Visiting St. Petersburg by cruise ship feels like a bit of a tease: so much to see, so very little time. All cruising is like that, of course, and you learn to make the most of the time you have. But the Russians add a layer of complexity to the issue: you’re not allowed to explore Peter’s great city on your own. That is, not […]Continue reading
Cruising to Stockholm? Make the most of your short time in one of Europe’s great cities. And bring your sweet tooth. It’s madness, of course, to visit one of the world’s most beautiful cities in a single day. It’s pure cruelty, in fact, to drop anchor at the doorstep of one of the world’s most civilized cultures only to call “all-aboard” a few short hours […]Continue reading
It was late winter, 1988. I was in my twenties and had been studying in Paris for several months, and was now pretty much broke. I decided Berlin would be my last blowout before heading home to look for work. I had been spending my evenings in Paris at the cinema, and the film that haunted me more than any other was Wim Wenders’ Wings […]Continue reading
Catch the optimism and resolve of this tiny, beautiful country and its gorgeous capital, Tallinn. Cruising on a Scandinavia-to-Russia itinerary is surely one of the most pleasurable ways to spend a bit of summer in Europe. Long, long days, blue skies, refreshing temperatures and, of course, some of the world’s great cities await you. Having made the trip a few times, I take secret enjoyment […]Continue reading
Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Paris are chock-full of beautiful cyclists. Tom and I spent a couple of summers over the last few years in northern Europe. Our mission was simple: find a bakery in every port, drink the world’s best coffee, and photograph the people. Europe’s cycling culture is inspiring. There’s no fuss, no special clothing, no fancy gear, no $3000 bikes. It is simply […]Continue reading
Completed in 1919, Helsinki’s Art Nouveau central rail station, by Eliel Saarinen, has inspired a number of film sets including Batman, apparently. For us, it was the site of a massive gathering of hard-core goth-metal music aficionados that we happened upon, one beautiful summer day. Scary-looking and perfectly peaceful, the young people were there to attend a nearby outdoor concert. Apparently Finland likes its thrash music.