Friday, August 2, 2013

Baltic Cruise Re-Cap, Part II

We saw lots and lots of churches, some we toured the inside and most we just admired from the outside. My favorite was St. Isaac's in St. Petersburg, where 4000 worshippers stand during the 4 hour Easter mass. Good thing I'm not Russian Orthodox, I could never stand that long!

There were lots of palaces on our tour of St. Petersburg and we saw the changing of the guard (or at least the parade leading up to it) in Stockholm.

There was lots of famous and not so famous artwork on the streets and in the parks. Paul always has fun trying to re-create the poses of some statues.
The most famous piece of art we saw was this Rembrandt, The Prodigal Son, which resides in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. There was such a crowd we could hardly get close enough to see it. Luckily, Paul is tall.

We enjoyed dipping our feet in the Baltic Sea. This was especially fun because my maternal grandparents were from the part of Poland that sits on the Baltic and my mother always mentions this sea.

I think we got a good photo of each of us here. too.

This was a nude beach, so trying to capture a photo of the cool beach chairs without a naked breast or bum was a challenge.

I included this photo, just because I like it.

We did lots of walking by the waterways in each city. Luckily, we did not have a mosquito problem!

I'll end by saying we enjoyed meeting lots of new people whom we sat with each night at dinner, but our favorites were these two ladies from Montreal, Canada. They were so funny and we really enjoyed talking with them.
that's our guide for St. Petersburg in the middle
On the second to the last day, while on the ship, I spotted a woman that I thought I recognized. Sure enough, when I went up to her and asked where she was from, she said "Yorba Linda". I recognized her from our church. It really is a small world.


Chookyblue...... said...

nice pics..........those chairs looked interesting.........

ipatchandquilt said...

Great poctures of a wonderful trip!
Must see Moskou and St Petersburg. Some of my ancestors are form that corner of the world.
And, we were on a vacation in France once and we saw a face we knew standing in line somewhere... It was the girl from next door! LOL!

Susan Snooks said...

Lovely photos of a wonderful trip. Do you want an interesting fact about the Rembrant? The father is painted with different hands- one a mans representing the father, and a woman's representing the mother. It is a beautiful painting, isn't it!?

Leanne said...

The pictures are stunning!

Katy Cameron said...

I would have thought a 4 hr mass would put most people off being Russian Orthodox ;o) Looks like great fun, and that you had good weather all over :o)

Mrs Flying Blind... said...

You can't go anywhere without meeting someone you know eh!
Looks like you have met your gold-leaf quota for a while xx

Catrin Lewis said...

What a wonderful holiday! My parents in law spotted someone they knew on a cruise once - the people that live opposite them! It really is a small world isn't it?

Sarah said...

That beach is so beautiful! We have beaches like that in Australia, but I didn't know the Baltic does too. Just stunning. Looks like a beautiful sunny day too. My back aches thinking about standing for four hours!

Geri said...

What a great trip and such beautiful photos. The area looks so rich in history and interesting things to capture!