Sunday, August 10, 2008

Day 7 - Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden, is one of the world’s most beautiful cities, splendidly spread out over fourteen islands in the interlock between Lake Mälaren and the magnificent Stockholm Archipelago seascape with its 24,000 islands, islets and skerries. Stockholm is the Nordic region's largest city, with historic and cultural grandeur unparalleled in Northern Europe.

More on Stockholm later... I have been asked to tell y’all a little about the ship. Of course if you’ve been reading from the beginning of our trip, you know that we are onboard the brand new Holland America Eurodam. We are on the port side of the ship in a nice cabin that has a balcony with two chairs on it. We have been pretty busy, so we haven’t spent any time sitting out there yet, but we do go outside quite a bit and check out the scenery and take pictures of the docks. There will be a pic posted so y’all can see it. More on that later.
The food is excellent, and the dining room staff is very accommodating; everyone is friendly. The entertainment is outstanding...we both love the band; the nightly shows are Las Vegas quality, with high-energy, talented dancers and singers. Carnival Corp. leads the industry in stage, lighting, scenery, etc., in our humble opinion. We’ve enjoyed Bob at the piano bar the past couple of nights...Beatles/Buffet one night; ‘50s and ‘60s music another night, all sing alongs. Bob has been hard to stump! As mentioned before, we are very fond of the decor of the Eurodam. It is decorated with good taste, with no need to explain the theme as some ships need to do. We would definitely sail on this ship again.
Our fave crew member is our digital workshop instructor, Trisha. She is funny, knowledgeable, and full of energy. Even Dick went to her blogging class with me Saturday, and he set up a blog and uploaded some pictures of our trip. Can you believe that?!!! We’ll see how that goes and work on some fine tuning. Today we both attended the Movie Making class...and can’t wait to apply what we’ve learned!
Oh yes, we enjoyed Helsinki...everyone was friendly...a welcome change from St. Petersburg. We rode on the London double-decker bus for a two-hour tour of the city, with a nice stop at the Church of the Rock, a very unusual Lutheran church that is aptly named. We got off the bus at the Helsinki Cathedral and walked through the park back to our shuttle bus that took us back to the boat.
And today in Stockholm, we woke up to sunny skies for our shuttle bus ride to the center of town. We took a scenic boat tour (go figure), complete with headsets with a choice of Swedish or English translations to tell us what we were seeing along the shorelines. Stockholm is another big but beautiful city filled with interesting architecture and friendly folks. Clouds are moving in, so our departure later on may be a bit wet. We’ve been very lucky with the weather.
Monday is a sea day, so we’ll attend more workshops, I’ll take care of a little RV park stuff I need to do, and give myself a pedicure. Ah, the good life! Thanks to all of you who have left comments. They are automatically emailed to me so that I can download them onto my laptop every day when I go online. I read EVERY comment...and miss visiting all my fave blogs. I hope y’all are behaving! Let me know what’s going on with you!


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

don't you just love bloggin'??? i get to "almost" come along with you! wonderful... i didn't get the invite to the other though... anxious to see that!

podunk is still quiet, you are not missing a thing here.

mad wedding plans going on but we can't go, i am just not strong enough for that and it is going to be very small. i think just cat unless his mom goes and maybe a few of his friends.

as far as i know still no stone passed yet either.

that's it from here. have fun you two!!!

smiles, bee

HaleyD said...

Glad this new leg of the trip is better than the previous! Anxious to check out those new photos too.

Nanette said...

Sounds fabulous!!
All that talks and lessons, I like tha! John is also thinking in introducing this things on Carnival. It seems like a good idea.

Anonymous said...

I'm having fun, too!

We moved to Lake Barkley today... Life is good!

tell dick hello!

Brian said...

Howdy! Went out on Lake Allatoona today, thought of you guys! "A 3 hour tour..." Fortunately, no mishaps, but nice finger nails!!

the donG said...

very very beautiful!