Funny, having a drink in the back of the ship this afternoon looking out over Olden and the mountains through the back windows … Somehow, it just didn’t seem real. Like a postcard projected onto a green screen … okay, a very grubby green screen.
With shows like Vikings, the interest in Vikings and that time period has really taken off recently. I’m fairly ignorant about the subject, and the only exposure I’ve had is from television showing them as ruthless sea-going warriors rading and pillaging other villages and countries for their own gain. So this trip to Norway 🇳🇴 is a great opportunity to gain some insight into not only Norway but also of Viking culture.
Walking into the foyer at our hotel was like a scene from a zombie movie … the lights were on, but no one was home. After travelling for 35 hours, we were shattered.!
It’s been four years since the handbag’s last journey. That trip feels like a distant memory now … so much, and yet so little has happened since the world shut down in 2019. In 2023, the handbag rides again!
Today we were greeted with another beautiful day as we entered the port of Katakolon. Katakolon is a beuatiful little seaside village that is the access point to Olympia – the birth place of the Olympics. A really interesting place and certainly worth a visit.
Our third port was to visit Athens. With seven cruise ships docked at Athens this morning it was always going to be busy. And it was.! By the time we exited the Parthenon at 11am there was a three hour wait to get in.
Our second port of discovery is the beautiful islands of Mykonos – with its narrow winding streets filled with lots of colour, and the fascinating archelogical site of Delos predating Popii by 700 years.
The first stop on our Royal Caribbean cruise is Santorini, with beautiful hilltop townships and iconic township of Oia with white washed buildings, marble streets and blue domes.
After another big year for Deb we are once again very fortunate to be able to traveling to far off lands to have amazing adventures while having the opportunity to explore, relax and hang out with friends we have made from all over the world. Thanks to Stampin’ Up! we start our trip with a Greek Island cruise and then we head off on our own to do some exploring in Europe.
When Deb initially mentioned the weekend to me she suggested we take the bike. Okay, she had me at bike…. so we decided to make it into a long long weekend by taking Friday and Monday off and do a bit of exploring.