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Anne & Carolyn's Baltic Trip, August 18-31, 2011


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Day 1-Thursday, August 18, 2011: Fly from Charlotte, NC, via Newark, NJ, to Copenhagen, Denmark

Day 2-Friday, August 19, 2011: Arrive Copenhagen, about 7:00 am

Rode train from airport to central station. Walked with very heavy baggage to hotel. Walking tour of center city on our own. Bus tour to Kronborg Castle, also known as the Hamlet Castle (disappointment about not going to the Fredericksborg Castle or the Royal Palace, as advertised). Very late (8:00 pm) checking into hotel because of tour delay. Awake more than 24 hours, but did OK.

Central Train Station Carolyn with elephant 7-11
street scene Kronborg entrance Kronborg

Day 3-Saturday, August 20, 2011: Visit Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen, and board ship

The Grateful Dead played at the concert hall at Tivoli Gardens in April 1972. A box set of their European tour was released this year.

Tivoli Gardens entrance Entrance line fountain
Anne concert hall Carolyn

Day 4-Sunday, August 21, 2011: Oslo, Norway

Separate bus tours of the Vigeland Sculpture Garden, Holmenkollen Ski area, and the Viking Ships Museum. Individual tours of the Fortress. (Don't ask why we didn't go together.) Rain in afternoon.

Oslo Akershus Fortress Oslo fortress Vigeland Sculpture Garden
Vigeland Sculpture Garden Holmenkollen Viking Ships Museum

Day 5-Monday, August 22, 2011: Aarhus, Denmark

Hop On-Hop Off tour on our own. We went to the Den Gamle By open air museum where buildings from all over Denmark have been preserved. We also visited the Aarhus Cathedral - and were the last ones to leave when it closed. The Grateful Dead played at the University in Aarhus in April 1972.

bus greenhouse Aarhus Cathedral
child bowling Welcome sign

Day 6-Tuesday, August 23, 2011: Warnemunde & Berlin, Germany

Train ride to Berlin (3 hours each way) and bus tour of the city, including the Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Check Point Charlie, and the Allied Museum. Lunch at the Hilton.

ship & train Anne at the Berlin Wall Carolyn at the Berlin Wall
Carolyn at Brandenburg Gate Berlin Wall marker sign

Day 7-Wednesday, August 24, 2011: At Sea ~ photos on board

Carolyn Anne pools

Day 8-Thursday, August 25, 2011: Tallin, Estonia

Tour Toompea Hill, Alexander Nevsky Church, and Panoramic Drive. Click on photo of musician for better view of his instrument.

Toompea castle Tallin tour group
Nevsky church Street musician city wall

Day 9-Friday, August 26, 2011: St. Petersburg, Russia

Tour of Catherine Castle and City Drive. Lunch at Music Bar restaurant (don't know its Russian name), not far from the Catherine Castle.

Catherine Palace statue of Nicolas I Peter the Great statue
river view car trouble Church on Spilled Blood

Day 10-Saturday, August 27, 2011: St. Petersburg, Russia

Tour of Hermitage Museum in the morning and River & Canal Boat Tour in the afternoon

Hermitage ceiling DaVinci children at museum
Hall of 1812 Peter and Paul Fortress ~ photo by CWS river cruise

Day 11-Sunday, August 28, 2011: Helsinki, Finland

Sibelius Park, Temppeliakio Church, and City Drive

Sibelius Park "sculpture" Anne with Japanese
Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral Santa in Helsinki rock church

Day 12-Monday, August 29, 2011: Stockholm, Sweden

Arriving Stockholm

Stockholm harbor harbor Amusement park
harbor view Stockholm harbor ship in harbor

Tour of Royal Palace and Gamla Stan

Royal Palace statue Constitution
Gamla Stan square Nobel Museum Royal Guard

Leaving Stockholm and travelling through the Stockholm Archipelago

ship Nacka Strand Fountain Fountain
land and sea water & land water

Day 13-Tuesday, August 30: At Sea

at sea passing ship rough seas
sunset sunset sunset

Day 14-Wednesday,August 31: Copenhagen and Return to USA. Washington Dullas Airport was only bad airport experience. Arrive Charlotte about 6:00 pm. Awake 24 hours ~ we were not too lively that night!

Scenes in Copenhagen Airport

Jack Daniels elephant  

Day 15-Thursday, September 1: Return home. No pictures!

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