Category Archives: cruises

Viviers and Grignan, France, and a Truffle Dog

If a town could ooze charm, this is it.  Today we are in Viviers, France right on the Rhone.  This well-preserved medieval town thrived in both the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.  Some writers call it an “architectural open-air museum”.  … Continue reading

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The Twin Cities of Tain L’ Hermitage and Tournon, France along the Rhone River

After sailing all night on the Rhone, we are docked at Tain L’ Hermitage, France for a visit to the twin cities of Tain L’ Hermitage and Tournon.   After breakfast, we walked over to the historic Romanesque church built on … Continue reading

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Lyon, France

Our ship has returned to Lyon for a day in the city.  We will not leave until midnight tonight.  Lyon is the third largest city in France behind Paris and Marseille.  There were a variety of tour options presented for … Continue reading

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An International Traveler Again

There has been a long drought, but Natasha is once again an international traveler.  Boris and I left today for France to take a river cruise through Burgundy and Provence.  The rules continue to change-including a change in COVID testing … Continue reading

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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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