Amsterdam: I took a walk with Ed first, then took a canal cruise with Dean and Maria.
This is my second time visiting the city. So I decided to walk about a bit then go to the history museum. Tom and Janice went to the Palace museum. Dean and Maria went on a mission to find two bottles of wine. Ed went on to the Vasa museum.
We had a very nice local guide whose name is Margaret. She led a walking tour of upper town for us. Then Tom, Ed and I did a bit walking at the lower town on our own.
Dean, Maria, and Ed are visiting this city for the first time. So they signed up fully with the excursions provided by Princess, and had a wonderful time. The rest of us have visited the city before and decided to just join a canal cruise and a folk dancing and singing evening performance.
We tried to take some pictures in front of the Hermitage museum:
Ed and I walked all over town for hours. We saw buildings, cafes, churches, parks, statues, canal, train and bus, the famous black cat on the roof, little children, and also, many deserted buildings. This is certainly a city with old scars.
There was a time we were not sure which direction to turn, and stopped by for some coffee, cake and direction:
Klaipeda is the third largest city but the only port of Lithuania to the Baltic Sea. It was not too impressive, but has interesting sculptures. Tom and Ed actually walked to the Sculpture Garden. Janice and I joined a Princess's excursion to tour the city, visiting a brewery, to sample some local beer, and to see the ruin of an old castle - Castle Museum. Dean and Maria walked around the old town.
It was about 20 years ago when I first visited Copenhagen, and I entered the city from land. This time coming from the sea gave me a different perspective. First there were all those wind mills sticking out from the sea. According to the guide, they have already been making money with very good payback even though the maintenance is a bit more difficult.
The drive northward was quite pleasant. We passed areas being called as Danish Riviera.
Some nice water front properties: