Northern Lights and Spiked Cocoa

Ok, so maybe my Aurora Borealis sighting wasn’t as magnificent as the ones you see plastered on the ads…but it was MY experience, and I loved it. We were actually lucky to see anything as it has been a blustery week, and of my five nights here, that was the only night that had results. …

I Think I’m a Viking!!!!!

I’ve found my tribe!!!!!!! We’ve always claimed an Italian heritage, but I think I’ve really got to do the ole ancestry.com DNA test. I belong with these people! They are all tall and big-boned! I feel so at home amongst my peeps! And the best part? The very very very best part? They keep their…

Who Needs the Northern Lights?

So. Yesterday’s search for the northern lights was a bust. But the day was wonderfilled, nonetheless. It started with breakfast, where I was introduced to iceland’s pride and joy: Skyr. This is their own version of yogurt that dates back to the year 1,000, and it’s a creamy, delightful, HEALTHY, bowlful of love (which I’ve…

Air-ly Getting By

I’m sitting on the actual bench that was featured in “the fault in our stars”… notice the love locks at the end. Also notice the little plastic baggie on the ground by my feet…those are as common as cigarette butts on the sidewalks, as they are the former homes of cannabis. Aaaah, cigarettes and cannabis….

A Tear in My Beer

  And the tear isn’t because a monkey is picking nits out of my hair, as in the photo. The name of the bar where I sat and wept was called Monkey Bar…as if that explains the illustration. My melancholy today was trifold.  One, was saying goodbye to the AmaPrima, the lovely boat that I…

Fireworks in Düsseldorf

I have a hard time staying up late, and knew that it was going to be tough to make it til midnight for the New Year’s Eve celebration. I drank coffee in the afternoon (which I never do), and had chocolate dessert…all to help in the effort. But 10:00pm rolled around and I excused myself…

Baby, it’s cooooold outside

PAs we continue our journey north along the Rhine, the temperature drops visibly. Last night we docked Koblenz, and while we were too late for any of the shops, it was one of my favorite cities because of the architecture, statues and numerous squares. Notably,  there was the Four Towers, an intersection where the four homes each…

Rudesheimer coffee

We’re in the little German town of Rudesheim, known for its flaming brandy coffee. We were supposed to partake last night, but the boat arrived late, due to low water levels in the Rhine, and I was too tired by then. Luckily, we were still docked in Rudesheim this morning, so I joined a few…

Group Dynamics

I signed up for the pre-cruise package, which included two days in Zurich and two days in Lucerne…two dynamic and exciting Switzerland cities. I thought they would be fun to visit, as well as provide an opportunity to connect with a few people prior to setting off on the cruise of the Rhine. I landed…

Aaaaaah, the singles’ life….

When I checked in for the cruise this afternoon, I was told that I’d been invited to dine at the Captain’s table this evening. Now, this ain’t my first rodeo, so I immediately suspected something fishy was underfoot. This is a very small vessel…only 140 passengers, so I figured there were probably a handful…if any…other…

Omg! I finally figured it out!

It’s been a nightmare figuring out how to use WordPress…at least for this ole gal…using an iPad for the first time….in a foreign country with spotty internet. So. I finally posted my first blog. That one about saying goodbye to Izzi…I wrote it on Thursday the 22nd, and have spent every day since then trying…

Izzi’s last peek

Well, Izzi certainly wasn’t happy to see my suitcase rolling toward the garage….but I nearly skipped out the door. I tried like hell to set this up as a blog, but got nowhere. So I guess I’ll just send an occasional group email and if you want off of this list, just let me know….