“All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.” – Samuel Johnson
For the third time in as many years, My Guy and I have sailed in and around Europe to explore its many great countries and cities. While MG has been on other cruises (some for work, some for pleasure), the cruise in 2012 to the Western Mediterranean (which I can never seem to spell correctly without checking first) was my first cruise.
I was a bit apprehensive as I imagined getting seasick as soon as we set sail. Thankfully, that was an unrealized worry. And I was immediately hooked on cruising. The biggest benefit to cruising for me is the floating hotel aspect, allowing me to unpack just once for all of the nations I visit. Each subsequent cruise, I have packed less and less, but I still don’t want to have to pack and unpack for each new place. Therefore, a cruise is ideal for me.
In the summer of 2013 we cruised to the Baltics and Russia. This year’s cruise was the fjords of Iceland, the Faroe Islands, and Norway, and my favorite cruise. It may be because it is most recent in my memory. It may be because of my familiarity of Celebrity cruise ships, first having sailed on the Solstice in 2012 and then the Eclipse in 2013 and 2014. Or perhaps, it was this year’s pre-cruise destination that marks this year’s European adventure as my favorite… I mean, it doesn’t get much more magical than Paris. But Paris is a story for another time.
So why was this the best cruise (yet)? Iceland was stunning, and didn’t need the romance of a rich history to win me over. The beauty of each town and city surrounded me, and I was moved by the serenity of the diverse landscapes, from barren moonscapes to lush meadows, from gentle streams to raging waterfalls, from sheer cliffs to snowy glaciers.
I cannot imagine a life without traveling, either by land, sea, or air. I enjoy experiencing new cultures, new foods, and new sights. And yet, there are some people who don’t enjoy to travel at all, even within their own town. I’m not sure I could ever understand those people. If you are that person, maybe you can try to explain to me why you dislike travel.
If you enjoy traveling, tell me your favorite mode of transportation and your favorite destination(s). At this point in my life, I truly enjoy cruising. Paris may be my favorite city, but Iceland is my hands-down favorite country.
Today’s post was inspired by High West Distillery’s Barreled Boulevardier. It reminds me of Paris, my favorite European city. From the High West website:
“Erskine Gwynne, the creator of the Boulevardier Cocktail, moved to Paris and began The Boulevardier, a monthly magazine patterned after The New Yorker, catering to the upper-class expatriate. Its contributors included such luminaries as Joyce, Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and Sinclair Lewis. Literally speaking, a Boulevardier was a wealthy and fashionable man who had knowledge of advanced cultural pursuits and frequented Parisian boulevards, New York City, and possibly Park Avenue (Park City!).”