Archive for September 1st, 2010

Into Tallin

September 1, 2010

A day in Warnemunde and Rostock is almost a day too much!!! Not only was the weather miserable, so were most of the people!! First was a train trip to Rostock with all the early morning local commuters and then to find a shop to buy a wind proof/water proof jacket which was duly done. After a wander around for the morning looking at the local high?lights, including elephants wandering down the main street, and desperately trying to find any Internet connection, which we were told there was none, we hopped onto a ferry to travel back to Warnemunde. A pleasant trip back to the jetty which just so happened to be directly in front of the cruise ship. Then a ‘short’ walk to the town of Warnemunde, well, it would have been short if one of us could read a map properly and not take the walk to the end of the pier then have to turn around and walk the long walk back and this time to the bridge into the town. A nice enough time was spent in the town, again no internet connection anywhere. This surprised us somewhat as we expected the Germans to have a reasonable service. A nice apple was found at the market – NZ Pink Rose, mmmm.

Back onto the ship for the evening of playing crib and backgammon and put our clock forward an hour ready for a day at sea.

Woke late to a stunning day. There was a poolside BBQ for lunch on offer today so we headed poolside for a change of scenery and food. I guess at this point we should mention the food, there is plenty of it, constantly, but the quality is just not there. So we tend to keep things simple and have the fresh fruit and salad on offer with whatever is on offer from the carvery. We have tried a few of the different restaurants with varying success. Another day of lying in the sun reading, interspersed with crib playing and backgammon. I guess we are very slowly getting into the cruisy lifestyle!!

We really love hearing the snippets from home…..sorry to hear that Benny has gone walkabout tho, thanx for trying tho Helen & Don, you never know, he may just wander back in.

Next stop Warnemunde

September 1, 2010

A day in Copenhagen is hardly enough. We were first ones in the line to escape the ship this morning, and straight onto a HoHo bus. A quick trip to see the highlights of the beautiful city of Copenhagen before we find a free wifi internet site to update email, blogs etc. A hasty check on emails and then back to the bus stop for the next bus to arrive. We decide that we want to go to the Tycho Brahe Planetarium and as it is only ‘just around the corner’, a walk is the answer. We only had to ask for directions once along the way before coming across a lovely large park and lake with the Planetarium at one end.

The famous Little Mermaid is not in situ as she has been relocated to the Shanghai Expo but there is plenty to see. It was back on the bus to the centre of town, a bite to eat washed down with one of the best coffees I have had since I left NZ, and a wander around before heading back towards the ship. We had enough time to check out the shops along the Langelinie Pier before embarking.

Next stop is Warnemunde in Germany, we cruise all night and should be docked by 7.30am. We do not have to be back on board until later in the evening, we will probably take a ferry to Rostock and explore that region rather than take the 3hr train trip to Berlin and 3 hrs return. Roy has had a sore back the last two days which we are convinced is as a result of sitting for long periods.

Photos today include some signs which we have no idea what they mean but we thought they were funny!