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Europe » Germany » Berlin » Berlin January 15th 2016

This picture, being quite colourful, is not that typical of our visit to Berlin – we had a wet, cold,grey, dreary couple of days, redeemed on the last day by a blue sky and sun! We were staying at the Ivbergs Premium Hotel, Kleistrass that was about a 5minute walk from the 100 bus stop (The 100 bus is an unofficial tour bus as it stops at all the ‘must see’ highlights and runs about every 10 minutes!). We flew into Berlin -Schonefeld, and visited the Information Centre at the Airport (located 20 metres right as you exit Customs) to buy our 3 day Berlin Welcome ABC Card (29 euros pp), and to check out the best way to the Hotel. One bus, two tubes and a 5 minute walk later we arrived at the Hotel ... read more
Inside the Dome at the Reichstag
Brandenburg Gate
Checkpoint Charlie

Africa » Madagascar December 10th 2015

Seychelles, Madagascar, Reunion Island, Mauritius The next three days we had at sea before arriving for two days at Seychelles on 5th December 2015. There was a special offer on laundry – 20 Euros for 25 pieces that we decided to do as there is no laundrette on the ship! The washing had to be put in the ‘magic’ bag and collected by 15.00 but by 17.00 it still hadn’t been collected! Eventually took it up to reception….it was supposed to be delivered back the next day………. Ok…so the washing only took two days to re-appear! All present and correct, folded nicely….just a few items need ironing. It has been humid, hot and sunny but the last couple of days we have had showers! They last about 5 minutes and then the sun re-appears! We also ... read more
I love Seychelles!
Giant Tortoise
Moyenne Island (2)

Middle East » Israel December 1st 2015

Suez Canal , Israel, Jordan, Oman Another couple of sea days, but the weather was definitely getting warmer with daytime temperatures reaching about 25C. Didn’t do very much except lounge about reading and watching the shows on the evening! (Hungarian girl violin trio and tenor excellent). Also, there has been some wonderful Italian opera singing – the highlight being an open air Italian production of Gilbert and Sullivans Aida – it didn’t make too much sense to me ( especially as we missed the first hour!!) but there was something very magical led on the sunloungers, wrapped in a blanket, looking at the stars and listening to the music……. The musical was produced to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal….. We were due to reach the Suez Canal on Sunday evening but as we had ... read more
Us at 'The Mushroom' - Timna Park
Eilat Harbour

Europe » Italy December 1st 2015

Cruise – Italy to Mauritius Costa NeoRomantica 17th Nov 2015 – 13thDe 2015 Spain, Italy, Crete….. An unexpected bargain of a cruise that we couldn’t resist! It meant that we didn’t have so long in Spain this autumn but still managed a month at the Alhaurin house! It was beautiful weather and we did the usual walking, socialising, Salon Varieties theatre (inc The Rocky Horror show and a musical evening at the Alhaurin theatre as well) etc. They have started building the bus station on the feria ground but other than that the town remains more or less the same! The cruise is with the Costa NeoRomantica and after catching the overnight bus to Gatwick for the 06.40am flight to Nice, a 2hr coach ride to Savona where we embarked the ship ‘Italian’ style ie: total ... read more
Christmas Street at Naples
Heraklion (2)
Me at Heraklion

Europe » Sweden September 18th 2015

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN Woke up to heavy rain! This is the first rain we have had but its still a disappointment and its difficult to really appreciate the beauty of Stockholm. However, off the ship by 09.30am and caught the free complimentary shuttle bus into Gamla Stan, the Old Town. As it was still hammering down, we thought we would visit the Vasa Museum and walked across to the ferry stop! Unfortunately, no ferries or timetable, so we decided to walk the 15minutes to the Museum, on Djurgarden Island! Arrived, duly soaked, paid the 260 kroners (£25) on card and entered! The Vasa Museum houses the world’ s oldest identifiable ship. It was intended for a major role in the Swedish Navy, but it sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 and only a few hundred yards ... read more
One of the skeletons
Horse Guards
The theatre

