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Siena – Day 4

We left Roma and headed north towards Firenze through the heart of Tuscany. We stopped along the way to visit Siena – one of my favorite cities in the area. The Palazzo Publico tower can be seen from the outskirts of the city and is even more impressive up close. Last time we were here (~9 years ago) the Duomo was […]

Roma – Day 3

Today we ventured to some of the piazzas of Roma: Piazza Navona with the Bernini Four Rivers fountain (and the artists trying to sell their wares), the Della Rotunda and the Pantheon, and Piazza Colonna with the carved column dedicated to Marcus Aurelius.     Of course we also had to visit the normal touristy […]

Roma – Days 1 & 2

We set out for the third installment of European Vacation, Feikema family style. This involved the six of us descending on JFK from SFO, MSP and BNA. After the normal JFK high jinks, we all boarded a flight to Roma. We arrived in time to grab a quick pizza, a beer and/or glass of Prosecco, […]

Ghent and Bruges  – Day 12

Our final tour day, we visited the cities of Gent and Brugge (their spellings). We were not very familiar with either prior to the trip and had low expectations. We fell in love with Gent. What a charming place. Of all of the cities we visited, this would be the first that we’d return to […]

Amsterdam – Day 11

After a day at sea having traveled 643 Nautical miles from Copenhagen to Amsterdam I woke up at about 5AM thinking we had arrived a couple of hours early. In fact, we just hit the locks on the edge of the Amsterdam harbor. All of the canals and waterways in Amsterdam are below sea level. Amazing the […]

Copenhagen – Day 9

Our weather luck finally ran out in Copenhagen and it drizzled off and on most of the day. It made the day a little dreary buy it also brought out great colors.The bus made the obligatory stop at the site of the Little Mermaid and I took the required photos.  We spend most of our […]

Visby – Day 8

Visby surprised us. It is the capital of Gotland Island, a popular vacation destination for residents of Stockholm. This is a park near the university of Gotland with a view of the Visby Cathedral which opened in 1225. The cathedral is certainly the most significant monument in Visby and is breathtaking in size and scope, especially […]

Riga – Day 7

Riga is about double the size of Tallinn and it feels even larger, likely because we never left the old city of Tallinn. Riga has done a pretty good job of mixing old and new. We started our walking tour near the main terminal on the Gulf of Riga and the mouth of the Daugava […]

Tallinn – Day 6

Our time in Tallinn focused on the old city center (late thirteenth century). We entered through the Long Leg Gate Tower and wandered the narrow streets. There was no tourist traffic, only local residents and merchants.   Many of the main buildings were taken over by the USSR during the occupation. This is a building […]

St. Petersburg – Faberge and Canal Tour – Day 5

The interior of the Faberge Museum is stunning. It is a building owned by a “Russian Businessman” aka oligarch who purchased the collection of the Forbes family so that he could bring them home to St. Petersburg. It was noble but not altruistic. They charge plenty for admission. Here is an example of a royal […]