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dgbg100106
06-16-2011, 06:45 PM
3rd F&W We are off to eat and drink around the world :)....

Well there is me = Brandi, Wife, Mother and Fun person
There is DH = David, Husband, Father, and wonderful to me.

Let’s see, we bought our APs last year, knowing full well that we were coming back this year for F&W. So at our 11 month window we booked our home resort, the Beach Club, and picked up a Studio Villa.

We have enjoyed the Festival for the previous two years, the 14th and 15th year and every year we learn something new. Last year we took David’s Sister and her Husband with us the last two days.
That trip was a lot of fun, you can read about it here…. Trip Report (http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2433034)

We talked to our friends so much about the festival last year we thought for sure they would go with us, but they told us NO, can you believe someone would tell us NO, I mean we were floored. But ok, if you don’t want to go to the happiest place on Earth, during the most grown up time in the world, then I can’t make you.

Now granted we are grown up with the youngest child 18 , and they decided to have another kid late in life who is just now 7, and I know this has some influence on your decision to go to the World but….

Anyway, we start by getting the resort booked and waiting for the fun to begin, planning and more planning.

This link is to WDW’s official website for the Festival:
http://www.foodwinefest.com/

Link to the Disney Food Blog (unofficial) site for the Food & Wine Festival including links to 2010 coverage:
http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011-e...wine-festival/

Current schedule: Could change at any moment based on the way I feel at the time.
Sunday:
Fly in, arrive 2:20pm
3:30pm @Beach Club Villas
hit up some of the kiosks
Taylor Dayne
Monday:
hit up some of the kiosks
38 Special
Sanna Dinner reservations 7:40
Tuesday:
Seminars / Demos? Kiosks, etc, etc....
DISmeet at 4PM
Flying Fish Cafe, Chef tasting 8:15PM
38 Special
Wednesday:
More of the same will fill in later
7:35pm Jiko
38 Special
Thursday:
Holding out for 3D Dessert Discovery no dessert party...
Yatchmans Steakhouse dinner reservations 6:50pm
Friday:
8:20pm flight back;
DME will pick us up around 5:30pm I am sure.

Army Ball (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=41801111&postcount=41)
Uncle Sy (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42297174&postcount=58)
Chicago, IL (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42327382&postcount=61)
Chicago, Part two (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42327845&postcount=62)
Chicago, Part Three (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42332848&postcount=65)
Chicago, Hancock Building (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42332882&postcount=66)
Chicago, Miracle Mile (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42333592&postcount=70)
Chicago, Day three (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42338481&postcount=72)
Leaving Chicago and going to Follies at Kennedy Center (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42344872&postcount=75)
CA, day 1 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42627254&postcount=76)
CA, day 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42627400&postcount=77)
Montrery Aquarium (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42627434&postcount=78)
DISmeet (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42638979&postcount=82)
Sports Legends Museum (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42644459&postcount=84)
Babe Ruth Birthplace (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42644526&postcount=85)
Crime and Punishment Museum (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42683229&postcount=90)
Crime and Punishment part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42683481&postcount=91)
Crime and Punishment Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42683676&postcount=92)
Crime and Punishment Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42683849&postcount=93)
Mr. Boot (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42683849&postcount=93)
Uncle Vanya (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42742622&postcount=99)
August 22, 2011 Flying on a jet plane.... (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42795043&postcount=104)
August 23, 2011 Iceland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42795346&postcount=105)
August 23, 2011 Amsterdam, Netherlands (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42795868&postcount=106)
August 23, 2011 Amsterdam Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42814345&postcount=107)
August 23, 2011 Amsterdam Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42814703&postcount=108)
August 23, 2011 Amsterdam Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42814864&postcount=109)
August 24, 2011 Amsterdam, Netherlands (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42817836&postcount=114)
August 24, Amsterdam part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42817852&postcount=115)
August 24, Amsterdam Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42817974&postcount=116)
August 24, Amsterdam Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42888038&postcount=121)
August 24, Amsterdam Part 5 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42888550&postcount=122)
August 24, Amsterdam Part 6 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42889006&postcount=123)
August 24, Amsterdam Part 7 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42889459&postcount=124)
August 24, Amsterdam Part 8 The Red Light District (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42894874&postcount=125)
August 25, 2011 Amsterdam, Netherlands (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42895930&postcount=126)
August 25, Amsterdam Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42912761&postcount=131)
August 25, Amsterdam Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42913556&postcount=132)
August 25, Amsterdam Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42913622&postcount=133)
August 26, 2011 Embarkation Day, Celebrity Constellation, Leaving Amsterdam (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42914489&postcount=134)
August 27, 2011, Sea Day and First Formal Night (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42920682&postcount=139)
August 28, 2011 Berlin, Germany (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43042203&postcount=140)
August 28, Berlin Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43042331&postcount=141)
August 28, Berlin Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43042417&postcount=142)
August 28, Berlin Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43043248&postcount=145)
August 28, Berlin Part 5 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43043364&postcount=146)
August 28, Berlin Part 6 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43043525&postcount=147)
August 28, Berlin Part 7 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43043926&postcount=148)
August 28, Berlin Part 8 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43044618&postcount=149)
August 28, Berlin Part 9 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43044623&postcount=150)
August 29, 2001 Sea Day (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43044875&postcount=151)
August 30, 2011 Stockholm, Sweden (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43045203&postcount=152)
August 30, 2011 Stockholm Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43045424&postcount=153)
August 30, 2011 Stockholm Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43045559&postcount=154)
August 30, 2011 Stockholm, Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43045618&postcount=155)
August 30, 2011 Stockholm, Part 5 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43109391&postcount=162)
August 31, 2001, Helsinki, Finland (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43110160&postcount=165)
August 31, 2011 Helsinki Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43110171&postcount=166)
September 1, 2011, St. Petersburg, Russia (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43130899&postcount=173)
September 1, St. Petersburg, Russia Part 2 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43140573&postcount=176)
September 1, St. Petersburg, Russia Part 3 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43163032&postcount=186)
September 1, St. Petersburg, Russia Part 4 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43204824&postcount=198)
September 1, St. Petersburg, Russia Part 5 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43206577&postcount=199)
September 1, St. Petersburg, Russia Part 6 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43226289&postcount=209)
September 1, St. Petersburg, Russia Part 7 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43233197&postcount=214)
September 1, St Petersburg, Russia Part 8 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43233206&postcount=215)
September 1, St Petersburg, Russia Part 9 (http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=43270972&postcount=228)

dgbg100106
06-16-2011, 06:58 PM
Our reservation is set and I can see it on the Disney website, it always makes me feel a little better knowing that it is for “Real”…. October 2 - 7th, 2011

Flights have been booked, southwest has some really great deals. We are flying nonstop into MCO.

I called and got the Disney Magical Express lined up to pick us up and bring us back.

I am not sure but last time we made good use of a one day rental. We stayed at Boardwalk Villas, and walked over to Dolphin and picked up the car, drove to Wal-Mart, and bought cereal, milk, snacks and beer for the evenings, I am not so sure we will need all of that since we are there for food and wine. We might just walk over to the Hess station and pick up some beer.

Decisions decisions… What to do?

dgbg100106
06-16-2011, 07:05 PM
So I posted on the F&WF official Sticky the following:

General question for everyone....

Have you done PFTS before?
What was the price last year?
Is it only on the weekends?
Is it worth it?
Is it worth getting the guaranteed seating?
Do you get to see the concert that night if you book PFTS?
Are the food offerings the same as the Kiosks?

Wow that is a lot of questions....


I was thinking that we might want to do Party For The Senses, I had heard almost all good reviews last year.

Then the bomb drops.... They only do the party on Saturday nights....:sad2:

We are there Sunday thru Friday......:sad1: no PFTS for us this year.

dgbg100106
06-16-2011, 07:16 PM
We are down into 7 month booking window for DVC resort and my friends that I had been trying to come to F&WF have decided that NOW they want to come.

We rush around to find them a resort and the only thing we can find is AKL, now don’t get me wrong I LOVE :love:AKL. I want to buy points there so I can stay when I want to in my 11 month window, but that is another story.

So we are staying at Beach Club and we got them a studio at AKL. I know they will love:love: it, but I just wish they were closer to us.:headache:

Beach club is perfect for stumbling back from the festival.:laundy:

So the two newbies are Jim and Diana, they are from Oklahoma City, OK. They are so much fun. We have been on vacation with them to Barcelona, Spain and then we meet up again in San Antonio, TX last year. They are a great couple. Lots of fun and lots of :laundy: with them two around.

John's Mom
06-16-2011, 07:40 PM
Sounds like a great party to me! :woohoo::woohoo:

Food, wine and good friends!

dgbg100106
06-16-2011, 07:49 PM
Sounds like a great party to me! :woohoo::woohoo:

Food, wine and good friends!

You are welcome to join in the fun!:cool1:

dgbg100106
06-16-2011, 07:57 PM
Since I was not going to be able to attend PFTS, my next choice is the 3D Dessert Discovery.

I read a couple of reviews from Last year here.. http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2010/10/20/3d-disneys-dessert-discovery-event-at-the-epcot-food-wine-festival/ and here ...http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=39171514&postcount=152

Just the amount of booze and bourbon make this a perfect fit for me and DH and our friends.....

Even if the price goes a little bit, I still think it is worth it, but it seems based on the past that it was only offered on a few Thursday nights, so I can keep my fingers crossed on that one.

dgbg100106
06-16-2011, 08:01 PM
Since our friends have never been to AKL, we decided that they must try JiKo. So I made reservations for us.

So I made it for Wednesday night, hoping that 3D Dessert party will happen on Thursday night.....

So this will be my third trip to Jiko, I wonder if I will ever go anywhere else...Nope I love it there. The food is wonderful.

dgbg100106
06-16-2011, 08:06 PM
Current Eat to the Beat schedule...


Taylor Dayne: 9/3-10/2/11
38 Special: 10/3-5/11
Jon Secada: 10/6-7/11
Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp: 10/8-9/11
Billy Ocean: 10/10-12/11
Starship starring Mickey Thomas: 10/13-16/11
Sugar Ray: 10/17-19/11
The Orchestra starring former members of ELO: 10/20-21/11
Howard Jones: 10/22-23/11
Boyz II Men: 10/24-26/11
Gin Blossoms: 10/27-28/11
Sister Hazel: 10/29-30/11
Hanson: 10/31-11/1/11
The Pointer Sisters: 11/2-3/11
Night Ranger: 11/4-6/11
Air Supply: 11/7-8/11
Richard Marx: 11/9-10/11
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: 11/11-13/11

I have seen Taylor Dayne before and she can rock the house, and when she plays the drums it is amazing, but I would love to see 38 Special.... That could be so cool!:dance3:

dwheatl
06-16-2011, 08:24 PM
Two of the bands on there are doing free concerts in Santa Cruz this summer - Starship and Gin Blossoms. They must have the same promoter or something. I wanted to see Gin Blossoms (again) this summer, but we are gone when they are here. Too bad I can't head off to EPCOT during the school year. pirate:

dgbg100106
06-16-2011, 10:03 PM
Two of the bands on there are doing free concerts in Santa Cruz this summer - Starship and Gin Blossoms. They must have the same promoter or something. I wanted to see Gin Blossoms (again) this summer, but we are gone when they are here. Too bad I can't head off to EPCOT during the school year. pirate:

Cool... I have never heard of Gin Blossoms...
Now Starship, was Jefferson airplane, then Jefferson Starship, and finally Starship right?

dwheatl
06-16-2011, 10:42 PM
Cool... I have never heard of Gin Blossoms...
Now Starship, was Jefferson airplane, then Jefferson Starship, and finally Starship right?

Kelly and I both love the Gin Blossoms. And yes, that's the progression of Starship, from White Rabbit (Go Ask Alice) to We Built This City.

franandaj
06-17-2011, 01:58 AM
Cool! :cool1: and Yay! :yay:

I want to hear all about your trip because you'll be back about 2-3 weeks before I go!

Scotgirl
06-17-2011, 05:36 AM
Hope you have a good trip. We're also there at that time for three weeks at a 2bdr villa at Kidani:cool1:

We've never eaten at Jiko - what's the food like? Do you get value for money?

Looking forward to eating and drinking our way around the world!:goodvibes

Looking forward to reading about your trip - always interesting to read someone else's perspective.

miprender
06-19-2011, 05:01 PM
:wave2: Hi Brandi just read your whole TR on your other thread and joining in here too



http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/WDW%20May%2027-30%202011/DSC_0105.jpg

Just wanted to say I love this photo of your family:goodvibes

dgbg100106
06-20-2011, 04:37 PM
Cool! :cool1: and Yay! :yay:

I want to hear all about your trip because you'll be back about 2-3 weeks before I go!

You know I will give you more details than you really need and food and drink porn are the norm in my TRs....

:banana: :banana: :banana:

dgbg100106
06-20-2011, 04:39 PM
Hope you have a good trip. We're also there at that time for three weeks at a 2bdr villa at Kidani:cool1:

We've never eaten at Jiko - what's the food like? Do you get value for money?

Looking forward to eating and drinking our way around the world!:goodvibes

Looking forward to reading about your trip - always interesting to read someone else's perspective.

We love Jiko... Please look thru the last couple of trips, I take photos of the food. We have had so much fun there and enjoy the food so much.

Maybe we will run into you and your family while we are there. As you saw our friends are staying at AKL - Jambo House.

dgbg100106
06-20-2011, 04:40 PM
:wave2: Hi Brandi just read your whole TR on your other thread and joining in here too



Just wanted to say I love this photo of your family:goodvibes

Thanks....

We are a strange bunch... Was it the squinting eyes or the what's not love t-shirt....:laughing: You know I feel comfortable wearing that at Disney, b/c I know noone will judge me...:laughing:

miprender
06-20-2011, 06:06 PM
Thanks....

We are a strange bunch... Was it the squinting eyes or the what's not love t-shirt....:laughing: You know I feel comfortable wearing that at Disney, b/c I know noone will judge me...:laughing:

:lmao: At Disney there is no fashion police when when anything Disney like;)

Wait to you see what I have planned for my family. I am on the disboutique thread and making all matchy outfits for the kids and matching shirts for DH & I :rotfl:

Thank goodness DH goes along with my Disney clothes addiction:rotfl:

dgbg100106
06-20-2011, 08:34 PM
:lmao: At Disney there is no fashion police when when anything Disney like;)

Wait to you see what I have planned for my family. I am on the disboutique thread and making all matchy outfits for the kids and matching shirts for DH & I :rotfl:

Thank goodness DH goes along with my Disney clothes addiction:rotfl:

looking forward to it, you leave in a month right? Send me a link to your DISigns so I can see your matching outfits....:worship:

dgbg100106
06-21-2011, 03:34 PM
more info is now available

http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2011/06/reservations-open-aug-16-for-special-events-for-epcot-international-food-wine-festival/

Reservations Open Aug. 16 for Special Events for Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

posted on June 21st, 2011 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer

Set your alarm for 7 a.m. on Aug. 16, if you have a special event you want to be sure not to miss at this year’s Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 30-Nov. 13 at Walt Disney World Resort. That’s when reservations open for ticketed culinary and beverage programs during the 16th annual food, wine, beer and cocktail extravaganza.

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Availability is limited! Do you have a favorite event you might recommend?

* First Bites Opening Reception (Sept. 29, 6:30-9 p.m.)
I will not be here so this is a no go for us
* “3D” Disney’s Dessert Discovery (Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11)
I wanted to do this but I will not be there for any of these dates....:( :sad1:
* Taste, Shake and Indulge Like the French Grand Marnier Tasting and Interactive Experience (Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5)
I wanted to do this but I will not be there for any of these dates....:( :sad1:
* Epcot Wine Schools (Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 5)
I will not be here so this is a no go for us
* Culinary Adventures in Signature Dining (Oct. 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 27, 30, Nov. 1, 2, 3, 7, 10)
I have no idea who will be offering what but I am not very excited about this right now
* Kitchen Memories, formerly Celebrating Family & Friends in the Kitchen (Sept. 30, Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11)
I will not be here so this is a no go for us
* Cheese Seminars (Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12)
I will not be here so this is a no go for us
* Party for the Senses (Oct. 8, 15, 22, Nov. 5 and 12 at new times: 7:30-10 p.m.)
I will not be here so this is a no go for us
* Food & Wine Pairings (Mondays, Tuesdays)
* Sweet Sundays (Oct. 2, 9, 16, 223, 30, Nov. 6, 13)
Maybe just maybe I can talk DH and friends into doing this....

I need to find some reviews from last year on Sweet Sundays....:wizard:

franandaj
06-21-2011, 03:52 PM
Sorry to hear that most of the events are taking place while you're not there. :sad2:

I posted a short comment on the Sweet Sundays on the F&W Sticky.

dgbg100106
06-21-2011, 11:07 PM
Well I found out that Sweet Sundays will also be a bust for us this year, it is a brunch event and we do not arrive until 2 PM on Sunday...

This is starting to suck!

Oh a brighter note, This was posted today also
http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/06/21/2011-epcot-food-and-wine-festival-to-debut-chocolate-seminars/

Looks like there might be a Chocolate Seminar coming to F&W...

miprender
06-22-2011, 11:32 AM
looking forward to it, you leave in a month right? Send me a link to your DISigns so I can see your matching outfits....:worship:

:rotfl: here's a link to some resent items I postedhttp://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=41496909#post41496909

Well I found out that Sweet Sundays will also be a bust for us this year, it is a brunch event and we do not arrive until 2 PM on Sunday...

This is starting to suck!

Oh a brighter note, This was posted today also
http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/06/21/2011-epcot-food-and-wine-festival-to-debut-chocolate-seminars/

Looks like there might be a Chocolate Seminar coming to F&W...

:cloud9: You can't go wrong with any thing involving Chocolate :lovestruc

dgbg100106
06-22-2011, 06:18 PM
:rotfl: here's a link to some resent items I postedhttp://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=41496909#post41496909



:cloud9: You can't go wrong with any thing involving Chocolate :lovestruc

:thumbsup2 for the chocolate

And I will go check out your designs.:woohoo:

dgbg100106
06-22-2011, 06:20 PM
Oh I found this today....

Mixology
The art of mixing beverages will be a focus of the festival this year. And while mixology was a small part of the Festival last year through a few seminars and the Grand Marnier tastings, in 2011, “every day at 6 o’clock will have a designated mixology class at the beverage seminar,” Hunnel says. “Start your evening happy hour over at the Festival center to watch the experts do mixology techniques.”

In fact, the art of mixed drinks and specialty spirits will be popping up in the World Showcase booths as well! Hunnel and her team search long and hard to find beverages that are indigenous to the areas represented in the Festival.

For example, the Scandinavia booth being re-introduced this year will feature the Xante Sunshine cocktail. According to Hunnel, “There are wines in Scandinavia, but you don’t often see them imported; so I was looking for something that would be different. Xante is a pear and cognac liqueur, and the aromas alone are incredible. At the festival, it will be served as a tasting by itself, or in a cocktail made with elderflower.”

I think I could enjoy the mixology classes... Everyday at 6pm..Hmmm:rolleyes1

dgbg100106
06-22-2011, 06:47 PM
Craft Beers
Last year’s 15 Beers for 15 Years was a huge success, and craft beers are making a comeback this year. “Eight craft beers from around North America will be featured. One will be Canadian, but the rest, including IPAs, are from other parts of USA,” says Hunnel.


Again I will have to remember this too. Sounds like I will have plenty to do around the world and not got to any of the special events...

dgbg100106
06-22-2011, 06:51 PM
Discounted pricing for DVC members, Annual Passholders, and Tables in Wonderland members is still under construction and will likely be in effect for seminars and demonstrations taking place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the Festival.

This is nice to know.

franandaj
06-22-2011, 09:57 PM
Discounted pricing for DVC members, Annual Passholders, and Tables in Wonderland members is still under construction and will likely be in effect for seminars and demonstrations taking place on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the Festival.

This is nice to know.

I'm glad it's all three because we still have yet to find that :headache: TIW card. I have the other two. :laughing:

I'm just hanging on every update, we want dates on the Chocolate!

dgbg100106
06-23-2011, 12:14 AM
I'm glad it's all three because we still have yet to find that :headache: TIW card. I have the other two. :laughing:

I'm just hanging on every update, we want dates on the Chocolate!

Did you notice that there is no discount on Friday, Saturday or Sunday?



Yeah chocolate dates would be good

franandaj
06-23-2011, 12:47 AM
Did you notice that there is no discount on Friday, Saturday or Sunday?



Yeah chocolate dates would be good

We may not even do any of these events so that's OK. We plan to arrive on Thursday and leave BCV Monday, but we will be at VWL until the next Thursday morning so if there was something we had to do on Tues or Wed we could. I'm guessing by the time we leave BCV we'll be done with F&W and just relax.

John's Mom
06-23-2011, 01:50 PM
Well I found out that Sweet Sundays will also be a bust for us this year, it is a brunch event and we do not arrive until 2 PM on Sunday...

This is starting to suck!

Oh a brighter note, This was posted today also
http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/06/21/2011-epcot-food-and-wine-festival-to-debut-chocolate-seminars/

Looks like there might be a Chocolate Seminar coming to F&W...

Chocolate! :worship: That's one of my favorite food groups. :lmao:

dgbg100106
06-23-2011, 05:08 PM
So has anyone done the Flying Fish Chefs Counter?

I found this review
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2506696&highlight=flying+fish+chef+s+counter

and it sounds wonderful... Maybe I should do this instead of worrying about a F&W event?

franandaj
06-23-2011, 06:56 PM
I've sat at the counter several times, but they never had a special menu like that. I would love to try that!

dgbg100106
06-23-2011, 07:54 PM
I've sat at the counter several times, but they never had a special menu like that. I would love to try that!

When you sat there did you do the chefs tasting menu?

franandaj
06-23-2011, 08:24 PM
When you sat there did you do the chefs tasting menu?

As far as I knew they didn't have one, we ordered off the regular menu. This was in 2007 & 2008 I think. We didn't have to reserve it either, when we walked in with reservations I saw the seats at the counter and asked if we could sit there. None of the chefs interacted with us but I enjoyed watching them prepare the food.

dgbg100106
06-23-2011, 10:11 PM
As far as I knew they didn't have one, we ordered off the regular menu. This was in 2007 & 2008 I think. We didn't have to reserve it either, when we walked in with reservations I saw the seats at the counter and asked if we could sit there. None of the chefs interacted with us but I enjoyed watching them prepare the food.

Oh ok... I had to make a reservation and pre pay for the event... $157.22 a person.....Ughhhh :guilty:

Oh well I hope we enjoy it.

franandaj
06-24-2011, 11:46 AM
Oh ok... I had to make a reservation and pre pay for the event... $157.22 a person.....Ughhhh :guilty:

Oh well I hope we enjoy it.

Yikes! Well at least I know I'll get to see some good pictures before I decide whether to try it or not!

dgbg100106
07-08-2011, 08:35 AM
Yikes! Well at least I know I'll get to see some good pictures before I decide whether to try it or not!

you can count on the pictures! I love :love: foodporn....

dgbg100106
07-08-2011, 09:02 AM
One of the things I want to add to my must do list is visit the China booth and get a Green Tea Plum Wine Cooler; I have heard a lot about them but never had one.

I also want to go back to the Karmels places in Germany, the Karmels were so soft and wonderful and buttery, they melted in your mouth....


(my mouth is watering just thinking about them)

dgbg100106
07-11-2011, 11:16 AM
Since I can't seem to do a PTR or TR without inserting a few random pictures from my life along the way of planning here are some pictures


This was the 236th birthday of the Army, to celebrate there was a Birthday Ball at the National Harbor in DC (really Maryland).



http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Army%20Birthday%20Ball%202011/DSCN1518-1.jpg

Mark Wills performed the first couple of songs and became the emcee of the event.

http://usarmy.vo.llnwd.net/e2/c/images/2011/06/13/200505/size0.jpg

Phil Vassar, was the main entertainment of the evening

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Army%20Birthday%20Ball%202011/DSCN1556.jpg

Comedian Chonda Pierce was the co emcee and she was pretty funny..
http://usarmy.vo.llnwd.net/e2/c/images/2011/06/13/200507/size0.jpg

This is a picture for the army... and is on the army website.
http://usarmy.vo.llnwd.net/e2/c/images/2011/06/13/200516/size0.jpg

What is funny, is that bald head on the right bottom side of the photo is my DH and the chick in glasses right in front of him is me!

Here is the food for the evening...

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Army%20Birthday%20Ball%202011/DSCN1534.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Army%20Birthday%20Ball%202011/DSCN1535.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Army%20Birthday%20Ball%202011/DSCN1549.jpg

dgbg100106
07-15-2011, 10:43 AM
More info has been posted... it is like pulling teeth around here to get all the info needed about F&WF...
http://land.allears.net/blogs/allearsteam/2011/07/passport_to_a_world_of_flavors.html

Here is some interesting things from that article
Hunnel notes that even returning marketplaces are going to be changing things up a bit -- in France, for example, they're going to offer Coq Au Vin.

"We talked to the managers and chefs at our operating participants," she says, "and they're doing a lot of other fun new things, too, including quite a few new dining events that they've not done in the past."

("Operating participants," by the way, are those locations around World Showcase that are not owned and operated by Disney, including the restaurants in Mexico, France and Italy.)

In France, for example, they will again be holding the French Regional Lunches as they have done the past few years, but they are also introducing a dining experience called, "The Best of Bocuse." Hunnel says this dinner will be "all about Paul Bocuse," the famous French chef who had a hand in developing the restaurants in the France pavilion. Mexico will not only continue with its popular Tequila Tastings in the La Cava tequila bar, but will add a tequila tasting plus lunch at its new La Hacienda. Not to be outdone, the Italy pavilion will offer beer and pizza tastings from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in its newest restaurant Via Napoli, as well as an Italian dessert and wine pairing, and a special dining event on October 23 featuring Italian white truffles.

