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This film is shot by a drone, so it gets up and looks down at Riga, a feast of early 20th century ornate buildings in wide streets with a population of just under a million. It is the heart of Latvia and has become extremely cosmopolitan since the iron curtain was opened. It is a classic Hanseatic city with...
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At one time the most important Hanseatic town, full of churches which all bar one stand as incredible ruins in the 'Pearl of the Baltic'.  The Swedish cruise port is on the west coast of the Baltics largest island, Gotland, and as such is not a Euro area. Sweden being one of the three EU countries not to adopt...
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Gotland is a relaxing calming island in south East Sweden which is said to take your heart rate down. The 3,040 meter limestone wall around the well preserved Hanseatic capital of Visby, began construction around 1220 but in ernest in 1270 and took over 150 years to complete. It looks like a proper castle, re-inforced by 44 towers some...
Did you know your European Medical card has an expiry date and needs to be renewed? Did you know you can use it in certain places in the Caribbean but should still be insured as you may have to pay and claim back? We jest not, here is a quote from our own governments web site   -  'You...
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This is still our favourite cruise route and we will be back on it with the Britannia in 2018 B818 in June. The Baltic was a main trading route from the day man built ships and it still is to this day. Many of these medieval towns were built as part of the Hanseatic League and have left us...
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Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid, not Disney's First published in 1837 the fairy tale has been adapted by many including Disney, but it was written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. He is discussed on our tour of Copenhagen showing the theatre and store where he worked. In his tale The Little Mermaid is willing to give up her life in...
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Stockholm is famous for 3 things, Abba, Ikea and Nobel. The Nobel Peace prize is still presented in Stockholm each year, there is a Nobel Museum. There is also an Abba Museum which is fantastic. Ikea do not have a museum, to our knowledge, not yet. Stockholm is the capital of Sweden made up of 14 islands joined by 50 bridges...
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Finding your way to the Abba Museum in Djurgården Stockholm as with much of the Baltic is a lot of water.  It is made up of 14 islands and 50 bridges. Finding your way round the many islands that make up Stockholm is key to get as much done as you can in a day. You can choose ferry or...
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Though it is said to be famous for 3 things, Abba, Ikea and Nobel, the Changing of the Guard to the music of a Swedish Armed Forces marching band at the palace is a spectacle. It is easy to find as it is inside the main palace can be combined with a leisurely walk round the 13th century Old...
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While the others went round the Fields of Mars and the church (entrance not included in the St Petersburg Explorer), as we were left on our own, we went rogue and crossed the river. We were not the only ones who crossed the bridge to the Peter & Paul Fortress. We had just enough time for an overview and to know...
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