Tag Archives: St. Petersburg

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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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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Spilled Blood and People Watching: Travels to St. Petersburg Russia

By Dr. Denise R. Ames Next stop on my whirlwind tour visiting a slice of St. Petersburg was the interestingly-named, oddly-colorful Russian Orthodox cathedral—Church of our Savior on Spilled Blood. I wondered: “Whose blood had been spilled”? As our tour … Continue reading

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Travels to St. Petersburg: The Peter and Paul Fortress

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Next stop on a whirlwind tour of St. Petersburg was the grand Peter and Paul Fortress hugging the Neva River. Tsar Peter the Great (r. 1682-1725) commissioned the building of the fortress to protect his … Continue reading

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St. Petersburg, Russia: A Stroll through the City

By Dr. Denise R. Ames St. Petersburg is a fascinating city, full of history, intrigue, and paradoxes. Although I could spend weeks in this city, I only have 3 days. I am eager to venture out on day 2 of … Continue reading

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St. Petersburg, Russia: Peterhof Palace, Luxury Beyond Imagination

By Dr. Denise R. Ames I am traveling to the Baltic Sea as a cruise ship lecturer aboard the Nautica, part of the Oceania Cruise Line. As part of my lecturer gig, I am accompanying a tour to Peterhof Palace, … 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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