Norwegian Christmas Traditions

A Truly White Christmas in Norway: Christmas is a very special time for Norwegians and in many parts of the country and along the remote coastal towns it is still celebrated in a traditional way with families. All work cease on the afternoon of Christmas Eve and the family put on their finery … [Read more...]

Heidelberg’s Atmospheric Christmas Market

Getting into the mood for the Yuletide Season at the Heidelberg Christmas Market: It was close to dinnertime when our coach pulled into Heidelberg. We were dropped off a little distance from the Christmas market as coaches were not permitted into the Old Town. It was pitch dark and brrrrh … [Read more...]

Christmas Markets in Innsbruck

Christmas Carols from the Golden Roof: Innsbruck is a really charming town at any time of the year, but at Christmas it's magical.  There are several Christmas markets in this city, the main one being in the historic Old Town (Altstadt), right in front of the landmark Golden Roof- Innsbruck's … [Read more...]

Livadia (White) Palace, Yalta Conference, Yalta

Livadia Palace - Site of the 1945 Yalta Conference: Anyone interested in WWII history will have heard of the 1945 Yalta (or Crimean) Conference.  It was here at the Livadia Palace that the Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met to negotiate how post-war Europe  was to be carved up. Livadia is a … [Read more...]

Swallow’s Nest or Castle of Love in Yalta

Yalta's Maya Lastochka - A Famous Castle of Love: In Yalta, its famous Swallow’s Nest is not a bird's nest, but rather a Love Nest, built by Baron von Steingel for his ballerina mistress. It seems that it was a trend at that time for men of standing to have ballerinas as mistresses, so the good … [Read more...]

Monastery of the Caves (Lavra)

Kievo-Pecherska Lavra - a World Heritage Site: The word Lavra is used to describe high-ranking monasteries for monks of the Eastern Orthodox Church and Kyiv's World Heritage Lavra is the city's most extensive and amazing sightseeing attraction. Locally called Kievo-Pechersk Lavra, the name of … [Read more...]

Dnieper River Cruise – Photos and Itinerary

Dnieper River Cruise - Footsteps of the Cossacks: A river cruise in Ukraine means a cruise on the Dnieper River, down to or up from the Black Sea. Following is the itinerary of the "Footsteps of the Cossacks" Ukraine river cruise that we took in August 2008 with Viking River Cruises.  This … [Read more...]

Kiev Airport Transfer – Dopobachennya Kiev!

Dnieper River Cruise - Kiev, Ukraine DAY 12 Kiev. (Sun.) After breakfast, disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B) We have to vacate our rooms by 09:00 a.m. so that they can clean the river boat for the next cruise, however you are able to wait in the … [Read more...]

Kiev, "Mother of Cities"

Dnieper River Cruise - Kiev, Ukraine DAY 11 Kiev. (Sat.) Dock Location. Your ship is scheduled to dock at Pochtova Square 3, River Passenger Terminal.Included Kiev Tour. Arrive mid-morning and disembark for a tour of the 1,500-year-old Ukrainian capital, picturesquely situated on the Dnieper … [Read more...]

Cruising the Dnieper River – Ukraine Travel

Dnieper River Cruise to Kiev, Ukraine DAY 10 Dnieper River Cruising. (Fri.) Scenic Cruising. Spend a relaxing day onboard as you cruise along the Dnieper River. The countryside on both banks of the peaceful river is varied; on one side steep rocks rise, on the other you can look across … [Read more...]