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January 2004

2014 - OCEAN PRINCESS - KIEL CANAL

HAVING TAKEN A CANAL I DID NOT KNOW EXISTED, THROUGH HOLLAND TO AMSTERDAM & BACK OUT TO THE NORTH SEA, WE ARE NOW TAKING THE KIEL CANAL THROUGH NORTHERN GERMANY.

I HAD HEARD OF THE KIEL CANAL BUT HAD NO IDEA HOW NICE A JOURNEY IT IS.

A SHORE EXCURSION TO HAMBURG WOULD HAVE MEANT MISSING THE CANAL SO I AM NOT DISAPPOINTED THAT TOUR WAS CANCELLED.

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MICHELLE - ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THOSE WANTING DRINKS ON DECK ....

AN UMPAPAH BAND ON SHORE - THEY CAME ON BOARD A LITTLE LATER TO PLAY WHILE WE TRANSITED THE CANAL...

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ANAIT SNEAKING A PEAK ON DECK .....

SHE GETS VERY EXCITED WHEN WE SEE THIS SHIP FROM HER BAR. THE NAME OF THE SHIP IS HER HOME CITY IN RUSSIA .... TYUMEN, 16 HUNDRED MILES EAST OF MOSCOW ...

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WE POP OUT ON DECK TO GET A BETTER LOOK ....... WE WAVE AT THE CREW BUT THEY DON'T RESPOND

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THE SHIP SAT A GOOD WHILE AT THESE LOCKS WAITING FOR PERMISSION TO ENTER THE CANAL. EVENTUALLY IT WAS GRANTED AFTER WE SOMEHOW SHAVED A FEW CENTIMETERS OFF THE HEIGHT OF THE SHIP. WE WERE TOO TALL FOR SOME OF THE BRIDGES APPARENTLY .

AND THE BAND PLAYED ON .....

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IT IS A VERY BUSY CANAL & A BIT OF A TIGHT SQUEEZE AT TIMES .....

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BY THIS TIME I HAD MET THE TWO YOUNGEST GIRLS ON THE BOAT & THEIR MUM & DAD ..... THEY SPOTTED THESE BALOONS IN THE DISTANCE

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ARE WE GONNA MAKE IT UNDER THE BRIDGE?

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YES - JUST!

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ANOTHER SET OF LOCKS & INTO THE BALTIC .....

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2014 - OCEAN PRINCESS - STOCKHOLM

HEADING NORTH ACROSS THE BALTIC, NEXT UP IS STOCKHOLM.

I WAS HERE ONE EASTER IN THE 60'S - IT WAS CLOSED.

HOPEFULLY IT WILL BE OPEN THIS TIME..

I LEAVE THE SHIP & WALK TOWARDS THE FERRY WITH ALBARELLA - ALTHOUGH THAT IS CLOSE BUT NOT HER NAME, I HAD A BLOCK WITH HER NAME ON BOARD & I STILL HAVE NOW.

SHE IS A WAITRESS FROM THE BUFFET. ALWAYS HAPPY, ALWAYS A BEUNAS DIAS. GAVE MY SPANISH A LITTLE REFRESHER.

DELIGHTFUL - THERE WAS A LOT OF GREAT STAFF ON THIS CRUISE. SOME OF WHOM WERE MALE TOO.

THE GUYS KEPT ME UP TO SPEED ON THE WORLD CUP SINCE PRINCESS WERE NOT SHOWING IT ANYWHERE FOR THEIR CUSTOMERS BUT THE CREW GOT TO WATCH IT..

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THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I HAVE SEEN HER WITH HER HAIR DOWN. LIKE ALL THE GIRL STAFF, HAIR IS ALWAYS TIGHTLY ROLLED...

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I LEAVE HER AND TAKE THE FERRY TO AN ISLAND IN THE HARBOUR. THE TICKET GUY SAYS I DON'T NEED A RETURN TICKET AS I CAN COME BACK FOR FREE IF IT IS WITHIN 70 MINUTES. I KNOW I AM GOING TO BE MORE THAN THAT..

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PASSING THE OCEAN PRINCESS ......

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I LAND ON THE ISLAND, PASS BY THE FUN FAIR & ALMOST AT ONCE IT IS A NICE COOL FOREST & THEN MEADOWS & THESE SCHOOL KIDS PROJECTS

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INTO A GARDEN & SOME STRANGE GARDEN MOCK-UPS ......

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ACROSS THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND & SOME WATER ......

