Being here is a study of sharp contrasts. All four basic elements – earth, air, fire and water – are demonstrated by this land in extreme ways. Steam escapes the earth’s crust between lava rocks in barren fields; active and inactive volcanoes rise from empty, treeless horizons; towering waterfalls indiscriminately punch their way through moss green rock walls in glacier-cut fjords; icy roaring rivers race to the sea while white ocean waves lap lazily against black sand beaches. Continue reading Iceland Workshop
We landed in Reykjavik, Iceland two days before our workshop and booked a stay at The Silica Hotel adjacent to The Blue Lagoon. We sat transfixed looking out the window at an endless black lava field covered with sage green moss. No trees, no bushes, nothing but a barren landscape reminding us we were in the land of volcanoes. Continue reading Ah…..The Blue Lagoon
Terry has wanted to go to Iceland for three years. We went for an eight day photography workshop. I began to write our post describing our experiences using words and phrases like otherworldly, stunning, wondrous , dream-like, and lunar landscape…but I failed to put into words the vastness, the beauty and why our breath was taken away by this land. Continue reading Why Iceland?
I pulled a fast one. Generally I follow the rules, this morning I decided to break a big one.
There are over two thousand guests disembarking from two ships this morning Copenhagen. From our balcony I see there are a limited number of taxis to the city and airport. We were told we may have to wait up to two hours for transportation after our cabin number was called to disembark. Continue reading Copenhagen, Denmark
This turned out to be one of my favorite cities of the cruise. The original buildings of Old Town were reconstructed after suffering major damage in the second world war. The old and new contemporary buildings which mimic the Dutch Style sit smartly across the Motlawa River from each other. Continue reading Gdansk, Poland
Magic is practiced by our butler Sonu and cabin master Janille. I’m not sure how they do it. All I have to do is think of something and Walla! It appears. I wonder if they can teach Terry how to do that??? Continue reading Riga, Latvia
This capital of Finland is a vibrant seaside city comprised of islands and green areas. It will be easy to explore on foot and we hope to capture the culture of their street life, architecture, forest and lakes. We’ve been told the Finns are quiet and reserved and only reveal their “party side” at night in local pubs and bars. Continue reading Helsinki, Finland
We open the drapery in our cabin. Just across the bay is the Lakhta Center, an 87-story skyscraper, the tallest building in Russia. The locals call it the “Corn” building because of its shape. The skyline of St. Petersburg is protected from the construction of modern buildings and the Lakhta Center is just outside the buffer zone. Continue reading St. Petersburg and Peterhof Palace
Our first port is Tallinn, Estonia.
Leave it to me to forget to mention the most brilliant and amazing thing to happen to us. We were offered an upgrade to a penthouse suite and we took it….wouldn’t you? When we were shown to our suite, we met Sonu, our very own butler. He told us his goal was to make us happy and our wish was his command….no kidding….just like the movie “Arthur”. Wow…..this should be good. Continue reading Tallinn, Estonia
Never having been to Stockholm, we’ve arrived two days prior to sailing the Baltic Sea. To my eyes and ears the language isn’t romantic like Italian or French. Could be too many consonants…lots of j’s and g’ linked together. Continue reading Stockholm, Sweden