With this cold Boston weather and winter storm Nika abrewin’, I am dreaming of summer…! Thought I would share our Scandanavian trip from last summer. It wasn’t a tropical paradise, but it was certainly a blast! Best part? Got to hang out with the family!
Last summer, P and I escaped the Boston humidity and heat, and went on a Scandanavian cruise with my family. I kind of felt sorry for the poor guy because he would be stuck with 9 members of my family on a boat where the only thing he could do if he wanted to escape was to jump ship. The trip wasn’t sooo bad. I mean, come on, it was the fancy pancy Celebrity Eclipse, one of the newest ships with lawn included on deck 15. Plenty of Brits. Unlimited smoke salmon and ice cream (don’t ask me why I chose to feature those two items…). Glass blowing shows. Indoor and outdoor pools and jacuzzis. Poker tournaments (whoohoo!). and let’s not forget the highlight of this cruise…. travelling to gorgeous ports of call throughout Scandanavia. Don’t get me wrong, each city was more expensive then the next, but Scandanavia has its own modern charm that shouldn’t be overlooked.
A successful and fun cruise trip doesn’t mean P and I will be running back for some more cruising adventures. I think we’re all set for now…. maybe in a few years… or fifty.
For those who don’t believe me … the lawn on deck 15. Great place to lay out and read.
Sunset photo with my dad after dinner!
Our Itinerary (late June to early July)
Off to Helsinki! This little city was unique for P and I because we got to explore this city alone, just the two of us. So far, we had been traveling in a huge group, either with a tour or with my entire family. Being alone allowed us to just stop when we wanted to stop so that we could enjoy the gorgeous day, go where we wanted to go, and lay out on the Esplanade like the locals. Our favorite attraction was the the Rock Church which was a little bit out of the downtown area but definitely still walkable. It was a church built inside of a huge piece of granite with natural light flooding the church from the top. The acoustics were also amazing. Beautiful churches. Beautiful people. And beautiful food. Reindeer anyone?
St. Petersburg, Russia
One of my favorite movies when I was a child was Anastasia, which was the story about the Russian princess, Anastasia, set in St. Petersburg. Legend has it that she managed to escape the wrath of the Soviets and was brought up in an orphanage, only to find out later that she was a princess. Sigh…. So of course, when our ship docked in St. Petersburg, I was so excited! We met our tour guide Ana from SPB Tours after crossing customs and off we went to explore the Paris of Russia! It did not disappoint! Well…. I was a little disappointed when I found out that the story of the princess Anastasia was well … not true… after her remains were finally found in the palace where her family had been murdered by the Soviets. Despite this let down, I really enjoyed the elaborate culture and history of St. Peterburg. Although my “ooing and ahhing” of the beautifully designed palaces and churches were temporarily interrupted by P, who kept noting that all the money spent on these lavish buildings could have been used to feed the Russian people (he was right), I still marveled at the imagination of all the little details that were put into creating these places.