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BACK TO THE FUN FAIR ...... THIS GIRL WAS ENTERTAINING THE CROWD ON HERE SQUEEZEBOX ....

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MY INTENTION WAS TO TAKE THE FERRY BACK. MY TICKET HAD EXPIRED, THE TICKET OFFICE WAS CLOSED. THE MACHINE WOULD NOT ACCEPT CASH & I DID NOT HAVE A CREDIT CARD.

I EXPLAINED ALL THAT TO THE TICKET COLLECTOR & OFFERED HIM THE FARE PLUS 20 KRONER & HE STILL WOULD NOT LET ME ON BOARD. I EVEN LIED A LITTLE AND SAID I HAD TO GET MY BOAT IN AN HOUR. YOU CAN SEE THE BOAT. IT'S ONLY 15 MINUTES AWAY ON THE FERRY BUT AN HOUR AND HALF WALKING, WHICH I FOUND OUT..

NOT A VERY NICE SWEDISH THING TO DO TO A TOURIST...

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ANYWAY - I DID GET TO WALK A LONG WAY .....

AND MADE IT TO MY SHIP WITH 15 MINUTES TO SPARE....

HERE I AM ON DECK FIVE WATCHING LIFE ASHORE AS WE LEAVE THROUGH COTTAGE COUNTRY ......

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QUITE NICE LITTLE COTTAGES .....

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AND OUT ACROSS THE BALTIC TOWARDS THE NEXT STOP - TALINN, ESTONIA

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2014 - OCEAN PRINCESS - TALINN, ESTONIA

AGAIN - NOTHING PLANNED FOR THIS STOP.

GOING TO GET OFF. WALK TOWARDS TOWN & FOLLOW MY NOSE ......

THEY HAVE TRAMS HERE

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THROUGH THE ARCH & INTO THE OLD TOWN .....

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THEY HAVE SOME LOVELY OLD BUILDINGS HERE ..... & I DID NOT NOTICE AT THE TIME, BUT THERE IS A RAINBOW AROUND THE SUN... THAT IS GOING TO BE THERE FOR A WHILE & CROP UP IN MORE PHOTOS ....

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THE GUIDE SAYS TO GO THAT WAY .. SO UP THE HILL I GO .....

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GREAT LOOKING CLOUDS ......

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AND HERE'S THE YOUNG LADIES FROM THE BOAT - & MIKE , TRYING TO HIDE FROM THE PAPARATZZI ......

THIS IS AT AN OVERLOOK OF THE TOWN AND I NOW START TO HEAD DOWNHILL ....

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& INTO A SMALL PARK ....

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NOW I AM DOWN BELOW THE TOWN WALLS AT WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A MOAT AT ONE TIME ....

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SOME STRANGE ART SPRINKLED ABOUT ....

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A BROKEN MAN ....

AND A WATERING CAN ....

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A DRONE HOVERING OVERHEAD .....

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AND NOW I SEE THE RAINBOW ..

MORE STRANGE ART ....

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TALINN HAS A BIT OF A FAIRYTALE QUALITY TO IT.

YOU FULLY EXPECT TO SEE SOME DAMSEL IN DISTRESS HANGING OUT OF A WINDOW.

IN FACT, WHIE I WAS TALKING TO MIKE & FAMILY, WE HEARD SOME SPINE CHILLING SCREAMS COMING FROM SOMEWHERE. HOPEFULLY IT WAS AN ENACTMENT OF SOME KIND.

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THIS IS A CHURCH .......

WITH THE RAINBOW AS A HALO OVERHEAD.

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I POINTED THE RAINBOW OUT TO SOME PEOPLE OUTSIDE THE CHURCH & WENT ON MY WAY. WHEN I LOOKED BACK, THERE WAS QUITE A CROWD TAKING PHOTOS OF THE RAINBOW .. I STARTED A TREND .

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BACK TO THE PORT WHERE THERE ARE A LOT OF SHIPS. MINE IS NOT EVEN ONE OF THESE ...

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ANAIT - HURRYING BACK TO WORK AFTER SHOPPING ... AGAIN, A NICE CHANGE TO SEE HER WITH HER HAIR UNBOUND

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THAT WAS VERY PLEASANT - A NICE STROLL WITH A FEW COFFEE AND BEER STOPS THROWN IN ...

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2014 - OCEAN PRINCESS - St. PETERSBURG, THE HERMITAGE

MOVING UP THE BALTIC A LITTLE, WE NOW REACH ST. PETERSBURG.

