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    European Rivers

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  1. Thanks for mentioning this alternative. Not wishing to “enjoy” that long flight we have thought of breaking up the endeavour with either a stopoff on the American west coast or at Hawaii. The connections seem a little more difficult on the latter but there are other obvious advantages.
  2. Now THAT made me laugh! Well done Mrs. Miggins. I too saw that performance and quickly rationalized that the appearance of the “scantily-clad young ladies” was an “homage” to an earlier, more misogynistic, period on the French Riviera. “Always important to acknowledge one’s history,” I said to my wife. But the audience reaction reminded me of an Evening in a beautiful theatre in Cartagena, Columbia. The star was a rather young male pianist who played with a rather florid style. About 3/4 through his performance, he was joined by a young female dancer whose moves awakened the interest of the other half of the audience. In the rather fuzzy photo below she seemed to be cheering on the erstwhile Liberace by flourishing cheerleader style pom-poms. As you can imagine, I envied the young man. Although not of the quality of other Evenings, it was certainly memorable.
  3. We were there as well. Glad your husband enjoyed it. It was memorable.
  4. Agree about Perpetuum Jazille. In our case we saw them at a large seaside bar/restaurant below the entrance to Koper, Slovenia. Perhaps the last uploaded file may provide some audio files. IMG_2520.MOV
  5. Under the heading that there is always a useful German word for it, today’s word is: “fernweh”. Fernweh (fern-far; weh-pain, misery, or woe). So it can be translated as “farsickness”, a longing for far-off places, especially those not yet visited. One can suffer from “fernweh” the same way one can suffer from its opposite “homesickness”. I think ”fernweh” has a significant presence on this forum.
  6. I want to emphasize that only early in his career did Radisson spend time in the Fort Albany area. However, remarkably after being welcome to the court of the French King- he was of course from France initially- he managed to eventually ingratiate himself to the Court of King Charles II of England. His entree was a promise to create a financially successful fur trade using contacts with indigenous bands in Hudson Bay. After this trade was established it became, of course, the monopoly of The Hudson Bay Company, a corporation still very much in existence. Radisson was bitter about his treatment by that company. His is really a remarkable story.
  7. Bloodaxe beat me to Bennington Battle Day so, if I may, I’d like to recommend a recently published book that is partially set close to your locale, at least in my thinking, and takes us back to the Seventeenth Century when the Iroquois controlled much of the area around Schenectady and Albany. It is Mark Bourie’s “Bush Runner: The Adventures of Pierre-Esprit Radisson”. Yes, the hotel chain uses his name. Radisson led a remarkably peripatetic life connected to major power centres. He was sort of a much more intelligent and craftier Forrest Gump. There is a connection to cruising as several times he crossed the Atlantic between France, England and the New World. The book was awarded one of our most prestigious non-fiction awards. The only caveat is that once he leaves upstate New York much time is spent near Lake Superior and the making contact with indigenous tribes near Hudson Bay.
  8. Thanks for posting these interesting details. In our case, on the night before our cruise our enterprising TA surprised us by grabbing the last tickets on a not regularly scheduled direct flight that crossed to Rome directly over the Atlantic. Air Canada promised that we would be avoiding the plumes of volcanic ash. Apparently we did! She also sent a message to HAL’s Eurodam that we were on our way but it would be tight. HAL had already kept the Eurodam at Civitavecchia an extra day as they waited for North Americans to arrive. As RomeCabs took us to the port, I was mentally plotting a route that would eventually have us meet the ship, since I was certain we would miss the departure. As we arrived, they were in the process of closing the boarding gate. I have to ask what is Yorkshire Day, and what does it entail? Monday is an official holiday for us. In Toronto it is called Simcoe Day in honour of John Graves Simcoe who was the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada, the approximate area that is now known as Ontario. After visiting the grandkids at a distance today, despite the holiday by choice we too will be mostly isolating.
  9. In racing the officials would announce that this was a “false start” and call everyone back to the line. It will be interesting to see what the Norwegian government does.
  10. In local and personal news, our valued Travel Agent is taking a break from her duties. She undertook this career when she sold her successful business and she has been amazing in dealing with her less-than-knowledgeable clients such as us. Her career was bookended by the Iceland volcano of 2010 that disrupted air travel and, through her efforts, meant that we were able to arrive at the very last minute for our cruise out of Rome, and has now ended with the Covid crisis. During this recent crisis she devoted hours to making certain that her clients were well cared for and could return home. I hope that in this anxious time everyone takes a deep breath and realizes that the people working in customer service for agencies and cruise lines are usually doing their best to make things work out as best as possible. If their answer isn’t what we wished to hear, it may well be beyond their power to change that response.
  11. Some real plaudits here for Vermont and its collective response to Covid. https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/what-vermont-and-its-history-might-teach-the-nation-about-handling-the-coronavirus
  12. Pretty painless is correct and, I think, quite effective. Attending one on the Allure of the Seas this summer did not fill me with confidence that either I, and anyone else there, would behave appropriately if an emergency struck. Too much attempt to keep us attentive with animations, narratives etc. So I agree that the procedure on the larger ships needed to be improved. Not so much on Azamara.
  13. I’m certain you understand what’s going on better than I! Since I am not all that familiar with the characters, I listen in confusion and then my attention drifts. But at least it’s in the tradition of “the show must go on”.
  14. Since the Archers have become hard for me to follow, the interior monologues reflect the need for social distancing, the Tweet of the Day on BBC 4 now grabs my interest. 😄
  15. On BBC 4’s “Tweet of the Day” this morning they had an extended show devoted to the Great Northern Diver. Indeed, its calls are very similar to those of our Northern Loons. Amazing what I learn on this forum. In this case, thanks Bloodaxe!
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