Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Cruise Re-Cap, Part I

We have been home from vacation and Fat Quarterly Retreat for nearly 10 days and I am almost feeling like I am back to normal. I came home with terrible jet lag and then my allergies have thrown me completely off my game lately. It seems the older I get the worse my allergies have become.
Now that so much time has passed I don't know how much you want to read about but I will give you the condensed version in a few posts.

Cruising the Baltic was very interesting. It was not like any cruise we have ever been on before. All the others were warm weather, beach based cruises. This one was more of a touring and historical cruise which is what we really like. But, we decided that maybe it is not the best cruise to take. Some ports we did not spend enough time to really do anything except walk around for a few hours. We really enjoyed riding bikes in Oslo and walking through some of the hidden passages in Tallin, Estonia.

We made sure to ask someone to take our photo in almost every port. So handing the iPhone to a stranger worked out well and we were lucky that most of the photos turned out pretty good.


We were truly blessed by the best weather we have ever had on a vacation. Not one drop of rain was shed on this trip and that is indeed a miracle. The temperatures were perfect, warm enough to wear shorts most days, but not too cold on other days that a light jacket or sweater was perfectly comfortable.  Not too hot until we got to London. But, that is a story for another day.

We made sure to try to eat local cuisine and drink local beer in each of the port cities, but could not resist having a sushi lunch in Stockholm. It was just too fresh to be passed by.


While we were in Helsinki we met up with friends of #4 son who had visited us about 7 years ago. They took us to a great place for lunch where we enjoyed the local open faced sandwiches, and we even tried reindeer, which was delicious.

This was the first time we have traveled this far north and the midnight sun was really beautiful. We had some breathtakingly gorgeous sunsets at sea. It was so odd to awake during the night and find that the sky still had a glow.




We did a lot of napping and really caught up on our sleep while on the ship. To be honest, we did not participate in all the ship had to offer (shows, on deck movies, gym and pool, etc.) but it felt good just to do nothing and be unplugged for a while.

Churches, Palaces, seaside walks, cobblestoned streets and walled cities were all highlights of this cruise. So until the next post...

10 comments:

Leanne said...

I love the sunsets and naps sound wonderful.

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Beautiful pictures!

Nilya said...

Unbelievable - you had the best time of your live. I am so happy for you :)

Chookyblue...... said...

beautiful pics.....

Geri said...

Just what you needed - a relaxing getaway!

Canadian Abroad said...

Of all the places I travelled with Princess I never got to do the Baltic cruise. Jealous!

suemac said...

I would love to go to Helsinki. I am half Finnish.

Flying Blind... said...

Sounds amazing, and the fact you actually got the iPhone handed back is a miracle in itself!

Katy Cameron said...

Looks like you had lots of wonderful stops, and lol at the cycnical Mrs FB ;o)

Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane said...

stunning pics Di! Glad you enjoyed a restful vacation!