28 Aug 2018



 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

Colorful houses

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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  1. Seems like you are sorting your photos out well. Good photo of you in all Melbourne black in St Petersburg.

  2. I need a week's rest just reading about this fast trip through so many countries!

  3. How wonderful! You have so much more energy than I do! I have reached a time in my life when I like to go slowly and rest a lot.
    The pictures are wonderful! In each, I checked your feet! LOL I hope they are better!

  4. A marvelous journey to have made.

  5. Wow - what a great adventure and fabulous photos.

  6. I won't be able to post something about a trip if I were you. I would still be sorting and editing photos.

    What a great trip.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  7. What a terrific tour. I'm so glad you enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of your adventures when you have the energy to write the posts.

  8. What a wonderful tour! I love seeing photos of places I've been and recognize! We were in St. Petersburg in '06...loved it!

  9. My head is spinning, looking up at all those tall structures in every city. So many cities and countries that you saw--awesome! I want to visit every one of them. Thanks for sharing your photos.

  10. Is that the best trip ever, amazing?! How wonderful, so many countries and places I have never heard of but now I want to see like those cute houses in Poznan!
    Rest? I reckon you can take the rest of the year off :)
    Wren x

  11. Such beautiful photos from your incredible trip! I love the colorful houses in Stockholm as well as Poznan. The Tallinn in Estonia looks lovely town. And the view at Trakai is stunning! Thank you for sharing your experiences :-)

  12. I've never gotten the opportunity to go to any of these places, but now I feel like I have been. Thank you!

  13. What an absolutely AMAZING trip!
    How beautiful everything is in Europe!

    I have been to Germany (Munchen) and Northern Ireland and I cannot wait to see more!

    Thank you for sharing!

    - Lisa


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