Category: Europe

A Day and Night in Helsinki

With just a couple hour ferry ride from Tallinn we decided to spend a day and night in Finland.  The ferries are massive, complete with grocery store, plenty of bars and restaurants, full cafeteria and on the way over there was live music in the ball room. Since our time was limited we took the […]

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The KGB Hotel – Tallinn

Another relic from the old Soviet days, Estonia has Hotel Viru, the first high rise tourist hotel in Tallinn.  Officially there were 22 floors but a keen observer would notice a 23rd floor if you count the windows from the ground outside.  As travel and tourism were’t really allowed in Soviet times, any guest at […]

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Enjoying Estonia

After leaving the forest in Latvia we headed toward the coast in Estonia.  But on the way we needed to stop for a hike in the forests of Estonia.  Each hiking day our aim was around 10K and Sunny would plan the route and Todd would keep us on track with his GPS.  We had […]

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The Secret Soviet Bunker – Latvia

Back in the good old Cold War days the party leaders in Latvia figured they needed a bunker with command and control capabilities in the event of a war with the West.  It was disclosed to the public in 2003 but has remained untouched (or maybe slightly refurbished?) and is now open for public tours. […]

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A Few Days in Latvia

We met up with our friends from Saudi, Sunny and Todd, who have purchased a RV and are driving around Europe.  We decided to join the road trip in Riga, Latvia and then up to Estonia and then an impulsive visit to Helsinki, Finland (we were so close, we really couldn’t resist the temptation).  Our […]

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Christmas in Cyprus

As Christmas isn’t really celebrated in KSA and we were in need of some holiday cheer (and some ocean, some hiking, and some driving on the wrong side of the road) we booked a trip over to Cyprus for the holiday week.  It was great to see the ocean again!  We enjoyed our selves quite […]

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Our Trip to the Balkans – Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia

Had an amazing trip through these three countries.  In Saudi Arabia when it’s the end of Haj and the Eid holidays everything shuts down and all the ex-pats go on holiday.  So this go around we hit Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia.  It was a fascinating trip.  Seeing the Dalmatian coast and the walled cities was […]

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The Not So Grand Bazaar? Istanbul, Turkey

    I had visions of magic carpets flying through the air, incense burning, people smoking hookah pipes and drinking tea, a few random animals meandering, and a secret shop around a corner that I had to say Open Sesame in order to get in!   I had heard so much about how wonderful the […]

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Worth getting up at Dawn? Sunrise in Cappadocia

When our alarm went off at dawn, I seriously wondered if this would be worth it.  Did I really want to really want to crawl out from under this wonderful, warm, down comforter pull on gloves and a beanie and trek up a hill?  “Hell, no!” my cold hating, sleep loving body answered.  Really, on […]

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Adventures in Turkey

  You must be wondering what is this crazy girl doing wearing a skirt and tank in the snow!  But, hey, that’s not snow!  It really looks like it though – doesn’t it?  Absolutely stunning to wander through the natural formations at the base of the Heirapolis ruins in Turkey.  They call them travertines – […]

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