Qaqortoq, Greenland

“There is meaning in every journey that is unknown to the traveler.” Qaqortoq, with a population of 3000, is a quaint little town on the world’s largest island, Greenland (which only has a population of 56,000+) We visited the Great Greenland Furhouse which processes and exports mostly seal skin products. The art display shows them […]

Reykjavik, Iceland

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” Saint Augustine Iceland is Europe’s westernmost nation and home to active volcanoes, hot thermal springs, a torrent of breathtaking waterfalls and basalt columns. Basalt columns are a geological phenomenon. When lava pours out and cools slowly over time, a curious […]

Torshavn, Faroe Islands

Rising in the North Atlantic waters halfway between Norway and Iceland, the 22 Faroe Islands form a breathtaking archipelago of jagged mountains and dramatic fjords. The Faroese people hold their culture and history dear, still speaking their unique Old Norse language and still topping their houses with turf. (yes, I copied the description from the […]

Bergen, Norway & Misc.

Here in Bergen, Norway, 500-600 passengers disembarked at the end of their 2 week cruise around the United Kingdom and I suppose about that many embarked also for the next leg to Montreal. We were surprised that there weren’t more than 53 World Cruisers going for 8 months. But there are a number that are […]

Ullapool, Kirkwall and Lerwick, Scotland

“The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.” ~ Billy Graham We’re in Scotland and it rains, rains, rains.  The many shore excursions are catching up with us and not letting us catch up with ourselves! John went to Ullapool without me and took some cute photos. We both went to […]

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast has many architecturally beautiful old churches and government buildings with Victorian and cosmopolitan elegance. Too many to record here, but one, Queen’s University built in 1841.   Belfast the capital of Northern Ireland since 1922 and the partition of Ireland, has a long and complex history of culture, politics, economics, religion and turbulence, going […]

Dublin, Ireland and Liverpool, England

Dublin was founded by the Vikings, Dubh Linn, which means black pool. The bay is quite muddy looking. Arthur Guinness was founder of the famous Guinness brewery in 1759 and inventor of probably the world’s greatest beer, and Ireland’s most famous export. John and I went on a bus city tour, but seemed to take […]

Dover and Canterbury

Nautical Term of the day — AS THE CROW FLIES — When lost or unsure of their position in coastal waters, ships would release a caged crow. The crow would fly straight toward the nearest land, thus giving the vessel some sort of navigational fix. This is also why the tallest lookout platform on a […]