We're looking forward to lots of new adventures in 2016 ~ starting with New Year's Eve fireworks in Waikiki; then an Anniversary Island Hop to the island of Kauai, followed by another couple of months on the island of Oahu.
Next, we'll be heading to London for a week; followed by a two week Scandinavian & Russia cruise.
We're not usually the cruising type, we much prefer doing our own booking and doing our own thing. But Mr. C's research is telling us this is really the way to go, in this case, for seeing this Baltic loop. It's the most efficient way to see these cities, with the least amount of (wasted) travel time.
We'll get a lot of Passport check-marks on this one (though, disappointingly, they don't actually stamp your passport in each city / country). You can see we sort of ping-pong back & forth between countries, both on the way up & on the way back. We'll be stopping in Southampton, England (our only British stamp is for Gibraltar -- which hardly qualifies); Brussels, Belgium (1st time in Belgium); Berlin, Germany (1st time in Germany); Tallinn, Estonia (I have to admit, I don't know the first thing about this one); Helsinki, Finland (also a first-time); Stockholm, Sweden (another first); Copenhagen, Denmark (also a first); and St. Petersburg, Russia (also new).
Pretty exciting stuff!
One of the books on my reading list for last year was "Catherine the Great"; and I spent many an hour by the pool alternately plowing through and then / totally engaged in her biography. (She was a truly remarkable and very unique woman in world history ~ and I highly recommend this book by Robert Massie).
So of course I'm now quite fascinated to see the the Bronze Horseman, the equestrian statue of Peter the Great, that she had commissioned in his honor ~ which stands in the square in St. Petersburg; along with the other sites of that historic city.
I think I have lots of research to do between now & then! Customs, currency, foods -- oh dear. Where do I take my cooking class on this one???
Then, later in the year, we'll also be breaking ground (finally) on our new house ~ overlooking the Entrada golf course in St. George, UT, which will have both a guest suite and a Casita ~ which means lots of room for company ~~ so please come see us! I think there's a blog series in my future called, "How to build a new house and stay married". Just sayin'.
All of that, plus trying to keep up with the grandbabies, who are no longer babies at all; and keep up with the upcoming (increased) level of business, which has both Mr. C & I putting in some actual office hours (hard to believe, I know......)
So it looks to be a very busy, very active, very adventure-filled year, Miss 2016 does.
Just the way I like it!
Lots of blogging ahead, so "follow me" to get the email when there's a new post.
And just try to keep up ~ I dare ya!
(They're really big flip flops to fill)
(They're really big flip flops to fill)
I could never keep up with you, but you are my idol. You just take me along with your words!!!!ReplyDelete
Warms my heart to hear you say so......Inspires me to keep writing ~Delete
I have been watching videos on Russia. I am amazed that during the communist occupation of Russia they took such wonderful care of their cathedrals. They are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen. We are planning the same trip although we haven't made our reservations yet. They also have a cruise through the Russian rivers through many cities including Moscow. Never thought I would want to go to Russia but I am looking forward to it.ReplyDelete
I find this so interesting, Carol ~ thanks for sharing. As I said, the book "Catherine the Great" is something you might enjoy reading, if you are "into" the Russian history at the moment. I"m with you, didn't think I was so attracted to Russia ~ until suddenly I was! We'll stay in touch on this one ~Delete
What a great thing to look forward too.ReplyDelete
Lucky You! Merry Christmas to you and Happy reading to us!ReplyDelete
So excited for you!! Mr C knows how to treat you right!!ReplyDelete
And Mr. C officially wins Christmas! So happy for you guys, that will be awesome!ReplyDelete
Yea! Sounds like a fantastic trip! Please fill us in on Stockholm. That's where my roots are. May God bless you and Steve with good health, much love and happy travels!ReplyDelete
Nice! I love your blogs ~ReplyDelete
What cruise line will you be taking? Maybe you could write a blog for the CruiseExperts.com website! I do all the social media there.ReplyDelete
My kids took a 2 week cruise in Europe and loved it...ReplyDelete
I see more second-hand adventures in my reading future! Merry Christmas, Sherrie!ReplyDelete
Sounds exciting once again. I spent 3 months in Namur Belgian. South of Brussels. Interesting tapestry, lace and chocolate. Enjoy your cruise. Happy New Year.ReplyDelete
Love the cruise!!! One day I will get to Sweden. I still have a few relatives in the US who have visited our "family origins" in Sweden and still have several distant relatives living near Stockholm. One of my bucket list items for sure! In the meantime I will live vicariously through you and Mr C.ReplyDelete
I love this! Bucket lists are a good thing.....Meanwhile, we'll try to keep you satiated.....Delete
So excited for your 2016 adventures! Looking forward to reading about them on your great blog!ReplyDelete
Thanks my dear ~ I know you are traveling along with us, and we love that ~Delete
I love how you can paint the adventure, it feels like we're there. look forward to the read!ReplyDelete
Thanks Chris, that means a lot! I'm looking forward to telling all the travel stories!Delete
Awesome! You'll have to visit with my sis-in-law and brother-in-law in Berlin if it fits in the itinerary.ReplyDelete
Whereabouts in Berlin, Kirsten?? That would be awesome!Delete
When you make it to Germany do try and get a Kitchen Witch..It is the custom in Germany to have one in your kitchen, she takes all the bad in your kitchen away....no more burnt items or anything and they are so cute and fun...It looks like a real with on a broom and some are very colorful..kitchen witch magic...something to look for...Deon I have one from Germany, I just put it on my facebook page so you can go look at it...DeonReplyDelete