Tuesday December 10, 2013
Shanghai is one of the most well known cities in China, and is undoubtedly the center of the country's economic resurgence.
It may not have the ancient history of other Chinese cities, but it does have the largest economic boom in the country. Shanghai
is also probably one of the most international cities in China.
Shanghai also has the largest population of any city in China (24 million people) and is growing so fast that new mega-skyscrapers seem to be sprouting up everywhere. Today, Shanghai has more than 1,000 high-rise buildings over 30 stories tall. It's a wonderful cruise ship port of call, whether from a Yangtze River cruise or an ocean cruise.
Shanghai (c) Linda Garrison
Monday December 9, 2013
Cruising northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Baltic is a memorable cruise for anyone.
Cruising to this beautiful part of the world on a luxury cruise ship such as the Silversea Silver Cloud is special. There are many factors that contribute to a wonderful memory, and this cruise had it all--a fantastic ship, interesting itinerary, congenial cruise companions, and perfect weather.
Summertime is a great time to cruise northern Europe. The weather is cooler, and the days are long, giving you plenty of time to explore the fascinating towns and capital cities of Scandinavia.
Silversea Silver Cloud - Baltic and Scandinavian Cruise Logbook
Baltic Cruise Pictures Library
More on the Silversea Silver Cloud
Silversea Silver Cloud Photo (c) Linda Garrison
Sunday December 8, 2013
Are you planning a cruise to Alaska next year? If so, there's a good chance that your ship will stop in Alaska's fourth largest city--Ketchikan
Don't let Ketchikan's rank fool you--its year-round residents only number about 13,000. The town is charming, with lots of history linked to the logging and fishing industries. Today, tourism is the number one product, and Ketchikan is filled with shops, museums, and vendors offering land, sea, or air tours of the surrounding area or the nearby Misty Fjords National Monument.
I was in Ketchikan for one night at the historic New York Hotel before our cruise on the Wilderness Discoverer of Innersea Discoveries. Unfortunately, it rained all day long, but we did manage to splash around in the puddles and see some of the town.
More on Ketchikan
Creek Street in Ketchikan (c) Linda Garrison
Saturday December 7, 2013
Kizhi Island is an outdoor museum and World Heritage site that is often included as a port of call on Russian Waterways cruises between St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Kizhi Island is one of over 1650 islands in Lake Onega, the second largest lake in Europe. Kizhi includes 83 wooden structures such as churches and homes, most of which date back to the 18th or 19th century. These buildings were either built on Kizhi or have been collected from around northern Russia and preserved on Kizhi.
Russian Waterways Cruise - Kizhi Island Open Air Museum on Lake Onega - Karelia, Russia
Kizhi Island Photo (c) Linda Garrison