Category: Cruises

Today’s grape, Shiraz! Terraced vineyards surrounded us as we docked. Such a contrast to the previous day and such a contrast to everything we’ve seen before in Italy and Greece.        We began with a wine tasting in the vineyards, took 2 bottles to go and it was off for chocolate tasting, at Valrhona […]

After an enjoyable and pleasant night out at a street side cafe in Vienne, with a group of about 20, we opted to sleep in a little (we weren’t the only ones) and spend a leisurely morning on the Viking Buri.  While we sailed towards Lyon the culinary staff prepared a “A Taste of Provence” […]

Up and at it and off to Arles. Going into this tour we had no idea what to expect and I had no idea just how rich of a history there was in Arles. From the Greeks, Romans, to Van Gogh.    We entered to find a quintessential Provençal town. Beautiful window boxes filled with […]

It’s time. Nice has been fantastic but it is time to get to Avignon and unpack on the boat.       We had a fantastic last night out in Nice and staying out a little later than expected thanks to great conversation with a fellow Canadian and his two Irish cousins. Still confused about that one […]

Success! We started the day before noon and with a surprising breakfast at the hotel. When I first saw the scrambled eggs I thought “ugh, runny scrambled eggs,” then I remembered the recipe in the Julia Child’s cookbook & took a chance. Easily the best scrambled eggs ever but I got distracted, our day in […]

After a fun afternoon in Monaco, we sought culinary inspiration from our Viking concierge. After querying us for our price and taste preferences, he quickly selected “Le Bistro Gourmand”, but more importantly offered to telephone for reservations, adding, “I will do the talking”. Upon our arrival we were shown to our table by a kind […]

   Amsterdam and what a better way to start the morning than with bubbles, that’s right, after a long flight we are starting our European leg with a Champagne “flight” – I justify it with “well I am on my way to France” – sure I am not going to the Champagne region but who […]