Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor, Montenegro I awoke shortly after daybreak. The coastline was visible from both sides of the ship. For the next 90 minutes we sailed between winding mountainous coastlines, also known as Europe's southern most fiords. Suddenly, we reached a deadend and arrived at Kotor, Montenegro. Nestled at the base of steep limestone cliffs, it was … Continue reading Kotor, Montenegro

Laundry Day

Monday was always laundry day when I was a kid. While roaming the streets of Split, Croatia I found numerous scenes like this. I checked the calendar: Monday ... of course. Thought for the Day: We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or … Continue reading Laundry Day

Corfu Fortress

Corfu, Greece The small island of Corfu, Greece was protected by two fortresses, one at each end of the island. The Old Fortress, pictured above, was built by the Venetians and completed in 1545. Thought for the Day: Fate has terrible power. You cannot escape it by wealth or war. No fort will keep it … Continue reading Corfu Fortress

One Last Look

Take one last look at lush green vegetation before the snow falls. The fall colors are still around, but will be short lived. The last two nights have seen the temps plummet into the teens. This scene is from mid-summer at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska. Thought for the Day: Life starts all over again … Continue reading One Last Look

Architectural Contrast

The architectural renaissance of Lithuania is evident in Riga. The post WW II building in the foreground serves as a prominant benchmark of the past in contrast with the modern skyscraper in the background. Thought foir the Day: The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our … Continue reading Architectural Contrast

Greek Alphabet

I had always thought Greek was a "dead language"; i.e. not spoken, but its letters used in mathmatics and college fraternity names. A recent visit to Greece told me I was wrong. The language is still very much alive, assuming this sign says, "Keep Out". As they say, "It's all Greek to me." Thought for … Continue reading Greek Alphabet

Corfu, Greece

Kudos to Corfu for providing a fabulous first impression. This is what I saw from the balcony of our stateroom on the Viking Sky. This scenic Greek island provided many photo ops, which will be shown in future blog posts. Thought for the Day: You never get a second chance to make a first impression. … Continue reading Corfu, Greece

Chioggia Sunday

Chioggia Main Street The small town of Chioggia, Italy has only one main street. On Sunday the street is used as a central meeting place, Most of the shops are closed, except for those selling cheap souvenirs to cruise ship passengers, but bars and restaurants are full. It's family time and the main street is … Continue reading Chioggia Sunday

Flying South

Canadian Geese A week ago the temperature dove into the teens and remained below freezing for two successive nights. As if Mother Nature's alarm clock went off, the skies are filled with migrating birds heading south. Thought for the Day: The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white. Neither need you do anything … Continue reading Flying South

Gondola

Decorative Hardware Every gondola in Venice is constructed the same way they have been for ages. They are all exactly the same dimensionally. But they are all special. Each gondola owner/operator decorates their vessel in their own style and taste. Every detail is the owner's taste. The color schemes, seats, benches, lines, rope railings, and … Continue reading Gondola

Drought

Cedar Creek - Sept, 2022 The long, hot and dry summer is taking its toll on the Lake's water level. The lake is less than a mile from the Platte River, and the water level in the Platte controls the water level of this lake. It has been especially dry this summer. Over the long … Continue reading Drought