A friend of mine loves France. So one of the first things I did here was to buy a crepe and send her a picture of it. Unbeknownst to me, crepes do not have to be sweet at all! My sister tried a ham/cheese one, and it was delicious. Of course, it was chilly that morning when we began our tour, so I needed something hot to get me started.
After we boarded and the sun was dropping, the lights came on behind this beautiful water sculpture. It shimmers, don't you think?
So much to see, so little time! Thoroughly enjoyed this place and spent way too much money on souvenirs. Yeah, I know. But if it helps the economy, I’m game.
Running to the River – Speyer, Germany
A photo from inside might help you imagine how beautiful this place is from any view.
This is a ancient flooring discovered during a renovation project only a short distance from the cathedral. Cool, right?
So much beauty to see. I couldn't wait for the next port. I bet you'd feel the same way, right?
One thing that kept coming back to me is the idea that I’ve read about these places and seen pictures. But to experience them is so much better.
I’m not sure the pictures really did this justice. However, I couldn’t resist physically touching this beautiful building. The phrase “If walls could talk” came to mind. I bet this building would have fantastic stories to share.
Now that is a story to write about. Don't you agree? I might have to include something similar in one of my books. Have you read a book where this is included?
It was a bit of a walk to get to the barge, but the scenery made it worth it. The barge captain obviously knew what he was doing as we went nice and slow.
While trying to look everywhere at once, my author’s mind kept wondering what it was like to live there. Luckily, we got to peek inside one windmill “home.” Simply amazing.
That afternoon, we headed on over to the Anne Frank House. There wasn’t any way I’d go to Amsterdam and not stop here. The images of her life were bittersweet and scary.
I remember reading her diary when I was younger. There in this museum, they had a copy under glass. Very humbling. Have you ever read it? If so, did it make an impact on your life?
Since we knew of a closer grocery store, you’d think we’d go there. But, nope. We decided the walking and sightseeing was an opportunity too good to pass up. The weather was beautiful too.
One of the first things I found which tickled me pink is the "Viking Daily" -- a newsletter of sorts which gave us a Nautical Term of the Day, along with informational tidbits on where we were, where we were going, menu of the meals for the day, onboard events and scheduled excursions. Love it! I never thought to take a picture of one of these, so there you go. No pic to show you. Sorry.
How exciting to start this trip with a welcome toast! On our first night, we were introduced to the major players of the crew (captain, etc.). All very pleasant, but the excitement came with the idea of actually getting started on this adventure.
Is there a hobby of yours where your stock can be purchased anywhere in the world, if you should go visit there? Or, is it limited to one locale? Let me know!
Running to the River to Relax and Recharge!
Finally, after a cancellation and two reschedules, we finally got to head onto our Rhine River Cruise planned long before the pandemic hit. Why, you ask? Firstly, to celebrate my father’s birthday. Secondly, because, hey…I saved the money and who doesn’t need a break?
So come along with me and share my journey. Maybe some of these images can help you recharge too.
For the next few blogs, I'll be sharing via pictures taken and my notes on the whole trip. I hope you enjoy the trip.
By the way...have you ever been on a river boat cruise or to any of these places? Fell free to comment below if you have and please share a photo too. I'd love to see them!