“Florence Skyline”The Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore was completed in 1434 and is the most important landmark in Florence, as well as being the fourth largest church in the world. The typical Italian Gothic building, the Cathedral of Florence, is dedicated to "Santa Maria del Fiore.
Because our cruise ship ported for just two days in Russia, my mom and I couldn’t justify the expense and hassle of securing independent visas. That meant that every time we left the boat, we had to do so via a shore excursion organized by Viking. Group tours are never my thing, but I tried to accept these for what they were: a sampler platter of St. Petersburg’s most touristy attractions, the kinds of places—like Times Square or the Eiffel Tower—that every traveler should visit once but probably needn’t go again. Though the excursions were tightly controlled and we didn’t see even an smidgen of the “real” Russia, I still enjoyed touring the ultra-gaudy Peterhof Palace. (Howzabout that floor, eh? 😍) The place is a total zoo, but props to @vikingcruises for getting us through the door the minute it opened and before the throngs descended.
As the nights draw in I’m thinking back to what an amazing summer it’s been. One of the highlights has to be experiencing the midnight sun - hard to believe this was the middle of the night. It’s so mesmerising and beautiful, even more so at sea ❤️ #myvikingstory
Feast your eyes on the delectable creations from our talented onboard chefs as we journeyed through #Bordeaux with @askchefdennis. Don't mind us while we continue celebrating #CookingDay . Bon appétit! #MyVikingStory
Berlin vibes // this city was the starting point of our #myvikingstory journey. It was my first time to come to Berlin. And this picture taken just after my special meeting with the kindest @chaiwalla who i’ve been following for 6 years now. We met for the very first time in Bali, early this year. And finally i get to meet him in Europe! So, i’m very happy to have spent 24 hours in Berlin before the journey from Baltic to the North Sea started. @vikingcruises
I had heard so many great things about Tallinn in Estonia from @lifeisjovial, that I was curious to finally visit myself. And I’m so pleased I did as it proved to be the biggest surprise on our @vikingcruises Baltic Sea journey. A storybook quaint capital that boasts both history and charm, and hip vibes and incredible innovation. Some parts were medieval Europe at its best, and others so alternative and Brooklyn like. Following our intense time in Russia, it was so refreshing to roam free alongside my cruise besties @kirstenalana, @neumarc and @mumhad1ofthose, and wander off the empty streets of Tallinn bright and early. It was my favorite day to explore and I’ll elaborate more in future posts why. Have you ever been to Tallinn? 🇪🇪 #MyVikingStory#VikingCruises
"Casino de Monte-Carlo", the Monte Carlo Casino is a gambling and entertainment complex located in Monaco. It includes a casino, the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo, and the office of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo.
Such a cool castle! Remember @vw73sb and @wgrgcfsu1 ?
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Towering over the Rhine River, Marksburg Castle has stood untouched for over 700 years, surviving the ravages of time & the destruction of two World Wars. Thanks to our guest Kenneth S. for sharing its splendor! #MyVikingStory
Reflecting on our summer -- our time in Salamanca, Spain was a clear highlight. Such a cool city. The history. The architecture. The food and wine. If you haven't heard of Salamanca, check it out and add it to you travel shortlist. We give it two thumbs up! 👍👍
Missing you a Waffle lot 😬 I ate A LOT of Norwegian waffles on @vikingcruises and I’m not over it, especially not the caramelized goat cheese topping that was totally new to me. But I’m also missing my awesome Viking crew; they’re what made my week extra memorable 💕
Excuse me as I still marvel wide-eyed inside the magnificent @hermitage_museum. In this room of bright red and pastel blue, of malachite and chandeliers, and art. One doesn’t know where to look first, it’s so monumental and overwhelming. As I was saying in my last post - moments that you can still view in my Viking Cruise highlight below my bio - art inside the Hermitage is seemingly infinite. It’s not just the palace itself and its rooms that are dazzling and as lavish as can be, but the art is too. I saw only a fraction of what’s inside - you could easily navigate the Hermitage for days - but between works of priceless value from the likes of Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, El Greco, Rembrandt and Velasquez, I would say I’ve seen quite enough to satisfy my appetite and leave me flat for the day. #MyVikingStory
I didn’t think I could be further blown away after seeing the Peterhof Palace, the Versailles of Russia, followed by an evening of ‘Swan Lake’ ballet inside the Hermitage Theatre, but rest assured, I was! Dear reader, here’s my favorite “room” inside the Hermitage Winter Palace, the official residence for two centuries to the Romanovs tsars. Unlike Peterhof, here these halls were vast and endless, a continuous display of gold, malachite and priceless treasures. I’ve been to my fair share of grand palaces in my life, and this one probably tops it all off, complete with a treasure room that’s off limits for photos. As for the art inside, a next post to follow. 👸🏻🇷🇺 #MyVikingStory