Tag Archives: travel

Discoveries in Copenhagen, Denmark: A Visitor’s Delight

by Dr. Denise R. Ames My Baltic Sea Cruise was coming to an end. Our small cruise ship, the Nautica, was steaming its way to Copenhagen, our departure port. My stint as cruise ship lecturer had come to an end, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Three Sisters Volcanoes: Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Sacred Landscape

by Dr. Denise R. Ames You can’t miss them when gazing westward from anywhere in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They are the five extinct volcanoes piercing the western landscape. Actually, two are quite small, and Native Americans call … Continue reading

Posted in Nature | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Pre-Spring Hike in the Whitfield Conversation Area: Belen, New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames Spring is just about to burst open in my hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico. But not quite yet. Tree buds are poking through and ready to express their full potential. It was in this March … Continue reading

Posted in Nature | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Petroglyphs: Rock Art of the Past in Albuquerque, New Mexico

by Dr. Denise R. Ames I am tacking a break from my blogs on the Baltic Sea cruise. The last stop on the cruise is a memorable three days in Copenhagen, Denmark. Well worth a blog or two. But I … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in travel, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in travel | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment