Monday, September 17, 2018

Baltics Cruise July/ August 2014 - Stockholm Archipelago.

After leaving Finland we headed for Stockholm. The Captain had told us that passing through the Stockholm Archipelago shouldn't be missed as it is so beautiful. The sun barely sets at this time of year so I made sure I was up ready to see it.
No words just photos, the scenery describes itself.

Baltics Cruise July/ August 2014, Helsinki

And so to our next port of call, Helsinki in Finland.
Karin, a fellow blogger from Finland, North happened to be in Helsinki the day before we arrived so she stayed overnight so she could meet up with us.
It was nice to be able to put a face to someone I had only spoken to through blogging before.

She was able to show us the sights and we started in the harbour area.

This is the sculpture of the Naked Blacksmiths and this is what is said about it:
The sculpture of the naked blacksmiths stands in the little square on the corner of Mannerheimintie and Aleksanterinkatu in the centre of Helsinki. Rumour has it that if a virgin passes a hammer will hit the anvil.
The sculpture was created by Felix Nylund in 1932. It survived the bombing in the Continuation War.

Upensky Cathedral built on the rocks.

some local scenery.

After a good day out, saying goodbye over a coffee.
Next stop, Stockholm.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Baltics Cruise July/August 2014 Russia Pt. 5.

At last I have reached the final part of our two day stay in St. Petersburg with this post.
After we came out of The Hermitage there was a military display going on as it was Paratroopers Day. Our guide told us that after the marching it is a time for veterans and new recruits to let their hair down. They drink until they fall down and are left where they fall. He advised against staying too long once that started, because so do the fights.

After we left there we went to the Church of the Saviour on the Spilled Blood. It was built in memory of Alexander II who was assassinated in 1881, and stands on the very place where a bomb was thrown into his carriage by a man who opposed the Tsar's reforms. It took 24 years to build.

The interior is decorated completely in mosaics, each mosaic being a tiny piece. Below are some of the photos I took there. I had trouble getting clear photos because of the reflection from them.

Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral built between 1712 and 1733. It was built during the rule of Peter the Great and has the world's tallest orthodox bell tower.

The remains of almost all of the Russian Emperors and Empresses are buried here since Peter the Great.

Nicholas II and his family were finally laid to rest here in July 1998.
You can read more about it here.
That ends our stay in Russia. Next is Helsinki, Finland.

Monday, June 25, 2018

British Percheron Centenary Event 2018

We took a cruise to Scandinavia in the beginning of June (which I haven't posted yet). When we got back to Southampton we knew that Virginia was over from France again because her Percheron, Vidock, was taking part in the British Percheron Centenary event which you can read about here. It was being held at the South Weald Living Museum which was also holding the centenary of the First World War.
 As it was less than an hour from the port we had decided we would go on to it instead of going home.
Vidock was the War Horse and followed the gun.

It was interesting to see so many horse drawn vehicles from 100 years ago.

The St. Giles steam fire engine.

Vidock having a well earned rest between appearances.

We took the opportunity to talk to Virginia,

And give Vidock some treats.

Ivor and Vidock.

This is the Musical Ride ride performed by visitors from France.

They had a very moving re-enactment called Letters from the Field where letters were read by the wife to her husband who was away fighting and his replies to her. It was made even more poignant by having the different horses and carriages to illustrate the letters.

Vidock's return to the arena following the gun carriage.

He and his rider, Mr.S really looked the part. Vidock did everyone associated with him and particularly Virginia proud.

There was some medieval jousting afterwards but I couldn't get any good photos of the action.

There was also a lot of other things going on showing life through the ages and it made a very enjoyable day out.