Beer and Pizza tasting sounds right up DH's alley, I am sure he could do this.

Here is some more on the beer offerings...
Hunnel says that they are featuring eight craft beers from around North America in one of the marketplace booths. Brews from Canada, Lousiana, New Hampshire and Colorado will be included. But if crave an imported ale or lager, fear not -- you'll still find plenty of international beers at other marketplaces like Germany.

And more info on the chocolate tasting... Of course it is not happening while I am there :sad2:

The Discovery of Chocolate. Offered on three Sundays (October 9 and 16, and November 6), this is a tasting that explores the many forms our favorite cacao bean can take.

"Each of these tastings is going to be very different," Hunnel asserts. "You'll have the chance to listen to experts talk about the origins of chocolate, while tasting different types -- maybe Mexican versus Belgian, or white, milk and different types of dark chocolate. You'll be tasting them with a cocktail or maybe wine, and at the end of the program you'll have the chance to try two tapas-sized dishes made with chocolate, one savory and one sweet."

miprender
07-15-2011, 04:46 PM
This is a picture for the army... and is on the army website.
http://usarmy.vo.llnwd.net/e2/c/images/2011/06/13/200516/size0.jpg

What is funny, is that bald head on the right bottom side of the photo is my DH and the chick in glasses right in front of him is me!



:lmao: I was thinking that looks like your DH from the back.

dgbg100106
07-15-2011, 08:37 PM
:lmao: I was thinking that looks like your DH from the back.

:laughing: When I saw the picture on the Army website I knew who it was. I would know that head anywhere. :laughing:

cjwross
07-16-2011, 09:18 AM
We'll be there Oct. 21-24 :goodvibes

dgbg100106
07-16-2011, 10:40 AM
We'll be there Oct. 21-24 :goodvibes

You will have a wonderful time. :woohoo:

dgbg100106
07-18-2011, 12:14 PM
As most of you know the "Preview" was on July 16th one month prior to being able to book tickets.

Here is the link for the coverage...http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2011/07/17/2011-epcot-food-and-wine-festival-preview-dinner-details/

Here are a few of interest to me...
Italy Pavilion Events
The Italy Pavilion will introduce:

Italy Food & Beer Pairing, Tuesdays from 2-4pm at Via Napoli; $50
Italy Food & Wine Pairing, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2-4pm; $65
Italy Dessert & Wine Pairing, serving wines that have not been available in the US previously, Thursdays from 2-4pm; $50
Italian White Truffle Lunch, Sunday, October 23 from 12-3pm; $175


This would be great except we have Flying Fish Chefs table on Tuesday, and Jiko on Wednesday. DH does not want to do the Dessert and wine. and we are at home on the 23rd.... So nothing for us from Italy!

Other New Seminars and Events
Don’t forget to catch these seminars and demonstrations!

*New* Mixology Seminars, Daily at 6pm, $12 (TiW $10, M-Th)
Culinary Demos and Wine/Bev Seminars are back. Culinary seminars are Daily at 1, 3, and 5pm; costs are $11 and $13 (TiW $9 and $11, M-Th). Beverage Seminars are Daily at 12, 2, and 4pm; costs are $10 and $12 (TiW $8 and $10 M-Th)

The new Cranberry Bog will hold court in the middle of the Festival!

Well I think we are sticking with these seminars and Demos for the trip.
Mixology sounds good to me, but I guess we need to see what is being offered.

dgbg100106
07-26-2011, 07:48 AM
Here is a new link for info and facts about the F&WF....

http://wdwnews.com/releases/2011/07/22/16th-annual-epcot-international-food-wine-festival-by-the-numbers/

Something are pretty interesting
4,000 pounds of lobster for Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Lobster Rolls and Linda Bean’s Lobster Claw Cuddlers at the Hops & Barley marketplace plus Lobster and Scallop Fisherman’s Pie at the Ireland marketplace.

I have had the roll and the fisherman's pie but I don't remember the Cuddlers, it must be new.

dgbg100106
07-27-2011, 07:16 AM
They have posted the Market place booths and menus here (http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/media/wdw_nextgen/CoreCatalog/WaltDisneyWorld/en_us/Media/InternetMediaType/Event/EpcotInternationalFoodAndWineFestival/2011-food-and-wine-map.pdf) as a pdf

dgbg100106
08-14-2011, 02:08 PM
So on Friday the early booking of seminars and demos opened up and of course the only one I was looking forward to I could not get tickets too...

So, I decided I would just make dinner reservations and we can always cancel if we want to, but have them in our back pocket.

Right now we have Sanna on Monday, Flying Fish Wine Tasting dinner on Tuesday, Jiko on Wednesday, and Yachtsman Steakhouse on Thursday.

Right now I have nothing for Sunday, do you think I need one?

Remember this is the first time my friends are coming to F&W and I want them to enjoy it all, but don't want them to be hungry anyway...

franandaj
08-14-2011, 02:40 PM
Right now I have nothing for Sunday, do you think I need one?

Remember this is the first time my friends are coming to F&W and I want them to enjoy it all, but don't want them to be hungry anyway...

I always figure that you need them at WDW, but you're staying at BCV right? I suppose you could always do a walk up at Beaches n' Cream or just start off at the Festival with the Kiosks. That's our dinner plan the first night we get there.

Sorry you didn't get the Mixology session you wanted. I'll be calling in Tuesday morning and the worst part is I have to set my alarm for 3:30AM :scared1:

dgbg100106
08-14-2011, 02:47 PM
I always figure that you need them at WDW, but you're staying at BCV right? I suppose you could always do a walk up at Beaches n' Cream or just start off at the Festival with the Kiosks. That's our dinner plan the first night we get there.

Sorry you didn't get the Mixology session you wanted. I'll be calling in Tuesday morning and the worst part is I have to set my alarm for 3:30AM :scared1:

Alison, I don't think a mixology class is worth a 3:30 AM wake up call.... I think I have decided $12.00 could buy me a full sized Blood Orange Margarita at La Cava, and I will be happy anyway....

So have you decided what you wanted to book?

franandaj
08-14-2011, 03:16 PM
Alison, I don't think a mixology class is worth a 3:30 AM wake up call.... I think I have decided $12.00 could buy me a full sized Blood Orange Margarita at La Cava, and I will be happy anyway....

So have you decided what you wanted to book?

It would have only been 5:30 for the Deminars! :lmao:

My plan is to book the following. The order is the one which I will request them once I get through on the phone which is based on how fast I think they will sell out. There will be two of us calling so we'll playing tag team booking. Judging by how fast some of the deminars sold out, I'm scared that these events might go even faster!

Friday Oct 28
12:00 Regional French Lunch 4th
8:30PM 3D Desserts (Sweet Seats) 1st

Saturday Oct 29
2:30PM Taste, Shake and Indulge like the French (Grand Mariner Tasting) 2nd
8:00PM Cat Cora Dinner 3rd (back up would be Thurs Oct 27)

dgbg100106
08-14-2011, 03:31 PM
It would have only been 5:30 for the Deminars! :lmao:

My plan is to book the following. The order is the one which I will request them once I get through on the phone which is based on how fast I think they will sell out. There will be two of us calling so we'll playing tag team booking. Judging by how fast some of the deminars sold out, I'm scared that these events might go even faster!

Friday Oct 28
12:00 Regional French Lunch 4th
8:30PM 3D Desserts (Sweet Seats) 1st

Saturday Oct 29
2:30PM Taste, Shake and Indulge like the French (Grand Mariner Tasting) 2nd
8:00PM Cat Cora Dinner 3rd (back up would be Thurs Oct 27)


Those sounds like fun.... I have wanted to do the Taste, Shake and Indulge but I will not be there on Saturday. UGhh, so since I know you are gonna get the tickets.... Please take pictures and post a mini review for it, so I can plan better next year.

franandaj
08-14-2011, 03:56 PM
Those sounds like fun.... I have wanted to do the Taste, Shake and Indulge but I will not be there on Saturday. UGhh, so since I know you are gonna get the tickets.... Please take pictures and post a mini review for it, so I can plan better next year.

I plan on doing a *somewhat* Live TR (starting with our couple days at Universal) and featuring all the food from the kiosks, plus whatever special events we do. In my PTR, I'm doing an "imaginary eating around the world tour" and making up a plan of attack so that I can ensure we get to try everything we want to eat!

dgbg100106
08-14-2011, 04:20 PM
I plan on doing a *somewhat* Live TR (starting with our couple days at Universal) and featuring all the food from the kiosks, plus whatever special events we do. In my PTR, I'm doing an "imaginary eating around the world tour" and making up a plan of attack so that I can ensure we get to try everything we want to eat!

Hmmm, I will have to go look at that....

dgbg100106
08-18-2011, 09:18 AM
Back on the 12th of August, David and I got some bad news that our uncle has suffered a massive heart attack and that the Drs did not give much hope in his surviving.

He died in the room and they were able to bring him back.

Over the course of the next couple of days, he opened his eyes, and would make coughing sounds. The Dr told us it was reflexes and noted that his condition was improving.

Mu uncle did not have a DNR, he expressed his desire to live and that he wanted his kids to do everything in their power to keep him in this world if anything were to happen.

So his kids were doing everything to save him.

dgbg100106
08-18-2011, 09:22 AM
On the 15th, he was starting to get an infection where the tube was inserted, the Dr advised taking him off the ventilation machine and that they were sure he would breath on his own.

He was able to breath but never regained consciousness.

He passed away last night and has ended his suffering.


For my DH, it is really like he lost his male figure, he was the eldest living male, and the one that taught my DH so much about life and love.

When we left for work this morning, my DH hugged me, and told me that he loved me, and it was different than every morning when he does it, it was very charged emotionally, like he wanted to cling forever, almost like a kid, not wanting to let go, it was very hard and sad at the same time.

Here is a picture of my MIL and my uncle
http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/DSC_2601.jpg

franandaj
08-18-2011, 09:54 AM
So sorry for your loss. Life is so precious we need to cherish those around us because you never know what can happen. :grouphug: At least he is not suffering anymore.

dgbg100106
08-18-2011, 10:52 AM
So sorry for your loss. Life is so precious we need to cherish those around us because you never know what can happen. :grouphug: At least he is not suffering anymore.

Thanks Alison :hug:

dgbg100106
08-20-2011, 07:03 PM
So the last random pictures I posted were from the Army Birthday Ball, after that I just got too far behind...

In preparation for leaving on my vacation I wanted to catch everything up to the point I am leaving, just to make it easier on my self... :laughing:

So we went to Chicago, IL to visit our uncle (the one that just passed, we went to the Zoo, to the park, and to eat...

We stayed at the Palmer House Hilton, it is the oldest hotel in Chicago, and was the first ever fire proof hotel built, after the first version of it burned to the ground during the Great Chicago Fire...

Outside
http://photos.igougo.com/images/p84402-Chicago-Palmer_House_Hilton.jpg
http://hotels.uptake.com/blog/files/2009/08/palmer_house_hilton_exterior.jpg

Lobby
http://mymojuba.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/palmer-house-hilton-lobby.jpg

Stairs
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_LQZJ9ZLa2So/TM09kIHNeTI/AAAAAAAAA0c/pP5ZvALw2bU/s1600/Palmer-House-Hilton-palmerhousechicagostairs.jpg

Room
http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/DSC_0002.jpg
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Bathroom
http://www1.hilton.com/ts/en_US/hotels/content/CHIPHHH/media/images/photo_gallery/CHIPHHH_The_Palmer_House_Hilton_gallery_accom_gues tbathroom_large_19.jpg

our view
http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/DSC_0005.jpg

dgbg100106
08-20-2011, 07:38 PM
We decide to walk over to millennium park and just see what it is all about...

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/DSC_0006.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/DSC_0008.jpg

These are neat waterfalls, the images change as you are standing there, they do crazy things like dance, talk and spit water...

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/DSC_0012.jpg

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This walkway is pretty cool, I am sure it has a name but I have no idea what it is...

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/DSC_0023.jpg

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We decide to cross over some other streets to make it down to the marina
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franandaj
08-20-2011, 08:28 PM
We stayed there in 2007 for GGVI. Our room was tiny, but friends of ours had a giant room like you did. I didn't realize it was the first fireproofed hotel. It's also pet friendly. We bought our cute little kitty along on that trip.
Your pictures of Millennium park are gorgeous!

dgbg100106
08-21-2011, 09:07 AM
We stayed there in 2007 for GGVI. Our room was tiny, but friends of ours had a giant room like you did. I didn't realize it was the first fireproofed hotel. It's also pet friendly. We bought our cute little kitty along on that trip.
Your pictures of Millennium park are gorgeous!

Thanks ... :goodvibes

I thought that this hotel was gorgeous, it was so elegant and made me feel special... We are diamond level in the Hilton Honors programs so the gave executive lounge access, the place was really nice, offered great views and amazing breakfast. Nothing ordered special, like omelets or anything but amazing fruit, and bagels with lox... oh I was in heaven

dgbg100106
08-21-2011, 09:20 AM
Day 2, I finished my class and David and I went a several mile walk around Chicago.

The buildings are my favorite part, architecture is amazing, I do not study the subject, I just like it.

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/Day%202/DSC_0062.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/Day%202/DSC_0063.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/Day%202/DSC_0064.jpg

I thought this parking lot, was so cool, I had never seen it done this way before.
http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/Day%202/DSC_0065.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/Day%202/DSC_0071.jpg

I think most of you know that my DH served in the Army, we are drawn to most memorials out there but it so nice to just walk up on one. Here there were a ton of pictures just tapped on the walls with current memorials to soldiers. Very solemn.

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/Day%202/DSC_0072.jpg

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/Day%202/DSC_0073.jpg

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dgbg100106
08-21-2011, 09:23 AM
Not sure if everyone knows that DH is scared of Heights... Really, and Airborne Army Range is scared of heights.... He thought he could cure himself of it if he could jump out of planes...

Anyway, it took everything I had to get him to go up in the Hancock building. I had to promise not to "pull" and stunts.

So he is the far away shot...
http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/Day%202/DSC_0082.jpg

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franandaj
08-21-2011, 09:32 AM
Thanks ... :goodvibes

I thought that this hotel was gorgeous, it was so elegant and made me feel special... We are diamond level in the Hilton Honors programs so the gave executive lounge access, the place was really nice, offered great views and amazing breakfast. Nothing ordered special, like omelets or anything but amazing fruit, and bagels with lox... oh I was in heaven

Yeah, I think when we stayed there we were also diamond level. That was one of the best lounges, we've stayed in. Wish we were still diamond level now! :rolleyes1

dgbg100106
08-21-2011, 10:16 AM
Yeah, I think when we stayed there we were also diamond level. That was one of the best lounges, we've stayed in. Wish we were still diamond level now! :rolleyes1

We are still diamond, and we are staying at a Hilton in Amsterdam... So I will post about the lounge when we get back...:worship:

franandaj
08-21-2011, 10:21 AM
Have a great time!

dgbg100106
08-21-2011, 10:28 AM
walking along the miracle mile I found our favorite store....

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/Day%202/DSC_0124.jpg

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dgbg100106
08-21-2011, 11:11 AM
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http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/Day%202/DSC_0136.jpg

This is the fountain spitting water...

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Chicago%202011/Day%202/DSC_0138.jpg


brass doors inside the Palmer House Hilton
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dgbg100106
08-21-2011, 06:11 PM
Day 3 -

The Chicago Zoo
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Dinner is at the Greek Islands
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Lamb
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Dessert

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dwheatl
08-21-2011, 11:24 PM
Love the photos. The food porn is killing me. Nutrisystem starts tomorrow morning, and I've cleared the house of goodies.

dgbg100106
08-22-2011, 07:51 AM
Love the photos. The food porn is killing me. Nutrisystem starts tomorrow morning, and I've cleared the house of goodies.

Sorry. About the food, there will be more to come. :goodvibes

Good luck with the nutrisystem. Please let me know how that works for you. I might be there next.

dgbg100106
08-22-2011, 09:48 AM
On the 17th of June I was leaving Chicago, David had left the morning before, I had headed to DC for Follies at the Kennedy Center.

Taking the metro to the airport, always an adventure...

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us at the Kennedy Center...

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dgbg100106
09-14-2011, 08:23 AM
June 20th, I was heading to CA for work and a mini DISmeet...

I flew into San Jose but then drove down to Monterey, I was giving a White Paper presentation for work and demo. I really think it is the best part of my job, talking to people, teaching them how to use the thing that I help create....

Anyway, these are from the plane...

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This is from my hotel window...

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dgbg100106
09-14-2011, 08:36 AM
So as I am giving my presentation, and the Naval Postgraduate School, there is this loud barking type noise outside the window of the room I am in.

When I mean loud, I mean loud, like no one can work past this noise.

So after class I go to find out what it is....

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here is the campus...
http://www.nps.edu/Students/Prospective/Civilian/Images/Herrmann%20Hall.jpg


http://faculty.nps.edu/tdhuffmi/pix/flags.jpg

dgbg100106
09-14-2011, 08:39 AM
The Monterey aquarium was beautiful....

We had a special dinner there for the group working there. It was after hours and just for us, so it was pretty cool, to have the place to ourselves.

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dgbg100106
09-14-2011, 09:00 AM
These pictures are not the best in the world, I took with my phone....

Here also is a couple of videos... The second one, I could watch for ever, after this I understood why people had fish tanks....

Just click on the picture and you can see the video.

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Monterey%20Aquarium/th_VIDEO0006.jpg (http://s1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Monterey%20Aquarium/?action=view&current=VIDEO0006.mp4)

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Monterey%20Aquarium/th_VIDEO0011.jpg (http://s1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Monterey%20Aquarium/?action=view&current=VIDEO0011.mp4)

dwheatl
09-14-2011, 11:38 PM
Love the pictures, but that shark is just so creepy.
There are peacocks in the big cemetery here. My dad was a policeman who had to do night patrol there sometimes., and he said the sound of the birds used to make his hair stand on end.

dgbg100106
09-15-2011, 06:51 AM
Love the pictures, but that shark is just so creepy.
There are peacocks in the big cemetery here. My dad was a policeman who had to do night patrol there sometimes., and he said the sound of the birds used to make his hair stand on end.

It was really loud and a combo of barking and shrieking, hard to explain, but I would have never guessed it was the peacock...

dgbg100106
09-15-2011, 06:52 AM
After a couple of days it is time to head back to San Jose...

I have a mini dismeet with dwheatl

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/IMAG0201.jpg

We had dinner and spent them time talking, it was a lot of fun to finally meet in person.

dgbg100106
09-15-2011, 06:58 AM
So I made it home and right after the 4th of July I was out in my Herb Garden and I found this little guy, I thought it was so pretty, and cool.

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dgbg100106
09-15-2011, 02:35 PM
On the 9th of July we decided to go up to Baltimore and visit the Sports Legends Museum and the birthplace of Babe Ruth....

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And look who I see when we walk through the doors...

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This museum, is actually at Camden Yards, which was the original train station in Baltimore.
There was a little history of the railroad, riots and Mr. Lincoln before we got to the sports stuff...



This is a train car...

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This is a Botany Cross worn by Gresham Hough of the Confederate 1st MD Cavalry, this showed soldiers that were from the State of Maryland while fighting for the Confederacy... I thought it was interesting.


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This is a 1861 Colt Revolver, and was the property of Private Charles Butler of 4th Regiment, Company A.
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This is the 3rd Potomac Home Infantry Flag from 1863
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On to the sports section.....

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dgbg100106
09-15-2011, 02:40 PM
We leave the museum there and head over to the birthplace now...

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This is the front room of the house
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This is the parents bedroom

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This is the outside of the house
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franandaj
09-15-2011, 02:55 PM
Nice updates! I especially like the last one of your DH, that's cute!

OK, you posted another update while I was posting. I meant the one where he was huddling with all the other baseball players....do they call it that in baseball?

dgbg100106
09-15-2011, 05:43 PM
Nice updates! I especially like the last one of your DH, that's cute!

OK, you posted another update while I was posting. I meant the one where he was huddling with all the other baseball players....do they call it that in baseball?

The huddle is right but it is football players. But close enough i knew what you meant.

Thanks... He hates when i post his picture but he will get over it.

franandaj
09-15-2011, 06:13 PM
Brandi!!!!!!


You got a Scrollie!!!!!!!!

dgbg100106
09-15-2011, 07:46 PM
Brandi!!!!!!


You got a Scrollie!!!!!!!!

I got a scrollie........:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana::worship::worship::worship:

isnt it wonderful!

Begging works :lmao:

dgbg100106
09-19-2011, 10:17 AM
July 15th....

Crime and Punishment museum in DC

This is the outside of the Crime and Punishment Museum
http://www.totsandtravel.com/images/attractions/museums/national_museum_of_crime_amp;_punishment_washingto n_district_of_columbia.jpg
http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTPl-kGKNDOqhSmopg20NnDyq7D3zaOuDwFIhxsC5h4Af-_UHKogg
This is one of the first things you see.
http://www.offbeattravel.com/wash-dc-crime.jpg

Once you start in the museum, it walks you through a history of crime...

you start in Medieval, then to Colonial Times, next Depression-Era Criminals, then Wild West Outlaws and finally to modern day..

Here is David playing around in the Pillory...
The pillory was a device made of a wooden or metal framework erected on a post, with holes for securing the head and hands, formerly used for punishment by public humiliation and often further physical abuse, sometimes lethal.
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Next is some pistols that were used during pirating on the seas...
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here is the photo of the Dalton Gang all laid out after they were killed..

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The James gang
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James Gang Pistol
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James family confederate flag
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This is Issac Parker "The Hanging Judge"
In 21 years on the bench, Judge Parker tried 13,490 cases, 344 of which were capital crimes. Guilty pleas or convictions were handed down in 9,454 cases. Of the 160 sentenced to death by hanging (156 men and 4 women), 79 were actually hanged. The rest died in jail, appealed, or were pardoned.

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dgbg100106
09-19-2011, 10:41 AM
The Good guys....
Bat Masterson - William Barclay "Bat" Masterson (November 26, 1853–October 25, 1921) was a figure of the American Old West known as a buffalo hunter, U.S. Marshal and Army scout, avid fisherman, gambler, frontier lawman, and sports editor and columnist for the New York Morning Telegraph. He was the brother of lawmen James Masterson and Ed Masterson.

Allan Pinkerton - Allan Pinkerton (25 August 1819 – 1 July 1884) was a Scottish American detective and spy, best known for creating the Pinkerton National Detective Agency.

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This is a picture of Wild Bill Hickok's revolver,

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Hickok came to the West as a stagecoach driver, then became a lawman in the frontier territories of Kansas and Nebraska. He fought for the Union Army during the American Civil War, and gained publicity after the war as a scout, marksman, actor, and professional gambler. Between his law-enforcement duties and gambling, which easily overlapped, Hickok was involved in several notable shootouts. He was shot and killed while playing poker in a Dakota Territory saloon.

Virgil Earp - Virgil Walter Earp (July 18, 1843–October 19, 1905) fought in the Civil War. He was U.S. Deputy Marshal for south-eastern Arizona and Tombstone City Marshal at the time of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in the Arizona Territory. Two months after the shootout in Tombstone, outlaw Cowboys ambushed Virgil on the streets of Tombstone, shattering his left arm, leaving him maimed for life. His brother Morgan Earp was assassinated in March and Virgil left Tombstone for Colton, California to live with his parents and recuperate. When 16 years old, Virgil was married in Pella, Iowa. While Earp served in the Union Army during the American Civil War, his wife received a false report that he had died and, so, moved to Oregon with her parents. Virgil did not see her or his daughter again for 37 years. He married two more times.

Virgil held a variety of jobs throughout his life, though he primarily worked in law enforcement. His younger brother Wyatt, who spent most of his life as a gambler, became better known as a lawman because of writer Stuart N. Lake's fictionalized 1931 biography Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal and later portrayals of him in movies and fiction as Old West's "toughest and deadliest gunmen of his day.

This is a picture of Wyatt Earp's Revolver
http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Crime%20and%20Punishment/DSC_0294.jpg

Now on to the Great Depression crimes...

This is a picture of the Thompson Submachine gun

http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Crime%20and%20Punishment/DSC_0297.jpg
The Thompson is an American submachine gun, invented by John T. Thompson in 1919, that became infamous during the Prohibition era. It was a common sight in the media of the time, being used by both law enforcement officers and criminals. The Thompson was also known informally as: the "Tommy Gun", "Trench Broom", "Trench Sweeper", "Chicago Typewriter", "Chicago Piano", and "chopper".

The Baker - Karpis Gang

Kate "Ma" Barker (born Arizona Donnie Clark; October 8, 1873 – January 16, 1935) was the mother of several criminals who ran the Barker gang from the "public enemy era", when the exploits of gangs of criminals in the Midwest gripped the American people and press.

Alvin Francis Karpis (born Albin Francis Karpowicz; August 10, 1907 – August 26, 1979), nicknamed "Creepy" for his sinister smile, was an American criminal known for his alliance with the Barker gang in the 1930s. He was the last "public enemy" to be taken.

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The Dillinger Gang
John Herbert Dillinger, Jr. (June 22, 1903 – July 22, 1934) was an American gangster and bank robber in Depression-era United States. He was charged with, but never convicted of, the murder of an East Chicago police officer during a shoot-out. This was his only alleged homicide. His gang robbed two dozen banks and four police stations. Dillinger escaped from jail twice.

In 1933-34, seen in retrospect as the heyday of the Depression-era outlaw, Dillinger was the most notorious of all, standing out even among more violent criminals such as Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and Bonnie and Clyde. Media reports were spiced with exaggerated accounts of Dillinger's bravado and daring and his colorful personality. The government demanded federal action, and J. Edgar Hoover developed a more sophisticated Federal Bureau of Investigation as a weapon against organized crime and used Dillinger and his gang as his campaign platform to launch the FBI .