I HAVE BEEN WANTING TO COME HERE FOR A WHILE & IT IS A MAJOR REASON FOR MY BEING ON THIS CRUISE.

THE SHIP IS HERE FOR TWO DAYS. I DID HAVE A VERY EXPENSIVE TWO DAY TOUR BOOKED THAT WENT EVERYWHERE, BUT DECIDED TO GO THE CHEAPO ROUTE WITH A PRINCESS EXCURSION TO THE HERMITAGE WITH A FEW HOURS ON MY OWN.

GOING WITH AN ORGANISED TOUR MEANS I DO NOT NEED A VISA BUT I AM SURPRISED ABOUT BEING ALLOWED TO BE OUT WITHOUT A GUIDE.

FIRST A FEW SHOTS OF THE EARLY MORNING FROM THE SHIP ......

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IMMIGRATION WAS SHORT & PAINLESS WHERE A VEY PLEASANT GIRL DEALT WITH ME..

PRACTICALLY THE FIRST PEOPLE INTO THE HERMITAGE ..... SO WHAT'S IT GOING TO BE LIKE?

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SUMPTUOUS - I AM HERE TO SEE THE BUILDING AS MUCH AS THE ART WORK .....

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LOTS OF SHOTS LOOKING UPWARDS TO KEEP THE PEOPLE OUT .....

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I DID NOT GET TO GO OUT INTO THE GARDENS BUT TOOK THIS FROM A WINDOW ....

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WONDERFUL MOSAICS .

THIS LOOKS ARTIFICIAL TO ME BUT WAS ALSO TAKEN OUT OF THE WONDOW .....

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I COULD NOT GET A GOOD LOOK AT THIS FOR THE PEOPLE BUT IT IS A MECHANICAL BIRD .....

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LOTS OF NAKED LADIES .....

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A DA VINCI MAYBE ....

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I WAS LUCKY TO GET A SHOT WITHOUT PEOPLE HERE ...

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SURPRISE - A LADY WITH HER CLOTHES ON. BY CARRAVAGIO I THINK. I WAS LISTENING TO OUR EXCELLENT GUIDE ON RADIO HEADPHONES BUT THERE IS FAR TO MUCH TO TAKE IN ...

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THIS GUY OBVIOUSLY HAS A HEADACHE. I KNOW HOW HE FEELS .

THE YOUNG LADIES FROM THE BOAT SEEM A LITTLE AWESTRUCK - OR JUST A LITTLE TIRED MAYBE ....

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SOME FOLKS GETTING SOME MUCH NEEDED REST .....

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NEARLY A PEOPLE FREE SHOT ...

AND HERE WE ARE ENTERING A TEMPORARY EXHIBITION WHERE PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT ALLOWED. THIS WAS TAKEN BEFORE THE GUIDE MENTIONED THAT.

IT'S ONE OF THOSE STRANGE FACTS THAT ALL THE PLACES WHERE YOU ARE TOLD NOT TO TAKE PHOTOS ARE EXACTLY THE PLACES WHERE YOU WANT TO.

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SHHH!

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WHAT A LOT OF EFFORT WE ALL TAKE TO GET JUST THE RIGHT CAMERA ANGLE ....

HERE'S THE HERMITAGE EXTERIOR .

IT WAS A GOOD THREE HOURS BUT IT NEEDS AN HOUR A DAY, EVERY DAY FOR SIX MONTHS TO APPRECIATE IT. WITH THREE HOURS IT ALL BECOMES A BLUR. ONE MORE MASTERPIECE AFTER ANOTHER .

STILL GLAD I DID IT AND WILL KNOW FOR THE NEXT TIME

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ANYWAY - THAT'S IT FOR THE HERMITAGE, NOW FOR MY THREE HOURS ON MY OWN ....

WE GET DROPPED OFF AT THIS SHOP AND AFTER A PEE BREAK, A COFFEE & A GLASS OF VODKA, ALL FREE I SET OFF ...

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ACROSS A LITTLE PARK ....

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PASS THE CAVIAR SHOP .....

AND THE AD FOR THE BALLET ..

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TO THE ODDLY NAMED, CHURCH OF THE SAVIOR ON SPILLED BLOOD ....

WHERE THE LOVELY PRINCIPAL DANCER FROM THE SHIP IS ENJOYING SOME CANDY FLOSS ....

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I GO ROUND THE BASE OF THE CHURCH BUT NOT INSIDE ... & INTO THE PARK FOR A SIT DOWN WITH A DRINK AND SOME ALMONDS BOUGHT FROM ONE OF THESE STALLS ....

