This blogpost is for all of you that said to me
“You will hate a cruise, you will feel trapped, its just not you”
Well…..I loved it!
The lovely company, the food, the fabulous places we visited, even being on a ship was good.
The sea was like a mill pond and I never really felt it move much -it was like being on a 5* floating hotel.
I loved watching the changing skies and seas
The ship was so big it was possible to jog around the track, promenade around the decks
and clock up 15,000 steps easily
The views were always amazing
There were lots of exercise classes that I could have gone to but didn’t have time
Here is the view from my running machine but outside was better but occasionally a bit too windy
There was so much good food, ok, I did like to try lots of different dishes, the salads were fabulous and the fruit salad was so good. I have eaten so much salmon – I shall miss having smoked salmon for breakfast every morning
With a bit of effort this week I will loose the extra few pounds I have put on.
The teaching all went well, students were great and the atmosphere good as we all felt in holiday mood.
The view from my classroom was amazing, from spectacular scenery to rainbows, and magnificent skies
I taught a couple of evenings as we sailed along the fjords – it was hard to concentrate on the teaching and not be always looking out of the window.
We were so lucky with the weather – most of the rain seemed to fall during the night
I didn’t get a chance to go to any of the other activities on board ship eg entertainment etc as there was open sewing and it was a good chance to chat to other quilters.
I have taken so many photos and will share a few with you of some of the various places we docked
I loved the Folk museum and the Opera House
Many of the towns have specially designed man hole covers
The Canning museum got a rave review in Lonely Planet – excellent and I have lots more photos for my “Something Fishy” course in Cornwall in March of next year
Before we left I tried to book tickets for the railway trip (considered one of the most spectacular railways trips in the world) but the cruise company book all the tickets – it’s expensive but I read that they release some unsold tickets on the day so we were able to buy a ticket to the top and walk down. A 4 and a half hour walk – spectacular walk.
A small town at the end of the fjord
I have visited Amsterdam many times. The Dutch costume has only been open a year or so – well worth a visit
The handbag museum is also well worth a visit
and the Tulip museum
The whole town was burned down in 1905 and rebuilt so most of the houses are Art Nouveau period. The light was beautiful
Even the staff were out taking photos
The cruising back into open seas was beautiful, past the seven sisters waterfalls
A grey day but still beautiful
I loved the toilet signs in the fishing museum
Back to Amsterdam and the day after Gay Pride parade and a visit to Volendam and Marken to the folk costume museum
Just a few more photos
Cruising is just such an easy way to travel, waking up at a different port was so exciting
The staff make you feel so special – it was just such a fabulous experience, yes it is expensive but if you do some research before you set off you don’t need to go on the expensive tours
Thanks so much Deb for inviting me and thanks to all my new American friends for your great company
I’m teaching on another next year at the end of June – going from Copenhagen to Germany, Stockholm, Helsinki, Tallinn and St Petersburg – looking forward to it already
Have a look at Deb’s website