Journeying is closely linked to travelling, and I’m lucky enough to do more than my fair share. My last big trip was to the Baltic this June, with Rich, Sue, Phyllis and the gang. I’ve been meaning to write something about it ever since we got home, but there’s always been something more topical to grab my attention. This week I decided it’s time to stop putting it off. But I fancy trying something different. So I thought I’d ‘borrow’ some of Rich’s photos (he’s a bit trigger happy when it comes to his camera, so he won’t notice) and do more of a photo-blog type thing. Let me know if you like it!
The first half of our adventure was a cruise departing from Copenhagen, but on the flight there we had an overnight layover in Helsinki, Finland. From the airport we headed straight downtown, to catch the 15 minute ferry to the spectacular island fortress of Suomenlinna. We spent several hours exploring the fort and then several more just wandering around Helsinki’s beautiful city centre – more hours than we intended in fact, thanks to losing track of time during our introduction to the (almost) midnight sun this far north.
The first port of call on the actual cruise was the surprisingly charming port of Warnemünde in northern Germany. Most of our fellow passengers jumped onto tour buses bound for Berlin. Having spent several days in Germany’s capital less than 6 months earlier, we decided we didn’t want to be stuck on a bus for 150 miles. So instead we hired a car and drove 150 miles to have lunch in Poland, as you do (OK, we might have grabbed a geocache or two while we were there). Our destination was the historic town of Szczecin, where we were lucky enough to discover the annual Festival of the Sea in full swing.
The ship’s second stop was the incredible medieval city of Tallinn in Estonia. I love walled cities, and this is one of the most picturesque I’ve ever seen. Perhaps second only to Carcassonne in southern France. As is so often the case on my travels, I only wish we could have had longer to explore. As it was, we were among the first down the gangplank in the morning, and only four people boarded the ship after us that evening.
Next stop: St Petersburg…