Travel thoughts from Bratislava/Nuremberg

This is an interim post from Bratislava (finalizing now in Nuremberg) to get some thoughts out while working on a longer post for Vilnius, Lithuania. We’ve been inundated lately by tour groups so it seems like a good time to talk about our travel philosophy. So here are some ramblings about how we travel. First…

Kaunas Lithuania

Our next destination after Riga was Kaunas, Lithuania. The bus seemed like our best transportation option. We were hoping to get another Lux Express since we were impressed with the ride from Tallinn to Riga. However no Lux so we ended up on Ecolines. The cost was 38 Euros for both of us and the…

Riga Latvia

Rainy Riga. The weather finally caught up with us in Riga. It’s been cold, windy, and intermittent rain pretty much every day here. When the black clouds part, the blue sky and sunlight are beautiful for a couple of minutes until the next black cloud covers them up again. However we spent our time doing…

Congratulations Jan!

Champagne toast to you I want to take a minute to toast my friend Jan as she gets ready to retire. Job well done Jan. If you work as hard at retirement fun as you did for PEO-SRSE, it will be fabulous!

Tallinn Estonia

We arrived in Tallinn on the Viking XPRS without event and used Google maps to get oriented. The hike to Hotel Telegraaf from the ferry was about fifteen minutes according to Google. However we got off track a bit and it took us twice that long. Along the way I managed to drop my phone…

How Much Do You Really Need

(Kathy here) As an admitted fashionista and maybe a little vain, packing for this trip was a real challenge. I limited myself to a cabin-sized carry on and a small backpack that doubles as a day bag. I had to fit all the clothing I would need for three to four months, in temperatures ranging…

3 Wonderful Air B&B’s in a row

Starting with Vilnius, Lithuania. I have to say that from the outside I wondered what we were in for. It was in a typical European apartment block, four buildings joined at the corners to make a square with green open space in the middle, think a very large courtyard. These spaces are used in a…

Helsinki Finland

We added Finland to the trip as a link from Russia to the Baltic countries. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were on the itinerary from the beginning so when we looked at getting there from Russia, Finland fit right in. Besides it was another country that neither of us had been to.   As our northernmost…

Saint Petersburg Russia Notes

Catching up with a few notes on our time in Saint Petersburg. First we saw some beautiful things at the Hermitage, Catherine’s Summer Palace in Pushkin, churches, and the architecture around the city. We had some great food at really reasonable prices. We had a comfortable stay at the Crowne Plaza on Likovsky Prospekt. And…