Monthly Archives: January 2014

Roman Holiday

Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome. — Robert De Niro Sometimes the sharpest memories of a trip result from misadventures which were neither planned nor desired. That was the case with our pre-cruise arrival in the Eternal City a … Continue reading

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Fascination and Terror

“I tell the schoolchildren this is why our heads are round – so our thoughts can make a U turn.” –Wolfgang, “History For Everyone” guide in Nuremberg, on using history education to prevent atrocities Before we visited Nuremberg the only … Continue reading

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Need Help Packing?

“I have learnt that I am incapable of packing the right amount of clothing, probably because I start 10 minutes before I’m supposed to leave, and that I truly hate airports.” — Marcus Brigstocke Packing under duress is not the … Continue reading

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Cruise Jargon for Landlubbers

“It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.” -Sir Francis Drake This continues a series of articles explaining the terms travel agents might use on an unsuspecting client. If you have not cruised … Continue reading

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Up and Down in the Europa Canal

“Not houses finely roofed or the stones of walls well builded, nay nor canals and dockyards make the city, but men able to use their opportunity.” — Alcaeus Our recent river cruise included an engineering wonder of the 20th century, … Continue reading

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