WATCHING LIFE GO ON AROUND ME ..... IT'S A POPULAR SPOT FOR WEDDING PICS ....

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BACK OUT OF THE PARK, OVER THE CANAL AND ONTO NEVSKY PROSPEKT, THE NEVER ENDING SHOPPING STREET OF ST. PETERSBURG.

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I FIND A LITTLE PLACE TO HAVE A BEER BUT NO ONE IS AT THE SERVING HATCH. I AM ABOUT TO LEAVE WHEN A VERY SCARY, DISHEVELED, TRAMP LIKE GUY SAYS SOMETHING TO ME. I AM ABOUT TO BRUSH HIM OFF WHEN HE LEADS ME TO BELIEVE THE OWNER WILL BE BACK IN TEN MINUTES.

NOT SCARY AT ALL ..

I WAIT & GET MY BEER & SIT DOWN TO DRINK IT .

THIS PLACE IS SET BACK A LITTLE FROM THE MAIN ROAD WITH ANOTHER RESTAURANT WITH A PATIO BETWEEN ME AND THE STREET. A NICE SPOT TO PEOPLE WATCH

THE GIRL ON THE LEFT & HER FRIENDS SPENT A GOOD WHILE TRYING ON A SUCCESSION OF CLOTHES ON THE PATIO. THAT WAS ENTERTAINING..

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AFTER A BIT MORE WALKING ON NEVSKY, IT'S BACK TO THE MEETING SPOT FOR THE SHORT DRIVE TO THE SHIP

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I HAD A TICKET TO THE BALLET FOR TONIGHT BUT HAD GOT A BIT OF A COLD & DID NOT WANT TO BE COUGHING AND SNEEZING AT THE PERFORMANCE, SO I GAVE THE TICKET TO A NURSE ON BOARD.

SHE WAS DELIGHTED BUT THE AUTHORITIES WOULD NOT LET HER OFF THE SHIP AS SHE DID NOT HAVE A VISA & THE TICKET NAME DID NOT MATCH HERS. -- TOO BAD.

BUT - THE DAYS NOT OVER YET....

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2014 - OCEAN PRINCESS - St. PETERSBURG, FOLKLORIC SHOW

ONE OF THE PRINCESS EXCURSIONS WAS TO A FOLKLORIC SHOW.

AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, WE ALSO HAD SOME ENTERTAINERS COME ABOARD TO GIVE US A SHOW. THIS WAS FOR FREE OF COURSE.

SOMETHING OF A BARGAIN ,,,,,

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A FRONT ROW SEAT - EXCELLENT .... NOW IT'S TIME FOR BED, IT'S BEEN A LONG DAY .....

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2014 - OCEAN PRINCESS - St. PETERSBURG, METRO

NOT QUITE TIME FOR BED - A DETOUR OUT ON DECK .....

FOR A LOOK AT THE SUN GOING DOWN ON THE ST.PETERSBURG SKYLINE ....

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NOT DARK ENOUGH YET FOR THE FIREWORKS, BUT NICE ALL THE SAME .....

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NOW IT'S SUNDAY MORNING & TIME TO TAKE A TOUR OF THE SUBWAY SYSTEM ......

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BEING SUNDAY, IT'S NOT TOO CROWDED ....

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THE LADY IN THE BOOTH TELLS PEOPLE TO BEHAVE PROPERLY ON THE ESCALATOR ....

SOME RUSSIAN ART ON DISPLAY .....

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HOP ABOARD THE TRAIN .... NICE & CLEAN ....

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MORE ART ON DISPLAY .....

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JUST A COUPLE OF TRAINS & A FEW STOPS & WE ARE OUT AGAIN ....

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POPPED UP IN NEW YORK, MAYBE ....

I THINK THIS IS WHERE WE ARE HEADING FOR TEA & A SNACK, BUT WE ARE A BIT EARLY. THE GUIDE ASKS IF WE WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE WALKING .... WELLL , OK ...

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AND TO SEE WHAT LIES BEHIND THE NICE FACADES .....

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WE SLIDE THROUGH A METAL GATE, WHERE A RESIDENT ( NOT HER ) WHO HAD A BIT TOO MUCH TO DRINK LAST NIGHT WELCOMES US TO HIS BUILDING ....

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LOOKING SOMEWHAT DILAPIDATED, BUT SOMEONE HAS TAKEN THE TROUBLE TO DRAW A QUITE NICE MURAL ....

