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Just returned from a wonderful trip, teaching painting on the lovely old cruise ship, MV Marco Polo. We went to Orkney, Norway and Russia. Right around the top of Norway, into the Arctic Ocean and the White sea. It was absolutley fascinating and I would highly recommend such a trip.

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I am blessed to have such opportunities and Loretta and I get to meet lovely people who come to our classes. Cruise ships are changing and trying to attract a younger audience, but making paintings whilst at sea, is a great way to learn and perhaps begin to document your travels.  I do hope that cruise companies continue to offer paintng and craft classes and invite me to teach them - Im pretty good at it, even though I say so myself and I'm glad to say that these sentiments are echoed by those who attend my classes.

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On Orkney we visited the ancient sites of Skara Brae and the Ring of Brodgar and I was able to put my new camera through it's paces. Brooding skies and blooming heather, ancient sites and lovely local beer. Excelent........

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In Norway we visited Trondheim, Tromso, Honningsvag, Sortland and Bergen. We visited the wonderful cathedral in Trondheim and art galleries, both there and in Tromso. Both were fascinating galleries, with excelent collections and inteligent and sensitive hangs. Given how expensive everything is in Norway, I love the way they offer tea, coffee and biscuits, in the galleries. That saved us about thirty quid. Here are a few pics from those wonderful places and some seascapes too.

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Russia was a real eye-opener and very moving. The ports of Archangel and Murmansk were isolated and devastated during both world wars. The resillience of the people and their bravery and that of the allied troops and seamen, who risked everything to get supplies through to their starving populations, is hearbreaking and humbling. I feel very priveledged to have spent some time in both amazing cities.

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+1 #3 Loretta 2018-10-08 20:33
What a wonderful trip it was. One of the best I have had the pleasure to experience.
0 #2 Helen B 2018-09-09 21:25
Great too see/read more about your trip Paul - especially the Russia bit - and love the photos.
0 #1 Colin 2018-09-06 19:08
Interesting blog with some great photos. Thanks for posting.