Exploring Old Town of Riga

Riga Cathedral

It’s not the ship’s first visit in Riga as the ship had already made several calls to this port in the past. It may not be the first visit for the ship, but for me, it certainly was my very first – my first time to explore Riga on foot and see some of the city highlights.
The sights of Riga are not those typical sights very common in modern day cities because what Riga has are those sights from hundreds of years ago. From medieval churches and castles in the Old Town to many other structures built in later periods, Riga offers a wealth of interesting spots to discover and explore.
I went ashore and explored the city, particularly in the Old Town. Time ashore was so short or not long enough to explore more around the city. But I knew how to make the most of it – by simply enjoying the panorama of the city. [Read more…]

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The Sound of Lithuania

klaipedaSa picture na ito ay nasilayan ko ang kultura ng Lithuania through music. Sa picture rin na ito ay nakikita ko ang ilan sa kanilang mga traditional music instruments – instruments na karaniwang ginagamit sa mga important gatherings and events.
First time ko sa port na ito kaya nung sa laot pa lang kami ay nagplano na akong mag shore leave para naman masilayan ko ano ba ang makikita ko dito. Unfortunately, hindi ako nakalabas, hindi ko alam kong tinamad ba ako o hindi ko talaga trip ang gumala sa malamig na lugar. But anyway, whatever the reason is, katawan ko lang ang nakakaalam so dito lang talaga ako sa barko hanggang umalis kami kaninang hapon. And ang dami kong nagawang mga gawain kanina, kahit mga work orders na hindi pa ‘due’ ay natapos ko na rin. Sipag ko talaga ano? Sana walang kokontra… 🙂 [Read more…]

Exploring Old Town Tallinn On Foot

Reval-8371Arriving one of Europe’s most magical cities, it’s more of a ‘privilege’ than simply ‘luck’ to get into the port of Tallinn, Estonia on a clear warm day. Summer is still at its peak, so today’s visit in this ancient Hanseatic city should be wonderful as it can be. From 1 to 10 where 10 is the highest, for me Tallinn today is at 11. Well, obviously I was exaggerating but honestly when we arrived port of Tallinn this morning, I knew it’s another absolutely perfect day for us – just like what we had in Stockholm yesterday.

Tallinn at this time of the year is at its peak season for cruise visits. Just for today, three ships in a row – Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, Princess Cruises’ Regal Princess and us – are in port.

Tallinn is best explored on foot and around 20 to 25 minutes walk from the cruise terminal, you can start exploring some of the city’s uniquely interesting highlights. The sights around [Read more…]