| July 27
Thursday we take off on our cruise so I thought I would update this page early; we won't be back until late in the evening of August 12. We are so excited. We will be taking the computer and plan on uploading pictures every three or four days.
I have tallied the poll on how full-timers get or plan to get email on the road and I have added a new poll. The question this time is for married couples and there are two separate sections---one for the husband and one for the wife. The basic question is will the wife learn to drive the RV and will she do it. Please take a minute to put your two cents worth in. Poll.
To give you something new to read, I have uploaded the next installment in our old newsletters. This one from November 1996 is one of my favorites (I love them all really). The headline reads, Red Roads All the Way. That story is in our book, Movin' On but with the pictures and the rest of the newsletter (Potpourri, Campground Report, Letters, Coffee Break, Good Places to Eat and This and That) it all comes together nicely. I hope you enjoy it and that you can make the same trip yourself someday.
We only had a half of a dozen replies to last month's picture and all
of them were correct. It appears that those who knew were sure otherwise
no one even had a clue what to guess. If you are dying to know where it
was taken please take a little trip to our Mystery
Picture page. When you guess correctly you will get to read
a little from my diary regarding our visit to that school since we never
wrote about visiting that place before (again that was long before we were
writing our newsletters). This is so much fun to revisit places again.
Hello from somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea. So far the cruise has been wonderful. We have seen a lot and eaten way more than we should. We have met some wonderful people and enjoyed a lot of great entertainment, but we are getting anxious to get back home and be in our comfortable routine again. We always said that being on vacation 24/7 is too tiring; it is not normal.
One of the things we have done is compare RV travel to this cruise and there is no comparison. For us, we think that RVing is more comfortable and enjoyable, but most of the people on this cruise have been on many cruises (one couple boasted that this was their 30th cruise). Yes, it is fun to be pampered for a little while but we would rather have more time to explore and be less pampered. The ship is only in port for a few hours (maybe 8 hours) and the touring has to be done in a hurry. We are both going to write about this comparison after we get home.
The Westerdam is not the biggest ship in the world but it is plenty big enough
and too big to get it all in a picture.
Our stateroom is quite large and has a balcony beyond the doors Ron is sitting in front of.
So far we have taken tours in Amsterdam, Holland, Honfleur, France,
Vigo, Spain, Lisbon, Portugal, Cadiz, and Malaga, Spain and are on our
way to Sardinia, Italy now. Highlights in each are varied but
At dinner on the ship that evening we were all given traditional Dutch hats.
It is fun to dress for dinner once in a while. Here we are Ron is at the captain's reception.
We were impressed with the beautiful Muller family from Connecticut.
On a tour in Vigo, Spain, we see our ship and the muscle farms (in the background) in the bay.
We had a wonderful tour in Lisbon, Portugal. Above is the monument to the navigators.
In Cadiz, Spain, we saw cathedrals, iron work on balconies and narrow streets. Very charming.
We are home safe and sound but very tired. Our flight out of Athens was delayed for 7 hours. We ended up in a New York hotel last night and flew home early this morning. I have more pictures to share and will do it soon.
We are a little rested. I am adding the rest of the pictures now and will do the articles later.
After Cadiz, Spain, we went to Malaga, Spain,
which was very beautiful. They boast being home to Pablo
Palermo, Sicily, Italy, was beautiful. The architecture was just outstanding as you might imagine something in Italy would be.
The insides of this cathedral were impressive but my pictures just don't do it justice.
Here we are again on another of the formal nights. We always felt so elegant.
On the next to the last night on board the chefs prepared a dessert extravaganza for a late night snack. That was awesome. Below are some of the pictures of the tables which were set up out around the swimming pool.
We just finished our articles and wanted to share them with everyone. My article is: Exploring and Ron has added a few thoughts in Our First Cruise.
I have added a foot note to my Exploring article (which is an email from a reader) and I went even further to print another email in the Guest Articles section. They both add a lot to the subject of exploring.
I have another guest article coming soon. This
one will be on families on the road. I have been wanting an article like
that for ages so I am excited about that.
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