After evading police in four states for almost a year, Dillinger was wounded and returned to his father's home to recover. He returned to Chicago in July 1934 and met his end at the hands of police and federal agents who were informed of his whereabouts by Ana Cumpanas (the owner of the lodge where Dillinger sought refuge at the time). On July 22, the police and Division of Investigation closed in on the Biograph Theater. Federal agents, led by Melvin Purvis, moved to arrest him as he left the theater. He pulled a weapon and attempted to flee but was shot three times and killed.

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Bonnie and Clyde

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker was born in Rowena, Texas, the second of three children. Her father, Charles Parker, a bricklayer, died when Bonnie was four. Her mother, Emma Krause, moved with the children to her parents' home in Cement City, an industrial suburb of Dallas, where she found work as a garment sewer. Parker was one of the best students in her high school, winning top prizes in spelling, writing and public speaking

Clyde Chestnut Barrow was born in Ellis County, Texas, near Telico, a town just south of Dallas. He was the fifth of seven children of Henry Basil Barrow (1874-1957) and Cumie T. Walker (1874-1943), a desperately poor farming family that emigrated, piecemeal, to Dallas in the early 1920s as part of a wave of resettlement from the impoverished nearby farms to the impoverished urban slum known as West Dallas. It was a place of flimsy shanties and tent cities, piles of garbage and teeming open sewers, swarming insects and rampaging epidemics. The Barrows had neither shanty nor tent: they spent their first months living under their wagon. When father Henry had earned enough money to buy a tent, it was a major step up for the family.

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dgbg100106
09-19-2011, 10:57 AM
Next up the MOB...


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Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947) was an American gangster who led a Prohibition-era crime syndicate. The Chicago Outfit, which subsequently became known as the "Capones", was dedicated to smuggling and bootlegging liquor, and other illegal activities such as prostitution, in Chicago from the early 1920s to 1931.

Born in Brooklyn, New York to Italian immigrants, Capone became involved with gang activity at a young age after being expelled from school at age 14. In his early twenties, he moved to Chicago to take advantage of a new opportunity to make money smuggling illegal alcoholic beverages into the city during Prohibition. He also engaged in various other criminal activities, including bribery of government figures and prostitution. Despite his illegitimate occupation, Capone became a highly visible public figure. He made various charitable endeavors using the money he made from his activities, and was viewed by many to be a "modern-day Robin Hood".

Capone was publicly criticized for his involvement in the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre, when seven rival gang members were executed. Capone was convicted on federal charges of tax evasion, and sentenced to federal prison. His incarceration included a term at the new Alcatraz federal prison. In the final years of Capone's life, he suffered mental and physical deterioration due to late-stage neurosyphilis, which he had contracted as a youth. On January 25, 1947, he died from cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.

Some of his stuff...
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The Apalachin Meeting was a historic summit of the American Mafia held on November 14, 1957, at the home of mobster Joseph "Joe the Barber" Barbara in Apalachin, New York. The meeting was attended by roughly 100 Mafiosi from the United States, Canada, and Italy. Expensive cars with license plates from around the country aroused the curiosity of local and state law enforcement, who raided the meeting, causing Mafiosi to flee into the woods and the area surrounding the Barbara estate. More than 60 underworld bosses were detained and indicted.

The direct and most significant outcome of the Apalachin meeting was that it helped to confirm the existence of the American Mafia, which some, including Federal Bureau of Investigation director J. Edgar Hoover, had long refused to acknowledge.

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These pictures showcase some of the items belonging to David Richard Berkowitz, John Wayne Gacy, Albert Henry DeSalvo and Charles Milles Manson

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dgbg100106
09-19-2011, 11:09 AM
Here is David in a line up.... He looks so evil doesn't he :rotfl:

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This next section is on prisons

Here is a mock up of Al Capone's cell...looks pretty nice.

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"Old Smokey," an electric chair used by the state of Tennessee from 1916 to 1960. The story of Old Smokey leading up to its acquisition by the museum in 2008 might generate some genuine shivers. In 1913, Tennessee installed the electric chair in the state prison after switching from hangings to electrocution as the state's main method of execution. Over the next 44 years, 125 men were electrocuted — 85 of the men black and 40 white. Executions peaked in the 1930s, when 47 men were put to death by the chair.

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Here is a gas chamber
Between 1930 and 1980 945 men and 7 women were put to death in Gas Chambers in various states.

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Mixing of the gas...
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Badges
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FBI 10 most wanted posters.
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My favorite poster of all.
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Reading this brought tears to my eyes
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The live broadcast of Americas Most Wanted happens here at the museum also.

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dwheatl
09-19-2011, 10:40 PM
Wow, Brandi, great mini TR! My dad was a retired cop, and would have loved this Museum. We traveled to Tombstone when I was a kid to see the OK Corral. In 4th grade, I loved Western biographies like Hickock and Calamity Jane. If I ever get back to DC, I'm putting this museum on my list.

franandaj
09-20-2011, 02:12 AM
Very cool! We plan on going back to DC sometime in the near future and we'll have to put this museum on our list of places to hit!

dgbg100106
09-20-2011, 08:13 AM
Wow, Brandi, great mini TR! My dad was a retired cop, and would have loved this Museum. We traveled to Tombstone when I was a kid to see the OK Corral. In 4th grade, I loved Western biographies like Hickock and Calamity Jane. If I ever get back to DC, I'm putting this museum on my list.

Glad you liked it... We had a great time.. My foot was killing me by the end, but we really enjoyed it. It was very entertaining and informative. I would recommend it to anyone.

dgbg100106
09-20-2011, 08:27 AM
Very cool! We plan on going back to DC sometime in the near future and we'll have to put this museum on our list of places to hit!

It is one of the many many places I would suggest to visit here in DC... Now it is not a free place unlike most here, but it was fun!

dgbg100106
09-24-2011, 06:52 PM
August 4th .... Dr. Appt, at the foot and ankle Dr.

Said I had torn cartilage in my big toe, said it was like a flap turned inside out. Well it is painful and this is what I got in return.

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Me and the boot commuting to work on the train.

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Don't the vents on the top almost look like devil horns
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dgbg100106
09-24-2011, 07:08 PM
August 5th - was date night at the Kennedy Center - we are off to see Uncle Vanya starring Kate Blanchett

David took me to Legal Seafood for dinner prior to the play, we had drinks and food and generally enjoyed ourselves..

This a BBQ sandwich off their Happy Hour, yes I understand that we are at a seafood restaurant but I have to try it
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This was sauteed shrimp and fries in bacon grease....yes BACON grease.
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This was a spicy Thai calamari that was so wonderful, I still think about it and want to go back for more, so crispy and spicy and cooked perfectly, not chewy at all.
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This was a lobster BLT slider, they were so small, I could have eaten a dozen of them.
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This is the ultimate, she crab soup, with a floater of sherry on top, oh my goodness, it is so mouth watering wonderful.
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This is Mr. Boot resting up in the hall of nations in the Kennedy Center, waiting for the show...
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Blanchett plays Yelena opposite Hugo Weaving as Astrov and Richard Roxburgh in the title role. Using vaguely modern dress and a fashionably dilapidated set, the staging evokes the world of landed gentry in czarist Russia before the turn of the century. The story follows the romantic permutations of a group of tenants on a country estate following the arrival of Professor Serebryakov (John Bell) and his much younger wife, Yelena (Blanchett).

I had read so many wonderful reviews about the play and we had seen Blanchett in Street Car Named Desire in 2009 and thought that she was wonderful and made the whole play. Well we were in for a LOOONNNGGGG night tonight.

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If it had not been for Cate we would have left at intermission, it just went on and on and I was so tired and it was so boring......

Oh well I had a wonderful dinner with my husband!!!!

franandaj
09-25-2011, 02:07 AM
Great pics! I love Legal Seafoods! I didn't realize they had them that far south. We always went to the one outside Newton Center (near Boston). sorry you didn't care for the play that much, but as long as you're well fed anything is tolerable! :rotfl2:

dgbg100106
09-25-2011, 12:40 PM
Great pics! I love Legal Seafoods! I didn't realize they had them that far south. We always went to the one outside Newton Center (near Boston). sorry you didn't care for the play that much, but as long as you're well fed anything is tolerable! :rotfl2:

you know what is funny is I don't consider this to be south..... To me you don't get there until Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, West Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas:worship:

dwheatl
09-25-2011, 01:15 PM
I always consider DC the dividing line - MD is north, VA is south. Anyway, sorry the play was not good. I love drama and lit, but I'm not a big fan of Russian lit or drama.

dgbg100106
09-25-2011, 01:32 PM
I always consider DC the dividing line - MD is north, VA is south. Anyway, sorry the play was not good. I love drama and lit, but I'm not a big fan of Russian lit or drama.

you now I read Crime and Punishment, translated from Russian, last year and it took forever so dry and long to develop. SO I should have known better but I could not pass on Cate Blanchett...

dgbg100106
09-29-2011, 02:21 PM
August 22, 2011

They day we left for on our 5th anniversary cruise.

It was a lazy morning and we were late getting up, this is the first trip that I did not have to be up at the crack of dawn to fly out....

Here we are waiting for our flight...
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We flew to Boston from BWI on a little up and down flight, we came in easy and got our luggage and headed to check in for ICELAND AIR....

We get checked in and find out that we got to hang out in the Virgin Atlantic lounge. They had everything in there, food drinks, internet and power... So all electronics were plugged in and charging, we had a few beers and some food.
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We boarded the plane, and were seated in first class... it was my first time ever and I was excited....

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dgbg100106
09-29-2011, 02:51 PM
We flew for 3.5 hours to Iceland, we watched avatar on these personally video players they had.

We got to eat and drink what ever we wanted. I love being spoiled and this trip was starting off perfectly...

Keflavík International Airport
The airport was built by the United States military during World War II. The U.S. Army Air Forces desired an airfield at Keflavík capable of operating heavy bombers, in addition to a fighter strip. Funds were allocated in January 1942 and construction began on the fighter strip (known as Patterson Field) in May. Two runways of the fighter field were in use by July when Operation Bolero commenced. The bomber field, known as Meeks Field, was begun in July by military and civilian contractor crews, but the civilian contractor was soon relieved by the newly formed U.S. Navy construction battalions Seabees. Meek Field was dedicated on 23 March 1943 and by May stopover service for transatlantic military flights was in operation.

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the lounge there in the airport was not as over the top as Boston, but it was very sleek and very nice... Lots of drinks and some breakfast food, it is bright and early in the morning now.... I slept a little bit...

now it is time for the second leg of the flight 3 hours to Amsterdam...

dgbg100106
09-29-2011, 03:43 PM
Now we arrive at Schiphol airport, I have been asleep the entire time, so I did not get to take advantage of any of the food and rinks...Sucks...

Schiphol is a very big airport. Schiphol is an important European airport, ranking as Europe’s 5th busiest and the world's 15th busiest by total passenger traffic. It also ranks as the world’s 6th busiest by international passenger traffic and the world’s 17th largest for cargo tonnage.

45.3 million passengers passed through the airport in 2010, a 4% increase compared with 2009.

Schiphol's main competitors in terms of passenger traffic and cargo throughput are London Heathrow Airport, Frankfurt Airport, Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport and Madrid-Barajas Airport.

In 2009, around 67% of passengers using the airport flew to and from Europe, 12% to and from North America and around 9% to and from Asia; cargo volume was mainly between Schiphol and Asia (45%) and North America (16%).

In 2009 direct passenger flights were operated to 265 destinations, with a further 19 freighter-only routes. The airport is one out of nine airports in the world to have a rating of 4 stars in Skytrax's grading system.

Schiphol has six runways, one of which is used mainly by general aviation aircraft. The northern end of the Polderbaan, the name of last runway to be constructed, is 7 km north of the control tower, causing lengthy taxi times (up to 20 min) to the terminal.

We depart the plane, headed to pick up our luggage and then we walked to the train station, we bought a ticket for Zuid station, (here they would not take out American credit cards, because they don't have chips in them) so it was a good thing we brought some Euro with us!!!

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It was so easy to get on the train and get to our stop, it was the first stop.

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from here we walked out of the train station and straight to a GVB station to buy our tram ticket, we got a 72 hour ticket unlimited travel.

We picked up tram 5 to Apollolaan and the hotel was just a few blocks from there.
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we were bumped / upgraded to the executive level at the Hilton so we got lounge benefits there too.

Here is our room....
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We had this huge picture window over the canal, and the views were amazing...
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dgbg100106
10-01-2011, 02:05 PM
We decided to walk around Amsterdam so we started walking back towards the tram and noticed that there was an art in the park exhibit.

This is a tree planter, it looks like the new Fiat that I have seen on TV...
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A huge bronze turtle
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This is the Noorder Amstelkanaal canal that runs right behind the hotel, and is the one in our view below.
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I just thought that this was cute
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We finally make our to the tram and ride up to Central Station.
The station building of Amsterdam Centraal was designed by Pierre Cuypers and A. L. van Gendt, and opened in 1889. It features a roof span of approximately 40 meters fabricated in cast iron by Andrew Handyside of Derby, England. The station is currently under reconstruction due to the construction of the North/South metro line

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Central Station, with warm red brick and prickly spires, is the first of several Neo-Gothic buildings, built during Amsterdam's economic revival. One of the towers has a clock dial, the other tower's dial is a weather-vane.

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As you stand here with your back to the station and look forward you will see all of the city spread out in front of you. On the left side is what is referred to as the Old Side (oude) and to the right is the New Side (nieuwe).

On the left is a big towering church called St. Nicholas Church, built in the 1880's when Catholics - after about three centuries of oppression were finally free to worship in public. The church marks the beginning of the red light district.

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Officially the church was called St. Nicholas inside the Walls, i.e. the oldest part of the Amsterdam defence works. The architect, Adrianus Bleijs (1842-1912) designed the church basing himself on a combination of several revival styles of which Neo-Baroque and neo-Renaissance are the most prominent models.

The facade is crowned by two towers with a rose window in between. The centre of this window is formed by a base relief depicting Christ and the four Evangelists, made in the Van den Bossche and Crevels workshop in 1886. A sculpture of the patron saint of both the church and the city of Amsterdam was placed in a niche in the upper section of the gable top. The well-known sculptor Bart van Hove (1850-1914) made the sculpture in 1886. The crossing is articulated by a large octagonal tower with a baroque dome and lantern and crowned by a cross.

The basis of the groundplan is the scheme of the classic three-aisled cross-basilica, i.e. a nave, two aisles and a single transept. The choir is located as is usual, at the end of the nave. In the corners formed by the transept and the nave, two chapels are located, traditionally devoted to Mary and Joseph.

The city's biggest bike garage, a multistory wonder, parking your bike in the garage is free, courtesy of the government; they want to encourage you to ride your bike.

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We are walking south from here down Damrak street towards the Dam Square.

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This street was once a riverbed, where the Amstel River flowed north into the IJ (pronounced "eye") River behind today's train station.

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this is the Stock Exchange (Beurs)
Built with nine million bricks on about 5000 tree trunks hammered into the marshy soil, the Beurs stands as a symbol of the city's longest tradition as a trading town. back when stock meant whatever could be loaded and unloaded onto a boat, Amsterdammers gathered to trade. Soon, rather than trading livestock and beer, they were exchanging slips of paper and futures at one of the world's first stock exchanges.
This impressive building, built in 1903 in a geometric, minimal, no frills style, is one of the world's first "modern" buildings, function over fashion.

Because it is the thing to do David and I stop to have some fries, Vlaamse frites, or flemish fries...
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So you are supposed to eat these things with mayo, so that is what we did, but their mayo is sweet, so not what I really wanted but we had them...

dgbg100106
10-01-2011, 02:52 PM
From here we went into Dam Square.

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The city got its start right here in about 1250, when fisherman in this marshy delta settled along the built-up banks of the Amstel River. They blocked the river with a damme and created a small village called Amstel-damme. With access to the sea fisherman were soon trading with German riverboats traveling downstream and with seafaring boats from Stockholm, Hamburg and London. Dam Square was at the center of it all.

Panning the square clockwise, first you come to the Royal Palace.
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The Royal Palace in Amsterdam (Dutch: Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam or Paleis op de Dam) is one of three palaces in the Netherlands which is at the disposal of Queen Beatrix by Act of Parliament. The palace was built as city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the seventeenth century. The building became the royal palace of king Louis Napoleon and later of the Dutch Royal House.

The current building built in 1650, is appropriately classical, with triangular pediment featuring denizens of the sea cavorting with Neptune.
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A few paces away, to the right, if you are facing the Royal Palace is the New Church (Nieuwe Kerk).
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The "New" Church is 600 years old (newer than the 700 year old "old" Church in the Red Light District. The sundial above the entrance once served as the city's official timepiece. From just inside the door, you can get a free look at the 1655 organ; the stained glass window showing Count William IV giving the city its "XXX" coat of arms; and the window (over the entrance) showing the inauguration of Queen Wilhelmina. This is the church where many of the monarchs are married and all are crowned.

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Directly across the square you will find the National Monument, the obelisk, which depicts a crucified Christ, men in chains, and howling dogs, was built in 1956 as a WWII memorial. Now it's considered a monument for peace.

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Heading south again on Damrak street, we walked over to Kalverstraat. This is a walking road only, you are not even to ride your bike on this street.. There just about every kind of store here.

De Papegaai Hidden Catholic Church is here on this street.

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This Catholic Church, though not exactly hidden keeps a low profile, even now that Catholicism has been legalized in Amsterdam.
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interesting view down the street
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dgbg100106
10-01-2011, 03:14 PM
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On the arch is Amsterdam's coat of arms, a red shield with three X's and a crown. The X shaped crosses symbolize heroism, determination and mercy; the represent the crucifixion of St. Andrew, the patron saint of fishermen. The crown dates to 1489, when Maximilian I paid off a big loan from city bankers and as thanks for the cash, gave the city permission to use his prestigious trademark, the Habsburg crown, stop its shield. The relief above the door dated 1581, shows boys around a dove, asking for charity, reminding all who pass that this was an orphanage.

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If you pass through the doors here you go into a court yard that will lead to the Civic Guard Gallery, it has closed for the day.

So we move on to the Begijnhof
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It is also closed for the day.

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We will have to come back to these two gems tomorrow...

We go a few block and find Rokin Street and find the Queen Wilhelmina statue
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We wanted to visit a tobacco and pipe store here but again it was closed.
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At this point everything is closing up for the day and we decide to catch the tram back to the hotel and visit the executive lounge for some snacks and decide on the rest of the evening.

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We also have not slept in over 24 hours so it might be an early night for us...

While we are in the lounge debating if we are going back out, a huge thunderstorms blows in and it is raining cats and dogs.... We decide to just hang out there in the lounge, have a couple of cocktails, and appetizers and call it a night.

mama03
10-01-2011, 05:05 PM
OMG!!! My first name is Brandi Too. Looking forward to your report!!! Will you be posting anything of the Restaurant boards too?

dgbg100106
10-01-2011, 06:37 PM
OMG!!! My first name is Brandi Too. Looking forward to your report!!! Will you be posting anything of the Restaurant boards too?

Nice to meet you Brandi!!!!

As for the restaurant boards, I have never posted over there but it does not mean that I will not this time.

dwheatl
10-01-2011, 07:46 PM
Nothing says delicious fries like a little boy whizzing.:rotfl:
And St. Nicholas is a patron saint of prostitutes. Legend has it, he knew of a father who was going to sell his daughters into prostitution. Nicholas sneaked into their house in the night, and put money (to rescue the girls) in the stockings the girls had hung to dry over the fireplace. That is why we get presents in our stockings at Christmas.

dgbg100106
10-01-2011, 08:21 PM
Nothing says delicious fries like a little boy whizzing.:rotfl:
And St. Nicholas is a patron saint of prostitutes. Legend has it, he knew of a father who was going to sell his daughters into prostitution. Nicholas sneaked into their house in the night, and put money (to rescue the girls) in the stockings the girls had hung to dry over the fireplace. That is why we get presents in our stockings at Christmas.

well the name of the place was Manneken Pis ........ :rotfl:



say it slowly... Mann e ken Pis......

dgbg100106
10-01-2011, 08:40 PM
We are up and at em today, breakfast is being served in the lounge. The have some fresh cappuccinos for us and the most divine brown eggs that have been soft boiled. The yolks are orange and so creamy and rich, I could 6 of these things... They serve them to you in the little egg cups and just break the top off and scoop the egg out. Yummy.
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As we are sitting here we find out about the earthquake that his hit DC, I was pretty surprised, so we get online and email back home and DS says everything is fine here, no cracks, nothing broken, everything is good..

As we are finishing up the heavens open up again and the rain pours down. We decide to have another cup of coffee and wait it out a bit.

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By now it is mid morning and things are clearing up, time for us to hit the town. As we are leaving the doorman offers us a umbrella, we take it thinking it will keep the rain away.

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check out this tiny car....
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This is the picture going thru the doors into the courtyard, from the orphanage.
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This is some art being displayed from the boys
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This is an outside water tap. I thought it was kind of cool looking...
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courtyard into the Civic Guard Gallery
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This is the original relief that was displayed above the doors and it now resides in the gallery.
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We have a lot to see and do today, so we are not going into the gallery right now. This is an external display of uniforms.
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dgbg100106
10-01-2011, 08:42 PM
We decide now to walk over to the Begijnhof. This quite courtyard (buh-HHHINE-hof), lined with houses around a church, has sheltered women since 1346.

All of the house face inward to the courtyard.
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one of the charitable sisters
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this is the city's oldest wooden house, built in 1477, originally the whole city consisted of wooden houses like this one.
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To the left of the house is a display of carved gable stones that once adorned housefronts and served as street numbers.
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Just about now the rain is staring again...
This is the English Reformed Church, built 1420, the Pilgrims, fleeing persecution in England, stopped here in tolerant Amsterdam and prayed in this church before the Mayflower carried them to the religious freedom at Plymouth Rock. The church was closed while we were visiting, there is a stained glass window inside depicting the pilgrims praying, there is also a pew that they sat in along with a 1763 bible.
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in this photo, the third house down from the black one, is the hidden catholic church.
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This one was open and allowed us inside.
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This is the outside of the tobacco and Pipe place...
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the history of Hajenius begins in 1826, when the nineteen-year old Pantaleon Gerhard Coenraad Hajenius left the fortified town of Doesburg for Amsterdam. And Hajenius had a dream: to open a store that offered customers only the very best cigars. Young Hajenius was evidently a born businessman, since he established his new store in the Hotel Rijnstroom on the Vijgendam - and a location more suited to the achievement of his dream was virtually inconceivable.

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next, we are back to Kalverstraat, the pedestrian street, and we found the Mint Tower (Munttoren), this tower marked the limit of the medieval walled city, served as one of the original gates. The city walls were girdled by a moat - the Singel canal. Until 1500, the area beyond here was nothing but marshy fields and a few farms on reclaimed land.

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dgbg100106
10-01-2011, 08:58 PM
Theses twin green domes are marking the exotic Tuschinski Theater, it is still a movie theater but it is true Art Deco....

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The ceiling changes color....

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After the rain let up a little, we walked down the south bank of the Singel Canal, to the Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt)

This busy block of cut flowers, plants, bulbs, and garden supplies.
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Half way down the market we ducked into a cheese shop called Henri Willig.
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I wanted to get some Gouda and stropwaffles and I found them both here, the cheese was amazing, we got a smoked version, and it was so good, melt in your mouth and smooth...
I got cow and goat each...
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Back to the flowers
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See me in Mr Boot together with David......
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franandaj
10-02-2011, 12:59 AM
Very interesting with all the history and stuff thrown in! I guess you're either packing now or you just finished! :lmao:

Have a great F&W trip, enjoy your anniversary and throw us a bone or two while you're gone!

franandaj
10-02-2011, 01:24 AM
Nothing says delicious fries like a little boy whizzing.:rotfl:
And St. Nicholas is a patron saint of prostitutes. Legend has it, he knew of a father who was going to sell his daughters into prostitution. Nicholas sneaked into their house in the night, and put money (to rescue the girls) in the stockings the girls had hung to dry over the fireplace. That is why we get presents in our stockings at Christmas.

This is interesting, I thought he was the patron saint of lost things. "Dear St. Nicholas, please come around, something is lost and can't be found."


well the name of the place was Manneken Pis ........ :rotfl:



say it slowly... Mann e ken Pis......


I was thinking that Mannequin Piss was in Belgium, but perhaps it's a chain that expanded to the North? :confused3

We are up and at em today, breakfast is being served in the lounge. The have some fresh cappuccinos for us and the most divine brown eggs that have been soft boiled. The yolks are orange and so creamy and rich, I could 6 of these things... They serve them to you in the little egg cups and just break the top off and scoop the egg out. Yummy.

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I remember we did homestays on my trip in Germany (college band trip) and they served us these Fruhstuck Ei (Breakfast Egg). I loved them so much I learned how to make them at home and since I didn't have the egg cups, I served them in my Sake cups!

Perfect with a piece of toast or roll!

dgbg100106
10-02-2011, 08:58 AM
we are packed and ready to go...

WDW here we come!!!!

dwheatl
10-02-2011, 03:10 PM
This is interesting, I thought he was the patron saint of lost things. "Dear St. Nicholas, please come around, something is lost and can't be found."
St. Anthony is the patron saint of lost things. Think of Dennis Leary's joke about deeply embedded Catholic training - when he loses his drugs, he still prays "Tony, Tony come around, something's lost and can't be found.

we are packed and ready to go...

