Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood. St. Petersburg, Russia.

Cruising to St. Petersburg: a visa primer

Navigating the visa hurdles of your Baltic cruise vacation The crown jewel of any Baltic cruise itinerary is the port of call in Saint Petersburg, Russia, with most cruise lines offering 2 days (1 overnight) and some even offering 3 days (2 overnights). St. Petersburg has an incredible amount to offer, from a rich and…

Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Image by Alex Drainville under Flickr Creative Commons license.

Sihanoukville, Cambodia: Seattle sister city

Sihanoukville, Cambodia – Seattle sister city since 1999 Seattle’s most recent sister city is Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The relationship has been active since 1999 when Sihanoukville became Seattle’s 21st sister city. Sihanoukville is Cambodia’s fourth largest city and plays an important economic role as a major seaport and coastal tourist resort. The Port of Sihanoukville is…

Logo for the Seattle Sister Cities program

Seattle sister cities – an overview

Background In 1956 President Dwight Eisenhower started Sister Cities International as part of a White House conference on citizen diplomacy. The broad idea behind developing sister city relationships is to create a person-to-person exchange between Americans and citizens of other countries based on cultural, educational, information and trade exchanges. Americans can and should learn about…

Hanseatic wharf area "Bryggen" in downtown Bergen

Exploring the city center of Bergen, Norway

Bergen (sometimes called by the Norse Bjørgvin), located on Norway’s scenic west coast, is the 2nd largest city in Norway, with a population of about 275,000 as of 2014. Bergen has a rich and unique history, very different than other Norwegian cities. A member of the Hanseatic League, Bergen was home to German merchants in…

Louis Armstrong statue at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY)

Louis Armstrong statue at New Orleans Airport

When flying into New Orleans International Airport it’s the Louis Armstrong statue that offer the best indicator that you have arrived in one of the most unique cultural destinations in the United States. The statue is located in Concourse C (where most domestic flights arrive), near the Customer Relations desk. The statue was designed and…