Browsing the Baltic

The Disney Magic was the perfect vessel for us to see 5 countries in 7 days. All places none of us had been to before (minus a quick Stockholm Metallica concert for Jess).

1) Copenhagen, Denmark was the start and end to our trip. A very progressive city with deep historic roots. For sure worth a visit!

The canals and architecture are beautiful

Tivoli Gardens a really neat amusement park

The number of bikes in the city was crazy!

2) Tallin, Estonia was next and before this trip not a country on our travel country plan. With only 1.3 million people it is a small country that in 1991 gained its independence from the Soviet Union. We learned that they are proud of their independence and especially happy to be a NATO member. 🙂

Another bike trip & hand stand in Europe!

3) St. Petersburg, Russia next up! We were all very interested in going to Russia. The city had lots of culture with ~200 museums and is known for their ballet. It was cold and wet which apparently is the normal with only 60 days of sunshine a year.

4) Helsinki, Finland reminded us so much of Minnesota. Beautiful lakes and trees and McKenna fit right in with all the blondes. Fantastic ebike tour! All over the beautiful country of Finland (happyebikes).

5). Stockholm, Sweden was a great country we could have used more time in. One we would return to for sure. We saw the Vasa a Swedish ship which sunk about ~400 yrs ago and after about 350 on the sea floor was raised and restored. We also hit the ABBA Museum – Fun!!

Recovered sunken ship @ the Vasa Museum

ABBA with 2 new members!

Lots of great family time on the ship. A much needed week together leaves us feeling grateful, blessed and ready to continue the adventure.

I’m sure they washed the windows a minute later

McKenna & Jess competing in “So you think you know your family?”

Dinner-mates – The Drake’s from TX were awesome!

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