Europe » Finland September 18th 2015

HELSINKI, FINLAND If I am honest, after St Petersburg, it was a bit of a disappointment – but I think anywhere would be! Someone had told us that the No 14 bus went into town from outside the terminal, so we duly waited for the bus, along with two other people from the ship who had found out that an 8 Euro day ticket, covered all the buses, ferries and trams! We did well as we wanted to go on the trams – one of the oldest electrified tram networks in the world dating back to 1900, and the only one in Finland! Unfortunately the No 14 bus doesn’t go to Market Square (It goes up Frederinkinkatu & Topeliuksenk) and we didn’t realise this until we were travelling to the outskirts of the city that we ... read more
Finnish Orthodox Upenski Cathedral
Market Square
Senate Square

Europe September 18th 2015

S ST PETERSBURG, RUSSIA I didn’t think there was anything else that could really wow me, but I think St Petersburg deserves a huge wow!! I think the weather also helped because we had sun and blue sky, and as St Petersburg only gets about 40 days of sunshine a year, we were very lucky! We wanted to do everything in St Petersburg and as all the Ship’s tours were just not enough, we chose a Russian Tour Agency – SPB Tours and booked their 2 day deluxe tour. They had been recommended on Trip Advisor and I would say it is one of the best Day Trips I have ever had!! Very professional, were outside the Port to meet and greet us, and our Tour Guide, Elena was excellent! Her knowledge of history and everything ... read more
Nevskiy Prospekt
Part of Peterhof
Part of St Catherines Palace

Europe » Estonia September 18th 2015

TALLIN, ESTONIA A delightful walled, cobbled street, medieval Capital City, easily explored in a day! We were off the boat by 9.00am – that was probably a mistake as it was very foggy, so no view or photos to be had for the first hour or so. but by 10.00 the fog had lifted and we were treated, yet again, to another blue sky sunny day. Just wandered about, admiring the gabled houses and architecture, the small courtyards and narrow, cobblestone lanes, along with the grand churches and their spires! There were quite a few school parties about including a nursery group, all with their hi-viz jackets, warm hats and holding onto a rope in crocodile fashion! Very cute! Walked up to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral with its onion domes – there was a Russian Orthodox service ... read more
Raekoja Plats (2)
Me on the Walls
Chris at the Dominican Monastery

Europe » Germany September 11th 2015

WARNEMUNDE, EAST GERMANY 9th Sept 2015 We docked very early at 06.15 and we were off the ship by about 08.15. The train station that is just opposite (reached via the underpass) is a five minute walk away and after trying to purchase tickets to Rostock (failed as we proffered 20 euros but needed a 10 euro note or less) took the 20minute ride into Rostock arriving at Platform 1 and 2. Went to Platform 7 and bought tickets as a cheap day return to Schwerin, about 1hr away. Easy journey and got off at Schwerin Mitte, a short 10minute walk down to the castle, although if you get off at Schwerin Hbf you can walk through the town to Schloss Castle. It’s a fairytale castle on an island, with gold turrets, towers and an orangery ... read more
Fountain of Joy, Rostock
The lighthouse at Warnemunde
Chris at Schloss Castle

Europe » Denmark September 11th 2015

6th September 2015 – 18thSeptember 2015. Magellan Cruise and Maritime Voyages COPENHAGEN 8th September 2015 First things first! The ship is geared up for European round two pin plug (not a 3 pin English socket in sight!) so the first thing you have to do is buy an adapter at the shop!! The second little moan is that when you get back to the ship at 16.30pm after your day trip, there is only pizza to eat or the buffet dinner at 18.00 so if you are on 2nd sitting for dinner (20.15) it’s quite a long time to wait! Also the buffet shuts at 20.30 for evening meals so there is not so much flexibility and you have to plan your days around meal times! The ship only has 12 decks so is more like ... read more
Chris on the helter skelter staircase at Church of our Lady
Helter skelter Spire
View from the top of Spire

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