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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
It's no secret that I love boats almost as much as I love sleeper trains, and Andy's mum enjoys cruising, so it was obvious that we should include a few ferry trips in our tour of the Baltic States. And, well, we call them Baltic States because they're on the Baltic, so it was even more obvious that we ought to sail across the Baltic itself. Fortunately there's a regularly scheduled service from Stockholm to Tallinn.
It's an overnight trip, so the first challenge was to find our rooms. The corridors are so long that the end disappears out of sight, and they're all identical, so we were heavily reliant on the little signs pointing towards number ranges.
We had to check in an hour or so before the ship started moving, so we went to explore. The bar-and-nightclub area felt like midnight even though it was still light outside, with gorgeous light displays and ranks of tiny cabaret-style tables. We're not really nightclub people, but it was fun to see this place empty while everyone was still settling in to their rooms.
Of course, the highlight of the trip was the journey itself. The coast along the Baltic is beautiful; this house as we were leaving Sweden might just be my dream spot: