Wake of the Vikings

Ok – here it is – the travel plans from today through the 16th (actually cribbed from one of the Alumni sites, while the Map comes courtesy of the UK National Trust. What is apparent is that Ponant is doing very well in partnership with the more expensive travel agencies to run this route several times a year and make money while doing so.)



Schedule by Day

  • June 8: Depart the U.S.
  • June 9: Glasgow, Scotland / Embark Le Boréal
  • June 10: Oban, Fort William, and Jacobite train to Mallaig
  • June 11: Isle of Skye
  • June 12: Kirkwall, Orkney Islands for Ring of Brodgar and Skara Brae
  • June 13: Lerwick, Shetland Islands for prehistoric site of Jarlshof
  • June 14: Bergen, Norway / Cruising the Norwegian FjordsJune 15: At Sea
  • June 16: Copenhagen, Denmark /Disembark Le Boréal / Return to the U.S.

Now obviously we made our own travel arrangements in both directions (see yesterday for more clarification. Or maybe the day before?). When I double checked and found that the ship comes into Greenock (and not up the Clyde) I was doubly glad we had agreed to meet the group here in Glasgow rather than at the ship.

Even given my bad attitude at times I can hardly turn down the chance to ride the steam train used for the Harry Potter movies, take lots of photos and otherwise enjoy myself since I am here. If all else fails, I have eBooks, I have audiobooks on several devices and two choices of headphones. What I don’t have is a USB cable. Go figure..

[As should be obvious, I made it to the hotel last night. The plane landed around 2230, only about an hour late. Getting off the plane, we were held up for another plane coming in, then a line up of people boarding before the corridor was empty for us. Sitting on the bus I was starting to get anxious – last bus was 2330… A lovely woman next to me on the bus asked where I was going and when I answered CBD Glasgow she said that was where she lived and offered me a ride. Not being completely foolish, I took Francis up on her offer. Had a lovely chat all the way and in spite of the road diversions (you can see it, but you can’t get there easily from the M8) I was at the hotel less than an hour after we headed out the door to parking. Now I am hoping she makes a trip west so that I can repay the hospitality.]

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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