The Skunks, Texas and Ms, flew into Paris, where Ms Skunk's wallet was stolen out of her backpack at the airport. Then on to England where we cruised the North Sea. We returned to England and onward to Bavaria Germany in August and September 2001. Yes, we were in Germany when 9/11 occurred. Our trip was extended by a week as no airlines were flying to the US. We experienced two complete opposite reactions in Europe to this disaster. The Germans could not have been nicer while the French were absolutely crappy about it=, offering no assistance what so ever.We were scheduled to fly out of Paris on the 12th. No flights and no hotel rooms and no help from the French. The US Embassy stated that they could put us up in pension with a shared bath. We opted to fly back to Munich and wait there for a flight. Needless to say we are in no hurry to return to France any time soon.
We made stops in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Russia; and Tallinn, Estonia. Weather prevented us from stopping in Finland
This is our cruise ship for the North Sea. The aft end is shown in the photo above left
Looking down into the main salon area from a higher deck level. Hard to believe this is a ship, not a grand hotel somewhere
These are the seas that kept us out of Finland.
Our ship had great gyroscope stabilizers but
we could still feel a bit of pitch and roll. I believe
the seas were around 20 feet.
The Little Mermaid statue was a present from brewer Carl Jacobsen (The Carlsberg Breweries)
to the city of Copenhagen, made by a then little known sculptor called Edvard Erichsen. The Little
Mermaid was unveiled at Langelinje in 1913, as part of a general trend in Copenhagen in those days,
selecting classical and historical figures to be used as decorations in the city's parks and public areas.
These multicolor homes are typical for the area as well as in the Netherlands.
Why a statue of David on the seacoast of Scandinavia, I have no idea, but here he is.
Throne of one of the Russian Tsars, possibly Peter the Great.
These are photos of some of the artwork in the Hermitage. There was one old attendant on duty who kept saying "No Pictures, No Pictures" so being upright Americans who always follow the rules we devised a plan that one group would go to one side and take photos. As soon as the attendant ran that way they would put away their cameras and we would start on the other side. We had her running from room to room for a good hour. We got photos and she got exercise. When we left she said, Oh, you Americans, but she said it with a smile!
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