WDW here we come!!!!
Have a wonderful time. I can't wait to hear all about it!

dgbg100106
10-08-2011, 07:48 PM
As we were leaving the Flower market, we cross over a bridge and we now in a square named Koningsplein. It is located between the Singel and Herengracht canals.

David and I will try any kind of food once and if it is a local custom or delicacy then we always try some. For Amsterdam and this square it is Raw Herring....

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It is served with raw onions and sweet pickles.

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It was very fresh, it was not very fishy, but firm texture, and it was pretty good. Once I got over it being raw and being herring. It was pretty good. I normally do not eat sweet pickles, but everything seemed to go hand in hand, strong onions and sweet pickles and fresh herring.

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This is looking out over the canal right there in the square.
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In this picture, you see all the different gable styles, and spires from a church all along the canal.

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From Koningsplein we turned left heading straight to Leidseplein. At first, the street southward is just labeled Koningsplein and then turns into Leidsestraat. We crossed several grand canals, following a street lined with fashion and tourist shops and really crowded with people, and tons of bicycles. As we were crossing one canal we saw this barge cleaning junk out of the canal, it was everything from chairs, bicycles, and tables.
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Right at this intersection, there is a shop called "When nature Calls Smartshop" Keizersgracht 508, smartshops like this one are clean, well-lighted, fully professional retail outlets that sell powerful drugs, many of which are illegal in America. Their "Natural" drugs include harmless nutrition boosters (royal jelly), harmful but familiar tobacco, and herbal versions of popular dance-club drugs (herbal Ecstasy). The big item, maryjane seeds....

David and I got a big kick out of looking at this stuff, we just found it hard to believe that people just walked in a store and bought this stuff...

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dgbg100106
10-08-2011, 08:47 PM
We continue to make our way down to Leidseplein, this place is bustling with cafes, theaters, nightclubs, tourists, diners, and trams. There are a bunch of these mimes, statue people all over the place. This square dates back to the 17th century Golden Age.

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On the east end is the Bulldog cafe and Coffeshop, the flagship of several cafe/bar/coffeeshops in town with that name. It once housed the police bureau, a small green and white decal on the window indicates that it's a city licensed "Coffeeshop", where marijuana is sold and smoked legally.

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from Leidseplein, we turned left and headed along the busy tram filled street called Kleine-Gartman Plantsoen, which becomes Weteringschans. We came to a triangular garden, and across the street we see a row of tall, gray, Greek Style Columns entering Max Euweplein.

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The Latin inscriptions above the colonnade - homosapiens non urinat in ventum - means "People, don't pee into the wind"

Inside the courtyard you will find a large chessboard with knee-high kings. Max Euwe was a dutch world chess champion; in 1957 he beat Bobby Fisher (14 years old) in 20 moves.

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We returned to Weteringschans street, and turned right.... We found a red brick building called Paradiso.

Back when Rock and Roll was a religion, this former church staged intimate concerts by big named acts such as the Rolling Stones.
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We are walking along looking for a tram to take us back, or help us find some food to eat...

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This is the Rijksmuseum; which houses the best visual chronicle of the Dutch Golden Age...Rembrandts, Vermeers, etc..
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We walk up on the Amsterdam Canal Cruises and decide to take a canal cruise, it is a hour long, and a good chance for to just sit and rest this foot and Mr. Boot for awhile.

We bought a combo ticket and that way we could do the Heineken Experience right afterwards.

Amsterdam Canal Cruises is situated in one of the nicest neighbourhoods of Amsterdam: De Pijp. This marvelling quarter with exotic shops, a variety of international restaurants, the famous Albert Cuyp-market and the most famous museums in the world is certainly worth a visit.

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dgbg100106
10-08-2011, 09:32 PM
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notice how the front of the building looks curved to match the street/canal outline...
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then to a very modern building...
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They said this was the largest floating Bogota in the world
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this is their manual draw bridge.
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now that my feet feel better we are headed to the beer ...

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beautiful windows inside

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So they gave us a sample of the wort, and it was pretty nasty.. I heard some of them saying they liked it, but to each their own right!!!

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horses were in the stalls there at the brewery.
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This was a simulator ride, where you become the beer, it moves and shakes, gets warm and sprayers you with water...

Then they explain to you how to top your beer, why you want to do it, how to keep oxygen out of your beer and how to toast with your beer...

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At the end of the tour they dump you in a bar and give you two free beers each...

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dgbg100106
10-08-2011, 10:18 PM
there are a bunch of trams coming thru there and we catch the first one in our hotel direction... I am so tired and my feet are killing me.

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we make it back to the hotel and I soak my feet for a good while...


ok we had dinner and waited out some rain and decided to go out to the red light district and see what it had to offer....

Amsterdam's oldest neighborhood has hosted the world's oldest profession since 1200. The Red Light District lies between Damark and Nieuwmarket. Amsterdammers call it De Wallen, or "The Walls", after the old city walls that once stood here.

The s*x trade runs the gamut from shops selling p*rn and accessories to blue video arcades, from glitzy nightclub s*x shows featuring strippers and acts to the real deal. Women in bras, thongs, and high heels, standing in window displays, offering their bodies. Amsterdam keeps several thousand prostitutes employed - and it is all legal...

I was told by numerous people not to take my camera or not to take pictures around the women..

We took a tram to Dam Square and started our walk there.
The first place we see in the district is Condomerie, this is a museum for condoms.
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dgbg100106
10-09-2011, 03:47 PM
According to legend, Quentin Tarantion holed up at the Winston Hotel for three months in 1993 to write Pulp Fiction. Farther down, you come to an intersection with the Old Church down the street on the right. Standing here, notice the security cameras and modern lighting. Freedom reigns here, but everything is kept under a watchful eye by the two neighborhood police departments.

Throughout the Red Light District, you'll see Irish pubs, advertisements for football games, and British, Scottish, and Irish flags.
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Returning from a long sea voyage , sailors of yore would spy the steeple of the old church on the horizon and know they were home...

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Begun in about 1300 and dedicated to St. Nicholas, the gangly church was built in fits and starts during the next 300 years. Even when the rival New Church was built on Dam Square, Amsterdam's oldest church still had the tallest spire, the biggest organ, the most side alters, and remained the neighborhood's center of activity, bustling inside and out with merchants and street markets.

The tower 209 feet high, with an octagonal components, was updated in the 18th century and served as a model for many other Dutch churches. The church is historic, but there not much to see inside. Of the 2500 gravestones in the floor, the most famous is opposite the entrance: "Saskia 19 Juni 1642", the grave of Rembrandt's wife. The church is spacious and stripped down, due to iconclastic vandals.

This is Belle, honoring s*x workers around the world.
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Next is a bronze breast in the pavement;
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Also, here you will find an outdoor urinal, green metal for men. I made David go in and pretned he was using it for the picture, all the while there where was a man outside who needed to use it and got mad at us for taking up too much time so he just went in the side walk...

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we wandered down around Chinatown

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and back to the church

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and central station
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we made our way back to the hotel and this is our night sky view

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dgbg100106
10-09-2011, 05:42 PM
After a good nights sleep, and a few drinks or nightcaps we are ready to start a new day.

This morning it is beautiful outside.

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We had a wonderful breakfast, again with those amazing eggs, and coffee.

I think we have decided to take it a little easy today, I am still sore and stiff from the day before, that was a lot of walking.....

The canal by the hotel, I thought that this was just a beautiful scene...
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We are going to walk the Jordaan Neighborhood, so we take the tram to Dam Square, and walk to the New Church

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we see Magna Plaza shopping center straight ahead...

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The facade on this thing is amazing...
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Built in 1899 on top of 4.560 pilings, this "modern" looking building symbolized the city's economic revival after two centuries of decline. The revival was brought on by the opening of the North Sea Canal and increased industrialization, capped by a World's Fair in 1883. The shopping center, originally the main post office, now houses 40 stores.

From here we walk along Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, then turn left onto Molsteeg past the Anne Frank House and into the Jordaan.

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We arrive at the "Big Head" square...
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But it is really a bridge straddling the Singel canal called the Torensluis Bridge.

With cafes and art galleries, this quiet neighborhood seems farther than just three blocks from busy Dam Square. the canal, which was originally the moat running around the medieval walled city, looks much as it might have during the Dutch Golden Age of the 1600s, when the city quickly became a major urban city center.

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This so-called skinniest house in Amsterdam is the red house at #166. In fact, it's just the entryway to a normal house that open up farther back, with interiors looking quiet different from what you might expect from the facade.

Story has it that real estate has always been expensive on this canal, and owners were taxed by the amount of street frontage. A local saying at the time was "Only the wealthy can live on the inside of a canal's curve" where they would have maximum taxable frontage with a minimum of usable space.

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The houses crowd together, shoulder to shoulder. Built on top of thousands of logs hammered vertically into the marshy soil, they've shifted with the tides over the years, some leaning to the sides. Many brick houses have iron rods strapped onto the sides, binding the bricks to an inner skeleton of wood. Most have big, tall windows to admit as much light as possible.

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Mingled among the old houses are a few modern buildings, the sleek gray metal, ugly ones are part of the university. And though these buildings try to match the humble, functional spirit of the older ones, they fail...
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The green dome in the background is the Lutheran Church, to the left of the church is the new city, reclaimed in the 1600s and destined to be the high rent district, to the right is old town.

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franandaj
10-10-2011, 01:40 AM
You pictures are so beautiful. I was there almost fifteen years ago, but we didn't really tour the city much. It makes me realize that before we should go to Europe, we need to rehabilitate Fran a lot more so that she can walk some and not just ride the scooter.

I keep forgetting how walking intensified it is there. The other thing that is cracking me up is how obsessed these people are with peeing! :lmao: The fry place was silly enough, but to have it written on monuments and open air urinals! :rotfl2: To me this is just shocking! But I think it's pretty funny how you incorporate it into your pictures.

I never made it to the red light district or the Bulldog. My BF at the time was a huge prude and wouldn't do any of the fun stuff. :sad2: I had to get him to sit down to a meal just to have a drink! You guys know how to live it up! :thumbsup2

PrincessInOz
10-10-2011, 04:15 AM
I followed your breadcrumbs in here.....


Love the PTR so far. Your pictures of Amsterdam has taken me back 20 years. And for that I thank you for the breadcrumb trail! :hug:

I have a great friend that lives in the Beemster area and we stayed with him for 3 weeks and spent a bit of time meandering around Amsterdam....all except for the Red Light district (my friend promised he would take us and never did :headache:). I'd almost forgotten what a magical city it can be for tourists.
And where the canal boats were moored...there used to be a canal boat owned by a cat lady. She either kept lots of cats or fed the stray cats. When we were there, we were told that there were over 300 cats that visited or lived on her boat.

dgbg100106
10-10-2011, 02:24 PM
You pictures are so beautiful.

Thanks Alison, I am constantly learning and trying something new with my camera...

I was there almost fifteen years ago, but we didn't really tour the city much. It makes me realize that before we should go to Europe, we need to rehabilitate Fran a lot more so that she can walk some and not just ride the scooter.

Well I can tell you that I needed to be in better shape than I was, but we had a wonderful time. You will see in the pictures later, that there are lots of cobble stone streets that make walking difficult.


I keep forgetting how walking intensified it is there. The other thing that is cracking me up is how obsessed these people are with peeing! :lmao: The fry place was silly enough, but to have it written on monuments and open air urinals! :rotfl2: To me this is just shocking! But I think it's pretty funny how you incorporate it into your pictures. It was a very interesting time... I made David get in the urinal so I could take the picture, he thinks I am crazy so he just follows along...:love:


I never made it to the red light district or the Bulldog. My BF at the time was a huge prude and wouldn't do any of the fun stuff. :sad2: I had to get him to sit down to a meal just to have a drink! You guys know how to live it up! :thumbsup2

Well lots of people told us how dangerous it was and not to go, but after we talked several locals we decided it was not bad... And it wasn't. we had a lot of fun, and it was no more than women in bikinis in the windows, most were on the phone or reading. I have seen much worse in New Orleans....

dgbg100106
10-10-2011, 02:31 PM
I followed your breadcrumbs in here.....


Love the PTR so far. Your pictures of Amsterdam has taken me back 20 years. And for that I thank you for the breadcrumb trail! :hug:

I have a great friend that lives in the Beemster area and we stayed with him for 3 weeks and spent a bit of time meandering around Amsterdam....all except for the Red Light district (my friend promised he would take us and never did :headache:). I'd almost forgotten what a magical city it can be for tourists.
And where the canal boats were moored...there used to be a canal boat owned by a cat lady. She either kept lots of cats or fed the stray cats. When we were there, we were told that there were over 300 cats that visited or lived on her boat.

Hi :wave2: nice to see you here....

Oh to have a friend that close is amazing... Then again I guess it is not as close for you... It was a 3.5 hour flight from Boston for us, one of the easiest flights I have taken.

You need to go back and see the district before it is gone... They are slowing changing the windows out for clothing sales and predict that it will go by the wayside in the next decade.

I never heard anything about the cat lady... now I will have to google it and see if she is still there....:hug:

dgbg100106
10-11-2011, 11:19 AM
Leliegracht - This is one of the city's prettiest small canals, lined with trees and crossed by a series of arched bridges.

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The next canal we came to was Keizersgracht, and the Westerkerk tower rises above the roof tops, capped with a golden crown and the Amsterdam cost of arms.

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Rembrandt is buried under the floor of this "Western Church" which dates from 1631. Its carillons toll every 15 minutes, a sound that reminded Anne Frank that there was, indeed, an outside world.

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This is the Anne Frank house form the outside
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I tried to get David to buy this suite but for some reason he did not think it would look good on him...
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We wandered thru the area and some beautiful neighborhoods and finally made our way to the St. Andrew's Hof (Sint - Andrieshof), we were told to enter quielt throught the black door marked "Sint Andrieshof 107 t/m 145" and we would encounter a slice of Vermeer - a tiny courtyard surrounded by a dozen or so residences.

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This small scale Begijnhof is on of scores of hofes (subsidized residences built around a courtyard) funded by churches, charities and the city for low-income widows and pensioners.

The mail slots on several doors have stickers saying Nee or Ja (no or yes), telling the postman what types of junk mail they'll accept or refuse.

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Next we are making our way to the area called "Nine Little Streets" De Negen Straatjes - is in the heart of Amsterdam's canal district and is one of the city's most delightful shopping areas. These picturesque streets straddle the 17th Century canals from the Singel to the Prinsengracht. Wandering from one to the next exploring the designer boutiques, art galleries, jewellers, gift shops, fashion shops, specialist businesses and there are plenty of great bars, cafes and restaurants.

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dgbg100106
10-11-2011, 12:31 PM
We make our way back to the Leidseplein, and decide to pick up our lunch there.

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David had the ribs and I had the meatballs...They were very salty but super tender.

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This is some more of the art in the park, it is a clock that chimes every 15 minutes, it was really neat and complicated, but pretty hard to show all the moving parts in still picture.

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We are not back at the hotel and resting up for dinner... We are going to the number one restaurant rated by Zagat for Indonesian called Tempo Doeloe.

I had picked this place for the sole purpose of having Rijsttafel Istemewa, this is 25 small plates of food, ranging from mild, to medium, to hot and then the last three are blow your mind spicy!

We took the tram as far as we could and then walked about 20 minutes to the restaurant. It was a beautiful evening, still early, but reservations were at 6:30 pm

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This is a picture from the menu of the 25 different items....

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but no worries, I have all the info and will describe as we go...


The beer we were trying...
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The set up for the food...Each one of the grates has a burning fuel cell under it to keep everything warm.

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For every dish the "hotness" is indicated as follows:
- mild Dishes for which absolutely no hot spices have been used. In case you are unfamiliar with the Indonesian kitchen, do not hesitate to order these dishes
+ medium These dishes are spiced pleasantly. In preparation chili peppers (tjabeh) en small peppers (tjabeh rawit) have been used
++ hot Indonesian people do not use the term hot or spicy, they use the word "pedis". These dishes are well spiced with tjabeh and tjabeh rawit.
+++ very hot Terlaloe pedis, with these dishes our "kokkie" (chef) has not shown any mercy with various kinds of peppers

In case you would like to try a "pedis"or "terlaloe pedis" dish, please accept the following advice:
Take your time.
Insert short breaks during dinner and please ... do not stir all dishes into one undecipherable composition.
On your plate sample a few dishes, and a little rice, next taste a little of each dish together with some rice.
After some time you will notice that you can enjoy more and more of our various delicacies.
If you have never eaten "pedis" before, try something mild first, and add some "sambal of the house" (chli-paste) to your liking.
And finally the most important of this introduction:
Selamat Makan!


+ Sateh Babi skewered broiled pork with peanut sauce
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This was very good, and David and I really could have eaten more but the waiter told us to wait, b/c there was a lot of food coming...

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These were condiments for the food, rice crackers, sweet and sour items to cool off your tongue.
- Kroepoek crispy shrimp bread
- Emping crispy chips from belindjonuts
- Seroendeng grated, fried coconut with peanuts
- Atjar Tjampoer sweet and sour Indonesian salad
white and yellow rice

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This is curry rice

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This is white rice....


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These are the mild items.

- Babi Tjien pork in mild soysauce
- Daging Semoor beef with tomatoes in a mild soy sauce
- Paksoy specially prepared vegetables with sesame oil
- Sawi Toemis Chinese cabbage with Indonesian herbs
- Ajam Opor chicken in tasty sauce with cream of coconut
- Gadon Dari Sapi beef in creamy sauce with coconut cream and fresh coriander


All of these were good, we were surprised by how much heat they had for mild. I like hot and spicy items and can eat almost anything from a Chinese restaurant, now my DH has no taste buds left because he is always eating spicy, the hotter the better for him...

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These are the medium items...
- Sajoer Lodeh broth with cream of coconut and various vegetables
- Orek Arek stirfried cabbage with garlic and various herbs+ Sambel Goreng Tempeh ried soy cake in tasty sauce
+ Sambel Goreng Tahoe fried soy cheese in tasty sauce
+ Sambel Goreng Oedang tiny shrimp in tasty sauce
+ Sambel goreng Boontjes string beans in tasty sauce
+ Oerapan dry, ground coconut mixed with fresh vegetables


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Now these are the stars of the show....

There are two on the left column htat have red peppers, I was told that they were hot, really hot and the one with the yellow pepper on top, was dangerously hot, even the waiter told me he did not eat it.

+ Kelia Dari Sapi beef in medium sauce with cream of coconut, tjabeh, kemirie
+ Daging Belado beef in hot sauce with tjabeh
+ Gado Gado fresh vegetables with peanutsauce
++ Ajam Roedjak chicken in hot sauce with cream of coconut and tjabeh
++ Ajam Bali chicken in tomatoe-tjabeh sauce
+++ Daging Rendang beef cooked in tasty, hot sauce with cream of coconut

So DH ate the red peppers told me that they were warm, which means they will be hot, but I ate them and they were hot, so hot that I drank all my beer, was sprinkling the condiments on everything to try and cool it down and eating lots of coconut rice....

So here comes the last one.....
The danger sign is flashing in my mind, and I am scared... David tell me that it is hot, which means it is really hot, like take the skin off hot, and what do i do ......

i try it....

OMG, I thought my tongue and mouth were going to catch on fire... that had to be the hottest thing I have ever eaten in my life. The whole time i am thinking, why did I just do that......Stupid Brandi, Stupid Brandi, you know better than to do this....

My eye ball are sweating, I am bright red in the face, literally sweat is pouring down my face and I think I am going to die tight there at the table and never see Russia......

The bartender must catch a glimpse of me and he comes running to the table, miss you ok? I can't speak, I just point to the food, he runs back to the bar, mixes things together and comes back to the table, "miss, you drink... you feel better" at this point what do I care? I would have tried anything, so I grab the glass, like I am in a dessert and he say "Sip", i look at him like he is crazy, sip... really... why at this point.... then he says "swish in mouth" ok here I go, take a gulp and gargle right there at the table...

He looks at me like I have two heads and asks "you better now?" I wanted to say "H*ll no I am not better" but I just nod, he says keep drinking... no worries I am finishing this glass, of what ever it is....

After my taste buds have feeling in them again, I notice that it is fruity and sweet... just my style; after I have eaten a blow torch....

after what seems like an eternity I return to normal and recover...

whew...

now back to drinking.... we are so full from all this food and mystery drink we just sit there for awhile and relax.

dgbg100106
10-11-2011, 12:37 PM
Did you know that ...
... the Dutch invented gin?

Gin originated in the Netherlands in the 17th century. Its invention is often credited to the physician Franciscus Sylvius. It was sold in pharmacies and used to treat such medical problems as kidney ailments, lumbago, stomach ailments, gallstones, and gout.

It is called Jenever or Genever after the Dutch word for juniper. There are two types: Jong (young) which is the closest in taste to gin, and normally drunk neat and very cold, and Oud (old). It was introduced to England when William of Orange became king in 1689, and spread from there.

Dutch gin is a distinctly different drink from English-style gin; it is distilled with barley and sometimes aged in wood, giving it a slight resemblance to whisky.

I had wanted to go to the Bols factory and see all the different kinds of Jenever there and taste them but there just was not enough time in the day for everything we had wanted to do, so I just ordered some here at the restaurant.

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I order the Oud because I am not a fan of the Gin to begin with but I wanted to try it.

It was good but not something I would just sit around a sip on.

We pay the bill and start walking back.
I almost thought that they needed to pay us for entertaining everyone so much with my reaction to the food, but I did not push it.

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The night sky as we are walking back
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dgbg100106
10-11-2011, 01:55 PM
Well we make it back to the hotel and call it a night, tomorrow morning we board the cruise ship and say good bye to Amsterdam. :sad1: I did not have enough time here and must come back again.... Sounds like I should add it back to the bucket list...

This morning we go to the Lounge and have another wonderful breakfast and and it was storming outside, thunder, lightening, and lots of rain.

We enjoyed some cappuccinos, and boiled eggs, these eggs are so good, soft boiled and they open right up. I did have a chocolate croissant before we walked out and it looks like the rain has stopped and the sun is out. :dance3::dance3:

We went back down to the room and packed up all of our stuff, it has started to rain again and I am not in a hurry to get out in this weather. We decided to go down to the lobby, return the transformer for the power plug, and drop off our luggage with the concierge, then go back upstairs to the lounge to wait out the weather.

Finally a break around 12:00, back down stairs, grabbed the luggage and headed for the tram number 16 on Emmastraat. We took that to central station, and hopped on the tram number 26 to the passenger terminal for the cruise, it was about 35 minutes in total. It was easy and we made it just fine, luggage in all….

We made it to the pier, it was a wait just like the one in Barcelona, David was not happy… Everyone was slow and just lots of standing and waiting and he hates to wait for anything....

Finally we are on and we board on deck 3, right where our room is, we are not sure we are going to like the Ocean View, but we are here.

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We walked around a bit had lunch at the Aqua Spa café, David and I both had the grilled tuna, salad, and melon ginger soup. We really enjoyed it. We stopped by the maître de about the table assignment and if we could change to the anytime dinner.

Back to the cabin, luggage was here, as we were putting everything away, someone was trying to get in our room. They thought they were in this room, I am guessing they were upgraded and did not know it.
Now it is time for the muster drill, off to Michaels club we go and hear the spill about the lifeboats and the vests. After that back to the room, finished unpacking and then up to the decks to watch as we pull away from Amsterdam.

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our first windmill

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These things are huge...

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We came back to the cabin and enjoyed our window, watching the North Sea flow by us and the country side. There are lots of wind turbines, here and they have wind farms.

our TA sent us a bottle
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We got ready for dinner and made our way down to dinner. Our table was interesting, there was Sylvia, and Terry from New Jersey, Terri and John from Canada, Nash and Leone from Canada, and us…

For dinner we both had Crab Louie
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David had shrimp cocktail, and I had the goat cheese tart.
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Then I had the Mushroom soup and David had the French Onion Soup.
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For main course David had the Prime Rib and I passed on anything, nothing looked good…
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For dessert we both had the Guava Sorbet. http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Baltic%20Cruise/Day%204/DSC_0077.jpg

After dinner we left to go to the Michaels Club for a cruise critic meet and greet, I was surprised to see it on the first night and meet a lot of the people from the boards. It was a lot of fun.

After that we came back to the cabin, had to change the battery out of the safe, it was not closing or opening. After that we went for a walk, we decided to get 12K steps in and we did that, 12788….

franandaj
10-12-2011, 12:38 AM
I had meant to quote the picture of David with the Suit. Perhaps the only reason he didn't want it was that it was not his size. Otherwise, I think it would look lovely on him. :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:


So here comes the last one.....
The danger sign is flashing in my mind, and I am scared... David tell me that it is hot, which means it is really hot, like take the skin off hot, and what do i do ......

i try it....

OMG, I thought my tongue and mouth were going to catch on fire... that had to be the hottest thing I have ever eaten in my life. The whole time i am thinking, why did I just do that......Stupid Brandi, Stupid Brandi, you know better than to do this....

My eye ball are sweating, I am bright red in the face, literally sweat is pouring down my face and I think I am going to die tight there at the table and never see Russia......

The bartender must catch a glimpse of me and he comes running to the table, miss you ok? I can't speak, I just point to the food, he runs back to the bar, mixes things together and comes back to the table, "miss, you drink... you feel better" at this point what do I care? I would have tried anything, so I grab the glass, like I am in a dessert and he say "Sip", i look at him like he is crazy, sip... really... why at this point.... then he says "swish in mouth" ok here I go, take a gulp and gargle right there at the table...

He looks at me like I have two heads and asks "you better now?" I wanted to say "H*ll no I am not better" but I just nod, he says keep drinking... no worries I am finishing this glass, of what ever it is....

After my taste buds have feeling in them again, I notice that it is fruity and sweet... just my style; after I have eaten a blow torch....

after what seems like an eternity I return to normal and recover...

whew...

now back to drinking.... we are so full from all this food and mystery drink we just sit there for awhile and relax.

