Category Archives: cruises

Headed home from Vietnam during COVID-19

Today we are trying to get home to Houston Texas from Vietnam as worldwide panic has set in over COVID-19.  Boris was convinced that he would sleep through the night knowing we had flights in the morning.  It didn’t work … Continue reading

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The Saigon River at Night

Our last night in Saigon, we are taking a dinner cruise on the new riverboat, the Saigon Princess.  Since Cambodia has closed its borders and river traffic along the Mekong has been shut down, Uniworld was forced to cancel our … Continue reading

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Reality hits us in Saigon

No sleep again last night.  We were just too anxious about what was happening with our trip.  We went down to breakfast at 6:30 am when they opened.  We had been up for hours.  Even though our meeting was not … Continue reading

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Saga in Saigon

The real saga of our visit to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam began early the next morning.  With the time change, it was hard to sleep normal hours and Boris woke up at 1:30 am to find a message … Continue reading

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Safely in Saigon

With the world on high alert with the Coronavirus, most travelers are staying home.  Even local activities-like the World’s Largest Rodeo held annually in Houston-have been cancelled.  With a major financial investment already made and a bucket list trip planned, … Continue reading

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The End to the Christmas Market Cruise in Basel, Switzerland

Today we are in Basel, Switzerland on the Rhine River where Switzerland, Germany, and France meet.  In fact some of the city’s suburbs are in these other countries.  They speak their own dialect of German here.  It is the country’s … Continue reading

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The Christmas Season in Strasbourg, France

Today we will be visiting Strasbourg, France which sits right on the border of France and Germany.  In fact, due to tax benefits many of the people that work in the city live across the bridge in Germany.  They have … Continue reading

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A castle and Christmas markets in Heidelberg, Germany

Today we have a day-long trip into Heidelberg to visit the castle and Christmas Markets.  Its a familiar ride given my summer visit here.  You go through the industrial areas before reaching one of the most fairytale-like cities in Germany. … Continue reading

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Eberbach Abbey, Rudesheim, and Wiesbaden Germany

There was an early buffet dinner this evening to accommodate those wanting to go to the Christmas Market in the evening and for the group of us that wanted to take an optional tour to Kloster Eberbach in nearby Eltville. … Continue reading

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The German Corner and Castles on the Rhine

Our second full day of the Christmas market cruise began with a stop at the German Corner where the Rhine and Moselle Rivers meet.  The landscape is dominated by the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on one side of the Rhine and the Statute … Continue reading

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