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Chocolates and Happiness - Yes, those roses are all made of chocolate. So is EVERYTHING else. Gino says, "you can't buy happiness, but you can buy chocolate!" He should have been the 5th Beatle. Jean interviews Gino in his shop. This is a very classy chocolate shop near the tower in the main square. If you pop into Chocolates and...

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Hamburg is on the banks of the Elbe River, just 70 miles inland from Travemünde. Hamburg is a huge busy port and has been for many generations as over 1,000 years ago it began as Hanseatic League port. Even the Romans settled here and made it an important city. It was bombed heavily during the war and both modern and...
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One of the best ways to see Bruges is on a simple and very cheap Canal Boat tour because it cuts through this UNESCO World Heritage city and introduces you to its cultural, architectural and historical importance. Most canal tours take only 30 minutes and you will see medieval architecture including low bridges you have to duck under. We...
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A ferry, a short flight, a cruise stop, a weekend break, Amsterdam is close, exciting and diverse. 17th century wealthy local merchants built elegant homes alongside the many canals following the construction of the dam across the River Amstel in 1270AD. The name Amsterdam could have either come from the beer Amstel or the river Amstel. In the 17th century...
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Did you ever sing sea shanties at junior school and was there a song about a German fisherman? That can be relived in Travemunde each June as there is a sea shanty at this port on the banks of the Elbe River. A cross between a sea faring party and tall ships festival it has much singing and beer. Travemünde is a coastal...
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The capitol of Latvia like so much of the Baltic coast has been controlled by the Swedes and fought over by many others. Set on the Baltic Sea at the mouth of the River Daugava, the narrow streets in the walled Old City still hold much history and are an inviting explore on foot. There is a Dome Cathedral with...

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The will be a warm welcome in Poland. The port of Gdynia is only 80 years old but some of its churches and palaces date back as far as the 13th Century like St. Michael the Archangel’s church. It also has two museum ships, so there is much to see without going far. It makes the Old Town easy to wander...
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Warnemende is German seaside resort with a fantastic lighthouse. It is near to Charlottenburg Castle, the Brandenburg Gate, Olympic Stadium, Reichstag, Potsdamer Square and has tours into medieval history just like the rest of the Baltic Sea's Hanseatic route.The nearby Rostock still reveals it was a major city in the former Hanseatic glory. It is a pedestrianised old town of...
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Skagen is on our schedule for next year on the Britannia. Skagen features in book 2 of Solo Cruiser, a series we are working on to try and get a TV deal for, we thought we had better feature it. Skagen comes almost at the end of Book 2 as things look like they are going well, and Skagen...
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Great Belt Bridge - cruising under it in the Midnight Sun - Copenhagen was a great day. Leaving any port normally means a sail away party, and sailing out of many of the Baltic destinations is idyllic because it is almost fjord or lake like as you cruise past countless islands. Back out at sea there is now a special...
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