The first Christmas Market we ever visited was in Nuremberg, Germany, where they’ve been held for over 400 years. We’ve been hooked on winter cruising and Christmas markets ever since, and the Nuremberg Christmas Market was our introduction. We’ve gone on five Viking cruises in the winter. Our first cold weather cruise (after two spring … Continue reading Nuremberg Christmas Market
This is the final posting from our Douro River cruise with Viking that we took in December 2019. We spent time in Porto at the beginning and end of the cruise portion of this trip, staying onboard the Helgrim for two nights at the beginning and at the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa our last … Continue reading O Porto!
On our last morning onboard the Viking Hemming, we were treated to the (false) promise of improving weather when a rainbow was spotted over the hills surrounding our docking location, upstream from a dam on the upper Douro. Looking downstream to the dam and upstream toward Spain, the Douro looked perfectly navigable: As we started … Continue reading Lamego
On a typical Viking River cruise on the Douro, the bus trip to Salamanca Spain is anticipated with dread by some travelers because of its duration. Since flooding had kept our ships from actually cruising, for us this trip was just another day on the bus. To help psych us up for our long ride, … Continue reading Not So Sunny Salamanca