Chapter 1: Cruising the world

Well, not quite. But we are beginning a river cruise in Europe and I have much to report. We actually started in Iceland and that was an amazing adventure. There is so much about Iceland,  we don’t know! We saw the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. They are only about half a mile apart so you could say we were almost on two continents at one time–except our legs aren’t quite that long to span the two plates. There are hot springs all over the place and geysers continually going off. And one of the most amazing waterfalls you have ever seen. Just amazing. Reykjavik is a relatively new city so there aren’t many historical sites to see but oh, the wind. I almost became Mary Poppins and I didn’t even have an umbrella with me. Truly a very rugged beauty. And hot springs that provide hot water for everyone on the island. But Iceland was only an intermediate stop. Our ultimate objective was to meet up with our dear friends and neighbours the Ekstroms in Budapest, Hungary and to get ready to board our beautiful ship the S.S. Maria Theresa so we could float up the Danube to Passau, Germany and then spend a couple of days on our own in Munich (München), Germany. Once we had that all planned and hotel reservations and flight reservations made we were informed by my stamp dealer in Munich we had two holidays in the middle of our visit and pretty much everything is closed up. In Germany, when they have a holiday they really mean a holiday. They all close up and go out strolling through a park or just enjoying life instead of working. Well, we can still go see things even if we can’t get in. There is so much to see. The holidays? 31 October: Reformation Day–exactly 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, changing the face of modern religion and  1 Nov – All Saints Day celebrated in the Catholic States of Germany. And since Munich is in Bavaria and that is a Catholic state, we also had our second holiday in a row.  But never fear we had a great time in spite of these limitations put on us.

So sit back and relax and read about the two ladies with canes and their handsome escorts on a trip up the beautiful Danube on the incredible ship the Maria Theresa–which has more mirrors than you have ever seen. You don’t know if you are coming or going!

Maria Theresa


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A 60 something woman who has run off to faraway places with the Peace Corps.

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