In hindsight this is so funny! I'm sorry you had to live through it, but the waiter did say even he didn't eat it! :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:


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I love how your shirts are backwards since you took the picture in the mirror.

We have windmills like that in a few places in CA, outside Palm Springs and off the 580 in Northen California, they are HUGE! Even from far away off the freeway you tell how big they are.

So that's how you two stay slim, 12,000 steps! I'm sure I don't take that many in a day!

dgbg100106
10-12-2011, 05:21 AM
I had meant to quote the picture of David with the Suit. Perhaps the only reason he didn't want it was that it was not his size. Otherwise, I think it would look lovely on him. :rotfl2: :rotfl2: :rotfl2:
I think you are right... just the wrong size...:rotfl2:


In hindsight this is so funny! I'm sorry you had to live through it, but the waiter did say even he didn't eat it! :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Well it was funny for me to write up, b/c I knew better, but I wanted to try it at least once...

I love how your shirts are backwards since you took the picture in the mirror. I try to take crazy pictures of us all the time, this was one that was interesting....

We have windmills like that in a few places in CA, outside Palm Springs and off the 580 in Northen California, they are HUGE! Even from far away off the freeway you tell how big they are. I could tell they are huge.... I have one with people next to it and they are like tiny dots...

So that's how you two stay slim, 12,000 steps! I'm sure I don't take that many in a day!

The first day at Disney for F&W we did over 20K steps...:woohoo: and I still gained weight...

PrincessInOz
10-12-2011, 05:54 AM
This is a picture from the menu of the 25 different items....

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but no worries, I have all the info and will describe as we go...


Did you know that the Dutch colonised Indonesia? It was the Dutch East Indies.

That menu? It is predominantly the Dutch version of Bahasa.....and I can understand about 95% of the menu! :thumbsup2 Go figure!!! :rotfl:

Glad you didn't blow your tongue/taste buds too much with the 'pedas' factor.



ps. I think David should have bought that suit too.

dgbg100106
10-12-2011, 06:06 AM
Did you know that the Dutch colonised Indonesia? It was the Dutch East Indies.

That menu? It is predominantly the Dutch version of Bahasa.....and I can understand about 95% of the menu! :thumbsup2 Go figure!!! :rotfl:

Glad you didn't blow your tongue/taste buds too much with the 'pedas' factor.



ps. I think David should have bought that suit too.

I did know about the Dutch colonizing the East Indies, but not before I went to Amsterdam... Part of the reason I wanted to try the food.

That is cool that you understand all of that, wish you had been there to help explain what was going on....

I think David could have pulled off that suit, I tried he was not going for it.:scared1:

dgbg100106
10-12-2011, 06:36 AM
Just some back ground on the ship, we are on the Celebrity Constellation.

GTS Celebrity Constellation is a Millennium class cruise ship of Celebrity Cruises. She is the co-flagship of the Celebrity fleet, along with Century-class ship Century. We were on the Constellation back in 2006 for our Honeymoon, so it was very cool that we were on her for our fifth anniversary.

She was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. The ship boasts a COGAS power plant of gas turbines and a steam turbine providing up to 60 Megawatts for the electric systems and two 19 MW Rolls-Royce/Alstom MerMaid azimuth thrusters for propulsion. In 2007, she was refitted with the addition of a diesel engine as a fuel-saving measure. The ship can run on any combination of the gas turbines or diesel. In port, she generates electrical power from the diesel.

Constellation consistently receives top honors from Condé Nast's readers survey, and is currently ranked by readers as the best large cruise ship. During the summer period the ship sails in Northern Europe. Since her delivery the ship sails to the Baltic Sea between May and August. In June 2010 and July 2011 the ship will also sail to the Norwegian Fjords up to the North Cape. The rest of the season the ship sails to the Mediterranean (fall) and the Caribbean (winter).

She has been "stretched" since we were on n 2006, but she is the same ship we remember.

27 Aug….We finally got out of bed at 9am and went to Michael’s club (Elite Lounge). I hate when they hold it there, it is so stuffy. They had more than Solstice but not as much as the Mercury. We did not meet the Captain’s Club Hostess because she was not there. They kept playing the same 2 Perry Como and Frank Sinatra songs over and over again. We had a few Bellini’s and a Cappuccino.

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We went back to the cabin and decided to be very lazy today and rest up from all of the walking in Amsterdam..

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I think we took a nap and watched the world go by out our window... We both slept horrible there was a weird noise coming from above our cabin. Almost outside, but we could not figure it out.

Now it is time for lunch...
We go back to the Aqua Spa Cafe and enjoy the tuna steaks.
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and grilled Salmon steaks
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some shots of the ship...
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Tonight was the first formal night of the cruise and dinner was good...

David started off with the Buffalo style Frog Legs
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I had the chilled tangerine and granny smith apple soup.
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For entree David had the crusted Lamb Chops
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I have the Fish Bisque
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look at the Happy Couple
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For dessert
I had the fruit tart
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David and the Chocolate cake and blueberry sorbet
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dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 11:48 AM
28 Aug…We got up around 07:45 and got dressed and went upstairs to get a couple eggs and some sausage. After that, we headed down to the Elite Lounge for a couple Bellini’s and a Cappuccino. Afterwards, we headed back to the room and got our things ready so that we could meet up with the group from Alla for our trip to Berlin.

I worked with the people we meet on Cruise Critic and created a group for a tour with Alla Tours to carry us from the ship to Berlin.

There were 6 of us total and we had an amazing time.

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We started out in Warnemünde (German pronunciation: [vaʁnəˈmʏndə], meaning Warnow mouth) is a sea resort and northmost district of Rostock in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, situated on the Baltic Sea in the northeast portion of Germany at the estuary of the river Warnow. Founded in about 1200, Warnemünde was for centuries a mere fishing village with minor importance for the economic and cultural development of the region. In 1323 Warnemünde lost its autonomous status as it was purchased by the city of Rostock in order to safeguard the city’s access to the Baltic Sea. It was not until the 19th century that Warnemünde began to develop into an important sea resort. Today Warnemünde has approximately 8,400 inhabitants.

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We stopped half way thru the drive, 1.5 hours in and 1.5 more to go, at a rest stop to use the bathroom and pick up anything we might need.

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We are on our way to Berlin... our first stop, Charlottenburg Palace
Located in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district, near the museum island, the Charlottenburg Palace is an 18th century baroque building and the largest palace in Berlin. It has been renovated and expanded many times and reconstructed after the severe damage of the war. It was built between 1695 and 1699 as the summer retreat for the Queen Sophie Charlotte, Elector Frederick III’s wife.

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The statue on horseback is Friedrich Wilhelm I (der Große Kurfürst) elector of Brandenburg in the cour d'honneur of the palace.

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On top of the dome was a gilded statue representing Fortune designed by Andreas Heidt.
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Inside the palace was a room described as "the eighth wonder of the world", the Amber Room (Bernsteinzimmer), a room with its walls surfaced in decorative amber. It was designed by Andreas Schlüter and its construction by the Danish amber craftsman Gottfried Wolfram started in 1701. Friedrich Wilhelm I gave the Amber Room to Tsar Peter the Great as a present in 1716.



At the front gate of the palace's main building, a zinc statue of two natural sized naked fencers, is positioned. It is an imitation of a marble statue displayed in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The Greek master sculptor created it in the first century. Each fencer holds his saber in one hand and a shield in the other.
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I have no idea what church this is but I thought it was neat how the newer buildings just attached themselves to it.
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From 26th June until 3rd October 2011 the United Buddy Bears were presented in Berlin’s City West for the first time. The Ku’damm - at the corner of Knesebeckstraße – was the location for the exhibition of around 140 bears promoting tolerance, international understanding and living together in peace and harmony.

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One of Berlin's iconic buildings, the half-ruined Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (occasionally known as the Emperor William Memorial Church together with its modern additions is located on Breitscheidplatz in the centre of western Berlin and dominates the view from the Kurfürstendamm and the Tauentzienstrasse.

History

The church was originally constructed between 1891 and 1895 by architect Franz Schwechten, who was also responsible for the original Anhalter Bahnhof, as a present to the German people from the then Kaiser Wilhelm II. It serves as a memorial to Wilhem II's father, Wilhelm I.



The church was partially destroyed during a bombing raid in 1943. Following the war, several different options for the church's redevelopment were considered, including the construction of a new church made from glass in the old church's ruins, and also its complete demolition and replacement with a new structure. Eventually it was decided to leave the ruined tower as a memorial to the futility of war, and create a new church around it.

The new buildings consist of four structures designed by architect Egon Eiermann. Most prominent are the hexagonal tower and worship room.

The new church was consecrated on May 25, 1962 - the same day as the new Coventry Cathedral - and features a cross made of nails from the old Coventry Cathedral.

A little known fact: a 1:10 scale model of the church stands in the town of Wernigerode in the former East Germany.

********* Side Note ********
When I grow up I want this car...
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********* Back to Berlin *******

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dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 12:00 PM
The East Side Gallery is an international memorial for freedom. It is a 1.3 km long section of the Berlin Wall located near the centre of Berlin on Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg.

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The Gallery consists of 105 paintings by artists from all over the world, painted in 1990 on the east side of the Berlin Wall. The East Side Gallery was founded following the successful merger of the two German artists' associations VBK and BBK. The founding members were the speche of the Federal Association of Artists BBK Bodo Sperling, Barbara Greul Aschanta, Jörg Kubitzki and David Monti.

It is possibly the largest and longest-lasting open air gallery in the world. Paintings from Jürgen Grosse alias INDIANO, Dimitri Vrubel, Siegfrid Santoni, Bodo Sperling, Kasra Alavi, Kani Alavi, Jim Avignon, Thierry Noir, Ingeborg Blumenthal, Ignasi Blanch i Gisbert, Kim Prisu, Hervé Morlay VR and others have followed.

The paintings at the East Side Gallery document the time of change and express the euphoria and great hopes for a better and free future for all people of the world.

dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 12:08 PM
The Oberbaumbrücke is a double-deck bridge crossing Berlin's River Spree, considered one of the city landmarks. It links Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, former boroughs that were divided by the Berlin Wall, and has become an important symbol of Berlin’s unity.

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This is the TV tower...
The Fernsehturm (German for "television tower") is a television tower in the city centre of Berlin, Germany. Close to Alexanderplatz and part of the World Federation of Great Towers (WFGT), the tower was constructed between 1965 and 1969 by the former German Democratic Republic administration who intended it as a symbol of Berlin, which it remains today, as it is easily visible throughout the central and some suburban districts of Berlin. With its height of 368 meters, it is the tallest structure in Germany.

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When the sun shines on the Fernsehturm's tiled stainless steel dome, the reflection usually appears in the form of a crucifix. This effect was neither predicted nor desired by the planners. Berliners immediately named the luminous cross Rache des Papstes, or "Pope's Revenge". For the same reasons, the structure was also called "St. Walter" (from Walter Ulbricht).

U.S. President Ronald Reagan mentioned this phenomenon in his "Tear down this wall" speech on 12 June 1987

"Years ago, before the East Germans began rebuilding their churches, they erected a secular structure: the television tower at Alexanderplatz. Virtually ever since, the authorities have been working to correct what they view as the tower's one major flaw: treating the glass sphere at the top with paints and chemicals of every kind. Yet even today when the sun strikes that sphere, that sphere that towers over all Berlin, the light makes the sign of the cross. There in Berlin, like the city itself, symbols of love, symbols of worship, cannot be suppressed."

dwheatl
10-24-2011, 12:30 PM
I think if I were those fencers, I'd be holding the shield in a different place. As for the Maserati, it would be great to have it in Germany, where you can drive it at the speed it was designed for. And very cool about the tower.:thumbsup2

dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 12:41 PM
I think if I were those fencers, I'd be holding the shield in a different place. As for the Maserati, it would be great to have it in Germany, where you can drive it at the speed it was designed for. And very cool about the tower.:thumbsup2

Yea.... I am waiting for Alison to make a comment about those guys....

The car was so very cool... I think I could drive it that way and enjoy every minute of it.

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dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 01:22 PM
The Berliner Dom in Berlin, Germany, is an impressive basilica known as the "Protestant St. Peter's." The present Baroque structure dates only from 1905, but stands on the site of several earlier structures.

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Now on the Check Point Charlie...

Checkpoint Charlie (or "Checkpoint C") was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.

The Soviet Union prompted the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961 to stop Eastern Bloc emigration westward through the Soviet border system, preventing escape across the city sector border from East Berlin to West Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of east and west. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced each other at the location during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.

After the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc and the reunification of Germany, the building at Checkpoint Charlie became a tourist attraction. It is now located in the Allied Museum in the Dahlem neighborhood of Berlin.

We are looking into the American Sector in this direction...

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They placed these markers in the street to show you where the wall once stood.

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David standing on both sides at once...
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It is very capitalistic here everyone trying to make a dollar, selling anything from pictures to food.
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You know it was hard for to think of Berlin as old and historic when all you can see new buildings and modern structures, to me it lost its culture by not preserving anything. But it was bombed pretty bad and destroyed a lot of buildings.

Image leaving the American sector
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David and I decided to have a Curry Werst while we were there...

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This is the backside of a section of wall that is not being preserved.
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dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 01:33 PM
Potsdamer Platz, literally Potsdam Square is an important public square and traffic intersection in the center of Berlin, Germany, lying about one kilometre south of the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag (German Parliament Building), and close to the southeast corner of the Tiergarten park. It is named after the city of Potsdam, some 25 km to the south west, and marks the point where the old road from Potsdam passed through the city wall of Berlin at the Potsdam Gate. After developing within the space of little over a century from an intersection of rural thoroughfares into the most bustling traffic intersection in Europe, it was totally laid waste during World War II and then left desolate during the Cold War era when the Berlin Wall bisected its former location. Since German reunification, Potsdamer Platz has been the site of major redevelopment projects.

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Although a contraption at Stephansplatz in Hamburg is now thought to have predated them by two years, it has often been stated that the first traffic lights in Continental Europe were erected at Potsdamer Platz on 20 October 1924, in an attempt to control the sheer volume of traffic passing through. This traffic had grown to extraordinary levels. Even in 1900, more than 100,000 people, 20,000 cars, horse-drawn vehicles and handcarts, plus many thousands of bicycles, passed through the platz daily. By the 1920s the number of cars had soared to 60,000. The trams added greatly to this. The first four lines had appeared in 1880, rising to 13 by 1897, all horse-drawn, but after electrification between 1898 and 1902 the number of lines had soared to 35 by 1908 and ultimately reached 40, carrying between them 600 trams every hour, day and night. Services were run by a large number of companies, but in 1929 all these were unified into the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (Berlin Transport Services) company, which has operated Berlin’s trams ever since.

Up to 11 policemen at a time had tried to control all this traffic, many of them standing on small wooden platforms positioned in key locations around the platz, but with varying success. The traffic lights, again from Siemens, were mounted on a five-sided 8.5 m high tower designed by Jean Kramer, shipped over from the United States, and actually modeled on a similar one erected on Fifth Avenue in New York in 1922, although towers like this had been a feature of the Big Apple since 1918. A solitary policeman sat in a small cabin at the top of the tower and switched the lights around manually, until they were eventually automated in 1926. Yet some officers still remained on the ground in case people did not pay any attention to the lights. The tower remained until c.1936, when it was removed to allow for excavations for the new S-Bahn line (on 26 September 1997, a replica of the tower was erected, just for show, close to its original location by Siemens, to celebrate the company's 150th anniversary. The replica was moved again on 29 September 2000, to the place where it stands today).

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David and I stopped at this place for a little lunch...
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Sitting inside the square looking up and the canopy
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After we left lunch we made our way over to where Hitler committed suicide in his bunker.
Adolf Hitler committed suicide by gunshot on 30 April 1945 in his Führerbunker in Berlin. His wife Eva (née Braun), committed suicide with him by ingesting cyanide.That afternoon, in accordance with Hitler's prior instructions, their remains were carried up the stairs through the bunker's emergency exit, doused in petrol and set alight in the Reich Chancellery garden outside the bunker. The Soviet archives record that their burnt remains were recovered and interred in successive locations until 1970 when they were again exhumed, cremated and the ashes scattered.


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dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 01:44 PM
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000 square metres (4.7 acres) site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs or "stelae", arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. The stelae are 7 ft 10 in long, 3 ft 1 in wide and vary in height from 8 in to 15 ft 9 in. According to Eisenman's project text, the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason.

Building began on April 1, 2003 and was finished on December 15, 2004. It was inaugurated on May 10, 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II, and opened to the public on May 12 of the same year. It is located one block south of the Brandenburg Gate, in the Friedrichstadt neighborhood. The cost of construction was approximately €25 million.

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dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 02:19 PM
Embassy of the United States, Berlin

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With the fall of the Berlin wall and the unification of Berlin in 1989–1990, the U.S. State Department found itself with two main office facilities in one city: a Chancery in the former East Berlin, Mitte district (U.S. Mission to East Germany), and the Clay building in the Zehlendorf district of the former West Berlin (U.S. Mission Berlin). In accordance with the reality of a unified Berlin that was now officially part of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Department of State announced that, effective October 3, 1990, the status of the United States Embassy to East Germany and of the United States Mission Berlin were to be changed. The two missions were 'closed' and replaced by a single representation under the title United States Embassy Office Berlin

The new €180 million Chancery building, conceptualized in 1996 by Moore Ruble Yudell, has its main entrance facing north towards the famous Pariser Platz. Its eastern side fully abuts an existing bank building, and the west side of the land faces a main road artery. The south side also faces a street, towards the German Holocaust memorial. Pariser Platz is most famous for the Brandenburg Gate at its western entrance.


The Brandenburg Gate is a former city gate and one of the most well-known landmarks of Berlin and Germany. It is located west of the city centre at the junction of Unter den Linden and Ebertstraße, immediately west of the Pariser Platz. It is the only remaining gate of a series through which Berlin was once entered. One block to the north stands the Reichstag building. The gate is the monumental entry to Unter den Linden, the renowned boulevard of linden trees which formerly led directly to the city palace of the Prussian monarchs. It was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace and built by Carl Gotthard Langhans from 1788 to 1791. Having suffered considerable damage in World War II, the Brandenburg Gate was fully restored from 2000 to 2002 by the Stiftung Denkmalschutz Berlin

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Opposite direction of the gate
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This is the hotel where M. Jackson held his baby out the window and the tabloids went crazy! Facing the gate.

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dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 03:19 PM
The Reiterstandbild Friedrichs des Großen is an equestrian statue of Frederick II of Prussia in Berlin

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The Humboldt University of Berlin is Berlin's oldest university, founded in 1810 as the University of Berlin by the liberal Prussian educational reformer and linguist Wilhelm von Humboldt, whose university model has strongly influenced other European and Western universities. From 1828 it was known as the Frederick William University, later also as the Universität unter den Linden after its location. In 1949, it changed its name to Humboldt-Universität in honour of both its founder Wilhelm and his brother, naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. Einstein taught here too!

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The Old Armory in Berlin
The battle uniforms for these statues were amazing...

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dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 03:20 PM
Neue Wache and Käthe Kollwitz

In 1933, after the establishment of the National-Socialist regime, the Nazi Party authorities forced her to resign her place on the faculty of the Akademie der Künste following her support of the Dringender Appell. Her work was removed from museums. Although she was banned from exhibiting, one of her "mother and child" pieces was used by the Nazis for propaganda.

Working now in a smaller studio, in the mid-1930s she completed her last major cycle of lithographs, Death, which consisted of eight stones: Woman Welcoming Death, Death with Girl in Lap, Death Reaches for a Group of Children, Death Struggles with a Woman, Death on the Highway, Death as a Friend, Death in the Water, and The Call of Death.

In July 1936, she and her husband were visited by the Gestapo, who threatened her with arrest and deportation to a Nazi concentration camp; they resolved to commit suicide if such a prospect became inevitable. However, Kollwitz was by now a figure of international note, and no further action was taken. On her seventieth birthday, she "received over one hundred and fifty telegrams from leading personalities of the art world", as well as offers to house her in the United States, which she declined for fear of provoking reprisals against her family.

She outlived her husband (who died from an illness in 1940) and her grandson Peter, who died in action in World War II two years later.

She evacuated Berlin in 1943. Later that year, her house was bombed and many drawings, prints, and documents were lost. She moved first to Nordhausen, then to Moritzburg, a town near Dresden, where she lived her final months as a guest of Prince Ernst Heinrich of Saxony. Kollwitz died just before the end of the war.

Kollwitz made a total of 275 prints, in etching, woodcut and lithography. Virtually the only portraits she made during her life were images of herself, of which there are at least fifty. These self-portraits constitute a life-long honest self-appraisal; "they are psychological milestones".

Mother with her Dead Son a World War II war memorial. The sculpture is directly set under an oculus and is exposed to the weathers, symbolizing the suffering of civilians during the war.

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This is a Parliament Building but nicknamed the Washing Machine
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The Reichstag is one of the most popular and historical Berlin’s landmarks; this imposing building is the seat of the German Parliament. It was designed by Paul Wallot after the founding of the German Empire and constructed between 1884 and 1894, mainly funded with wartime reparation from France. The building was burnt in 1933 and was left as a ruin for a long time, during the cold war; it was restored after the German reunification and became again the seat of the parliament. There is a huge glass dome where the views over Berlin are impressive especially around sunset.

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As we were leaving the area, I picked some random shots again...

Soviet War Memorial (Treptower Park) This war memorial was built to honour the Soviet soldiers that fell in the battles against the German army in the Second World War. It was located at the 17 June Street very close to the German parliament - the Reichstag
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Weisse Kreuze, white crosses, as a reminder of all those who died trying to escape to West Berlin from the GDR after the border was sealed off.
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Situated on an area of 20 hectares (about 50 acres) beside the River Spree, Schloss Bellevue was built for Prince August Ferdinand of Prussia, the younger brother of King Frederick II of Prussia. It sits on the north edge of the large Tiergarten park and served as the Prince's summer residence.
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The Victory Column is a monument in Berlin, Germany. Designed by Heinrich Strack after 1864 to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War, by the time it was inaugurated on 2 September 1873, Prussia had also defeated Austria in the Austro-Prussian War (1866) and France in the Franco-Prussian War (1870–71), giving the statue a new purpose. Different from the original plans, these later victories in the so-called unification wars inspired the addition of the bronze sculpture of Victoria, 8.3 meters high and weighing 35 tonnes, designed by Friedrich Drake. Berliners, with their fondness for giving nicknames to buildings, call the statue Goldelse, meaning something like "Golden Lizzy".

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We came back to our starting point and the crowds and left, so I got some better shots of the statues...

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We rode back in what seemed like forever on the highway back to the ship. We made it back dropped everything off and headed for food. We ate some Italian and some sushi that turned out very good.
JoAnne and Albert both joined after their meal and listened to the music. The guitar and singing was pretty good.
Off to bed we go, so very tired, but there is that noise again. It is awful!

dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 03:42 PM
29 Aug
Sea Day… David and I made up to breakfast on the 10th deck, and then down to Michaels for coffee and vodka for drinks…
We had a busy day planned, 9:20 am was the bridge tour, we enjoyed going back up and seeing everything from up there.

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At 11:15 was the Elite wine tasting in the San Marco restaurant on the 5th deck, I was so glad that it was not the blending class anymore. This was a class done by the sommelier and covered wines that were for sale in the restaurant.

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As we left the wine event we decided that it was a good time for lunch. The pool deck had a Germany sausage event with the F&B manager ottam and the executive chef Butti out there cooking and serving sausages to lots of people.
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We also went by and had lunch of grilled salmon again in the aqua spa café. The food there is done so very well.

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At 1:00pm was the lecture on Peter the great, the guy giving the lecture was from Silver Spring Maryland and is a city tour guide in DC. He gave a very interesting talk on Russia and the history and buildings.

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After the lecture, we stopped by the coffee area and got some cookies and returned to the theater for a lecture on Faberge in the theater on deck 4 at 2:30. This was a very interesting lecture and the items were beautiful and very expensive.

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After the lecture we went to deck 5 Boutique C5 and waited for the raffle and the unveiling of the St Petersburg collection. There was a mad house of people and we were not happy being there but we had our raffle tickets. The number drawn was only one after ours….. we missed it, but the item was not pretty, it looked like a pope hat.


We came back to the cabin, and rested a bit then showered and got ready for dinner. We made it up to the Elite lounge and David had the bourbon and diet coke and I went with grapefruit juice and vodka. We were here about an hour prior to dinner.

After we were seated at dinner, I started with the seafood risotto, David with the shrimp cocktail and Champaign sauce.

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We both had the potato soup with frog legs.
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I also had the chilled strawberry soup, which was very nice, with a touch of crème fraiche.
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David had the Cajun ribeye with Pineapple salsa, and it was super tender and he enjoyed it very much.

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As the sun was setting tonight, it was this pretty purple and pink sky.
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For dessert I had the crepe suzette, and Chocolate pistachio cake neither was very good, I just ate the ice cream.
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David had the sorbet again

dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 04:10 PM
30 Aug
We decided to get up early and follow everyone advice about watching the arrival into Sweden, Stockholm, thru archipelago (Skärgärden), this strip of small islands and rock out cropping, was created during the ice age, we saw many small islands with houses built right on them and some islands were very large and whole communities were there.

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dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 04:28 PM
The weather was nice, a little cool on the water and the sun was rising it was beautiful. We had some breakfast upstairs in the buffet, and then headed to the Michaels lounge for the wake up drinks. Vanilla cappuccinos for us, a belini for David and vodka and grapefruit juice for me, the breakfast of champions.

