Debbie & Mike’s Travel Blog

St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow

St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow

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We’ve described our experiences and shared some of our photographs so you can get a sense for the wonderful time we had on our trip to the Baltics and Russia. The blog entries are in chronological order so you can follow along with us as we added our posts; you can see an overview of the entire site by clicking on site summary on the main menu above.

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Hi.  We’re glad you’re here! We have set up this blog so we can share the photographs we take on our trip with you. We will be posting entries here regularly (subject to the availability of an Internet connection, of course). You will be able to see the pictures, read about what we’re doing and make comments, if you’d like.

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Mike’s Duffel Bag

So now the fun starts. Packing for two weeks is fine. Packing when it’s going to be cooler and rainy in some places and warmer in others…not so much.  Anyway, we’re getting excited to go and we’ll be packing in earnest today when we get back from Becca’s birthday brunch.

Debbie and I will each take a duffel bag…mine is to the left.  We’ll be touring a lot of the time so it’s jeans and casual wear for the most part.  There may be a couple of more fancy dinners so I’ll bring a sports jacket and (ugh) a tie.  Given that it’s north, I’m thinking that my North Face will be worn a lot.

As the designated dweeb, I’m responsible for the electronics.  Most devices have a charger that auto adapts to 110 or 220 and I have a bagful of plug adapters. I also have a couple of converters but those are probably not necessary.  I have a rechargeable battery pack that can charge two devices at a time: plugs for our ipads, kindle, iphone and blackberry are included.  We can’t be running out of juice, you know!

And camera equipment, of course.  I’m bringing my Nikon D200 DSLR and a smaller compact camera…in February, I got the new Canon G1X. It takes great photos and shoots in RAW so I’ll use it most often.  It’s way lighter than my big camera; I like that a lot. Debbie will borrow Lynn’s point and shoot, in case she’s moved to shoot too.

Each of our hotels is supposed to have wifi so I’ll bring my Mac so we can post to the blog regularly and keep up with email.

So that’s our deal, so far.  We look forward to sharing with you!


Leaving Now

Kira guarding our luggage

…and now the fun really begins! We are an hour away from pick up to go to the airport and as you can see Kira is guarding our luggage.

Unfortunately, we are surrounded by thunderstorms and the radio says that we are looking at an hour and a half delay. Of course we cannot get through to the airline and we can’t risk being late for an international flight so we will probably leave on time and sit in the lounge. In general, delays are domestic oriented because with international flights, they throw you in the air knowing that they’ll figure it out on the other side nine hours later.

And away we go…!

We’re in Vilnius!

Hi. We flew from Newark Airport today to Vilnius Lithuania by way of Frankfurt.  We left out house at 230p on Monday and  stepped into our Hotel at 4p Vilnius time on Tuesday.  We walked around the old town to acclimate ourselves to the city and the time zone. The architecture is beautiful and the old cobblestone streets are so quaint.

Here are a few shots of what we saw today.  Click on the first image and it will open in a lightbox in the center of your screen.  Use your mouse to click and see the next photo or use the arrow keys to  step through the images at your own pace.