Modern St. Petersburg

Modern St. Petersburg

An overpass near the cruise ship terminal provides a quick peek of the new St. Petersburg, Russia.  The gull-wing structures in the foreground are light poles for the new eight-lane highway built to handle heavy traffic for the 2018 World Cup.

Russia is the host country for the 2018 World Cup and St. Petersburg is the showplace. The flying saucer-looking structure in the middle right is the new stadium.  The two towers support the suspension bridge for the new highway.

This narrow view of a modernistic skyline is quite a contrast to the wall of drab government high-rise housing that surrounds the charming old city.

Thought for the Day:   We had a very successful trip to Russia — we made it back.                                                                                                                                             Bob Hope

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Warnemunde, Germany

Warnemunde, Germany

A sleepy little village of 5,000, Warnemunde, Germany has not quite woken up to the advantages of having cruise ships stop here.  Cruise ships began stopping here only about five years ago, so it’s not touristy or commercialized yet … prices are still reasonable.

Quaint little shops line the pier with flower-draped lawns sloping gently down to the pier.  To the right of this picture is a three-block long pier lined with fishing boats converted to small intimate fish restaurants.  Many merchants speak only German and don’t seem to mind the difficulties of conversing with the invading hordes of tourists.

Not much to do here, except climb the old lighthouse, but I loved the homey feel to it.

Thought for the Day:  Life is but a journey, to travel is to live twice.      Omar Khayyam

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Bicycles – Compenhagen

The most common mode of transportation in Copenhagen is the bicycle.  On any given day about 90% of the work force (including students) use a bicycle to get to school/work.  Less than 20% of the population own a car.  This is a typical street scene.

I noticed that few of the bikes had locks.  I wondered how anyone finds their own bike, like the mother seal looking for her pup in the rookery.

Thought for the Day:  Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance, you must keep moving.                                                                                                    Albert Einstein


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Viking Ship

Viking Ship – model

The Viking ship museum in Copenhagen has five different ships that have been salvaged, reassembled the found pieces, and preserved.  They are kept inside the museum under very strict climate controls.  Danes are very proud of their Viking history.

The Viking ship in this photo is a replica used for leisurely tours of the harbor. What makes this excursion unique is the passengers have to row, set the sails and everything else expected of a real Viking.

I settled for a photograph.

Thought for the Day: He who goes to sea for pleasure would go to hell to pass the time.                                                                                                                                              Anonymous

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September First

September First is a very important and celebrated day in Estonia — the first day of school. Flower shops lining the old cobblestone streets of Tallinn are very busy.  Every child, from preschool age through high school, was carrying a flower or bouquet to their teacher.

The students dress up and many are escorted to school by their entire family, who are also dressed up.  The handsome young lad in the middle photo spoke perfect English, and interpreted everything for his grandmother.  The grandmother was reluctant to allow the picture; she wanted to know where I would “show” it.  She warmed up when I told her I would show it to my grandson of the same age.

There was a carnival-like atmosphere about the whole town.

Thought for the Day:  An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.                                                                                                                                     Ben Franklin

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Pretty Girls

Carly & Phoebe

One of the things I most enjoyed during the week at South Haven, was spending quality time with my grandkids.  Generally, they are so busy with other activities at home, especially the older ones, that I’m lucky to get a “hello” and “goodbye”.

After dinner one night, all dressed up and no place to go, the two oldest grand daughters, fourteen and eighteen, decided they wanted a photo shoot on the beach. That was fun!

These young ladies are as pretty on the inside as they are on the outside; I am truly blessed.

Thought for the Day:  Beauty pleases the eyes only; sweetness of disposition charms the soul.                             Voltaire

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One Day Apart

One Day Apart

We had beautiful weather the entire week in South Haven, MI.  Except one day.

This is the Black River that flows through South Haven and empties into Lake Michigan.  Both photos were taken from roughly the same spot, except the storm surge prevented me from getting up to the railing in the bottom shot.  Only 24 hours separates the two photos.

What a difference a day makes.

Thought for the Day:  A smooth sea never made skilled mariners.                                                              English Proverb

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