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We decided to spend the $10 and take the shuttle into town for a look around. We were late making it in, and the crowd had already gone, which made traveling for us a breeze. The shuttle dropped us right in front of the opera House, which was beautiful and the royal palace was across the bridge, we crossed at Norrbro into the old town Gamla Stan.

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As we started walking for the Royal Palace, the guards were making their way there also. The trumpeted and beat the drums as they rode in horseback. They looked very young and proud to be there. We rounded the corner just as they did and made it to the square in time to see the changing of the guard. It was hard to see with so many people and most of them were rude…. Starting at Nybroplan, Stockholm’s daily military parade marches over Norrbro Bridge and up to the royal palace’s outer courtyard, where the band plays and the guard changes at 12:15.

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dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 04:41 PM
We started the self guided walking tour at this point, walking back down the hill towards the statue of King Gustav III which is facing the Royal Palace (Kungliga Slottet). The royal family no longer stays here, this is still the official residence, and this palace is designed in Italian Baroque style and was completed in 1754 after a fire wiped out the previous palace. The changing of the guard is a highlight of the palace.

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It has looked like it would rain all day, I am hoping that it stays away but for some reason I don't think it is going to last...

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Here is King Gustav III

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We were standing in the large cobblestoned boulevard and looked out over the water. The grand building across the way is the National Museum (which is says in huge letters over the center entrance), in the distance and to the right of the museum is a fine row of buildings called Strandvägen, this was cleaned up and made into high rise costly apartments, where Tiger Woods bought.

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Continuing up the cobblestoned road, you will find the Obelisk, which honors Stockholm’s merchant class for its support in a war against Russia (1788).
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We looked for the Iron Boy statue but never found him…
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We walked to the Strotorget, Stockholm’s oldest square; Colorful old buildings topped with gables line this square, which was the heart of medieval Stockholm (pop. 6,000 in 1400). The Nobel Museum is also here. We did not go in but stood in front of it for awhile.
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We went to the grocery store in the square and bought some ham, bread, soda, and beef sticks. We also picked up some marzipan that we were just guessing what it was and it turned out wonderful, it was a nice surprise.

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I have to say that these marzipan things were the most delish I have every had, they were moist, and chewy and covered in Chocolate.... Yummy!

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dgbg100106
10-24-2011, 04:47 PM
After we left the square we walked backup the shopping street, västerlånggatan, it was very busy and kind of expensive compared to some of the other shops.

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At the end of the lane it went right down the middle of the parliament buildings on Stallbron.

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They have this neat tradition where they put their names on locks and put them on the bridge, to show that they are committed to one another.

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We have entered the new town now and everything is very commercial and high rise feeling. There were many many tourist shops along this road. We did not stay long here and left for the shuttle to take us back.
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After we go back to the ship and got ready for the Elite lounge. Diner was ok, nothing special.
We showered and got ready for bed, the noise was so loud in our cabin that they decided to move us to another cabin. We are now in 3086.

franandaj
10-24-2011, 08:50 PM
Yea.... I am waiting for Alison to make a comment about those guys....

The car was so very cool... I think I could drive it that way and enjoy every minute of it.

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I didn't even really notice them and when I read that I had to go back and look! :rotfl2: Yeah I wouldn't carry the sword there either! But in your picture from when you went back, uhhhhh do the Germans make their statues a little too life like? :eek: And if that is life like, I pity the sculptor. :sad2: :eek:



























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OK after that last comment, it seems weird to talk about food! :lmao: But I love Jägerschnitzel! It was my favorite food in Germany.

That was a HUGE day, you saw a lot and with a three hour bus ride on either end. I can see why you weren't up to taking food porn for dinner! Beautiful pictures, Berlin looks like a wonderful city. I never got there, I was in Europe in the summer of '88 many people in our band went there after the "band tour" ended, but we went elsewhere. It would have been neat and scary to have seen East and West Berlin.

The city reminded me a lot of DC, giant monumental buildings in all their glory, memorials and still modern buildings. I know it's probably not really similar to you working there and all but coming from So Cal where our "historical buildings" are from the 20th century, it's a different perspective.

I wondered how you had such good descriptions of the places in your TR, you use Wikipedia! There were a couple in the beginning where you forgot to remove the [citation required]. :rolleyes1

dgbg100106
10-25-2011, 07:39 AM
I didn't even really notice them and when I read that I had to go back and look! :rotfl2: Yeah I wouldn't carry the sword there either! But in your picture from when you went back, uhhhhh do the Germans make their statues a little too life like? :eek: And if that is life like, I pity the sculptor. :sad2: :eek:
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OK after that last comment, it seems weird to talk about food! :lmao: But I love Jägerschnitzel! It was my favorite food in Germany. I really enjoyed it... I think I told you that I grew up in a German town in Texas, we were always eating German food and I grew up thinking it was normal food!!!!

That was a HUGE day, you saw a lot and with a three hour bus ride on either end. I can see why you weren't up to taking food porn for dinner! Beautiful pictures, Berlin looks like a wonderful city. I never got there, I was in Europe in the summer of '88 many people in our band went there after the "band tour" ended, but we went elsewhere. It would have been neat and scary to have seen East and West Berlin.
We saw so much and we were so tired and then that noise was there and it was just a rough evening.... we just ate the food fast and went to bed, we did not even go to our seated dinner, we just ate at the buffet.

The city reminded me a lot of DC, giant monumental buildings in all their glory, memorials and still modern buildings. I know it's probably not really similar to you working there and all but coming from So Cal where our "historical buildings" are from the 20th century, it's a different perspective. For me I am still in awe when I go down into DC for something, to see a hotdog stand next to where George Washington made major decision for our country but the grandeur is kind of wearing off... When friends and family come here I get to see it again thru their eyes and it becomes wonderful again.

I wondered how you had such good descriptions of the places in your TR, you use Wikipedia! There were a couple in the beginning where you forgot to remove the [citation required]. :rolleyes1 Look after a day like that I am lucky to remember my name might less anything amazing about it. I get a lot of info from my books to. I look up places I want to go and then fill in the blanks when I get back...

PrincessInOz
10-27-2011, 02:42 AM
Beautiful shots of European cities, Brandi! Thanks for sharing.

Berlin is a wonderful city...we had the good fortune to be in Berlin 3 days before reunification in October 1990. We met someone in our travels and she invited us to go stay at her place as there was no accommodation to be found anywhere in Berlin at all during this time.
Those images of Checkpoint Charlie and Brandenburgertor that you shared brought back a lot of memories. But it was sad for me to see so many people/tourists in that area...it was still "East Berlin" when I was there and the vibe was certainly very different to what your pictures show.

And in those days....we jumped behind the Wall where all the artists had decorated and walked in "no man's land". The watch towers were still up and we could well imagine Eastern Berliners trying to swim across the river towards the West and being shot at.


Your cruise and food porn looks great. I've always wanted to either cruise the Mediterranean or take a river cruise through Europe. Something else for my bucket list!

Pinkocto
10-29-2011, 10:30 PM
Wheww! I am all caught up. Firstly, your pictures are amazing! There is just too much to comment on since I am so far behind. I will mention a few things that stick out in my mind.

I had no idea there was a Crime and Punishment museum down in D.C., that looked awesome. I was reading all the plaques you posted, very cool.

Your pre-cruise stay in Amsterdam was so very action packed, and with Mr. Boot no less! I am a bit shocked at the open aired urinal though. How can men feel comfortable? and then that guy getting mad and going in the street, how bizarre! Very impressed with your adventurous eating at the asian restaurant, I can not remember the name and am too lazy to go back and look. I'm so glad that bartender saw your distress and came to the rescue!

I'm so glad they changed your cabin, but why were you unsure if you'd like it from the start?

You guys did so much in Berlin I was getting nervous you were going to miss your ride back to the cruise ship. I love all the historical descriptions.

Thanks so much for sharing your trip :)

dgbg100106
10-31-2011, 07:58 AM
Beautiful shots of European cities, Brandi! Thanks for sharing. Thanks.....

Berlin is a wonderful city...we had the good fortune to be in Berlin 3 days before reunification in October 1990. We met someone in our travels and she invited us to go stay at her place as there was no accommodation to be found anywhere in Berlin at all during this time.
Those images of Checkpoint Charlie and Brandenburgertor that you shared brought back a lot of memories. But it was sad for me to see so many people/tourists in that area...it was still "East Berlin" when I was there and the vibe was certainly very different to what your pictures show.

And in those days....we jumped behind the Wall where all the artists had decorated and walked in "no man's land". The watch towers were still up and we could well imagine Eastern Berliners trying to swim across the river towards the West and being shot at.Hy DH graduated from High School in Mannheim, Germany and had been to Berlin before the reunification and had traveled thru Check Point Charlie, he told me stories about the place and how the guards came onto the bus and checked everyone and all the luggage and that it was very intense. While we were there he said everything was different. Nothing was the same, that after everything was bombed, everything had to be rebuilt and looked modern and updated, and clean. It was very surreal for him....


Your cruise and food porn looks great. I've always wanted to either cruise the Mediterranean or take a river cruise through Europe. Something else for my bucket list!

I took a Med cruise three years ago and it was amazing... We took a round trip out of Barcelona and spent 4 days there prior to the cruise, it had to be one of the most amazing times I have experienced... I can't wait to go back.. Now I can say that we went to Morocco (Tangiers and Casablanca) and they had to be some of the worst living conditions for humans that I had every seen, it was very hard to see. Small children with nothing and malnourished just living in the street, and gold plated Mercedes driving by them, they have two class structure, very rich and very poor. They also take advantage of tourist, they cheated a bunch of the fellow passengers out of a lot of money, would drive them places and then charge them 3 or 4 times the $$$ to get back, and drive off and leave them if they did not pay. Very scary.

dgbg100106
10-31-2011, 08:12 AM
Wheww! I am all caught up. Firstly, your pictures are amazing! There is just too much to comment on since I am so far behind. I will mention a few things that stick out in my mind. Just think I still have more than half the trip to go, it just takes so long to do anything.... Hopefully I can post some today, depends on how "busy" I am today with work....:rotfl:

I had no idea there was a Crime and Punishment museum down in D.C., that looked awesome. I was reading all the plaques you posted, very cool. It is a very neat museum, you should go do one day and visit, they have coupons online for $ off the normal ticket price.

Your pre-cruise stay in Amsterdam was so very action packed, and with Mr. Boot no less! I am a bit shocked at the open aired urinal though. How can men feel comfortable? and then that guy getting mad and going in the street, how bizarre! I feel like we only saw less than half of what Amsterdam offers, it is one of the places that we will have to go back to... there is so much there to see and do, and if you venture out just a little bit there is so much more.

Very impressed with your adventurous eating at the asian restaurant, I can not remember the name and am too lazy to go back and look. I'm so glad that bartender saw your distress and came to the rescue!I always joke that I will try anything once.... 99% of what I ate was wonderful and was not painful, that last bite was a doozie... David said I looked like I was going to pass out at any minute so I glad he looked over at me too...:goodvibes

I'm so glad they changed your cabin, but why were you unsure if you'd like it from the start? We have had all kinds of cabins and have over the years loved a nice inside cabin, To is cool and dark and during the middle of the day you can go in turn out the lights and take a nice nap. So when we found out that we had been upgraded to an ocean view, I lost my cool, dark hiding place for naps... So I was a little unhappy about that upgrade... I know it sounds crazy but we could not go back, they had already given our cabin away.:sad2:

You guys did so much in Berlin I was getting nervous you were going to miss your ride back to the cruise ship. I love all the historical descriptions. that was truly and action packed day, we were on the go from dawn to dusk. but wait until you see St. Petersburg......Talk about running around...:scared1:

Thanks so much for sharing your trip :)

no problem i love sharing all this and then reading others adventures too, helps me decide where to go next.. and add new items to my bucket list!

dgbg100106
10-31-2011, 09:31 AM
I found that I left off pictures from the night of Sweden, and some of them are pretty cool so lets just back up to dinner the night of Sweden...

So for first course I had the fruit plate...
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And David had the Beef Carpaccio I love this stuff, so I ended up eating some of his..
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David also got the Shrimp Cocktail with Champagne Sauce
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I went for the Sweetbreads on my second course... plus the creamy chilled avocado soup
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David for second course had the rustic tomato soup
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For the main course I had the Provencal Pork Scallopini
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and David had the Sirloin Oscar, double cut sirloin, stuffed with Blue Crab and Mozzarella Cheese

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David also had the seared Ahi Tuna...
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I got the Kahula Creme Pie for dessert and David got the Dark Chocolate mouse bomb
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They were not that great so we did not eat but a bite or two of each...

So after dinner we decided that we needed to walk off some of the evening meal, and we walked straight into the Faberge Egg display....

David really liked this one egg that had a heart on it, and when viewed from behind the "surprise" was a two doves. So David is becoming more and more romantic / sensitive the longer we are married, I always tease him about it but he loves me....

Anyway, as you remember this is our anniversary cruise. on the same ship we went on for our honeymoon... So then this egg appears and he is all romantic and buys it for our Anniversary Present...

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here I am with the egg....

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David and I with the Egg
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So the store asked us we could leave it with them until the last night, so their shelves would not be empty... That was fine with us, I was sure the security was tighter in there than in our cabin, so we left it there...

As we were leaving we saw a beautiful sunset...
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Pinkocto
10-31-2011, 09:53 AM
WOW! What a beautiful Anniversary Present! Any picture of the dove part?

On future cruises will you tell them that you wouldn't like to be upgraded since you like the inside cabins? Is there any way to make a note on the reservation?

dgbg100106
10-31-2011, 10:16 AM
WOW! What a beautiful Anniversary Present! Any picture of the dove part?

On future cruises will you tell them that you wouldn't like to be upgraded since you like the inside cabins? Is there any way to make a note on the reservation?

here is the back part, it is kind of hard to tell...

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as for the upgrade part, we have told them in the past not to change our cabin on us, but the small print in the contract, says they can do what they want....

dgbg100106
10-31-2011, 10:48 AM
31 Aug – Helsinki
We woke up late and even missed the elite lounge today. It is raining, and both of us are not truly interested in going into the rain again, so we are moving very slow today...

Did you know that Helsinki is the only European capital with no medieval past? Although it was founded in the 16th century by the Swedes to counter Tallinn as a strategic Baltic Port the location was poor, and it never amounted to more than a village until the 18th century. After taking over Finland in 1809, the Russians decided to move Turku to Helsinki. They hired a young German architect, Carl Ludvig Engel, to design new public buildings for Helsinki and told him to use St. Petersburg as a model. This is why the oldest parts of the city feel so Russian… Stone buildings in yellow and blue pastels trimmed in white and columns. Hollywood used Helsinki for the films Gorky Park and Dr. Zhivago, because filming in Russia was not possible during the cold war.
We decided to take the shuttle into town gain. The price today was 8 € or $10, and $10 is much cheaper, so we gave the American money… Anyway, we get there and it starts raining even more, this is not fun.

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After the shuttle drops us off we make our way down to the Market square.
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Here is a shot of the local tram system right in front of the Market Square...
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Making our way over to the market
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and the vegetables are so bright in color and big in size, the carrots and cabbage are huge and colorful. We pass several place selling food and they all having these amazing rich smells coming from their stalls.

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As we make our way to the last stall towards the first row, we find a place that is selling a mixed plate of reindeer, sausage, hotdog and meatballs, man oh man the meatballs were fabulous, they just fell apart in your mouth and were crispy on the outside and so very tender on the inside. The hotdog was in a natural casing and it just popped and was so juicy. They had these little red berries that go with the reindeer meat. Ligenberry I think.

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dgbg100106
10-31-2011, 10:49 AM
The obelisk in the center of harbor front market is called the Czarina’s Stone, with its double headed eagle of imperial Russia. It was the first public monument in Helsinki, designed by Carl Ludvig Engel and erected in 1835 to celebrate the visit by Czar Nicholas I and Czarina Alexandra.

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As we walked back up the street there is a fountain here called Havis Amanda, designed by Ville Vallagren and modeled after his mistress and unveiled here in 1908. It was considered to be too racy for the conservative town and he had a lot of trouble getting paid for the fountain. The funny part is her backside is facing the budget office, so all they get to see is her butt.

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We kept walking back up this main street to where we came from, the rain is getting worse, I don't want to take my camera out, but there is really nothing to see, just buildings and malls... Everything is so expensive here...

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inside the mall, we tried to warm up and dry off...
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We turned right on Mannerheimintie and at the far side of Stackmann’s is the famous Three Blacksmith’s statue, erected in 1932. You can still see the bullet damage from WWII. As we were looking at this, all I could think is why would they portray, three blacksmiths, pounding on an anvil with hot steel, and without any clothes on. I mean anyone who knows anything about this business, knows that they would never do this with their junk hanging out like that.
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At this point I am tired of the rain and ready to head back, there was not much for me here anyway, so strolling we go...
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I swear there are McDonalds everywhere...
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I thought that this was a little weird...
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We ride the shuttle back to the ship and go to cabin to warm up!

Out our window we see a transporter that runs between Tallin and Helsinki, I think it is pretty cool, they just load up with people, and vehicles and cross the Baltic Sea...
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We were looking to order breakfast for in the morning so we could be off the ship in a hurry, and decided to order food instead. So we ordered the cheese, tomato and avocado quesadilla, the club sandwich with chips, and the Bacon, cheese burger with fries. Some ice tea, some hot tea, and cheesecake and raspberry sauce. It came, we ate, and then we were stuffed, so we did not go to dinner tonight.
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Sunset out our window
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Pinkocto
10-31-2011, 10:49 AM
That egg is just stunning. I hope there was no problem getting it through customs.

Somebody posted a bit of the DCL contract that they thought was just bizarre. I'm sure all the cruise lines have the fine print. Some things like the contract is complete after visiting one port, or they can leave you at any time, I can't remember what else, it was just a little daunting. That's a bit of a bummer that you can't be locked into the cabin you bought though. I'm sure it's sometimes nice to be upgraded, but if you specifically purchased that cabin then that's the one you wanted...

dgbg100106
10-31-2011, 10:57 AM
That egg is just stunning. I hope there was no problem getting it through customs.

Somebody posted a bit of the DCL contract that they thought was just bizarre. I'm sure all the cruise lines have the fine print. Some things like the contract is complete after visiting one port, or they can leave you at any time, I can't remember what else, it was just a little daunting. That's a bit of a bummer that you can't be locked into the cabin you bought though. I'm sure it's sometimes nice to be upgraded, but if you specifically purchased that cabin then that's the one you wanted...

I am sure that many of the people are happy with upgrades. I just wish they would ask before you do it.

I knew that the cruise is consider complete if they take you to one port, all the rest can be cancelled and it is still complete. We have had cancelled ports, and we have had ports changed without any reason given, it was just changed....

We have picked cruises before because they visit a particular port and would be upset if we did not go.

overall we love cruising, you are pampered in a way that is beyond belief and to us it is just so relaxing.

PrincessInOz
10-31-2011, 03:32 PM
WOW! Stunning pictures and stunning Egg. Congratulations! It looks really lovely and I bet you get heaps of pleasure from looking at it and remembering when and how David got it for you. :hug:

dgbg100106
10-31-2011, 03:53 PM
WOW! Stunning pictures and stunning Egg. Congratulations! It looks really lovely and I bet you get heaps of pleasure from looking at it and remembering when and how David got it for you. :hug:

Thanks, I always think you have the most amazing photos also...:worship:

tiggrbaby
11-01-2011, 08:21 AM
Late to the party, but all caught up now! Beautiful pics!

dgbg100106
11-01-2011, 08:25 AM
Late to the party, but all caught up now! Beautiful pics!

Thanks and glad you dropped by...:goodvibes

dgbg100106
11-02-2011, 01:41 PM
It is September 1st....

Our first day or two days in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The ship arrived and we were late into port… We were ready to go and impatiently waiting for our tour. On our way out of the ship we passed through the immigration office; here we presented our passports, tour tickets and a photocopy of our passport. The immigration officers so stern and pissed off and acted like we were the devil, the kept our passport copy. We were picked up right outside the ship and made our way to the Alla tour buses.

Julia is our guide and Vladimir is our driver. Everyone is on board and all persons are ready to go.

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We make our way to Naval overlook, were the Rostral Columns are located; a rostral column is a monumentally scaled column, originating in ancient Greece and Rome where they were erected to commemorate a naval military victory. Traditionally rostra, the prows or rams of captured ships, were mounted on the columns.
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The building behind the Rostral Columns is the Stock Exchange, which has been turned into the Naval Museum and it has this great Neptune statue
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The original Admiralty was one of the first structures to be built in St Petersburg. It was designed to be a dockyard, where some of the first ships of Russia's Baltic fleet were built The Admiralty was also fortified to be an extra defense for the newly acquired territory of the Neva delta.

The Admiralty building we see today was built between 1806 and 1823 by the architect Adrian Zakharov. He maintained the original plan of the building, but turned it into a marvelous example of the Russian Empire style, with rows of white columns, wonderful relief detail and numerous statues. The gilded spire of the Admiralty (and particularly its weather-vane korablik - "the little ship") is another of St. Petersburg’s famous landmarks. The Admiralty tower, topped with its golden spire, is the focal point of three of the city’s main streets; Nevsky Propect, Gorokhovaia Street and Voznesensky Prospekt, and can be seen along the entire length of each one.

The Admiralty was Russia’s Naval Headquarters until 1917, and now serves as a naval college.

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After this, we then make our way to the metro, we stop near the hockey and football stadiums and the metro was very pretty lots of murals and it was 70 meters down into the subway. We rode it one stop and back. We had fun…

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This is a ticket machine, were you get your passes
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Entrance stalls
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Entrance token...
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Down the tunnel to the trains...
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Train rushing by...
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Here we are headed back up
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Back above ground we board the bus and head to dock for the boat ride.

franandaj
11-02-2011, 02:22 PM
I'm so late on commenting....been a little busy lately :rolleyes1

But I've been following along, great pictures! Very interesting! We've talked about taking this cruise because Fran has always wanted to see St. Petersburg. Sounds like the immigration people needed a happy pill! :rotfl2: enjoying the ride!

dgbg100106
11-02-2011, 02:35 PM
I'm so late on commenting....been a little busy lately :rolleyes1

But I've been following along, great pictures! Very interesting! We've talked about taking this cruise because Fran has always wanted to see St. Petersburg. Sounds like the immigration people needed a happy pill! :rotfl2: enjoying the ride!

I understand.... Hopefully this will help you take the plunge and go on the cruise....

dgbg100106
11-03-2011, 01:17 PM
We are driving out to the Canal Boat Ride portion of our tour and we pass by St. Isaac's Cathedral

St. Isaac's Cathedral was originally the city's main church and the largest cathedral in Russia. It was built between 1818 and 1858, by the French-born architect Auguste Montferrand, to be one of the most impressive landmarks of the Russian Imperial capital. One hundred and eighty years later the gilded dome of St. Isaac's still dominates the skyline of St. Petersburg. Although the cathedral is considerably smaller than the newly rebuilt Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow, it boasts much more impressive fades and interiors.

The cathedral's facades are decorated with sculptures and massive granite columns (made of single pieces of red granite), while the interior is adorned with incredibly detailed mosaic icons, paintings and columns made of malachite and lapis lazuli. A large, brightly colored stained glass window of the "Resurrected Christ" takes pride of place inside the main altar. The church, designed to accommodate 14,000 standing worshipers, was closed in the early 1930s and reopened as a museum. Today, church services are held here only on major ecclesiastical occasions.

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We also drove past the MANEGE Central Exhibition Hall has been housed in the former Horse-guards riding school since 1977, it was constructed in 1807 to the designs of the architect Giacomo Quarenghi.

The Manege is arrangement of home and foreign artists exhibitions of painting, drawings, sculpture, applied art and art of theatrics, contemporary art as well as exhibitions from the museum reserves, archives and private collections. Important Russian and international industrial exhibitions are arranged in the Manege.

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Next on our drive we saw the Central State Historical Archive of Russia, The Leningrad State Oblast Historical Archive (LOGIA) was established in 1936, on the basis of an earlier historical archive that had taken over records of local institutions of the city and guberniia of St. Petersburg, and in 1988, it became the Central State Historical Archive of Leningrad (TsGIA Leningrada) (from 1991 of St. Petersburg). The archive holds the records of local government and administration, court and police, land and estates, manufacturing, finance, credit, and statistical agencies, along with other records of the public and private sectors of the city and guberniia of St. Petersburg during the prerevolutionary period.

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Next we passed the Bronze Horseman, it is an equestrian statue of Peter the Great it was a gift to the city by Catherine the Great to honor her predecessor.

The German princess Catherine, who married into the Romanov line, was eager to establish her legitimacy by linking her name to that of the city's founder, and commissioned French sculptor Etienne-Maurice Falconet with a suiting monument to the founder of the Russian empire.

The imposing statue was the first equestrian statue in St. Petersburg. The pedestal of the statue resembles a cliff and is fashioned from one huge, solid piece of red granite. The block of granite alone weighs more than 1600 ton and took nine months to transport from the Gulf of Finland.

An inscription on the side of the pedestal says "to Peter the First from Catherine the Second", one one side in Latin and on the other side in Russian.

Peter and his horse, which is rearing up on its hind legs, sit atop the cliff, facing West and "leading Russia forward". It is said that the founder faces west because the countries of the West were his source of inspiration for ideas to reform Old Russia. A snake, symbol of treason, is trampled by the horse.

As long as the statue maintains its location in Senatskaya Square, legend says, enemy forces will never overtake St. Petersburg. That legend led government officials to protect the statue during World War II with sandbags and a wooden structure surrounding it. It came through the tumultuous war with barely a scratch.

