Babushkas in St. Petersburg
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Since I arrived home last Thursday I try to put some order in my photos of my trip and at least start some stories, but I realize, now that I am very tired and have to recuperate this 3 week long travel, "in the bus, out the bus". Therefore I have to wait to describe more detailed what I have seen in my Travel blog later. This is only an overview.
It had been wonderful !
We have started in Amsterdam with a dinner boat tour and could see a lot. Of course for me it was not new as my son lives in Amsterdam, but the city center I hadn't seen since a long time.
The 1990 ship replica of the Amsterdam in front of the National Maritime Museum in Amsterdam
NEMO Science Museum
We left Amsterdam early morning and drove to Hamburg
The ruins of the Church of St. Nicholas (St.-Nikolai-Kirche) Bombing of Hamburg in World War II destroyed the bulk of the church and its rubble was removed leaving its crypt, its site and tall spired tower, serving as a memorial and an important architectural landmark
then to Copenhagen in Denmark.
Of course we saw the city symbol "the little mermaid" and listened to the story behind
A view of Copenhagen's city center
Our next stop was Stockholm
The Royal palace
We then arrived in Helsinki
Uspenski Cathedral in Katajanokka. A little outside
and street life in Helsinki.
An overnight ferry took us from Helsinki to St. Petersburg
and all it's treasures
We left Russia for the Baltic countries, first Tallinn in Estonia
A quaint little town which is part of the European Union and we could pay in Euros again !
The next day we visited Riga, (Latvia)
There were 140 large plastic bears for peace from all countries installed in the center of Riga's historic Old Town.
A very animated nice town which I liked very much
Our next stop was in Vilnius (Lithuania)
A little similar but bigger
and then on our way to Warsaw we stopped for lunch in Trakai
a beautiful holiday place at a lake
Then we arrived in Warsow
a very modern town
With a perfectly restored city center which had been totally destroyed during WW II
On our way to Berlin we had a stop in Poznan
Colorful city center and a real nice town
and then we arrived in Berlin
Out of our bus I could take this picture of the remains of the famous wall
The Brandenburger Tor, which separated East and West Berlin
Our tour ended with a stop in Hannover
of which I only saw the shops and the station but it seems also to be a nice town.
Our tour ended with a long trip back to where we started .... in Amsterdam.
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