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Another one off my bucket list in 2012. We were very fortunate that we were able to take a River Cruise this summer on one of Viking's new longships. We enjoyed it as it was very port intensive (no sea days) with city and walking tours included. There was also ample time to explore on your own after the tours. Most of our fellow passengers enjoyed the cruise but a few did not as they preferred the entertainment, pampering, variety of bars & restaurants on ocean cruises. River cruise boats are designed to fit through the many locks (we went through 66!) and low bridges which leaves no room for gyms, spas, casinos and the many entertainment facilities found on the large ships.

Food was plenty, open seating and lots of buffets specializing in local cuisines. I gained 5 lbs. despite all the walking we did. Attire was pretty casual except for those that wished to dress up at dinner. Passengers in general were well traveled and interesting.

Travels for 2013
Feb. - Caribbean cruise - Key West, Ocho Rios, Grand Cayman

Previous Travels
2012 - River cruise - Budapest to Amsterdam inc. Slovakia, Vienna, Germany, Netherlands, then Bruges, Brussels & London
2011 - Panama Canal cruise and Kauai
2010 - drove across the U.S. from S. CA to SW FL (moved!), Hawaii
2009 - Rome, Eastern Med. cruise incl. Dubrovnik, Greece, Turkey, Sicily
2008 - London & Bath, Sydney & Cairns, Lake Tahoe
2007 - Loreto Mexico, Lake Tahoe, Hawaii
2006 - Hawaii - Kauai & Oahu, Florida - Naples, Everglades NP, Biscayne NP, Switzerland including Lucerne, Interlaken, Zermatt, Montreux, Zurich
2005 - Kauai, Yosemite NP (CA), Maine (Bar Harbor, Acadia NP), Canadian Rockies (Calgary, Lake Louise; Banff, Jasper & Yoho NP's)
2004 - Maui & Kauai Hawaii,
Arches & Canyonlands NPs Utah,Colorado, Alaska (Fairbanks to Seward)
2003 - Baltic cruise - Copenhagen, Visby, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallin, London (post-cruise), Yellowstone & Grand Tetons WY, Montana
2002 - New Mexico, Texas, Seattle WA, Victoria BC, Iceland
2001 - Aruba, Strasbourg & Colmar FR, Bernese Oberland SZ.
2000 - Venice & Verona IT, Annecy & Paris FR
1999 - Fr. Polynesia (cruise)

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  • Ann75's Profile Photo
    Oct 16, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Happy Belated Birthday, Ann! I hope you had a wonderful day!

  • kingip's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Happy B/D!

  • Waalewiener's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    Happy Birthday Ann.

  • toemayn's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

  • Geoff_Wright's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    Happy Birthday Ann. Hope you have a wonderful day. Take care. Geoff

  • Geoff_Wright's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Hi Ann,

    Gosh, yes it's been a while hasn't it? Hope you are all well and happy 'down there'. It's been a few years since my USA visit, but I still have great memories, especially in your 'Rodeo' ring, haha. Regards to you both.

    Geoff x x

  • rudysmom626's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Hi Ann! Just wanted to let you know that your photo of Budapest was featured on our VirtualTourist Facebook page! You can check it out here: facebook.com/VirtualTourist?...

    Keep up the awesome tips and photos!
    Blake aka Rudysmom626

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    There is a VT meet in Orlando in April at Old Key West in WDW..hosted by Ann ts and SONG. We had one 3 years ago at WDW
    ,,Stephanie attended..was alot of fun.

  • mrclay2000's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Happy New Year Ann! -- you'll be throwing back the bubbly an hour ahead of me, but I'll be nodding off long before then -- old age and all. . .

  • y2ketan2007's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Hello from India ! Also wishing you a wonderful new year ahead.

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