Summer, along with Autumn, is one of my favourite seasons of the year for different reasons. One of them is because I get to travel and spend time with my family. From a very young age I've taken up the habit of spending a few weeks with part of my family and then returning home to start school (now uni) again.
This year was different. Instead of doing a backpacking trip or climbing a mountain, my family and I spent ten days travelling around Europe in a cruise. It has been fascinating and a great experience to share with a few of my favourite people on earth.
We started in Stockholm and then travelled to Helsinki, Saint Petersburg and Tallinn. To be honest, every place had something I really enjoyed but by far my favourite cities to visit were Stockholm and Saint Petersburg. Each one of them for different reasons.
Saint Petersburg is Russia's cultural capital. A place to impregnate yourself with culture and history. We visited the historic centre, loads of churches and cathedrals, we spend an afternoon in the Winter Palace, also known as the Hermitage Museum and we also took a few trips in the subway. It's actually one of the longest ones in the world, if not the longest, with 200 metres underground! The thing that surprised me the most was that Saint Petersburg's subway tickets are coins (for real!!).
Stockholm was a great discovery. We flew from Barcelona to Skavsta Airport in Stockholm and then took a bus to the city centre. The reason we went there was because we went on a cruise that set sail in the Stockholm port. I was not expecting to fall in love with this city. I first felt overwhelmed because it was really really big and the scenery was and still is one of the best ones I've seen in my life. We visited the Royal Palace, some famous streets, the National Opera and the City Hall. In addition, we got the amazing opportunity to watch the Vattenfall World Triathlon in Stockholm. It was amazing and I got to meet the amazing Flora Duffy and Mario Mola! (both worldwide leaders!!) as we were in front row!!
Helsinki was fun. I think that day we walked 10km around the city! We visited two cathedrals and we also got to see the National Opera, some Alvar Aalto buildings and the Helsinki Music Centre. I planned the activities for that day and it was so much fun!! It was my first time planning properly what to do in a new place! To be honest, Helsinki looked like the perfect city. Loads of cars, but not too many. People cycling around the city, plenty of cultural places and very neat streets!
Tallinn was another story. First, it looked like a theme park. To be fair it was unreal. The old town was quaint and pretty but at the same time it didn't feel like we were walking around an actual city. When we got to the modern part of Tallinn everything changed because it's probably better than what was left of the old part of it. The Opera House was amazing and huge, how I wished I could have stayed more! Don't misunderstand me, Tallinn was also beautiful but not as much as Stockholm or Saint Petersburg.
Without further ado, I'll leave you to the rest of my Summer 2017 pictures!
What an amazing trip and summer it has been. I hope you like this post and all the pictures I've taken. It's been good to chill all summer but now I can't wait to get back on track and start writing on a weekly basis again! See you soon 😎