We are heading to London; train to Southampton and board Oceania’s Marina for a Baltic Cruise. It is a 12 day cruise visiting Russia, Finland, Norway, Estonia, Sweden, and Germany.
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  • Day16

    Living at Central Train Station

    June 14, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Well, we made it to the train station . The tour was pretty good but traffic was horrible. Mr Obama was in town as well as South Korean delegates for a conference, therefore roads were blocked and traffic piled up. There were six of us on tour off the ship, somehow SPB didn’t count on luggage for six and we were in a regular van, a little cozy but it worked. They chose the van as it was easier to navigate the traffic.

    Now, store the luggage, no lockers available; we went to coffee, naturally. Next , Dianne needs a washroom. Men and women line up together; you reach the counter. The man will make change for you, if you don’t have cash you can use your Visa to charge your visit to the toilet! It is a nice washroom considering it is at a train station; fake aquariums decorate the place.

    The Swedes have a unique take on washrooms and how to handle gender identity. All washrooms are gender neutral. Boys and girls, men and women, androgynous or two spirited it’s the same washroom. Seems to work. Dianne and I still have go separately as someone has to keep track of all our precious stuff.

    Next we will find food. Done. We find a park outside, sun is shining, great place to people watch.

    Finally time to go to airport. It has been quite the day we started on a ship, then car, train and now plane. It will be good to get home.
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  • Day16

    An Old Town Walkabout

    June 14, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    We were running low on time and energy when we arrived in old town. We looked around for about 45 minutes but another day I could have spent the whole day! It was charming, many old shops I would have loved to poke around in and lots of narrow streets to explore.

  • Day16

    City Hall - Stockholm

    June 14, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    A little disappointing to see as it is under construction. Here is a couple shots of the courtyard. You can be married here. There are 2 types of services; a short one and a long one, the long one is 3 minutes and the short is 30 seconds!

    Kick bikes apparently are the latest thing in Stockholm and are used as much as bikes.Read more

  • Day16

    Still at the Vasa Museum

    June 14, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    This is a model of the Vasa ship as it was. There is extraordinary detail in the carvings and colours that they found the ship to have.. After being the ocean for more than 300 years pieces of ropes, sails, and even some remains of the 50 people who perished in the quick descent of the ship.

  • Day16

    Vasa ship

    June 14, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Largest ship of its age ever salvaged. Interesting story. King Gustav commissioned the war ship with some other ships as well. This one was built first and with a lot of input from the King. I guess he fancied himself as a ship designer. The boat was built pretty quickly, in about a year. The man in charge ultimately of the design of the ship was named Captain of the vessel. On August 10 1628, Vasa set sail on her maiden voyage and sank in Stockholm harbour. She hadn’t got far, maybe a kilometre or so. The wreck was salvaged in 1961 and is now in a museum that in my opinion is a very nice museum dedicated to the glorification of vanity and incompetence. Harsh, I know.Read more

  • Day16

    Stockholm

    June 14, 2019 in Sweden ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    It was a bit of a cluster@#$& this morning getting out of the port and in the van with SPB. There are 6 of us off the boat, the tour guide Maria and the driver Veronica.

    So we go for a driving tour around town, the traffic is a bit overwhelming but we get to our first stop Vasa Museum.

    If you couldn’t figure out the last pic...it is a commode!Read more