All posts tagged: båtluff

Från Stockholm till Lökskär – Åland

Åland välkomnar oss med sol, skimrande vatten, ett blomstrigt Mariehamn och en ensam ö vid namn Lökskär. Gårdagen, från Stockholm till Lökskär. Några timmar, några klockslag. Kl 6. Första dagen på semestern och jag vaknar tidigt. När en vaknar tidigt och ger sig av belönas man med den bästa fotopresenten. Morgonljuset. Morgonljuset över ett nyvaket Stockholm är som två presenter i en. Kl 8 i Stockholms skärgård. Stockholma skärgård är flera båttimmar lång och vi äter båtfrukost och tittar på vackra fyrar. Vi får vänta på frukost då vi, som inte är båtrookies tänker att men frukostplats får man väl, för att inse till vårt förtret att på Viking line bokar visst alla frukost. Obviously. Att boka en hytt är nödvändigt enligt Sofia och jag är beredd att hålla med. Resan till Åland tar ca 4-5 h och spenderas bäst i gott sällskap, med en skirande skärgård och lite slösurf. Kl 14 finsk tid anländer båten i Mariehamn där vi tar en taxi för 100 kr till centrum. Vi ser framför oss en lugn lunch på ett …

Cruise – Dubrovnik to Venice and disembarkation

Saturday the 20th 16.00 – Sunday the 21th 20.00 Our last port before the final disembarkation is Dubrovnik and after strolling the small streets of the old town we embark for our final stretch.  BACK IN VENICE We arrive in Venice early in the morning Sunday and wait disembarkation. The procedur goes that we stay in the big theatre of the ship and are called up by colour. Martin and I have the colour pink.  In Venice we hit the streets for one last day. We head for the train-station taking the people mover from the marina to Plaza Roma from where we walk. Buying train tickets to Krakow takes about five minutes since there is no line, thank god. We go directly for lunch. Having lunch a bit further away from the trainstation cost us 11,50 euros for two courses and I have another seafood pasta and fried calamari and fries. We book our hotel in the restaurant and then spend the day walking the streets and eating ice cream, talking about tourists and …

Cruise – Istanbul to Dubrovnik

Thursday 18th 16.30 to Saturday 20th 11.30 Sailing through the Bosphorus we cross the border between Europe and Asia. We continue or cruise towards Dubrovnik, a distance of 857 nautical miles. On our journey we pass many Greek Islands and the Peloponnese to yet again enter the Adriatic. After a hard day in Istanbul of 26 degrees startin with rain we get back on the boat. Martin fall asleep and sleep for 4 hours. During the evening it is white theme at the boat and people dress in the colour white. For dinner I have cod-pure, salad, shrimp risotto, filled aubergines and apfel strudel. We continue with the winning end of evenings by having an Irish coffee at the sports bar discussing our doings in Istanbul. AT SEA The entire next day we spend on sea – missing out on the Swedish holiday midsummer. Instead of celebrating the middle of summer we sunbathe, fill in an evaluation form and for some mad reason together with Maja and Josefin play and win a geography quiz. We …

Istanbul – the streets

I went a little crazy with the number of photos of Istanbul why I dedicate to posts with just photos of the streets in the city. Katarina Shot with Canon EOS M3 and 40 mm pancake lens, ed in lightroom                                                                                                                 

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Since photographing a mosque was new to me I took so many photos that I decided to make an own post of the photos I shot there. I come to find that I enjoy more and more shooting photos of people and that is what this post ended up being about. People, their laughter and feet. Katarina Shot with Canon EOS M3, 40 mm pancake lens ed in lightroom the app                                                             

Cruise – Izmir to Istanbul

Wednesday 17th 15.00 to Thursday 18th 16.30 Leaving Izmir the ship sails through the Aegean sea north west and along the shores of the Isle Lesbos. We later reach the strait of the Dardanells and go through the channel to the Marmara sea and continue towards Istanbul. Going through the channel, 39 nautical miles long, takes around 3 hours with MSC Magnifica. After getting back on ship in Izmir we do some sunbathing and then have dinner, salmon, greek salad and seafood pasta, and after dinner an irish coffee in the tiger bar. This bar must be the most amazing Italian place on earth with stripes and for a Swede, a bit tacky decoration a la Italian where te fraze ”a bit to much” rather is an understatement. The entire thing looks like a tiger walked into a bar and died on the floor. At 8 o’ clock Thursday we go of the ship to explore Istanbul. We start by walking to the blue mosque but not getting there until three hours of wrong directions. …

Cruise – Katakolon to Izmir

Tuesday 16th 13.00 to Wednesday 17th 15.00 MSC Magnifica continue it’ s journey towards Turkey and cruise the Greek islands. After getting aboard at In the Katakolon harbour Martin and I sleep for an hour and then have lunch. Making it to the ship 13th floor restaurant during lunch time is a plus since then a big and very good salad is served. We spend some time at the sun deck having a banana split and a mohito, yummie. The maintenance continue while at sea and during our sanbath the crew repaint the balcony. In the evening we have dinner with Josefin and Maja and it is theme gala, time for your nicest clothes. The food that is served is Italian or Mediterranean most evenings but the courses shift. The morning when going out in Izmir we wake up at 8.30 local time, walking of the ship at 10. At most stops Martin and I have walked to the city centre, and so also at Izmir. We start by walking to the Historical Coal Factory …

Cruise – Brindisi to Katakolon and the Olympia architectural park

Monday 15th 18.00 – Tuesday 16th 12.30 Distance Brindisi to Katakolon 250 nautical miles Getting back at the ship after some hours in Brindisi we take a nap. The weather is warmer than expected and leaves us tired and thirsty. It gets warmer the further east we travel, starting with a 27 degrees in Venice to a 34 in Izmir and hence the longer the nap. By now I have a tourist cold due to the AC making me a bit more tired than necessary with weird lung capacity. In the evening we have some Italian food and talk to our waiter Zuki. He tells us how the crew works and that he works on a MSC boat in Argentina in the winter.  During the night we enter another time zone and forward the clock an hour, making us wake up late, exiting the boat an hour after making port. We hop on one of the MSC buses to Olympia, this time costing us 23, 90 euros. On the way to Olympia we pass abandoned …

Cruise MSC Magnifica – Venice to Brindisi – the city of Brindisi

Sunday 14th 16.30 to Monday 15th of June 17.30 Our first day experience on a cruise was when Martin and I got on the boat MSC Magnifica in Venice Sunday the 14th of June. Our first impression were ”oh, so big” and ”oh what a nice room”. When ordering we paid 3690 sek / around 350 euros per person, an upgrade from the standard package to include a balcony and view towards the sea, now after being at sea for a while, very glad that we made this choice. Falling a sleep with an open balcony door with the sound of the Mediterranean must be my new favourite thing.  Leaving port the 293,8 m long ship pass St. Marcus square exiting the lagoon and then entering the Adriatic sea with is blue waters. The 973 crewmembers and it’s captain Marco Massa setting course towards the city of Brindisi. When the view sinks in you start to check the different parts of the ships and also, ”what cost and what don’t”. So our second impression was …