Monthly Archives: February 2021

Lithuania: A Baltic Tiger

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Lithuania, the largest in size and population of the three Baltic republics, is an interesting place, along with her sister republics—Estonia and Latvia. Through history they have been pawns in feuding northern European powers, especially … Continue reading

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Klaipeda, Lithuania: A Baltic Sea Port City Ordinaire

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Back to the Baltic Sea. I am continuing with my series of travels on the cruise ship Nautica to different ports along the Baltic Sea. After boarding in Stockholm, Sweden, the Nautica steamed its way … Continue reading

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Cranes Along the Winter Bosque

By Dr. Denise R. Ames Winter in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a sea of brown vegetation and bright blue skies. The sun warms, not scorches as it does in the summer, covering me with a penetrating comfort. I am not … Continue reading

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Latvia: A Fleeting Glimpse of a Baltic Parkland pt.2

by Dr. Denise R. Ames As can happen on cruises, the weather often does not permit docking at scheduled ports. Unfortunately, this was the case with docking in Riga, Latvia. The port was just a distant speck viewed through the … Continue reading

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Latvia: A Fleeting Glimpse of a Baltic Parkland pt.1

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Our ship, the Nautica, chugged out of the port of Helsinki and into the turbulent Baltic Sea bound for Latvia. I was looking forward to seeing Latvia in person. I did one of my cruise … Continue reading

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The Embudo Canyon Trail: A Winter’s Landscape in the High Desert of New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I am going to sidetrack from my recent blogs about different ports-of-call during my Baltic Sea Cruise. I just took a fun hike along the Embudo Canyon Trail in the foothills of Albuquerque, New Mexico … Continue reading

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Helsinki, Finland: An Egalitarian Oasis, pt. 3

By Dr. Denise R. Ames We only had one day in port in Helsinki, Finland. I could have spent much more time exploring the city and talking with the people, many of whom spoke English. But I would have to … Continue reading

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