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An August Day in Northern Germany: A Vacationer’s Delight

by Dr. Denise R. Ames After a fascinating few hours at the Minster Bad Doberan, a 13th century Cistercian abbey-church, our bus tour of a swatch of northern Germany headed to the village of Bad Doberan. A train ride on … Continue reading

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Minster Bad Doberan: A 12th Century German Church for a New Era

by Dr. Denise R. Ames The day before was a relaxing day at sea on the cruise ship Nautica, part of the Oceania Lines. That morning we docked at the small port of Warnemunde in northern Germany. The small village … Continue reading

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What to See at Sea?

by Dr. Denise R. Ames A day at sea. After a whirl-wind tour of interesting Baltic Sea ports—Tallinn, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Russia, Helsinki, Finland, and Klaipeda, Lithuania—it was nice to take a breather before our last cruise stop in Warnemunde, … Continue reading

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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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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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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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St. Petersburg, Russia: Reflections on an Enigmatic City

By Dr. Denise R. Ames As I exited the Winter Palace—my head still spinning from absorbing hundreds of exquisite art pieces at the Hermitage—and threaded my way through throngs of museum-goers to board my bus that would whisk me back … Continue reading

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St. Petersburg, Russia: A New Outlook with Old Trappings

By Dr. Denise R. Ames I am looking forward to St. Petersburg, our second stop on a Baltic Sea cruise on board the Nautica, a small cruise ship that is part of the Oceania Line. I am the cruise ship … Continue reading

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