Copenhagen to Tallin

On the morning of June 21st, we arrived in Copenhagen, by ferry from Oslo. One day here was not nearly enough, but it’s all we had. We went on a canal tour, had free time in Stroget (historical old city pedestrian area), walked past the backside of Christiansborg Palace (Denmark’s Parliament, Supreme Court, and more), and into the Library Garden. Finally we took a bus tour with stops at Amalienborg Palace (the royal residence), Gefion Fountain, and the Little Mermaid. Midafternoon, we boarded Le Boreal to begin our Baltic Sea Cruise.

On June 22nd, we arrived in Gdansk, Poland where we took a walking tour through the historic part of the city. We entered the Green Gate (which isn’t green), walked along the Royal Way, visited Artus Court, and saw St. Mary’s Church. Then we had free time, which we wisely used to change $$ into Polish zloty and had a Polish beer in a sidewalk café on the Royal Way.

June 23rd was a day at sea. On June 24th, we arrived in Tallin, Estonia. Today Gary and I took separate tours. He took a bus tour of Tallin and went to the Song Field (the largest open air theater in Europe) while I (Ginny) walked the narrow, cobblestone streets from upper town to lower town. Highlights along the way were the beautiful Russian Orthodox Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, St. Mary’s Dome Church, a photo stop overlooking the lower city, Town Hall Square, a tour of the very old Town Hall, and, finally, a gate in the old city wall.    

© Virginia E. Vail 2012