Holy week in Seville

Today I have a guest post from my daughter Angela who has also provided the photos. She was lucky enough to spend three months teaching English as a foreign language in a bilingual school in Seville in Southern Spain a couple of years ago and experienced the Easter celebrations for holy week.  This was part of the Erasmus scheme which provides study opportunities abroad for both students and teachers. She was surprised to find that children got a lot less chocolate than at home and a shorter Easter holiday. Many of the children came to school wearing national costume.

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A walking tour of historic Southwark

Every district of London has its own identity. From upmarket Chelsea to the more working class areas of the East End. Southwark which as its name suggests is on the South bank of the river Thames was long seen as a rather disreputable area, home to theatres such as Shakespeare’s globe, the clink a notorious medieval prison and the barber surgeons of St. Thomas hospital.

Effigy of Shakespeare reclining in Southwark cathedral
Sculpture of William Shakespeare in Southwark cathedral

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Impressions of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg which was founded by Peter the great was capital of the Russian Empire for almost two hundred years

The beautiful ceilings of the Hermitage
Inside the Hermitage

My first surprise when I started to read more about St. Petersburg was how recently it was founded. When Peter the great, chose the estuary of the river Neva  in 1703  for his capital there was only a small settlement with a few Swedish traders and soldiers. Continue reading “Impressions of St. Petersburg”

Cruise stop Copenhagen

Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen
salty old queen of the sea

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The little mermaid

Copenhagen, in Danish Kobenhaven (merchant’s harbour) is Scandinavia’s largest city with a population of over a million. Originally a Viking settlement it became the capital of Denmark in the beginning of the 15th century . Since the completion of the transnational Oresund bridge in 2000 it has become increasingly integrated with the Swedish city of Malmo. It is now an important financial hub. Copenhagen university which was founded in 1497 is the oldest university in Scandinavia. Continue reading “Cruise stop Copenhagen”

A few hours in Tallinn, Estonia’s medieval capital

Tallinn the capital city of Estonia has a fairy tale quality with narrow cobblestone alleys, red domed towers and a beautiful orthodox cathedral.

Since I last updated this blog, Bill and I have been away  on a cruise from Bristol to St. Petersburg aboard M.S. Magellan with Cruise and Maritime Voyages (C.M.V.) I have long wanted to visit some more of the former Soviet Union countries of Eastern Europe and we were lucky enough to visit East Germany, Estonia and Russia as well as making brief stops in the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden. I hope to share some impressions and photos over the next few weeks.

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