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This is a shot of the Peter and Paul Fortress

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In 1703, when Peter the Great reclaimed the lands along the Neva River, he made a decision to build a fort to protect the projected capital city from attack by the Swedish army or navy. He chose tiny Hare Island in the Neva Delta for the fortress's location, and the citadel, with six bastions in earth and timber, was completed in less than a year. From 1706 to 1740, the fort was rebuilt in stone and less than 30 years later it was completely clad with granite.

The fortress never really saw any action because the Russians had defeated the Swedes before its completion. So, instead, it was used as a garrison and a jail for political prisoners and there was also a torture-chamber. From 1721 onward, it housed a number of notable personalities, including Peter the Great's son, Alexei, who was executed here after being tortured. Other well-known individuals jailed there through the centuries have included Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Maxim Gorky, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leon Trotsky, and Alexander Lenin, brother of Vladimir.

The fortress was, however, attacked during the February Revolution of 1917 and later that same year fell into the hands of the Bolsheviks. By 1924, most of the fortress was converted into a museum but much of it was heavily damaged during World War II. It was restored after the war.

We get off the shuttle in front of the The Kempinski Hotel Moika 22; it has what must be the most impressive location of any hotel in St. Petersburg, facing Palace Square and the Winter Palace across the charming Moika River. Opened in 2005, the Kempinski Moika 22 combines historic elegance with modern luxury, its comfortable accommodation and excellent amenities lying behind a beautiful mid-19th century facade. The Kempisnki Moika 22 has garnered glowing reviews for its sophisticated, welcoming atmosphere and impeccable friendly service.

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from here we walk to the Moika River and board a river boat for sight seeing from the river.

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This is the underside of the same bridge we just crossed over...
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This bridge is connecting two portions of the Hermitage Museum
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Pinkocto
11-03-2011, 03:50 PM
St. Isaac's Cathedral is so impressive! Is the yellow building the archives? That is beautiful also. What a nice tour.

dgbg100106
11-04-2011, 09:03 AM
St. Isaac's Cathedral is so impressive! Is the yellow building the archives? That is beautiful also. What a nice tour.

yes, that big yellow building is the archives.... The first picture only shows half of the building, it looks just like that on the other side... and then goes backwards...

PrincessInOz
11-04-2011, 03:24 PM
I've always wanted to go to St Petersburg. Maybe some day....in the meantime, I love your phototour. It sure looks great from your lens.

Thanks for sharing! :goodvibes

franandaj
11-04-2011, 03:51 PM
Such beautiful photos! Someday we'll get there hopefully.

dgbg100106
11-05-2011, 07:03 PM
I've always wanted to go to St Petersburg. Maybe some day....in the meantime, I love your phototour. It sure looks great from your lens.

Thanks for sharing! :goodvibes

Thanks....

St. Petersburg was an amazing place and two days is not enough time...

But I have lots more photos to go...

dgbg100106
11-05-2011, 07:04 PM
Such beautiful photos! Someday we'll get there hopefully.

I have wanted to go since about Tsar Nicholas when I was a little girl. It was a beautiful place, the people are very gray... They just blend in and never smile.

PrincessInOz
11-05-2011, 09:14 PM
Thank....

St. Petersburg was an amazing place and two days is not enough time...

But I have lots more photos to go...

Excellent! popcorn::

dgbg100106
11-05-2011, 09:20 PM
Excellent! popcorn::

ok I guess this means I have to get busy huh....:laughing:

franandaj
11-05-2011, 11:29 PM
ok I guess this means I have to get busy huh....:laughing:

Yup! popcorn::

dgbg100106
11-05-2011, 11:36 PM
So we are still in the open air boat at this point taking a ride around St. Petersburg.

These are some of the sights we passed.

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PrincessInOz
11-06-2011, 01:21 AM
The buildings look wonderful. :love: :love:

Pinkocto
11-07-2011, 11:01 AM
The details on everything are just so beautiful! That ship is impressive, was it a working tour boat or something? did they tell you on your tour?

dgbg100106
11-08-2011, 09:36 AM
The details on everything are just so beautiful! That ship is impressive, was it a working tour boat or something? did they tell you on your tour?

funny thing was that "Tall Ship" was a gym.... a place to work out...

Pinkocto
11-08-2011, 10:51 AM
That was the farthest idea from my mind! Somebody must have had their creative juices flowing to make that into a gym...

On a totally different note I received my Seabourn catalogue and DVD, and oh my does that company look amazing! Not like I needed any more vacation dreams to clog my head with, but a few more definitely squeezed in :rotfl:

dgbg100106
11-08-2011, 01:14 PM
That was the farthest idea from my mind! Somebody must have had their creative juices flowing to make that into a gym...

On a totally different note I received my Seabourn catalogue and DVD, and oh my does that company look amazing! Not like I needed any more vacation dreams to clog my head with, but a few more definitely squeezed in :rotfl:

It is dangerous I promise....

I think I next cruise, out of the ocean will be a river cruise. I want to go to China, and Viking does one there... We have been getting their catalog for awhile, I think this next round of vacations will include one of them...

Pinkocto
11-08-2011, 08:35 PM
I'm pretty sure I requested one of their catalogs also, I'm still waiting for that one. I think I saw a two for one deal on one of their China trips last week, I meant to say something but it totally slipped my mind. I just checked and I think it's still happening.

Egypt is my all time top of the list dream vacation, and I saw Viking does a few of them.

dgbg100106
11-09-2011, 06:20 AM
I'm pretty sure I requested one of their catalogs also, I'm still waiting for that one. I think I saw a two for one deal on one of their China trips last week, I meant to say something but it totally slipped my mind. I just checked and I think it's still happening.

Egypt is my all time top of the list dream vacation, and I saw Viking does a few of them.

I saw that email on China also. But next year is already filled for me... As far as Egypt goes I would love to go there but when my DH was in the army he was there working so he is not ready to go back there. Hopefully you understand my meaning.

franandaj
11-09-2011, 08:04 PM
I just noticed your "Third Times is a Charm" link in your signature. Has that always been there or is it new? I can be very dense sometimes! :rotfl2:

Never mind....that's this TR! :lmao:

dgbg100106
11-09-2011, 08:08 PM
I just noticed your "Third Times is a Charm" link in your signature. Has that always been there or is it new? I can be very dense sometimes! :rotfl2:

Never mind....that's this TR! :lmao:
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Alison, that is bad of me to give one thread two different names. But yes you have been on this one all along.

franandaj
11-09-2011, 08:13 PM
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Alison, that is bad of me to give one thread two different names. But yes you have been on this one all along.

I only asked because I've started a new TR and called it the same thing, but not because we went three times, but because it is our third attempt to take this particular friend. I'm trying to get her on the DIS so that she can be the first one to join the thread, but it's been two days and she doesn't seem to be having any luck. I don't want to post the link until she subs in. I just thought it was funny we had the same name there!

dgbg100106
11-10-2011, 08:46 AM
I only asked because I've started a new TR and called it the same thing, but not because we went three times, but because it is our third attempt to take this particular friend. I'm trying to get her on the DIS so that she can be the first one to join the thread, but it's been two days and she doesn't seem to be having any luck. I don't want to post the link until she subs in. I just thought it was funny we had the same name there!

Great minds think alike.....

Just let us know when you get everyone on board and I will join...

dgbg100106
11-10-2011, 10:37 AM
At this point we are still on the waterways, cruising around seeing everything from the water edge.

next we come up on a former Russian naval ship that has played an important part in the country's history, the cruiser Aurora is now a museum in St. Petersburg. The Aurora was built between 1897 and 1900 at the Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg. It was one of three Pallada-class cruisers, all of which served during the Russo-Japanese War. One of the largest ships of its time, the ship measures about 416 feet long, 55 feet wide and weighs a whopping 6,700 tons. Maintaining a speed of 35 km per hour, it can travel independently for up to 1,440 sea miles.

The Aurora was to play a huge part in the 1917 revolution. It was the refusal of an order for the Aurora to take to sea that sparked the October Revolution, triggering an episode in Russia's history that led to 70 years of Communist leadership. The ship is famous for firing the shot that signaled the attack on the Winter Palace.

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Right behind the Aurora is the Nakhimov Naval College, the Nakhimov Naval School is a form of military education for teenagers introduced in the Soviet Union and once also located in other cities. They are named after Imperial Russian admiral Pavel Nakhimov. The first Nakhimov School was introduced in Tbilisi in 1943 during the second world war, for sons of military personnel who died in action.

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Peter the Great’s Summer Palace, across the river from the Peter and Paul fortress. Impressed by the royal parks that he had seen in Europe, Peter the Great was very keen to create something similar in his newly built "Venice of the North". In Peter's new park everything was created according to the latest fashions; the trees and bushes were trimmed in the most elaborate way and all the alleys were decorated with marble statues and fountains. Peter the Great used to organize regular receptions and balls in the gardens.

Tsar Peter commissioned the city’s first and foremost architect, the Italian Domenico Trezzini, to build a small palace in the park. The palace had no heating and was intended only for summer time use, hence its name "Summer Palace", as opposed to the "Winter Palace" that Peter had built just down the same embankment of the Neva. The Summer Palace, a small two-story yellow building, was built between 1710 and 1714, with 7 rooms on each floor. After the Second World War the palace was carefully restored, the older interiors were recreated and a collection of early 18th century artifacts, many originally owned by Peter the Great, was put on display.

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One of the oldest and most beautiful stone bridges in St. Petersburg, Prachechny Bridge crossed the Fontanka River at the point where it runs out of the Neva, next to Peter the Great's charming summer palace. Dating back to 1769, the bridge was partly designed by the elder Rossi, and built in conjunction with the Fontanka's granite embankments. The bridge, also granite, is a three-span hump-backed structure with beautiful curving parapets. The name - meaning "Laundry Bridge" - refers to the palace laundries, which were once located nearby.

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Standing in one of St. Petersburg's most picturesque spots, across the Fontanka River between the Engineer's Castle and the Summer Gardens, the Panteleimonovsky Bridge is named after the nearby Church of St. Panteleimon. A wooden aqueduct carrying water to the Summer Garden fountains was built here in the 1720s, and was replaced in 1824 with an elegant chain bridge, removed for safety reasons and replaced with the current single-span arched steel bridge, completed in 1914 and remarkable for its ornate, gilt-laden lamps, railings and cladding.

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The Mikhailovsky Castle is both a beautiful and unusual architectural phenomenon for St. Petersburg and was a silent witness to some interesting episodes in the dramatic story of the short-lived reign of Emperor Paul I, son of Catherine the Great. Catherine overthrew her husband Peter III to gain access to the Russian Imperial throne and then ruled the country until her death in 1796. By then her son Paul was 42 years old and would normally have already taken over the mantle of power from his mother. However, neither the nobility nor the royal guards liked or respected Paul and he lived his life in constant fear of assassination. In order to allay these fears he ordered a fortified palace (a castle surrounded by deep ditches) to be built for him. According to a legend, one of the soldiers guarding the construction site experienced a vision of the Archangel Michael guarding the castle alongside him. This was reported to the Emperor and the castle was given the name Mikhailovsky (St Michael's).

The paranoid Emperor Paul did not live in his new palace for long. In 1801 he was assassinated in his own bedroom by a group of officers who organized a coup, inspired by Paul's son Alexander.

Later the castle was used for the Army Engineers School and became know was the Engineer's Castle. Today the building hosts a branch of the Russian Museum.

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dgbg100106
11-10-2011, 02:45 PM
Chizhik Pyzhik, an 11-centimeter statue of a siskin, was installed near the Summer Garden in 1994, on the site of the former Imperial Legal Academy, founded by Prince Pyotr Oldenburgsky in 1835. The Academy's students wore green and yellow uniforms that apparently made them look like siskins. Their habitual - clandestine - visits to a well-known local hostelry led to the Petersburg folk-song, "Chizhik Pyzhik, where've you been? On Fontanka, drinking vodka."

The sculptor of this miniature masterpiece, the Georgian master Rezo Gabriadze, said of his creation that, "Chizhik Pyzhik helps students to get through unhappy love-affairs and get around on public transport without having tickets."

Local tradition suggests that anyone who can toss a coin so that it lands on the statue without falling into the water is in line for some good luck. However, the statue itself has not been so fortunate, and has been stolen several times. After the last occasion, in 2002, the staff of the Museum of Urban Sculpture made a copy from designs kept in the museum. Now, the museum apparently keeps several copies of Chizhik Pyzhik in stock - just in case.


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PrincessInOz
11-10-2011, 02:57 PM
I definitely need to make a trip into Russia someday.

Loving your pictures! I know you were on a cruise and a package tour...but how did you find communicating with the locals?
DH and I normally prefer to do our own thing rather than taking a package.

dgbg100106
11-10-2011, 03:06 PM
I definitely need to make a trip into Russia someday.

Loving your pictures! I know you were on a cruise and a package tour...but how did you find communicating with the locals?
DH and I normally prefer to do our own thing rather than taking a package.

You are not allowed to walk around by yourself in Russia, you must have a visa, the package I booked out of the cruise, (I did not use the cruise), provided a visa with the payment, so it was just easier to do this, that trying to get a visa and then walking around on my own.

I booked this private so it was just what I wanted.

PrincessInOz
11-10-2011, 03:22 PM
You are not allowed to walk around by yourself in Russia, you must have a visa, the package I booked out of the cruise, (I did not use the cruise), provided a visa with the payment, so it was just easier to do this, that trying to get a visa and then walking around on my own.

I booked this private so it was just what I wanted.

Hmmm....China and Vietnam used to mandate that visa was only provided when you booked a tour/package. They didn't let you wander through the countryside by yourself. Now, you still need a visa but they aren't so strict on nomads.

dgbg100106
11-10-2011, 03:32 PM
I find it interesting how many of those buildings all have people on them, either carved on the walls or on top of the buildings. We don't get that so much in California!

That ship was kind of funny looking with all those periscope looking tubes on top of it.

I'm not very adventurous when it comes to foreign countries, or at least restrictive ones that have been known for imprisoning people! I have quite a few more places that I want to go before some of these places, although they are beautiful!

A lot of the Russian buildings are modeled after the Italian, so lots of carved statutes

I want to go China so bad, it my next major bucket list item.

franandaj
11-10-2011, 03:58 PM
I find it interesting how many of those buildings all have people on them, either carved on the walls or on top of the buildings. We don't get that so much in California!

That ship was kind of funny looking with all those periscope looking tubes on top of it.

I'm not very adventurous when it comes to foreign countries, or at least restrictive ones that have been known for imprisoning people! I have quite a few more places that I want to go before some of these places, although they are beautiful!

Pinkocto
11-10-2011, 04:12 PM
I am just loving all the colors of the buildings. Your pictures are just so wonderful!

dgbg100106
11-10-2011, 04:22 PM
Hmmm....China and Vietnam used to mandate that visa was only provided when you booked a tour/package. They didn't let you wander through the countryside by yourself. Now, you still need a visa but they aren't so strict on nomads.

So let me come back for a minute to this.... You can get a visa to be a nomads in Russia but they are restrictive and costly. We were there for 2 days and 1 night. My visa costs per person were more expensive than this tour including the visa. I am sure they do that on purpose so you stick with a guide. Friends of mine adopted two girls from Russia and they had to jump through many many hoops just to go over and meet the children. The adoption process was even worse but they were way he'd in their hotel and the people are just not friendly.

dgbg100106
11-11-2011, 09:59 AM
I am just loving all the colors of the buildings. Your pictures are just so wonderful!

Thanks... I love taking photos... it is just a hobby for me a way to document everything we do, my memory is so bad, so I have to document it for future references....:rotfl:

dgbg100106
11-11-2011, 09:59 AM
Alison.....

How did my reply to your comment end up before your comment in the thread?

Weird......:wizard:

dgbg100106
11-12-2011, 07:43 PM
Next is Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, we will go there later in day I will have more info on it then...

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Another of the Engineer's Castle

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Next we see the river entrance to Michael's Garden
The Michael Garden takes its name from the Michael Palace (better known to visitors as the main building of the Russian Museum) which it adjoins. Throughout its long and varied history it has been a formal French garden, a hunting reserve and nursery, and during the reign of the Empress Elizabeth it housed labyrinths and fountains. Under the Emperor Paul the Garden was used for horseback riding, and it began to acquire its present features at the beginning of the 19th century. The construction of the Michael Castle and after that the Michael Palace, both of which border the garden, fixed the Michael Garden in its present boundaries.

The Michael Castle from which the Garden takes its name was built in 1819-1825 by Carlo Rossi for Grand Duke Michael, brother of the Emperors Alexander I and Nicholas I. When construction of the Palace finished in 1825, the Garden was turned into a landscaped park.

In the north-east corner of the Garden, on the banks of the Moika River, is a small pavilion built in Empire Style by Carlo Rossi in 1825; a century earlier, this site had been occupied by a wooden palace belonging to Peter the Great's wife, Catherine. Next to the pavilion is a symbolic composition called the Tree of Freedom, made out of old oak by the sculptor Anatoly Solovyov.
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Another shot of the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood
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This is the Pushka Inn, a 5 star hotel

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At this point we are done with the River Tour and back on the bus to our next stop....

franandaj
11-12-2011, 07:52 PM
Alison.....

How did my reply to your comment end up before your comment in the thread?

Weird......:wizard:

The DIS was having a time warp yesterday. We notice things like that a lot more on the Last to Post thread because we are posting so much to be last.

franandaj
11-12-2011, 07:56 PM
You know they must either not have smog, or people wash those buildings like crazy, the colors are so vibrant. If they were in LA they would be covered in soot! I notice how many of the buildings and awnings are so dingy here, and I don't know if it's because they just don't wash them or there is nothing you can do about because of the smog in the air.

Those spires were incredibly beautiful and clean!

dgbg100106
11-13-2011, 09:56 AM
You know they must either not have smog, or people wash those buildings like crazy, the colors are so vibrant. If they were in LA they would be covered in soot! I notice how many of the buildings and awnings are so dingy here, and I don't know if it's because they just don't wash them or there is nothing you can do about because of the smog in the air.

Those spires were incredibly beautiful and clean!

There is not much industry in the city around there, and they take a lot of public transportation, so I am guessing that it is just clean air... but then again they may be cleaning them a lot too.:confused3

PrincessInOz
11-13-2011, 02:04 PM
Those buildings are just fabulous and the whole city looks amazing! Must have been really special to have been there.


So let me come back for a minute to this.... You can get a visa to be a nomads in Russia but they are restrictive and costly. We were there for 2 days and 1 night. My visa costs per person were more expensive than this tour including the visa. I am sure they do that on purpose so you stick with a guide. Friends of mine adopted two girls from Russia and they had to jump through many many hoops just to go over and meet the children. The adoption process was even worse but they were way he'd in their hotel and the people are just not friendly.

Thanks. Looks like I'll be putting Russia off for a little bit more.

dgbg100106
11-13-2011, 04:36 PM
So we are finally off the boat and back on the tour bus.

Our next stop is the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood

Officially consecrated as the Church of the Resurrection of Christ, the Russian Orthodox gem more commonly known as the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood was built to honor tsar Alexander II of Russia, who was assassinated at the site where the church now sits, hence the reference to "spilled blood". The section of the street on which the assassination took place is enclosed within the walls of the church and the site of the murder is marked by a chapel in the building.
At the request of Alexander III, son of Alexander II, construction on the church began in 1883. Funding for this amazing structure was almost totally provided by the Imperial family with other donations made by private individuals. The project was completed in 1907.

The principle architect chosen for the project was Alfred Alexandrovich Parland, who was, incidentally, a non-Russian-born individual. The architecture of the church varies greatly from other buildings and religious structures in St. Petersburg, which were largely constructed in the Baroque and neo-Classical styles.

However, the era in which Church of the Savior was built was a time of resurgence of nationalism, thus the classic Russian style of the church.

Looking at both the interior and exterior, it's easy to see why the church cost about 4.6 million rubles, way over the budgeted 3.6 million. The outside was designed to mirror the magnificent St. Basil's in Moscow, the city's easily-recognizable centerpiece, and the building - both inside and outside - features about 7,000 square meters of mosaics, most of them designed by the prominent artists of the time, including Viktor Vasnetsov, Mikhail Nesterov and Mikhail Vrubel. The majority of the mosaics depict biblical scenes and saints though some are just patterns. The colorful onion domes, of which the central one reaches a height of 266 ft, are covered with bright enamels.

During the Russian Revolution of 1917, much of this amazing church was ransacked and the interior was seriously damaged. In the 1930s, the Soviets closed the church, as they did with most churches in St. Petersburg. During World War II, it was used as a storage facility for food. If suffered yet more damage during the war, and afterwards, was used for many years as storage space for a local opera company.

In 1970, St. Isaac's Cathedral assumed management of the church, and funds garnered from the cathedral (which was, at that time, a museum) were used to restore the Church of the Savior. Restoration was finally complete in 1997 and remains one of St. Petersburg's top tourist attractions.

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Now we are moving to the inside, it is so amazing....

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This is the exact spot that tsar Alexander II of Russia, was assassinated. Where the bomb went off.
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dgbg100106
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Here is a model of the church
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This is the backside of the church.
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This how everything looked after the war and before the restoration.
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Pinkocto
11-13-2011, 08:45 PM
WOW! The creativity and imagination of the architects is just amazing, not to mention the beautiful artwork inside. I think might get stimulation overload with everything to look at.

Is that a new picture I see in your signature? Lovely bags :)

dgbg100106
11-14-2011, 05:35 AM
WOW! The creativity and imagination of the architects is just amazing, not to mention the beautiful artwork inside. I think might get stimulation overload with everything to look at.

Is that a new picture I see in your signature? Lovely bags :)

It really was stimulation overload. Everything was beautiful and amazing and over the top. The main thing to remember is this is all still in day one of the two days we are here. These were some long days.

The bags are my Disney Dooney and Bourke's. They have become my new "thing".

Pinkocto
11-14-2011, 03:26 PM
I had my eye on a D&B last year, was waiting for it to be less expensive, and while waiting it sold out. I was so upset at myself. I saw somebody with one while at a restaurant and was so pleased to see a fellow Disney lover out and about :)

Wow, all that one day one! I hope you had a sea day after day two to recuperate!

dgbg100106
11-14-2011, 04:01 PM
I had my eye on a D&B last year, was waiting for it to be less expensive, and while waiting it sold out. I was so upset at myself. I saw somebody with one while at a restaurant and was so pleased to see a fellow Disney lover out and about :)

Wow, all that one day one! I hope you had a sea day after day two to recuperate!

You will have to tune again to get the rest of the story. Ha-ha.

Which pattern were you looking at in the D&B?

franandaj
11-14-2011, 06:03 PM
That church is absolutely stunning! I can see how you would have been on sensory overload!

Pinkocto
11-14-2011, 10:26 PM
You will have to tune again to get the rest of the story. Ha-ha.

Which pattern were you looking at in the D&B?


Oh I'm here for the duration, loving your TR :)

There were two very similar, pink with green polka dots and green Minnie faces, and the other black with white polka dots and white Mickey faces. At one point I had them both in my cart but deleted them instead of buying. If they ever come back I'm snatching them up!

PrincessInOz
11-15-2011, 02:32 AM
Great pictures of the church! keep it coming! :thumbsup2


And I love your D&B!

tiggrbaby
11-16-2011, 09:36 PM
That church is amazing! Your pics make it come alive.

dgbg100106
11-17-2011, 08:10 AM
That church is absolutely stunning! I can see how you would have been on sensory overload!

::yes:: plus, my neck and back started to hurt after while because you spend all that time looking up! and my camera is not lightweight!

dgbg100106
11-17-2011, 10:36 AM
Oh I'm here for the duration, loving your TR :)

There were two very similar, pink with green polka dots and green Minnie faces, and the other black with white polka dots and white Mickey faces. At one point I had them both in my cart but deleted them instead of buying. If they ever come back I'm snatching them up!

I remember the minnie faces bags.... have you looked on ebay, there are a lot of reputable sellers there that are on the DIS also... I think I have seen them out there and the prices are really good on those.

dgbg100106
11-17-2011, 10:42 AM
Great pictures of the church! keep it coming! :thumbsup2


And I love your D&B!

Thanks! The church was beautiful.... I thought I would have been happy with just the 40th anniversary bag, but.... I keep adding to the collection. they have a new comic strip bag, that I really like. There is also a minnie bows bags, but I am passing on that one!

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dgbg100106
11-17-2011, 11:01 AM
That church is amazing! Your pics make it come alive.

Thanks that is very sweet to say.

dgbg100106
11-17-2011, 11:51 AM
On the bus for another short ride over to the Peter and Paul Fortress....

When Peter the Great re-claimed the lands along the Neva River in 1703, he decided to build a fort to protect the area from possible attack by the Swedish army and navy. The fortress was founded on a small island in the Neva delta on May 27, 1703 and that day became the birthday of the city of St Petersburg. The Swedes were defeated before the fortress was even completed. For that reason, from 1721 onwards the fortress housed part of the city's garrison and rather notoriously served as a high security political jail. Among the first inmates was Peter's own rebellious son Alexei. Later, the list of famous residents included Dostoyevsky, Gorkiy, Trotsky and Lenin's older brother, Alexander.

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In the middle of the fortress stands the impressive Peter and Paul Cathedral, the burial place of all the Russian Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Alexander III. The Cathedral was the first church in the city to be built of stone (between 1712-33) and its design is curiously unusual for a Russian Orthodox church.

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The interior is decorated with paintings and precious icons and across the eastern end an Iconostasis, a screen with doors leading to the sanctuary.

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The cathedral houses the remains of almost all the Russian Emperors and Empresses from Peter the Great to Nicholas II and his family who were finally laid to rest in July 1998. Also was Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia for 34 years. (Of the post-Petrine rulers, only Peter II and Ivan VI are not buried here. Peter II is in the Cathedral of Michael the Archangel in the Moscow Kremlin. Ivan VI was executed and buried in the fortress of Shlisselburg or Kholmogory (alleged discovery at Kholmogory in 2010 presently under forensic investigation)). The cathedral has a typical Flemish carillon, a gift of the Flemish city of Mechelen, Flanders.

