Monthly Archives: March 2014

Maui No Ka Oi

Black Rock in early morning light

Black Rock in early morning light

Maui No Ka Oi !  (Maui is the best) We first went to Maui (and to Hawaii) in 1992 but it wasn’t until recently when Alaska Airlines started flying to the Islands that we started to go frequently. For us it made sense because it takes about the same amount of time to fly to the east coast, Florida or Mexico and being an airline employee, the cost of flying  is minimal. I have found it to be a great place to recharge the batteries and do nothing but the island has so much to offer, you can be active the whole time if you choose. Continue reading »

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St Petersburg

 

St Petersburg-145-1A couple of years ago, we did a Baltic cruise with Princess. The cruise originated in Copenhagen (see my gallery) and made stops in Stockholm. Oslo, Helsinki, Gdansk, Talinn and St Petersburg where we overnighted and had two full days.

St Petersburg was interesting in its history as well as its sites and attractions. I am a bit of a history nut so forgive me if I get a little long on the history piece but I feel it is integral to St Petersburg. St Petersburg is the second largest city in Russia after Moscow and the home to 5+ million people. It was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great and built on swampland by conscripted peasants  (tens of thousands of whom died in the process). Peter moved the capital from Moscow in 1712  where it remained until the revolution in 1917, During the Russian revolution, the name was changed to Petrograd and then to Leningrad in 1924. In 1991 the name was changed back to St Petersburg. All of the attractions were built prior to 1917 during the Czars. Many were closed during the Soviet era or converted to education centers but were restored after Glasnost and perestroika in the late 1980’s. Continue reading »

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