Home after 16 day cruise around Baltic. I saw the tombs of the last Romanovs! Tsar, with his wife and five children who were murdered in 1918. This has been a sad but fascinating story I have known for most of my life. It was all a mystery but they found the remains and I have seen the actual tomb! I also saw the gold and amber rooms in large palaces which were part of the reason the Revolution happened and the royal family were hated so much.
I'm exhausted - we did a lot of sight-seeing and then did not catch up with sleep before Olympics ceremony. We did not intend to stay til the end but it was so good we had to. Only fell asleep during the parade - I saw all the rest. So I'm shattered and very near the deadline for an essay.