churches they found that the interiors had been white washed, as the communists were all atheists. He also described the local tramcars as being held together with wire and string. I especially loved the story of their trip on the canal. The top deck was covered with ordinary dining room chairs that slipped and slid around as the boat swayed.
He also remembers seeing soldiers in the park selling their uniforms to the tourists. His other story was about buying a wooden Russian doll from a young woman who thanked him as it now meant she could go home and feed her children.
Public conveniences were still quite primitive. He described them as looking like old wooden train coaches that had huge pipes underneath that drained into the nearest manhole. To use these facilities, one had to pay and then be issued with one piece of toilet paper from a lady sitting in a tiny hut nearby.
سوق الاسهم المصريه مباشر Day 11
On our last day at sea we went to a lecture on ‘The Serious Side of Stealing’ with Bob Arno. On the previous night he had entertained us with his comedy pickpocket act. In fact he is a much more than that. He actually has made it his life study to work out how pick pockets work and how they can make a very good living from it. In understanding the techniques he has worked with the police and the general public to help combat this crime. A few of the audience found themselves without their watches, belts ties and so on. It was harmless but very enjoyable. Anyway today’s lecture was on a more serious note. This one was aimed on helping us combat Internet fraud. It far more complex but there is one thing I would like to share with you all. We need to be more adventurous with our passwords. It has to have at least 16 characters and should be a mixture of digits and capital letters. Many of the audience at this point groaned as its so difficult to remember them. So here is his clever advice. It can always be in a sentence, such as TheEnormousTurnip79, or IhateeatingFennell09 or something like that anyway. Its the 16 characters that make it really difficult for hankers to decode.
Southampton dock is bathed in sunshine and we are genuinely pleased to be back in England. We all thoroughly enjoyed the cruise especially visiting all those great cities. I haven’t put on any weight so there’s no need for a crash diet. Going a cruise is a weird way to travel. It’s like being in a space ship and landing at a city. Its occupants stream out and then at the end of the day come back and within an hour or so, the ship disappears. But its comfortable and the food is great so if we may go on another cruise in a few years time.