Traveling the Baltic Sea during “White Nights”

Traveling the Baltic Sea during “White Nights”

As a tourist, it was disconcerting to ply the waters of the Baltic Sea during White Nights (the time period around the summer solstice when nights are short and the skies are lit in a milky glow). Not only were … (read more)

St. Petersburg: Day Two

St. Petersburg: Day Two

Anna and Slava were ready for us right on time at 8:30 am (and I wore pair of shoes number two) the next day. No rainfall but definitely dark clouds scuttling across the sky, pushed by a wind that grew … (read more)

St. Petersburg: Day One

St. Petersburg: Day One

Summary (both days): High temperatures of 58º F; threatening rain clouds both days. Breezy the first day, downright windy the second (reports of “hurricane-level” gusts outside the city; trees are blown over). Walked 3.65 miles (9,119 steps) first day, 3.97 … (read more)

A bit of an explanation…

A bit of an explanation…

Yep, I’ve been “gone” from posting for awhile. Thank you to all for your emailed concern and puzzlement. Two reasons for this:

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)

It doesn’t take that long to get to Stockholm. Oops, I’m lying…

It doesn’t take that long to get to Stockholm. Oops, I’m lying…

As much as I like travel–and airports and flights and even rental car offices!–even I have to concede that a single flight of 11 hours and 25 minutes is a bit excessive. Add to that a 2+ hour layover in … (read more)