We went on a family Baltic cruise a week ago. We were on the lovely Regal Princess and traveled from Copenhagen to Oslo , Germany , Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki and Stockholm. We had a great time. I am going to divide this trip into two blogs and this part 1 will include Oslo to Tallinn.
We (two sisters and five other relatives) spent 4 days before the cruise in Copenhagen before we got on the ship. Copenhagen was lovely but so expensive. We were shocked at the prices and were kind of happy to get on the ship and start saving money. We had drinks and appetizers on our balcony. My sister Sandi shared a cabin with us.The next day we landed in Oslo, Norway. David and I decided to spend the afternoon in one place; the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History. It is a museum of cultural history with extensive collections of artifacts from all social groups and all regions of the Norway. It also incorporates a large open air museum with more than 150 historical buildings, relocated from towns and rural districts. It was interesting to see how these remarkable and clever people lived through the harsh winters.
The ship arriving in Oslo
Norwegian folk dancers
The oldest building in the park is the Gol Stave church. The church has been dated to the years from 1157 to 1216.
Here is a farmhouse from around 1750; We walked around the entire museum and are feet were very happy to take the ferry back to Oslo and to walk back to the ship.
Then we had a sea day to rest and recover; Sandi and I went to the gym but it was small and very crowded. The rest of the day we spent filling in our travel journals from all the adventures we had had in Copenhagen. Warnemunde, Germany was our next stop. We had signed up for a small private tour that took use in a bus to Schwerin castle in the countryside. It was a fairy tale castle set in a lovely garden.
We also saw the city of Rostock which has a famous astronomical clock that has been running since 1472.It was a wonderful tour but there was not much time to take photographs. We had another sea day to finish our travel journals before starting the big push of five port days in a row.
We landed the next day in Tallinn, Estonia. Tallinn has an intact medieval old town that is enchanting, except when there are 3 cruise ships in port that disgorged 8,000 tourists. This was so disappointing because it was so crowded. We had to wait in line for 30 minutes to use the 3 toilets available for women and men. We have decided that we would like to go back to Tallinn in the late fall when there are far less people to ruin it.
A dragon gargoyle on Tallinn city hall
A mosaic from a church in Tallinn
Here is a photo of the Tallinn presidential palace. We walked right up to it; there are no barriers just 2 guards protecting their female president.
To be continued…