St. Petersburg: Tips for Choosing a Tour

St. Petersburg: Tips for Choosing a Tour

A two-day chunk out of a 15-day cruise deserves some special planning so me and my friend Google spent quite a bit of time together to (hopefully) make the visit to St. Petersburg (SPb) the best it could be. CruiseCritic.com’s … (read more)

Helsinki: Spring is here–including lilies of the valley

Helsinki: Spring is here–including lilies of the valley

Our day: Helsinki, Finland. High of 60° F; breezy and cool with occasional sprinkles (but not enough to want to carry a red Viking umbrella with me all around town). Helsinki City Tour (included). 9,990 steps, 4 miles. Tour was … (read more)

Yay for me! I’ve now worn *every* pair of shoes I packed

Yay for me! I’ve now worn *every* pair of shoes I packed

I cringe when I arrive back home from a trip and unpack things I haven’t worn or used. I like to pack comfortably but light, not carrying more than I need (and it leaves more room for cute sweaters to … (read more)

Do this on the first or second day…

Do this on the first or second day…

Doing a Viking Ocean cruise? Here are two things to do on your first or second days:

Stockholm and cruising out of the archipelago

Stockholm and cruising out of the archipelago

We slept well in our nice little cabin on the Viking Star. And of course we ate well the next morning (food is definitely not a “complaint” item for most passengers on this new ship–meals are typically quite, quite good). … (read more)

On board..and happy to be here!

On board..and happy to be here!

I’m smiling. I know, you can’t tell, but I am. Mom and I are on board the Star and I can tell you the long flight getting here was definitely worth it. Not that the sea is sparkling (it’s not, … (read more)