Thursday, August 7, 2008

Day 4 - From Russia, with love!

Tallinn update
We did the 15 minute walk into the old town after lunch. I put up a sample blog Tuesday, with two of 21 stock HAL pics that the class was using for practice. I was unable to get online during the day in Tallinn:-( They had problems with the system, so I couldn’t upload Tallinn pics to the new blog that I set up in class.
Back to Tallinn...this is an old, walled city comprised of Russian, Ukrainians, Byelorussians and Estonians. It is a highly educated society due to the accessibility of higher education. We walked up the many steps to reach an upper level of old town that afforded a great view of the dock. We wound our way back through a lovely open square and walked down a narrow lane, rather than walk back down the steps! There are some charming buildings and churches here, and lots of souvenir shops, although we were not tempted to purchase anything. Bad tourists!
After our two-hour walk, we were happy to be back relaxing and reading in our room...and looking at the scenery -- we were docked right across from the Norwegian Jewel, the ship we were on with friends Mike/Jennie last September from Istanbul to Athens! Parked next to her was RCI’s Jewel of the Seas. That particular ship we’ve never been on. They both left port an hour earlier than we did, and the Eurodam overtook them!
There is a band from Australia that we discovered and are enjoying after dinner each night, with a classical string quartet playing before dinner, so we are getting a good mix of music.
Thursday and Friday we’ll be in St. Petersburg, which should be interesting. How are you enjoying the trip? Let me know! Comments will be emailed to me so that I can read them offline, so please leave your comments. I love reading them. Enjoy the pictures I found ahead of time...we may not have internet service while here.......:-(


HaleyD said...

Looks gorgeous! Can't wait to see the real photos.

Everything here is fine. Kids start school tomorrow, w/"Meet the Teacher" this afternoon/evening. Whew! Where did our summer go?

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

i am loving it so far! i want to know lots more about your blog class too! (lots lots more!)

news: odat stopped blogging, don't know why, she put up a post that said she is gone. i know we'll both miss her.

school starts today for the grandsons at maca.

aero has kidney stones and lala flew out there to take care of him. he is out of the hospital but still has not passed the stones.

we are fine here! just wish we were there. how did dick do with his knee on the steps? how did you?

have fun honey!

smiles, bee

Anonymous said...

I'm having fun! I can feel the gentle rocking of the boat in the wait, that's the trella in the wind...LOL

What's your favorite thing about this ship? best meal?

Haley, tell the girls I said hello and to have fun at school!

WillThink4Wine said...

It all sounds so wonderful so far! Except for no internet! Where's the new blog? ♥

Loving Annie said...

Wonderful, Sandy ! Thank you so much for these excellent pictures - I'd never get such a good sense of what this part of the world looked like otherwise ! Keep taking them please, it's making me enjoy your trip almost as much as you are :)

Sarge Charlie said...

I still want to be there, looking forward to your photos.

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

How wonderful. I would so love to visit Russia. Have a great time. Big hug and lotsa lovies. :)

Sarge Charlie said...

more news, LaLa and Aero are getting married.......

Dianne (OLB) said...

Hi Sandy,
Photos are great! Enjoyed reading your daily blogs. Makes me feel like I'm there with you. Would love to hear more about the blog class. I'm new to the blog world. Took me a while to set up my account, couldn't make out the darn letters in the verification area. One would think they'd use plain letters. Oh well. Enjoy your cruise.
Hugs, Dianne