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About and beyond

The visit to St. Petersburg
was a part of a longer journey beginning in Bergen, Norway,
and ending in London, England. During this trip we basically cruised
around the Baltic, beginning in Copenhagen, Norway, and continuing to Stockholm, Sweden; Helsinki, Finland; Tallin, Estonia; Gnask, Poland; Belin, Germany; Oslo, Norway; and Dover, England. Because of the Cold War while I was growing up, I found it fascinating to take the opportunity to visit St. Petersburg

Travel bio
Past journeys include Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, England, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Russia, Portugal, Spain, Gibraltar, Monoco, Vatican City, Greece, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Austria. I have visited 14 of these countries at least twice to many times. There is a favorite something in my heart about each of them. Utlimately, I love Germany


Books in my Russian backpack

Scandinavian & Baltic Europe
Lonely Planet

I had a ton of travel books with me, like two consolidated ones on Scandanavia (LP) and the Baltic (LP), and a Frommers atlas and other maps. Also, a couple of magazines that I didn't have time to read
previously and threw away along the way to ease weight.

Hans Christian Anderson

A favorite book picked up along the way is "Hans Christian Anderson, Fairytales" purchased at his home/museum in Odense, Denmark.
Van Gogh

Another favorite book was purchased in Berlin, Germany, at "Checkpoint Charlie" which tells how the people in East Germany escaped during WWII.
I'll pick up museum books that interest me too, like one about Van Gogh.


My favourite travel books

"In a Sunburned Country" and "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson are quite funny. "Rick Steves' Europe 101, History and Art for the
Traveller" is another book I pick-up and read from time to time.

(some of these books can be found in the subside bookshelf)