Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Cruising with Vicki and Handsome Today

I'm thrilled to welcome Vicki Batman to my travels today! Also thrilled to be able to take a vicarious cruise with her, since I haven't travelled for a good, long time now. The Rhine River tour has been on my wish list forever. Thanks for taking us there, Vicki!

When our boys hit teenage years, Handsome and I decided to try cruising. We fell in love. Great food, unpack once, travel to awesome places, and told us interesting things about what we were seeing.

A river cruise brochure crossing my threshold entranced me. Small ships docking in towns as we cruised the Rhine River. Gourmet meals. For a monumental anniversary, Handsome treated me.  Our pre-cruise began in Lucerne, Switzerland, three days later, we boarded our ship, and eight days later, ended in Amsterdam for a few days of post-cruise.


From the moment we arrived at our hotel on the shore of Lake Lucerne, the trip felt magical. The perfect weather. Tasting outstanding food-watermelon gazpacho, anyone? Say yes!

The people everywhere rode bicycles. Getting a hug and sharing treats with a family from India on a mountain lift. Cows standing in the river. Amazing flowers abounded, even in the sidewalk cracks.

Cookies in Strasbourg. Hiking the Black Forest and eating cake-yum. Drinking hot chocolate and sailing the castle district.

Touring the windmills. Navigating the tram system in Amsterdam. Crashing in a park. Visiting amazing art museums.

All of the fun stuff was accomplished in not quite two weeks. My heart overflowed so much. When we stood in our stateroom, waiting for our call to depart, I asked Handsome if we could go again.


What is your favorite mode of travel? Are you a cruiser?


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Author bio: Funny, sweet, and quirky, Vicki Batman’s stories are full of her hallmark humor and romance and will delight all readers. She has sold many award-winning and bestselling romantic comedy works to magazines and most recently, three humorous romantic mysteries. An avid Jazzerciser. Handbag lover. Mahjong player. Yoga practitioner. Movie fan. Book devourer. Cat fancier. Best Mom ever. And adores Handsome Hubby.


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  1. Thank you so much, Kaye, for hosting me and my fun book today. Sadly, I've had the British Isles cruise canceled twice. The Danube was twice, but a third made it. And Australia/NZ canceled once and rebooked. So 2022, here we come!

  2. Oh wow, what a lovely place to visit! I'll have to add it to my ever-lengthening list LOL!
    Good luck and God's blessings

    1. i highly recommend this trip, Pam. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Hi all! I slept WAY in today. I'm so happy to have you, Vicki.

  4. Vicki, I took that trip years ago!! You brought back wonderful memories.

  5. Hi, Marilyn! Thank you for traveling with me today. I thought that trip was magical. I'm hoping the Danube one next year will be too. Hugs, vb

  6. It really does sound like a fabulous trip Vicki. I’ve heard the river cruises in Europe are spectacular. Something to look forward too when the pandemic is over and we’re all vaccinated.

    1. Hi, Pat! The ship docks next to the towns. You literally are steps away from exploring. And there are less than two hundred people on board. It's very up close and personal. Hugs, vb