The Amber Room P Amp O Baltic Cruise

Jan Leeming

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Date: 29th July 2009

Those of you who read my Blog regularly will know that I've taken several P & O Cruises in a working capacity - giving talks.  They offered me a choice recently and I opted for the cruise up the Baltic especially as the Ship will be stopping at St. Petersburg for 2 days.  I don't know yet what tours will be on offer but will definitely go on one to the Amber Room if it's on the agenda.  The Amber Room or it's reproduction is to be viewed in the Catherine Palace near St. Petersburg.  If you Google Amber Room - St. Petersburg, you'll read a short history of the Amber Room and it's loss.  The Germans dismantled the Amber Panels and shipped them to Germany - they've never been found.  However a recreation of the Amber Room was undertaken between 1980 and 2003 so there's now an Amber room based on the original.  The original comprised 6 tons of Amber and many semi-precious stones and was worth around $142 million in today's money.  But as an artistic artefact, it must have been priceless.  (Do read up on the Internet - it's fascinating).

I'm taking my son with me on the cruise so the trip will be doubly enjoyable.  I like giving my talks and also the Formal Dressing for Dinner - a little like the Good Old Days.  So I'm looking forward to boarding Ship in September.

Bye for now, Jan



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