Europe Journals

My First Celebrity Cruise

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A May 2007 trip to Europe by pabrams52

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Quote: My husband and I are not big "cruisers", but we wanted to travel to a part of the world that seemed nearly ideal for accessing these cities via a ship: Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Copenhagen. We chose Celebrity because of their five-star rating.

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Great Meal in Tallinn. I followed the advice of my guide book for finding a typical and reliable Estonian meal while in Tallinn during our ship's brief visit. After being pointed in the right direction by a local, my husband and I were charmed the moment we walked into this lovely little restaurant, as if walking into your grandmother's dining room. Actually, the name translates to "Grandma's Place" and you will find lovingly-cooked, heart-warming meals in their local cuisine. I snapped a photo of my dish since it looked so good; a beef stew-like dish but the gravy had a sweeter and richer taste than ours. It had several accompaniments: roasted beets, fried potatoes, and salad of cucumbers, carrot...Read More

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Vanaema Juures
10 Rataskaevu
Tallinn, Estonia
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State Hermitage Museum

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Attraction | "The Hermitage Museum"

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Triple WOW! I knew of the famous Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg—I'd seen documentaries on television as well as the amazing movie "Russian Ark", which used the museum as its backdrop—but I wasn't prepared for the overwhelming feeling I had when I viewed it with my own eyes. Words failed me as I tried to describe it to family in emails. For any new visitor, it is important to remind them that this grand venue is not only one of the world's largest art museums, but that it was originally built as the Winter Palace for Peter the Great.The building itself is a work of art let alone the thousands of rare paintings, sculptures, jewels, and royal artifacts housed inside. It's really hard to visuall...Read More

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State Hermitage Museum

St. Petersburg, Russia
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First Day in St. Petersburg

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First Visit to St. Petersburg Our cruise took us to this historic city for a mere two days. I would have loved more time, but at least we got good enough taste to know I’d like to return some day. The tour company hired by Celebrity did a good job and our guides were knowledgeable and easy to understand. My husband and I had chosen two prominent sites to tour, The Hermitage Museum and The Peterhof Palace. I had longed to see this city and, finally, I was here. But, I was struck by the sadness that it evoked in me. What was certainly once a glorious city, as dreamed of and constructed under Peter the Great, now looks dreary and run down. Years of communism have left St. Petersburg loo...Read More

An Evening at Tivoli Gardens

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Tivoli Gardens – What a Kick How many times have we all sat before our television sets, watching a travel program highlighting a place to which we’d not only like to go, but one for which we’d start packing that very moment? We’ve all experienced that and when I’ve seen programs on Tivoli Gardens, I inevitably say, "I’m so there!" I finally got that chance to be there at Tivoli Gardens during our cruise through the Baltic and Scandinavia region. A day stop in Copenhagen didn’t seem near long enough (and it really isn’t) to take in this beautiful city, but my husband and I got a good overview of the city and especially Tivoli Gardens. We spent the entire evening there just happily roaming t...Read More

A Quick Visit to Helsingborg

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A Charming Port City Our final port stop on our cruise was to the lovely city of Helsingborg, Sweden. I had never heard of Helsingborg, much less knew anything about it. So when we disembarked, I was pleasantly surprised how inviting it felt even just coming ashore. We only had a few hours to spend there but our weather was delightful so we wandered down their main shopping avenue and browsed in the numerous windows. It felt quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. Most all shopkeepers speak English so transactions were easy. We made sure to take in their most famous attraction, the Kärnan Tower. But we stumbled upon a delectable little chocolate shop where we took some refreshmen...Read More