On September 28, 2006, 78 years after her death, Maria Feodorovna, Empress of Russia, was reinterred in the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul. Wife of Tsar Alexander III, and mother of Nicholas II, (the last Russian Tsar), Maria Feodorovna died on 13 October 1928 in exile in her native Denmark. and was buried in Roskilde Cathedral in Denmark. In 2005, the governments of Denmark and Russia agreed that the Empress's remains should be returned to Saint Petersburg in accordance with her wish to be interred next to her husband.

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The Chapel of St Catherine has been created at the western end of the Cathedral to commemorate the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II and his wife Alexandra and three of their five children. They were brutally murdered in Ekaterinburg in 1917 during the Russian Revolution, along with members of their household and are considered to be martyrs by the Russian people. I had read the book “A Lifelong Passion” by Maylunas & Mironenko, which is the collection of letters exchanged between Nicholas and Alexandra during their lives together. This is a real insight into their lives at the Russian Court and during their internment in St Petersburg and Ekaterinburg. Their remains were interred in 1998, 81 years after they died. The remains of what are believed to be the Grand Duchess Marie and the Tsarevitch Alexei were only found in 2007 and are yet to be interred in the Chapel.

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Two tombs are not made of white marble, those of Tsar Alexander II and his wife Maria Alexandrovna. Their tombs are pink and green Altai jasper and are differentiated from the others as Alexander was assassinated in March, 1881 by a bomb which exploded near his carriage. (pop quiz....which church was built in St Petersburg to commemorate his death?)

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"The Angel" as a Symbol of the City

The weather vane sitting atop the gilded spire of the Peter and Paul Cathedral has over the years become a symbol of the city of St. Petersburg. Locals often refer to it simply as "the Angel". Constituting the highest point in downtown St. Petersburg 404 feet 3 inches the Angel is said to both watch over and protect the Venice of the North.

A careful program of restoration of both the Angel and its mechanism was completed in 1996 and now visitors to the fortress can again see the Angel keeping vigil over Peter the Great's city.

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The Grand Dukes Mausoleum (Velikokniazheskaya Usypalnitsa)

By the turn of the 20th century the interior of the Peter and Paul Cathedral was already filled with tsarist tombs, so a new Mausoleum was constructed between 1896 and 1908 to accommodate any further Imperial graves. However, very few members of the Romanov dynasty were buried there as the Revolution of 1917 ended their rule over Russia.

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Pinkocto
11-17-2011, 12:59 PM
I remember the minnie faces bags.... have you looked on ebay, there are a lot of reputable sellers there that are on the DIS also... I think I have seen them out there and the prices are really good on those.

Thanks for reminding me, I just checked and their are a few on there. I'm also going to see if there's one on the cruise that I fall in love with.

Those two tombs made out of jasper are so beautiful!

dgbg100106
11-18-2011, 08:40 AM
The Peter and Paul Cathedral was amazing and beautiful, but guess what.... There is more. We are headed back to the river and we are going to fast food Russia style for lunch, and a hydrofoil ride.

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These were a a thin pancake, but more than a crepe stuffed with chicken and some kind of sweet mayonnaise. Reminded of the mayo for fries in Amsterdam.

It filled the empty spot, but was NOT worth much more than that...

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This was about a 30 minute ride and everyone just laid back and relaxed, I almost feel asleep, we have been running all morning and this is just lunch time...Whew...

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Now we are here at the lower park, to Peterhof..... Hold to your eyeballs for this next set of pictures... Truly amazing stuff here. More GOLD in one place than I have ever seen.

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To me it builds up to the finished product, you start at the sea and see the beaches there, then you walk through the green area, where trees and grass are growing, then you see this....

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One of St. Petersburg's most famous and popular visitor attractions, the palace and park at Peterhof (also known as Petrodvorets) are often referred to as "the Russian Versaille", although many visitors conclude that the comparison does a disservice to the grandeur and scope of this majestic estate.

Versailles was, however, the inspiration for Peter the Great's desire to build an imperial palace in the suburbs of his new city and, after an aborted attempt at Strelna, Peterhof - which means "Peter's Court" in German - became the site for the Tsar's Monplaisir Palace, and then of the original Grand Palace. The estate was equally popular with Peter's granddaughter, Empress Elizabeth, who ordered the expansion of the Grand Palace and greatly extended the park and the famous system of fountains, including the truly spectacular Grand Cascade.

Improvements to the park continued throughout the 18th and 19th centuries. Catherine the Great, after leaving her own mark on the park, moved the court to Pushkin, but Peterhof once again became the official Imperial Residence in the reign of Nicholas I, who ordered the building of the modest Cottage Palace in 1826.

Like almost all St. Petersburg's suburban estates, Peterhof was ravaged by German troops during the Second World War. It was, however, one of the first to be resurrected and, thanks to the work of military engineers and over 1,000 volunteers, most of the estate's major structures had been fully restored by 1947. The name was also de-Germanicized after the war, becoming Petrodvorets, the name under which the surrounding town is still known. The palace and park are once again known as Peterhof.



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The spectacular parkland at Peterhof is remarkable for the sheer variety of styles encompassed in its layout and features. Representing nearly two centuries of European aristocratic fashion executed to the highest standards, Peterhof is like an encyclopedia of park design through the age of empire. Particularly impressive is the fact that the master landscapers and garden designers who worked on the estate at Peterhof managed to overcome the extremely inclement conditions of the northern climate to create a wonderland of greenery and flowers, sweeping vistas and ornate architectural decorations.

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This fountain, when you step on the wrong rock, all the water sprays up but I missed the shot of the water flowing... :(

dgbg100106
11-18-2011, 12:48 PM
This is Peter the Great's pet project at Peterhof was this small but charming summer palace, which the Tsar designed by and for himself, although he sought the help of several architects to do so. If you arrive in Peterhof by boat, Monplaisir is one of the first sights to greet you. Sitting in the eastern corner of the Lower Park, right on the shoreline of the Gulf of Finland, Monplaisir vaguely resembles a Dutch Colonial mansion, with its high gabled roof over the central corpus and narrow rectangular windows to keep out the wintry north wind. The facade on the opposite side of the palace is quite different, with long single-storey galleries topped by a balustraded terrace and supported by slender columns. Here, large French windows allow natural light to pour into the rooms, giving the whole building a summery, almost tropical feel.

Monplaisir was completed by 1723, and became Peter's preferred retreat, where he entertained only his closest friends and advisors. The rooms inside are almost entirely paneled in oak, and contain an interesting collection of 17th century art, much of which comes from Peter's own collection. Among the highlights inside is the delightful Lacquered Gallery, the creation of which required Russian icon-painters to spend months studying Chinese lacquering. The result is an extraordinary mixture of black, gold and red panels with a distinctly Russian accent. The Assembly Hall, which was the main reception room, used for riotous banquets in Peter's time, is decorated with latticed panels representing Africa, America, and Asia, and intricate rocaille coving.

Typically for Peter, Monplaisir displays an intriguing mixture of grandeur and homely comfort, with its pretty Dutch-tiled pantry, where Peter's wife Catherine would herself cook for guests, and the cozy Maritime Study, with tiles representing 13 different types of ship. From the windows, the view across the Gulf to Kronshtadt on one side and St. Petersburg on the other is particularly fine.


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The fountains of Peterhof are one of Russia's most famous tourist attractions, drawing millions of visitors every year. Many of the 120 breathtaking gravity-fed fountains were intrinsic to Peter the Great's original plans for Peterhof - it was the impossibility of engineering sufficiently powerful jets of water that prompted him to move his attentions from the Strelna site to Peterhof - and subsequent generations competed with their predecessors to add grander and ever more ingenious water features to the parkland surrounding the Grand Palace.

The most famous ensemble of fountains, the Grand Cascade, which runs from the northern facade of the Grand Palace to the Marine Canal, comprises 64 different fountains, and over 200 bronze statues, bas-reliefs, and other decorations. At the centre stands Rastrelli's spectacular statue of Samson wrestling the jaws of a lion. The vista of the Grand Cascade with the Grand Palace behind it, the first sight to great visitors who arrive in Peterhof by sea, is truly breathtaking. The Grotto behind the Grand Cascade, which was once used for small parties, contains the enormous pipes, originally wooden, that feed the fountains.

The official opening of the fountains at Peterhof, which usually takes place at the end of May, is an all-day festival, with classical music, fireworks and other performances, as each section of the park's fountains is turned on one by one.

The most prominently positioned fountains of Peterhof are 'Adam' and 'Eve'.
They occupy symmetric positions on either side of the Sea Channel, each at the conjunction of eight paths. This is the Adam fountain

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This is the Sun fountain, A water-wheel was concealed in the pedestal, and when the fountain was started up, water shot from the disc, and thus the fountain came to be called the Sun Fountain
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This is another trick fountain, when you walk by it is starts to spray from metal flowers..

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This is also a surprise fountain, when you walk by, these are down around your feet, and they spray when you are there...
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It has been overcast all day, and now the sun is starting to shine... Which makes everything glitter in the sun.

This is called the Roman fountains, they were Destroyed during World War II. Some of them were restored, the rest had to be recreated.http://i1046.photobucket.com/albums/b465/dgbg100106/Baltic%20Cruise/Day%2010/File1101.jpg

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In this one you can see both of them together.
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This is the Dragon and chessbord cascade. It is located in the eastern section of the lower park. The water cascades over black and white marble arranged as on a chessboard. The ten statues lining the cascade were buried to keep them safe from the German occupation during World War II.

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dgbg100106
11-18-2011, 01:30 PM
Next is the Triton & Seamonster (Orangery Fountain) In the center of the Orangery Garden, this fountain depicts Triton fighting a seamonster. The fountain was completed destroyed during World War II and recreated in 1956.

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This is the Orangery, or greenhouse
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This is the Grand Palace at Peterhof
The three story great palace sits on top of the ridge that separates the upper and lower parks. What is seen now is what was seen in Peter the Great's time. In his time there was only a small royal mansion at the site. Only after his death (and over two centuries) was the site expanded, altered, and improved to become what is seen today
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This is the Samson fountain. This depicts Samson opening the jaw of a lion and symbolizes Russia's victory over Sweden in the Great Northern War. The lion is a part of the Swedish coat of arms, and one of the victories during the war was won on St. Samson's Day.

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At the end of the river in the middle, is where we started on the hydrofoil boat...

PrincessInOz
11-18-2011, 02:14 PM
The garden and water features are amazing at Peterhof. I'm guessing that we'll get a tour inside sometime soon.....but thanks for sharing!

I'm going to have to bump Russia up my bucket list.

Pinkocto
11-18-2011, 02:40 PM
Absolutely amazing! I'm glad you were able to get a little break at lunch.

franandaj
11-18-2011, 06:17 PM
Wow! You weren't kidding when you said about the gold! And I can see why they wouldn't want to downgrade Peterhof, by comparing it with Versailles. It is much more impressive, and that's saying a lot!

Thanks for sharing!

dgbg100106
11-19-2011, 11:36 AM
The garden and water features are amazing at Peterhof. I'm guessing that we'll get a tour inside sometime soon.....but thanks for sharing!

I'm going to have to bump Russia up my bucket list.

We are not going inside.... It is very plain, they have not restored it yet. Most reviews say to not bother going inside until it is completed. So we passed, we have so much more to see..... This day is not over yet.:lovestruc

dgbg100106
11-19-2011, 11:38 AM
Absolutely amazing! I'm glad you were able to get a little break at lunch.

At this point, we are so tired, my feet are killing me and we have more to go...

I think we were just excited to see St. Petersburg, that was the only thing keeping us going.

dgbg100106
11-19-2011, 11:41 AM
Wow! You weren't kidding when you said about the gold! And I can see why they wouldn't want to downgrade Peterhof, by comparing it with Versailles. It is much more impressive, and that's saying a lot!

Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Alison. I thought it was amazing. There was a whole side that we did not see. We came in and walked to the left and went clockwise to the palace. So if we cam in at 6 and walked to 12, we missed everything from 12 to 6 clockwise...

So there was much much more to see, but like I said we were running on fumes. No we get on the bus and ride for a good 20 minutes, most of us feel asleep....:goodvibes

dgbg100106
11-19-2011, 01:22 PM
We now back on the bus, heading to Tsarskoye Selo. which translate to Tsar's Village.


In the 17th century, the estate belonged to a Swedish noble. Its original Finnish name is usually translated as "a higher ground". Max Vasmer, on the other hand, the Finnish name came to be pronounced by the 18th-century Russians as "Sarskoye Selo", later changed to "Tsarskoye Selo".

In 1708, Peter the Great gave the estate to his wife, the future Empress Catherine I, as a present. She founded the Blagoveschensky church there in 1724, and changed the name of the settlement to Blagoveschenskoye, but this did not stand the test of time and quickly went out of use.

By the end of the 18th century, Tsarskoye Selo became a popular place of summer residence among the nobility. The guards' regiments were stationed to the south of Tsarskoye Selo, where Catherine the Great founded in the 1770s the town of Sophia (her own German name being Sophie).

The town escaped the 19th-century industrialization, although it was between Tsarskoye Selo and St. Petersburg that the first Russian railroad was built in 1837. In 1918, Tsarskoye Selo was renamed by the Bolsheviks into Detskoye Selo (Children's Village) and in 1937 it was renamed again to the town of Pushkin, thus commemorating the centenary of the poet's death.

On September 17, 1941 the Germans occupied the town of Pushkin, destroying and plundering many historical monuments, buildings and other cultural artifacts, including the famous Amber Room. The Red Army liberated the town on January 24, 1944. After the war, reconstruction began on Tsarskoye Selo; many rooms in the Catherine Palace have been restored, but much work on the palatial church and the Alexander Palace is still under way.


Most people fall asleep as soon as we get on the bus, but again I am just reflecting on the day and how much there is to see and do in such a short period of time.

While we are on the bus driving to the palace we see Fyodorovski Sobor, this church was built for His Majesty's Own Life-Guards, and His Majesty's Own Infantry Regiments. The plans for the church were made by M. Pokrovsky, professor of architecture. The foundation stone was laid in the Imperial presence in the summer of 1909.

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The Egyptian (Kuzminski) Gate - built in 1827 - 1830's at the entrance to Tsarskoye Selo. The gates are at the entrance to the town from St. Petersburg . In the decoration used forms and motifs of art of ancient Egypt, typical of the period of romantic egiptomanii .

The basis of the gate are stone guardhouse, which taper upwards. In the upper half, bend iron rods, decorated with images of the solar disk, scarab beetles and snake heads.

On the exterior walls are faced with iron plates, on which there are thirty-relief images of various scenes from Egyptian mythology. On the western and eastern sides of the gate adjacent to the walls of iron herms, Bilateral herms installed inside the gates are pillars for a lattice of rods in the form of lotus stems ending in flowers.
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On the eve of the Great Patriotic War, the gate has undergone renovation. However, during combat operations were severely damaged. The last restoration was carried out in 1980 . At the same time the roadway was moved to the area around the gate.

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Now we are getting to Catherine's Palace.....

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dgbg100106
11-19-2011, 09:46 PM
The double eagle is the coat of arms for Russia...

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Here is Catherine's Palace from walking through the gates......

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The Catherine Palace is named after Catherine I, the wife of Peter the Great, who ruled Russia for two years after her husband's death. Originally a modest two-storey building commissioned by Peter for Catherine in 1717, the Catherine Palace owes its awesome grandeur to their daughter, Empress Elizabeth, who chose Tsarskoe Selo as her chief summer residence. Starting in 1743, the building was reconstructed by four different architects, before Bartholomeo Rastrelli, Chief Architect of the Imperial Court, was instructed to completely redesign the building on a scale to rival Versailles.

The resultant palace, completed in 1756, is nearly 1km in circumference, with elaborately decorated blue-and-white facades featuring gilded atlantes, caryatids and pilasters designed by German sculptor Johann Franz Dunker, who also worked with Rastrelli on the palace's original interiors. In Elizabeth's reign it took over 100kg of gold to decorate the palace exteriors, an excess that was deplored by Catherine the Great when she discovered the state and private funds that had been lavished on the building.

The interiors of the Catherine Palace are no less spectacular. The so-called Golden Enfilade of state rooms, designed by Rastrelli, is particularly renowned. Guests enter via the State Staircase which, although it blends effortlessly with the rococo grandeur of Rastrelli's interiors, in fact dates from the 1860s. With its ornate banisters and reclining marble cupids, it gives a taste of what is to come. The Great Hall, also known as the Hall of Light, measures nearly 1,000 square meters, and occupies the full width of the palace so that there are superb views on either side. The large arched windows provide enough light to relieve the vast quantity of gilded stucco decorating the walls, and the entire ceiling is covered by a monumental fresco entitled The Triumph of Russia. Using similar techniques but on a smaller scale, the White Dining Room is equally luxurious but, like many of the rooms in the palace, its grandeur is softened by the presence of a beautiful traditional blue-and-white tiled stove in the corner.

To create this extraordinary chamber, Rastrelli used the panels of amber mosaic originally destined for an Amber Cabinet at Konigsberg Castle and presented to Peter the Great by Friedrich-Wilhelm I of Prussia, and surrounded them with gilded carving, mirrors, more amber panels created by Florentine and Russian craftsman (comprising a total of 450kg of amber), and further mosaics of Ural and Caucasus gemstones. The room was completed in 1770. Due to the fragility of the materials used, a caretaker was employed constantly to maintain and repair the decorations, and major restoration was undertaken three times in the 19th century. The room was used to house a substantial collection of amber-work and Chinese porcelain. In 1941, when German troops took Tsarskoe Selo, the Amber Room was dismantled in 36 hours, and shipped to Konigsberg in a tawdry pretence at historical fidelity. As the Nazi war machine crumbled, the panels were crated up and moved out of danger, but their eventual fate is unknown.

In 1982, the order was given to begin the recreation of the Amber Room, a process that took over 20 years and cost more than $12 million. Opened in 2003 by President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, the restored Amber Room is a truly unique monument, and a testament to the painstaking care of the craftsmen who worked on it.

Further on in the Catherine Palace, the most noteworthy interiors are those in the so-called Cameron Rooms, the suites decorated in the reign of Catherine the Great by her favourite architect, Charles Cameron. His penchant for classical symmetry and his superb taste for colour are evident in the charming Green Dining Room, originally fitted for Catherine's son Paul, and the delightful Blue Drawing Room, with its blue-and-white painted-silk wallpaper and superb painted ceiling. More flamboyant but equally charming, the Chinese Blue Drawing Room also boasts exquisite painted-silk wallpaper featuring intricate Chinese landscapes.

Thanks above all to the Amber Room, the Catherine Palace is one of St. Petersburg's most popular visitor attractions, and queues in the summer months can be daunting.

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11-19-2011, 09:47 PM
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tiggrbaby
11-20-2011, 06:34 AM
Those-pics-are-AMAZING!!!!!:worship:

Pinkocto
11-20-2011, 11:13 AM
The extravagance it just unreal! Everything is so amazing! I looked back at all the pictures you've posted and these people really liked to build everything pleasing to the eyes.

dgbg100106
11-20-2011, 01:41 PM
The amber room is probably the most famous room in Catherine Palace, and it was used as a study. King Frederick William of Prussia gave Peter the Great the original inlaid amber panels after Peter admired them in a room in Frederick's palace.

Before it was lost, the original Amber Room represented a joint effort of German and Russian craftsmen. Construction of the Amber Room began in 1701 to 1709 in Prussia. The room was designed by German baroque sculptor Andreas Schlüter and constructed by the Danish amber craftsman Gottfried Wolfram and remained at Charlottenburg Palace until 1716 when it was given by Prussian king Friedrich Wilhelm I to his then ally, Tsar Peter the Great of the Russian Empire. In Russia it was expanded and after several renovations, it covered more than 55 square meters and contained over six tons of amber. The Amber Room was looted during World War II by Nazi Germany and brought to Königsberg. Knowledge of its whereabouts was lost in the chaos at the end of the war.

In 1979 efforts began to rebuild the Amber room at Tsarskoye Selo. In 2003, after decades of work by Russian craftsmen, financed by donations from Germany, the reconstructed Amber Room was inaugurated in the Catherine Palace.

The 16-foot jigsaw-looking panels were constructed of over 100,000 perfectly fitted pieces of amber. The Nazis dismantled the amber panels and shipped them to Germany during World War II, and they have never been found. Much mystery surrounds the fate of the amber room panels, and many Russians believe that they still exist somewhere in Germany. Russian artists began recreating the amber panels using the old techniques in the early 1980's, and the room was opened to the public in 2003.

you are not allowed to take pictures of the Amber room...

A cohort of mine took the first two pictures.... the rest are other peoples pictures.

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PrincessInOz
11-20-2011, 03:49 PM
Lovely pictures of a stunning palace. Amazing!

franandaj
11-20-2011, 05:38 PM
What a beautiful place! I can't believe how opulent everything is.

dgbg100106
11-20-2011, 06:20 PM
Lovely pictures of a stunning palace. Amazing!

What a beautiful place! I can't believe how opulent everything is.

It is a really over the top kind of place, Everything was just so beautiful and wonderful.... So much gold, on everything, they told us it was gold leaf, but man that is a lot of gold..... Can you imagine the time it takes...

dgbg100106
11-21-2011, 10:42 AM
So we have now left the palace and Tsarskoye Selo, and returning to town, it is an hour drive and then on back to the ship for everyone else, but I booked a private dinner tour for 4 of us, at the vodka museum....

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We arrive and are seated immediately

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We decided to order some vodka and an appetizer... We are sticking to Russian fare on this one.

So for our starter we got the Baltic Herring, with potatoes and onions

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And a nice shot of Russian Standard Gold vodka....

Now that we have eaten something and had some vodka, we make our way over to the museum.

Let us enter the door of the Vodka Museum and feel the atmosphere of the long gone centuries. Listen to the unhurried story of what is the real vodka, of when its manufacture began and the role it has played in the history of Russian civilisation.

The guests of the Vodka Museum have a unique opportunity to see that the process of wine distillation (the original name for vodka production) was very up-to-date for that time period. In the museum halls the visitors can see an originally made installation, showing a Russian monk by the first distillation unit equipped with all the necessary devices and, first of all, with a coil pipe!

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Every visitor of the Museum can get a feeling of Peter's personal orders in the halls devoted to the first quarter of the 18th century. A number of items of the exhibition are connected with such a mysterious phenomenon of Peter's times as the games of «Prince-Pope» and «Prince-Caesar» as well as «the craziest, most-joking and most-drunk council». A drunk crowd of about 200 men rode along the streets of Moscow in sleighs pulled by pigs, goats or bears, entered the yards of noble Muscovites in order to «praise» them and demanded treat and reward for it. The portraits of the terrible «Prince-Caesar» F. Yu. Romodanovsky and «the most joking father Ioanikita, patriarch of Presburg, Kokui and all Yauza» (Nikita Zotov, the governor of the young Peter the Great) are in the Museum's collection, as well as many other illustrative materials that help visitors to understand all the aspects of the times of Peter the Great. The staff of the Museum satisfy the curiosity of all those interested in the personal preferences of the Russian emperors in alcoholic drinks. They will tell visitors what was poured into the famous «Cup of the Big Eagle», what Peter the Great's grandson, the «chance visitor of the Russian throne», Peter the Third drank on each of the 186 days of his reign, as well as what drinks and foods «the Russian Hamlet», emperor Paul the First preferred…

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In the Museum visitors can see vodka bottles of different sizes, from shkalik (or kosushka) to shtof and quarter. The pride of the Museum is the bottle produced at the Kronshtadt table wine distillery in 1862. The museum guides can explain to visitors what chekushka is, how big the traditional Russian cup (charka, cheporuha) is, how drinking houses, or kabaks, are different from tractirs that appeared in Russia in the 1880's, and what kinds of vodka were the most popular among members of different social groups. The choices were very wide: «Smirnovskaya», «Petrovskaya», «Popovka» (produced at the distillery of widow Popova) and «Pshenichnaya» (wheat), «Russkoe Dobro» (Russian goods) and «Dvoinaya Gor'kaya» (double bitter)… This list could be continued forever… In the beginning of the 20th century there were more than 5000 wineries in Russia located in St. Petersburg, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan as well as in other cities.

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A very special item of the Museum is a bottle for the famous «Moscow Special» vodka, which was called the Russian national drink by contemporaries and was patented by the government in 1894.

The larger part of the Museum's collection is devoted to the 20th century with all its upheavals and sharp turns of historic fate.

A part of the collection is devoted to the Great Patriotic War and particularly to the story of introducing a daily ration of vodka for the soldiers of the 1st line of the front-line forces, which is traditionally called «Commissar's 100 Grams». The document that stipulated the ration was found in the archives. It turned out that it was not the command of the People's Commissar for Defence, but decree #56200 issued by the State Defence Committee on August 22, 1941 and signed by the chairman of the committee, Joseph Stalin.

After the war (this part of the exhibition is quite extensive) new measures were introduced to improve the quality of vodka and new technologies came to life.

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This was our favorite one of the night...
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I ordered the caviar, salmon, with pancakes.
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Roasted Cauliflower
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David got beef stroganoff
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We are finally done with day 1 of St petersburg and it is close to 0pm now and we are headed back to the ship and this is what we find....


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franandaj
11-21-2011, 02:31 PM
What Fun! The Vodka Museum! I'm glad you posted the picture of the Stroganoff, I have a recipe that is supposed pretty authentic and mine looks a lot like that. Everyone in the US seems to think that Stroganoff is supposed to have noodles in it, this confirms to me that it is not.