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: 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…

Jo’s Monday Walk: Mont-Saint-Michel, France

I did a blog post on Mont-Sant-Michel, France for Thursday Doors  and had so many great pictures, I thought they deserved another post! My hubby and I have just returned from our first cruise and there were so many excursions to pick from we decided to go our separate ways to see more! Hubby chose…

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…

Jo’s Monday Walk: Sandhills Horticultural Gardens

My last two posts have featured photos of Pinehurst and Southern Pines, NC,  deemed two of the best small towns to live, in North Carolina. I really, really like small town life. Less traffic, stops to sit a spell and watch the world go by, great community living, and plenty to see, places to shop,…

WeekendCoffeeShare: The Garden of the Pines

If we were having coffee I would tell you that last week I posted doors on Thursday Doors from Pinehurst and Southern Pines, NC. Of course there are many lovely doors there, but I could not pass up a walk through the gardens either.  I wanted to share those photos with you today. I can…

Thursday Doors: Pinehurst, North Carolina

It has been a whirlwind of travel for me over the past several months! Have you missed me? Well I’m back with lots to talk about and places to see! First, lets get a relaxing game of golf in! Let’s see, that would best be played at Course #2 at the famous Pinehurst Golf Club,…

Thursday Doors: The Doors of Istanbul

Today for Thursday Doors we are again in Istanbul! My first photo is of a local restaurant that features seating with cushions around low tables or seating at tables and chairs, like we know it! The glass door slides open and covers the entire restaurant front! At night they just slide it shut! So, for…