Thursday Doors: Betanzos, Spain

Getting off the ship in La Coruña, we are headed to Betanzos, Spain, in Galicia, twenty miles from the port. We are dropped off in the central square of this small town (less than 15,000) and the first thing that gets my attention is the color of the many painted artifacts…….. dark green. The gazebo…

Jo’s Monday Walk: Bilboa, Spain

Put your most comfortable walking shoes on! We’re walking today in Bilboa, Spain! The ship is nestled right up to the quay and after boarding the awaiting bus we are headed for the hills! Bilboa is surrounded by two mountain ranges, so we got a bird’s eye view of the city first! We were in…

IPhriday Photo Challenge: More Food!!!

Since I’ve been baking, cooking, wrapping, and shopping a lot lately I thought I should share some more food photos to keep my energy up! You won’t go hungry on a cruise that’s for sure! There were four specialty restaurants onboard the Regent Explorer and we were served like kings and queens! Take a look…

Thursday Doors: Bilboa, Spain

 If I had to pick a city that I would definitely visit again, it would be Bilboa, Spain. First of all, I loved the port. There was a long quay with many walkers and on shore were huge, well manicured, manor houses! The city sits in a basin surrounded by two mountain ranges and the…

Thursday Doors: Saint-Émilion, France

First one big doorway! We have arrived in Bordeaux traveling from the Bay of Biscay down the Gironde River, where there was sometimes only four feet between the ship’s bottom and the river floor. Yikes! Hold your feet up! The drawbridge was very impressive too! Today a group of us are traveling to the village…

Jo’s Monday Walk: Dinan, France

Our ship has docked in Saint Malo, France and I am off on an excursion to Dinan.  After about a half hour drive we arrived in the village square that still allows cars in it and a parked near a statue of a man on a horse…… so we learned all about him first. The…

Thursday Doors: Dinan, France

Helloooo everyone! Today the ship is at port in Saint Malo, France and I and 25 other passengers have decided on Dinan as our destination of the day! Something told me it was not going to be as easy taking photos as it is on most of our vacations and I can see right off…

Behind Door 659

Well, we have been on the ship for a couple of hours now, but I’m excited to go see the cabin, aren’t you?  I guess I’ll have to get up from my comfy spot at La Veranda and move on! On the way, let’s look at some of the two thousand pieces of artwork aboard…

Thursday Doors: Mont-Saint-Michel, France

As some of you know, I recently returned from the cruise of a lifetime, aboard the Regent Seven Seas Explorer. My husband and I had never been on a cruise and didn’t think it would be something we would enjoy. We like to fly to our destination and then drive everywhere, choosing the sites we…

Boarding the Ship! What Now?

First, you are greeted with a glass of champagne! Then you ooh and ah at the opulence of crystal, marble and elegance of the Regent Seven Seas Explorer! That is quite the chandelier! The big tubes are elevators…….. Our rooms will be ready in an hour, where shall we go first?  The Poolside Grill? I’ll…

Cruising:In the Beginning There Was a Port

You have to get to the ship. That’s a good place to start on our first cruise ever………at the beginning. Deciding on Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer, the only 6-star ship in the world and classified as the most luxurious, was easy……it had everything we wanted and it’s all inclusive, meaning everything is paid for up…

Cruising: Let’s Pack!

The days of the steamer trunk are over!  And remember these? We’ve all had them! Suitcases are now much lighter and made of sturdier fabrics made for wear and tear! There are some great new packing ideas, especially for the Cruisers! Let’s see the new bags and how they can be used for the cruising…

Cruising: It’s All in the Bag

I am a firm believer in safety. In this day and age one can’t be too safe. Some things you have control over, other things not so much.  Safety for me starts with my personal belongings and the one thing that would put a heavy damper on my vacation would be having my identity stolen…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Poison Ivy and Bio Bits

If we were having coffee I would invite you onto the porch and say, “let’s skip the coffee and go right to the Mimosas! Pretend we’re at the beach!” Or maybe how about a taste of fresh strawberries?  Let’s drink something that just screams SUMMER!  I have not been feeling so great. Those red, angry-looking…

Cruising: Where To Start

This week begins my new series on Cruising! If you have read my Introductory Cruising Page you will know how “Cruising” as a destination developed for us. We are now booked on the five star, Regent Seven Seas Explorer for our first cruise EVER! In the months that have gone by I have learned a great…