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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Cruisin' the Baltics

Cruising from one city to another can be a great option for those of us who don't want the hassle of packing and repacking at each new site you visit.  A friend and I recently took a trip on Holland America Cruises to the Baltic. We began our trip in Stockholm where we settled into a lovely room with a balcony so we could sit outside and drink tea (or pina coladas) while sailing from one port to another.

We spent a day in each of the following cities; Stockholm Sweden, Helsinki Finland, St. Petersburg Russia, Tallinn Estonia, Warnemunde (Berlin) Germany, then Kiel Germany, Gothenburg Sweden, and then Copenhagen Denmark.

My favorite places were Gothenburg Sweden, Tallinn Estonia and Copenhagen Denmark - these places are beautiful and have an atmosphere of growth, promise, and LIFE! They have good energy. They were great.

The place I liked least was St. Petersburg. Maybe it was because St. Catherine's Palace and the Hermitage both looked like they needed upkeep and both places were HOT because they don't have air conditioning. This surprised me, especially at the Hermitage with all the masterpieces. You could almost see the portraits sweating in the heat, too.

The location that surprised me the most was Berlin. I expected it to feel and be similar to Russia, but it was not - there was a great deal of vitality and energy in Berlin.

The whole trip was wonderful - we had great accommodations, food, entertainment, and tours. I'll be sharing some of the trip photos, highlights, and experiences in some of my blogs, so stay tuned!