Ok folks, just a small viewing of what I've been seeing for the past 2 weeks in Europe. These photos are just a small sample of the hundreds I took but I have laundry up to the sky, work to do for my wonderful boss who let me take the last 2 weeks off to go on this "words cannot describe how wonderful trip", etc.
This is Catherine's Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia, which had been the winter residence of the Russian imperial family until the October Revolution in 1917. We toured the inside and were amazed beyond words.
Frederiksborg Castle in Copenhagen, Denmark
Beautiful gardens at the Vigeland's Sculpture Park - Oslo, Norway
My travel companions, Winnie, Eileen & Jen at Vigeland's Sculpture Park
Oslo was an interesting city and was made even more interesting when our tour guide told tales of some of the folklore that originated from the area. Our collective favorite was that of the "huldre", a beautiful blond TALL woman who enticed all men who looked her way. They couldn't resist her because of her exquisite beauty. Only ONE problem: the beautiful huldre always wore a long, flowing skirt to hide her COW TAIL! Legend says that the only way for the huldre to rid herself of her tail was to marry, but once she did she turned into an ugly faced old thing! Pity the man who marries the beautiful huldre only to find that TAIL beneath the skirt after the wedding!! Talk about a shocker! (Personally, I'd just keep the tail)
Jen in the Vila Vilekulia cottage, home of Pippi Longstocking.
White Chocolate Swan at the Chocolate Midnight Buffet on our ship.
Yes, I did say CHOCOLATE midnight buffet.
Such a beautiful sunset view from our ship, leaving Estonia at 11:00 PM
I PROMISE I'll write more. Tomorrow. ZZZZZZZZZ for now.