Even after poring over the beautiful color brochures we received, I wasn't sure what to expect when we booked our Viking cruise. You've probably wondered the same thing. So let me give you a glimpse of our life on board ship earlier this month. This is the wheelhouse on the Viking Longship, Idun. . . .
If you think you saw this already, you might have. It accidentally posted a few days ago and I pulled it back until today. There I was, cruising down the Danube watching The Sound of Music in my cabin on TV--talk about peak experiences. Describing our trip is rather like trying to hold a . . .
I wouldn't have minded, really, it would have been fun--but no, we didn't make it. We did get to watch the Family Simon show us the making gingerbread process, as well as a nifty trick to making an Advent wreath. We had Papa Simon, Grown Son Simon, and I think the Advent wreath maker was . . .
I'm sure you'd like to know what a Christmas market is really like, right? We went to quite a few, but one that stands out is at the Thurn and Taxis Palace in Regensburg. It's the only market we saw that charged admission (well worth it, by the way), but since we toured the palace, our admission . . .
Alpacas aren't the first things to come to mind when someone says "Christmas market." In fact, they never come to mind at all. But they were absolutely the cutest things we saw at the wonderful market at privately-owned Thurn and Taxis palace in Regensburg, Germany. More on the palace in another . . .
Melk is a tiny lower Austrian town of about 5,000 people noted for one thing: its massive, baroque Benedictine abbey. It's huge, but houses only 33 monks, a church and a school. Pretty colors. Wide staircases. Long corridors perfect for long, swishing robes. Stunning ceiling frescoes. Yep, . . .
Passau is a charming town in the lower Bavaria part of Germany near the Austrian border. It's known as The Three Rivers City, because three rivers converge at the town: Danube, Inn and Ilz. And since we were on a river cruise, we got to see them all. And a bunch else. This is going to be a . . .