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IT'S STILL EARLY ON A SUNDAY SO NO ONE ABOUT. WE TIPTOE THROUGH THE LANES.

THE GUIDE HAD EXPLAINED THAT SHE THINKS WE ARE PERFECTLY SAFE HERE NOW BUT WOULD NOT RECOMMEND DOING IT AT NIGHT.

MUCH LIKE EVERY WHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD.

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GRAFITTI OF COURSE ... EVERYWHERE ON THE PLANET NOW...

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OOPS! WE DISTURB THE CAT ...

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IT IS ABOUT TIME FOR TEA & CAKES SO WE POP INTO A REALLY NICE PLACE WHICH I NEGLECTED TO PHOTOGRAPH.

A BONUS FOR ME WAS MEETING ANOTHER ONE OF THE ON BOARD PEOPLE UNDER 90 YEARS OLD. THERE WERE ONLY ABOUT SIX.

AMANDA FROM AUSTRALIA THOUGH SHE COULD HAVE BEEN RUSSIAN HERSELF ..

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SOME OF THE GROUP TAKE A LOOK INSIDE THE CHURCH .....

RIGHT OPPOSITE THE METRO ENTRANCE ....

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AND WE ENTER THE LOCAL MARKET.

THERE WAS A LINE OF LADIES SELLING THINGS ON THE STREET OUTSIDE. JUST A FEW MUSHROOMS OR CARROTS. CANNOT BE MAKING TOO MUCH MONEY ..

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WELL DISPLAYED PRODUCE INSIDE THE MARKET ...

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WE WERE SUPPOSED TO VISIT SOMEWHERE ELSE. I FORGET WHAT OR WHY IT WAS CANCELLED, BUT WE WERE ALSO SLOWED DOWN AND DIVERTED BY THE MARATHON SNAKING ITS WAY ACROSS THE CITY ....

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ABBEY ROAD? IT'S NOT - AND WE ARE NOT BACK IN THE USSR EITHER ....

MOST OF THE GROUP GO OFF WITH THE GUIDE TO SEE THE BLOOD CHURCH. AMANDA AND I HEAD IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION AS WE BOTH SAW THE CHURCH YESTERDAY

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OUT ONTO NEVSKY PROSPEKT ..

THIS COUPLE MUST MAKE SOME CASH, HAVING THEIR PHOTO TAKEN WITH THE TOURISTS

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CATHERINE? PROBABLY ....

THIS IS THE SHOP WINDOW OF A GREAT SHOP SELLING SWEETS OF ALL KINDS. WE FOUND OUT INSIDE THAT MARZIPAN IS MADE OF ALMONDS,

WHILE I WAS TAKING THE PICTURE I HAD MY BACK TO A CROSS WALK. THERE WAS AN ALMIGHTY BANG BEHIND ME WHERE A CAR HAD REAR-ENDED ANOTHER STOPPED AT THE TRAFFIC LIGHTS.

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ANOTHER WEDDING PARTY. THEY HAVE THIS TRADITION WHERE THE COUPLE HAVE TO GO TO SEVERAL SITES AROUND THE CITY & KISS IF THE GUESTS ARE CLAPPING .....

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BACK ON BOARD & WE GET TUGGED DOWN STREAM .... PASSING THE USUAL SUSPECTS ...

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A CHURCH ... HO HUM!

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A NUCLEAR SYMBOL ...

A COUPLE OF SUBMARINES ..

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A SCRAPYARD ...

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AND OUT TO SEA.

QUITE A NICE VISIT & I VERY MUCH ENJOYED JUST SITTING AROUND WATCHING LIFE GO BY.

BUT SADLY, A BIT OF A DISAPPOINTMENT.

CANNOT PUT MY FINGER ON WHY. A LITTLE TOO MUCH MAYBE.

AS AMANDA SAID - IT COULD DEFINITELY DO WITH SOME MORE TREES ...

I FORGOT THAT I WAS DUE IN RUSSIA AT SOCHI ON THE BLACK SEA IN OCTOBER & GAVE MY GUIDE ALL MY LEFT OVER RUBLES. NOT TO WORRY THOUGH, SHE WAS VERY GOOD & MY NEXT RUSSIA TRIP HAS BEEN CANCELED

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2014 - OCEAN PRINCESS - HELSINKI

AFTER HEADING NORTH FROM RUSSIA, WE ARE NOW DOCKED IN HELSINKI..

I AM ON DECK FIVE TO CHECK THE WEATHER AND IT IS FOUL. COLD & WET.

