River Cruising: For Those Who Wish to See The Sights At A More Leisurely Pace

I’ve never been one to take a cruise; however each time I receive a brochure from   Viking River Cruises, the leader of the pack in this industry, I have to admit that it seems enchanting. There is something about the slow pace of it that is remarkable. You can see the sights, and appreciate the beauty of the land, while still staying in generous and luxurious quarters, and having the time to disembark and take tours that provide you with an opportunity to experience the culture, not just see it.

Normal cruising always sounds like so much fun from all of my friends who use it as their preferred vacation mode. They talk about the food, the dancing, the activities. However, much of the time, they admit that they stay aboard because it is a “hassle” to  disembark. Tours are expensive and crowded. With river tours, it is more like being at a luxury hotel with all the services, coupled with immersion cultural experiences that are tied to the locations that you visit, all for an all-inclusive pricing, including the cost of tours.

Travelers who use river cruising come from all over the world. Consider what dinner conversations might be like with your other travelers on the river cruise? Oh, you can still have bar service 24/7, and dancing. Loads of activities, or just sit back, read, enjoy the sites and get ready for another immersion class. Oh, I think I’ll do that cooking class, or go to the wine tasting. Okay, the wine tasting wins.

There are several river cruise companies from which to choose. All of them offer approximately the same services, with travel throughout the rivers of Europe. The following article published in the Huffington Post, provides the details of the companies and their approaches.

So, for those of you who just love cruising… add river cruising to your travel portfolio. I think you might see me on the Danube.


Top Destinations to Visit Released by New York Times

The New York Times Travel section recently released their list of the 52 Places to Go in 2015. The list comprises destinations from all over the world.  Toping the list is Milan, Italy. Number two(2) on the list is Cuba. As I perused the list, there were places that were no surprise at all, while there were others that made me say… ” How did they make the list?”


The interesting aspect is there is a brief description as to why the area or city made the list. I started out looking at what I thought were the cities or areas of my interest, but suddenly found myself reading each listing and discovering points about the cities or areas that compelled me to read more. For example, I loved reading about Bolivia, Macedonia and the Faroe Islands. Not sure that I will make it to those places, but it provided me with a perspective that I had not considered in my travel plans.  This calls for a new To Do list.

Cleveland, Ohio made the list, and I was totally unaware of all of the renovation that has occurred in the waterfront area of the city. This is now definitely a city that my husband and I will stop in enroute to Montreal, QC this summer.

Still there were other areas that I would simply love to see: Tanzania, North Coast of Peru, Elqui Valley, Chili, and there are others to which  I now long to return to such as New Orleans, Louisiana. Perhaps, I should pack my bags for the upcoming jazz festival in the spring.