S: 2011 Family Vacation: Baltic Cruise (London, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, and Stockholm)
FC: Moments Far from Home: A Family Journey 2011 | "We do not remember days, we remember moments."
1: 6 Countries! | An Awesome Adventure -- Memories to Nourish a Lifetime | 14 Days
2: Arriving in London
3: Lunch at Shakespeare's Head
4: London Day #2 | The Chancery Court Hotel
5: Covent Garden Mimes
7: London Day #3 Inspection at Wellington Barracks and Harrod's
9: Arriving Early at Sloane Square
10: The Wilkins -- Our British Cousins! | Sloane Square -- So POSH
12: Quail Eggs, Salmon Croquettes, Scotch, Gin and Wine
14: London -- Day #4 Westminster Abbey (Poet's Corner, Coronation Chair, RAF Chapel)
16: London Day #4 Churchill War Rooms, and The Westminster Bridge
17: "We are all worms, but I am a glow-worm." W. Churchill
18: Kate and Pippa's Rival
19: Stay Calm Carry On | London Day #4 The London Eye
22: London Day #5 The London Bridge Experience, the Birth of Brownlowe's Warriors, the Tower of London, and the Crown Jewels
23: Double Decker Bus (and Cab) Rides!
24: Clockwise from top center -- Encounter with the first ghoul outside The London Bridge Experience, a Monument of The London Bridge, Outside the Tower, Waiting for the Jewels, and The Great American Chicken Foot
25: Above -- A view from the London Bridge back to the Tower Bridge Below -- The gates of the London Tower | Above -- Standing guard over the Crown Jewels Left -- Good sandwiches across from The London Bridge Experience Below -- Brownlowe provides critique of food
26: Above -- Changing of the Guard Right -- An early Taste of Beefeater Below -- Goofing at the Tower Shoppe | Above -- The lock at the Tower Below -- Trying on the Queen's Rock
29: Moules et Frites at Belgian Pub on Kingsway | Peace Out Mom-Mom
30: Our last night in London -- Cheerio!
31: Day #6 -- Travel to Copenhagen and embark on Cruise Left -- Fountain at Copenhagen Airport Bottom Left -- Riding to the Ship Bottom Center -- Chupa Chup Heaven! (and Soobash) Bottom Right -- Testing the camera
32: The Gibson Girls at Sea!
33: Checking out the Pool Deck and Towel Folding class (plus the cute boys)
35: Day #7 -- at Sea The Silver Whisper is an awesome ship. Our formal dinner is especially memorable.
41: Pssst . . . I've got a secret. | Karaoke King!
43: Day # 8 -- Helsinki | Senate Square
44: The Sibelius Monument
45: The Church of the Rock -- The photos do not do this church justice
47: Running the steps at Senate Square (above, above left, and below); The Olympic Ski Jumping Tower (far left) and Sentries (below left)
49: Sailing in the Bay of Finland
50: Delicious crepes, berries galore, and a new friend!
52: Another fun, beautiful and exciting night of shuffleboard, sorbet, karaoke, and sunsets near midnight
53: Day # 9 -- St. Petersburg, Russia | The Church of the Spilled Blood, Babushka's Russian Emporium, and Elena, our guide.
54: Inside the Hermitage and one of the Rostral Columns (Opposite, Upper Right)
56: Traditional Russian Lunch at Pradko (above) The Church of the spilled blood (left, right, and below right) Beware the Russian Monkey (below left) | The Church of the Spilled Blood
58: Spoiled at Sea
59: Games were always at hand on board : Scrabble, Uno!, Karaoke, Backgammon, Horse racing, Golf, daily trivia contests -- all in pursuit of "tickets" | Games and Trivia
60: Soviet Squalor | St. Petersburg -- Day #10
61: Peterhof Palace | cool booties!
63: The Fountain and Gardens of Peterhof Palace
66: Sweet Lid, Gwit! | The Return Trip by Hydrofoil!
68: St. Petersburg -- Day #11 Peter & Paul Fortress and Cathedral
70: The Russian Museum of Torture and Prison
71: From Russia with Love
73: The Siege of Leningrad
74: Some of the friendly crew -- Cheri and Edgardo
75: Tallinn, Estonia -- Day # 12
80: Last Night on the Ship -- The Birth of Cougar Bait!
82: stockholm | Our Amazing Mod Hotel
83: stockholm -- day #13
84: gamla stan
86: Stockholm, Day # 13
87: Changing of the Guard at the Royal Palace
88: stockholm -- days 13 + 14 Noormalm, Gamla Stan, and on the way to Djurgarden
89: The incredible Vasa Museum
91: The Greatest Bubble Bath Ever!
93: A quick game of "BS" (and a few pints)
94: An early morning departure to the Stockholm airport -- fittingly, we are treated to a beautiful sunrise. As the physical journey nears its end, our lifelong memories begin.
95: MomMom and Gwit-- "Thank you" is inadequate for such a wonderful treat you provided for us. The time, expense, and energy that you spent is remarkable and a blessing unto itself. Each of us traveled farther from home than we had ever been and yet, being together, we took "home" everywhere we went. We were inspired by places we had only seen in pictures and were pampered every step of the way. We dream of returning to see our favorites again. Recalling the sites, the people, the laughter, the food, and the history lessons will bring transport us back to a trip of a lifetime. But, most of all, we will remember the love we shared together that will bring us joy forever. We hope that the photos that precede bring you memories that trigger a smile, a laugh, and love. We love you and will always treasure our journey and the memories we made. Thank you and love always, Madeleine, Amanda, John, MaryBeth & Mac