My friend went on a cruise. For 35 days. A 35 day cruise. I had two requests when she left: that she strategically leave a series of happy face stickers around Asia and Eastern Europe, and that she occasionally take photos of cakes with views.
She tells me the happy faces all have new homes, and the following is her first photo offering. Of course I have already forgiven her for going on such a long and luxurious holiday.
This three layer white sponge, white chocolate and apricot cake was made by the amazing bakers onboard the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship. In the background is the International Cruise Terminal and port city of Vladivostok, Russia.
Some notes my friend sent me about Vlad:
- Vlad is at the Pacific end of the 5778 mile long Trans-Siberian Railway
- Built between 1880 and 1900, the “Great Siberian” is the longest continuous railway track in the world
- In its early years it was a vital link for many Western travellers, especially diplomats, who used it to reach the capitals of China and Japan.
- Vlad’s Railway Square is the final Eastern destination of the Railway.
Some of the buildings in the background are examples of the early 20th century architecture found in the city.
First cake with a view from Russia! I’m terribly excited. It is worth noting that despite being away for 35 days, constantly tempted with cakes like the one in these photos, my friend managed to gain only four pounds while away. Impressive and deserving of a special sticker of its own!
If you could look out at any port city in the world while enjoying a three-layer sponge cake, where would it be?