Monthly Archives: January 2016



Last September, on a repositioning cruise from Southampton to New York, we were able to visit Iceland for a couple days. We visited the North and Western parts of the island with a stop at Akureyri, Isafjordur in the North and Reykjavik in the West. While we spent three days there and visited many of the popular tourist attractions, I feel we only scratched the surface of what there is to see and discover.

Iceland is an island located in the North Atlantic just below the Artic Circle about the size of the State of Virginia. It has a population of about 330,000, two thirds of whom live in its capital Reykjavik. It is known as the “land of fire and ice” but is also is a land of contrasts being a frozen artic wasteland in winter and temperate and fertile lowlands in summer due to its proximity to gulf stream and abundant sunshine. Continue reading »

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Christmas Markets

GNewman-33City squares filled with all things Christmas and stalls filled with beautiful ornaments, the smell of mulled wine, sizzling sausages, gingerbread and other tasty morsels in the air, carolers and brass bands singing and playing carols, German style Christmas Markets are great! We took a river cruise in December on the Danube visiting Nurnberg, Regensburg, Passau, Salzburg and Vienna. Besides the markets, we got to visit some of Germany’s great cities with their medieval castles, cobblestone streets and experience some of their history, it was a great trip. Continue reading »

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