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Moscow – Day 4

We rose at o’dark thirty to catch a high speed train to Moscow. We traversed much of  the countryside between St. Petersburg and Moscow at 200kph. We arrived and did a short bus tour through the old city – parts of which date back to the twelfth century. This is a view of the Cathedral […]

St. Petersburg – The Hermitage – Day 3

The focus of our day was a visit to the Hermitage. As you can see, it is an extremely popular place. Fortunately our tour entered via another (much shorter) line. The building is beautiful inside and out, starting with the lobby stairs, beautiful ceilings and elaborate floors. It used to be the Winter Palace and […]

Helsinki – Day 2

It was great to have a tour where we walked around most of Helsinki. I am guessing we walked about 5-6 miles. We toured the port area with its open market (think lots of Lingonberries) the main train station, and stopped at the Helsinki music center for coffee and a sweet roll. We then went […]

Stockholm – Arrival and Day 1

We arrived to a rainy Stockholm after a long day of air travel. San Francisco to Copenhagen and then a short jump from Copenhagen to Stockholm. We found a local pub that served Mary’s favorite beer, one that I had to try, and Swedish meatballs. It seemed like the perfect way to celebrate our arrival. […]

The Kimberley – Day 9 – Montgomery Reef

Our final excursion was to the Montgomery Reef. We gathered en masse at 5:30 AM so that we could watch this massive 150 Sq. Mi. of reef emerge from the ocean as the tide ebbed. There is as much as 10M of tidal change in sea level in this area. This exposes as much as […]

The Kimberley – Day 8 – Talbot Bay

The geography in Talbot Bay was very unusual. In most of the regions of the Kimberley the layers of rock were always oriented horizontally. Here they tilted as much as 80%. This was caused when the Indian and Australian plates pushed against one another. Talbot Bay is also home to the Horizontal Falls, was a […]

The Kimberley – Day 7 – Mitchell Falls

Today we visited Mitchell Falls via helicopter. On the short zodiac ride to the beach for pick-up, the driver was hilariously whistling The Ride of the Valkyrie and evoked memories of Apocalypse Now. The open air helicopters were a fun way to see the country and meant we could skip a bus ride, since they […]

The Kimberley – Day 6 – Vansittart Bay & Jar Island

The next day we were in Vansittart Bay and visited Jar island where we saw ancient paintings of Wandjina Figures called Bradshaw art or locally called Gwion Gwion Art. Their origin and dating are still in question. They were painted by local indigenous tribes (aboriginal peoples) – many suspect their age to be about 15-20 […]

The Kimberley – Days 4 and 5

Welcome to Plan B (and Plan C). Plan B was to visit the Berkeley River since we didn’t hit Jaco island. High winds scrapped Plan B and invoked Plan C – we hopped up to the King George River (and falls) for an extra day. It was really our first day experiencing the amazing sandstone […]

The Kimberley – Day 3 – The Bungles

The next day we trucked (figuratively) over to Wyndham. Wyndham is the northernmost city of Western Australia (WA). WA is 33% of Australia’s landmass and about 11% of its population. There are still more cattle than people. Some of the stations, what we call ranches, have over a million head. You will see stunning examples […]