I LOOK DOWN ON THE QUAYSIDE AND PEOPLE ARE ALREADY HEADING TO THE TOUR BUSES.

ALSO, STANDING AROUND, ARE THE TWO YOUNG LADIES & MUM & DAD. TWO OF WHOM ARE LOOKING WOEFULLY UNDERDRESSED FOR THE WEATHER.

THE TWO HEAD OFF FOR WARMER CLOTHES & I HEAD OF FOR MY CAMERA. THESE PEOPLE ARE GOING CYCLING.

I REMEMBERED THAT THE GIRLS WERE A LITTLE APPREHENSIVE AS THE BIKES MIGHT BE CLUNKY & HAVE NO BRAKES.

WELL NO BRAKES ON THE HANDLE BARS - YOU BACK PEDDLE TO STOP.

HERE THEY ARE NOW, HEADING TO THE BIKES. DAD BEHIND ACTING AS SHEPHERD...

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AND IN THE ORANGE - IS AMANDA THAT I MET IN ST. PETERSBURG ...

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THEY GET TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER & I HEAD AFT & UP TO DECK SEVEN FOR COFFEE. PASSING THE CHURCH ON THE WAY ...

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THEY MEET THEIR GUIDE & MAKE SOME PRACTICE MOVES ....

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EVERYONE LOOKS HAPPY ....

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AND - OFF THEY GO ...

AND MAKE THEIR FIRST STOP WITHIN A MINUTE ... DRIVE SAFE NOW .....

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IT'S STILL MISERABLE OUT SO I HEAD INDOORS & WHILE AWAY SOME TIME TAKING PICTURES OF PASSING BIRDS & STREET CARS... WAITING FOR THE RAIN TO STOP A BIT ....

WHICH IT DOES FAIRLY SOON. ...

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THERE IS A MARKET ON THE HARBOUR.

ON THE WAY BACK I BUY SOME CHERRIES AND THEN ASK THE GUY IF THEY ARE LOCAL. NO - SPAIN!

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I SKIRT THE MARKET AND WIND MY WAY UP HILL INTO & OUT OF A PARK . A NICE LITTLE POND & STATUTARY ...

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NO IDEA WHAT HE IS POINTING TO.

I GO DOWN HILL & INTO ANOTHER PARK ....

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AND UP HILL AGAIN TO A PLEASANT LOOK OUT...

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TIME FOR A REST .... WITH A BIRD FOR COMPANY. AN OYSTER CATCHER MAYBE?

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UNUSUAL STATUE ...

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I HAVE NOW ARRIVED AT SOME WATER & TAKE A COFFE & A BREAK. HERES A DOG FETCHING A STICK.

I SEE A MAP ON A POST & HEAD OVER TO SEE WHERE I AM AND THERE IS ALSO A SIGN SAYING THAT TO HALE THE FERRY, PUT UP THE SEMAPHORE.

JUST AS I READ THIS, A LITTLE BOAT STOPS BESIDE ME AND A GIRL HOPS ON. I ASK THE DRIVER IF IT IS THE FERRY & HOW MUCH IS IT.

HE GIVES ME A PRICE BUT CANNOT BE BOTHERED TO CHARGE ME & I TAKE THE FIVE MINUTE RIDE.

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I HAD DONE SOME HELSINKI RESEARCH BEFORE LEAVING HOME & REMEMBER AN ISLAND WITH A FANCY RESTAURANT AND SAUNA FACILITIES & I JUST HAPPEN ACROSS IT.

TOO BAD IT IS SO EXCLUSIVE THAT I CANNOT GET A BITE OR A LOOK IN THE SAUNA .. THE DRIVER WAS VERY PLEASANT THOUGH AND WE CHATTED QUITE A BIT BEFORE HE DROVE ME BACK ASHORE. STILL FOR FREE.

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HERES THE SAUNAS .... THE DRIVER SAYS IT'S QUITE MAGICAL HERE IN THE WINTER, TO COME OUT OF THE SAUNA & INTO THE HOT TUB ...

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BACK ON SHORE - I HEAD AROUND THE COAST TOWARDS THE SHIP.

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YET ANOTHER NICE STATUE ...

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I HAD STOPPED TO HAVE A BEER ALONG THE WAY & THAT WAS A PLEASANT BREAK AWAY FROM THE RAIN.

THIS IS AS FAR NORTH AS WE GO, NEXT STOP - RIGA

HOPE IT STOPS RAINING

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