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Religions in Lithuania: An Eclectic Past and Present

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I stopped at the port of Klaipeda in Lithuania on my Baltic Sea cruise. As the cruise ship lecturer, I gave a talk on Lithuania (see previous blog) and spent some time describing Lithuanian religious … 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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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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Helsinki, Finland: An Egalitarian Oasis, pt. 2

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Helsinki, Finland stood in stark contrast to St. Petersburg, Russia. I had just arrived in Helsinki via the Nautica cruise ship from our last docking port in St. Petersburg. While St. Petersburg was big and … Continue reading

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Helsinki, Finland: An Egalitarian Oasis

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Next stop on my cruise of the Baltic Sea aboard the Nautica was Helsinki, Finland. Situated on a peninsula on the southern coast, overlooking the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea. Helsinki has a … 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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Travels to St. Petersburg, Russia: The Hermitage Museum

by Dr. Denise R. Ames My last day in St. Petersburg. It was a good day to be inside, since a chilly rain misted over the Neva River and penetrated my thin jacket. Once again, I queued in line to … Continue reading

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