The ship's photographer had the cheek to ask £6 extra for this as a jpeg
Looking back to the white cliffs
Lesley claimed this was an oil rig
This model, on display in the ship's reception area shows the state before it was lengthened in 2008.
How the split happened. Note the addition of some (very expensive) "deluxe balcony cabins" forward on Deck 8
We had to wait quite a long time for clearance to enter the Kiel Canal
Kiel Canal, Brunsbüttel Locks
Forget what you have learnt about red=port, green=starboard. The lights in the Kiel Canal have their road meanings of stop and go! In German it is the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal
Lock gate. The water level in the Elbe estuary may be higher or lower than the canal depending on the state of the tide. On this occasion, we dropped just over a metre to enter the canal.
Site of the old gate before the lock was enlarged. Note the special box for gongoozlers.
Ships travelling in the opposite direction entering the lock beside the one we are using
Our boat is 196 metres long but there is still room to get two more into the lock
The gate at the canal end just finishing opening
A special viewing platform. Big passenger vessels are probably quite rare to judge by the amount of attention we received. I wonder what the German word for "gongoozle" is.
The first of several ferries that cross the canal
From the Observatory lounge forward on Deck 8
In the wide parts of the canal we were allowed to do 8.7 knots and this is the wake we were leaving.
Sign showing a ship. But you are on a ship canal - you expect ships! What it means is: ferry crossing ahead.
Pilots are changed half way at Nubbel
This is part of a ship being towed through the canal but it is not the bit that was spliced into Braemar - larger version
Only a couple of weeks earlier we had visited the transporter bridge in Newport. This signpost points to (probably all) the transporter bridges left in the world. Little did I think when I took this photo that I would be seeing one of the bridges it points to.
A bit of the Berlin Wall. This is Land Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, part of the former DDR.
The Hansa is not forgotten. The car on the left has a registration mark of HRO = Hansestadt Rostock - the local area. And the one on the right is HH = Hansestadt Hamburg.
Saint Christopher's Church
One of my most successful image stitchings and it was not even planned as one! Lesley took the two images thirty seconds apart so the boat on the move appears twice!
Am Strom beside the old harbour
Werner Stötzer (1931–2010)
Grosse Stehende (Large standing figure)
1986 | 1998 Eigentum der Hansestadt Rostock (property of the Hanseatic city of Rostock)
Als Gedenkskulptur für auf See Gebliebene in Auftrag gegeben, schuf der Bildhauer die trauernde weibliche Marmorplastik.
(The sculptor created this marble figure of a grieving female as a memorial for those lost at sea.)
The number 40 picked out in images of eyes across the face of the Hotel Neptun
to celebrate the hotel's 40th anniversary - opened 1971 June 7.
Happy socialist workers seen in 1972 relaxing on the beach with the Neptun in the background.
(literally "beach baskets") are a common sight along the north German coast. The sun may be hot but there may still be a vicious wind. Image ripped off from here.
J C Decaux get everywhere
Old Bank pub Aurakatu near Linnankatu
Looking up Aurakatu towards the art museum
from Uransilta (bridge) looking downstream
from Uransilta looking upstream
LuostarinmÃ¤ki Handicrafts Museum
Tuomiokirkko from the Observatory
Corner of HÃ¤meenkatu and Uudenmaankatu
Tuomiokirkkosilta (bridge) over the Aurajoki (river)
Continuing the river walk
Looking across the river and up Kaupiaskatu
Looking up river towards Auransilta
Teatterisilta - Theatre footbridge
. The original bridge sagged alarmingly on 2010 March 6. The decision was taken to demolish and rebuild.
These two figures only 30cm high sit on the gunwale of a restaurant boat moored beside Läntinen Rantakatu near Föri
The free passenger ferry, imaginatively called Föri. I could not see the means of propulsion but I assume it uses submerged chains
Ventilators for the district heating scheme. Presumably to let off steam if pressure builds up for some reason
The last remaining wooden three-masted barque in the world
Gulf of Finland
article in Wikipedia describes the problems they had in Helsinki with these trams. A few months after I saw this tram, the same make turned up in Croydon
Sunset in the Gulf of Finland
Hydrofoil to Peterhof
Called the Sea Canal, this looks like a lock with recesses for the gates
I think these were actors playing Grigori Rasputin and Alexandra Feodorovna Romanova but they were just sitting in a corner rather than putting themselves about to be photographed
The Adam fountain - I wonder where Eve learned hairdressing!
They have dismantled socialism but the squirrels are still red
Returning to Saint Petersburg
Saint Petersburg from the ship
Saint Petersburg - coach trip to Zelenogorsk
Saint Petersburg - Roger goes off on his own without a visa
In Finland we were free to leave the ship as we wished. In København ditto and we were advised to leave our passports on the ship for fear of pickpockets. ...
The sign says STOP but in Cyrillic letters
In winter the snow ploughs are out promptly. In summer the water carts ditto.
See Segway in centre of previous image. The only other time I have seen a Segway recently, albeit in a photo, was this also in Eastern Europe. Subsequently I saw them outside the White House
Saint Petersburg - boat trip
"Everyday Saint Petersburg" coach trip
Amrots Armenian restaurant, 176 Nevsky prospect
Saint Petersburg Metro, Ploshad Vosstaniya / Mayakovskaya
The few words you do see in English seem to be entirely prohibitions
Saint Petersburg Metro, Zvenigorodskaya / Pushkinskaya
Saint Petersburg Metro, Vladimirskaya / Dostoevskaya
Vladimirskiy prospect, Cathedral of the Icon of Our Lady of Vladimimir
MS Braemar leaving Saint Petersburg
This is Moskva, an icebreaker owned by Rosmorport
a Russian Federal State Unitary Enterprise charged with the development of the Russian sea transport infrastructure. This being high summer she is back in the port where she was built - possibly in the same boatyard having a refit.
The marked channel extends miles out from the port
The Peterhof is somewhere hereabouts
Mole stretches south from Kronstadt with this gap closeable with massive gates
Docking in København
Another take on the little mermaid
Operaen på Holmen, the Copenhagen Opera House
Skuespilhuset København, the Royal Danish Playhouse seen from across the water near the Opera House (coords are for the photographer location)
København Museum of Danish resistance
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