Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Hello from the Baltic — MidWeek Blues —

Who are these people sitting among the blue stuff?

It’s Mrs. Jim and Jim playing Canasta on their cruise. The ship is docked at St. Petersburg, Russia.

Yesterday we went ashore to see the Peterhof Castle. That was a really nice visit; all was pretty inside. Only problem was that ‘no photos allowed’ was the rule of the day.

Outside was different and we could take all the pictures we wanted. Here is one of the Peterhof Castle with the fountains turned on.

We visited St. Petersburg a few years ago but skipped the Peterhof because in October when we came the fountains are off for winter.

On the way back we saw more of the St. Petersburg sites. My favorite was this freedom gate to commemorate the Russian defeat of Napoleon. About second are the many beautiful old church buildings. A lot have gold domed roofs.

During the communist regime most churches were converted into museums. Now most are used for church services and activities.

Overheard in more than one cabin: “Now are our feet pointed forward or towards the back of the ship?”

This white church is a Lutheran church located in Helsinki, Finland. It is beautiful and also very active. Mrs. Jim and I had a snack with the ladies in the basement.

Another commonly heard conversation: “Should we eat breakfast at the buffet or in the dining room? I opt for the buffet because we have a larger selection.” “No, I prefer the dining room because I like to have people bring me my food.”

And one at the diner table: “You were wearing a straw hat yesterday on the tram, were you not?”

“Yes, why do you ask?”

“I was wondering if you ever got to where you wanted to go.”

“Oh, that was you we were riding with. We did. Thank you a lot for helping us figure out that figure eight system the have.”

This couple got off every time from the ‘3B’ tram when it got to where they got on. Had they stayed on they would have seen it switch to ‘3T’ and complete the other loop that they could not get to.

We are having fun and seeing a lot of new and different country. Also we are meeting new friends by the dozens.

I appreciate your comments very much. Since we are on holiday please expect only limited return of those comments.

Please do comment as they are like letters from home to us!
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Or do less. All she requires is a BLUE PICTURE or THOUGHT, you don't have to write.

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