Baltic Sea Cruise, Country #4: St. Petersburg, Russia

Our next stop on our awesome cruise was St. Petersburg, Russia! This was a two-day adventure and both will be included in this post.

With this particular country, as I’m sure you can guess, we couldn’t just show up like the other countries. There are a few ways we would be allowed into the country.

  1. Get a visa on your own
  2. Set up a tour with your cruise line – they’ll take care of your entrance in
  3. Find an approved off-cruise touring company – they’ll take care of your entrance in

We decided to go with option #3. The first one would probably take too long. The second option was pricier and with a larger group. Choosing the third option (we used a company called SPB Tours) was such a great decision. There were about twelve of us with a wonderful tour guide and an awesome driver!  Continue reading “Baltic Sea Cruise, Country #4: St. Petersburg, Russia”


Baltic Sea Cruise, Country #3: Tallinn, Estonia

Our second stop on our awesome cruise was Tallinn, Estonia!

Monday, 14 August 2017:

  • Arrival: 12:00pm (Clearance at 12:30pm)
  • Departure: 7:00pm (All Aboard at 6:30pm)
  • Port: Old City Harbour, pier # 25

Arriving in Tallinn, we first saw what is called Fat Margaret. Built in the 16th century, this stout tower was once used as part of the town’s defense. It was used to defend the harbor; but then became a place to store gunpowder and weapons; and finally, a prison. Currently, it houses something a bit more peaceful – the Estonian Maritime Museum.  Continue reading “Baltic Sea Cruise, Country #3: Tallinn, Estonia”

Pont-Saint-Martin, Bard, and Verres – Italy

This will be a more pleasant post, compared to the one before.

Sunday, 28 May 2017:

One of the great things about living here in Italy is the ability to visit nearby towns and discover something new and unique. We took a day trip to a few small towns the other weekend to visit their main attractions.

The three cities we visited were Pont-Saint-Martin, Bard, and Verres, which are all in the Aosta area in northern Italy. A little less than two hours away for us.  Continue reading “Pont-Saint-Martin, Bard, and Verres – Italy”