Hello friends. I always go into a trip with the best intentions. Shoot some video. Take some photos. Share it with my friends. But really if you want someone who does that really well this is not the blog for you! You should visit Mellissa's blog. She is very good. On our trip someone asked her if she was a journalist since she was taking notes throughout the journey. Now that is a committed blogger.
Here it is, a few weeks later and I am going to publish below lots of photos from the trip and hopefully I can add a bit of context under each photo. The most important part of this exercise is to show some trip photos and let our friends see Mellissa since I take quite a few photos of her, where her blog has very few shots of her!
So here is a smattering of photos from our trip, part one...
There is a Robbie Burns poem that explains, "the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry."
So goes our best laid plans.
Chilling out at home, doing our final packing for our trip, with our flight leaving at 5. Mellissa is in the shower, and I get a text from KLM saying our flight was canceled. Our travel agent made some switches and told us we were rescheduled to leave at 3. So speed it up.
So I go for a shower, and as I'm getting out I hear the new plan from our travel agency. Now we're leaving at 1:30, which means we must scramble out of the house in order to get our flight. So we scramble to the airport only to find out the flight is delayed.
But we do get to The Netherlands eventually. And we are greeted by fantastic weather, and of course the beautiful quaint town of Delft that is out home base for the next few days. All is well. Until.
Until it is time to go to bed, and lo and behold, our room is awash in voices and yelling of drinking and partying folks who sound like they are right in our apartment. And they don;t stop drinking or yelling until 530 am. Same with night number two. So now, at 740 pm on Sunday we are all relaxed in our place, and we wonder. Will we sleep tonight and break the three night cycle of little to non sleep? Time will tell!
We are leaving in three days. Not sure how the date just sneaked up on us, but suddenly we are only days away from our next adventure.
This trip will find us flying into Amsterdam, jumping on a train to Delft where we'll stay for a few days, a and venturing out on day trips to The Hague and Rotterdam.
Then on September 17 we'll head back to Amsterdam to meet up with our ship, the Viking Skirnir (shown above). We are used to being on ships that hold thousands of people. This ship holds 200 passengers. Crazy. And we received the Silver Spirits drink package for free that gives you access to the good stuff any time you want it. There will be Moscow Mules in our future. And some good German and Dutch beer.
Here's a map of our cruise. Germany, Austria and Hungary all in one trip, and all beautiful postcard worthy towns along the Rhine, Main and Danube.