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Lodi couple set out to sea in Denmark, finished cruise with sites of N.Y. architecture

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Posted: Friday, June 5, 2009 10:00 pm

Who went: Lap and Yee Wong.

The trip: An 18-day cruise with Crown Princess to Europe Transatlantic.

Highlights: We sailed away from Copenhagen, Denmark. In London abides an unfathomably resonant city. We perched on Trafalgar Square with its iconic statue of the 162-foot Nelson's Column. The other landmarks along the south bank of the Thames include Westminster Abbey, Big Ben's Clock Tower, Queen Elizabeth Buckingham Palace, Royal Palace, Tower Bridge, House Parliament, Royal Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral and London Eye Ferris Wheel, all of which are preened to behold.

The 12th century Malahide Castle boasts a superb collection of Irish period furniture and portraits in the Ireland portion of Dublin, while the atmospheric 1870 Belfast Castle defines an undeniably enticing replete with many circular sandstone towers and a serene garden.

Unfold the post-card-pretty 14th Century world heritage Qaqontoq set amid the population of 3,500, vibrant tin-roofed and eye-catching stone sculptures. The remains of the local settlement and churches are the best preserved Nordic ruins in Greenland.

Whether marveling at the 1855 Romanesque stone Basilica-Cathedral of St. John the Baptist or lazing on 1834 Cape Speare's Lighthouse, Newfoundland made nearby are reasons enough to dawdle.

The New York City guided tour showed visitors sustainable architecture in the State Building, Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center, Empires State Building, Wall Street, City Hall, China Town and Little Italy that stands as a testament to meticulous Brooklyn Bridge. The best selling point is the sweeping views of thrusting Lower Manhattan skyscrapers, New York Harbor, 1909 Manhattan Bridge and 1886 Statue of Liberty, which are absolutely formidable. After all, it is totally possible to ignore the roar of commuter traffic while walking above it.

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