Panama Canal, Russia and the Danube River: Armchair Travel Series Pauline Hager Author
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An 18 day ocean cruise through the Panama Canal was filled with excitement and adventure for Pauline and husband. In Acapulco, Mexico they watched divers jump off a 125 ft. overhang cliff into the Pacific Ocean. In Nicaragua they stared in disbelief as they walked to the rim of an active volcano. A whitewater rafting expedition on the Corobici River in Costa Rica was a new and exciting adventure. Arriving in Panama City they boarded a round trip train ride on a path through the Panama Canal. Next day they sailed through the Panama Canal, watching the locks navigate the ship through the Canal. Entering the Caribbean Sea they visited Colombia, SA, exploring a fortress built by the Spaniards in 1536 and onto Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica. Last port of call was the seven mile coral-sand beach of George Town, Grand Cayman Islands.The Volga Baltic Canal and River Waterway Cruise began in Moscow, Russia. The Hagers walked through Red Square, passing by Lenin's Mausoleum; line to long to enter. Visited venerable St. Basil Cathedral, famed for eight, colorful onion-shaped domes. Toured the vast Kremlin, where five cathedrals, four palaces, the Armor Museum and the seat of Russian government is housed. Leaving Moscow, they sailed to four ancient cities, via lakes and canal, including historic Uglich, Yaroslavl, Goritzy and Kizhi Island. Final destination - beautiful St. Petersburg. Visited opulent Catherine's Palace, St. Peter and St. Paul Cathedral. Peter the Great and the last Romanov family, Nicholas, Alexandra and their children lie here. The Peterhof Palace built by Peter the Great was an exciting visit. The palace is noted for its Grand Cascade, consisting of 3 waterfalls, 64 fountains and 37 statues. A mini cruise on one of the city's 66 canals was a great way to see the city. Final tour was the famous Hermitage Museum, with over three million exhibits, much too large to see in one day.

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