Towering Over London, Leaving For Arctic Norway Sunday

Pinnacle Of The Shard

Western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard. © The View from The Shard.

It is a gorgeous day in London, and I’ll be headed up to The View From The Shard. That’s the fractured-looking building that you’ll see in the accompanying photos, which were provided courtesy of the new London attraction.

The View From The Shard opened on February 1, 2013, so my timing was fortuitous. If you’ve been reading earlier editions of this newsletter, you may recall that I’ve been traveling Europe for a few weeks, visiting . . .

The Shard

A view over London from The Shard. © The View from The Shard.

Towering over London up in Western Europe’s tallest building and looking out on this great city seems to be a fitting way to say good-bye. I’ll be leaving Sunday for one of the most-anticipated trips of my life: a cruise through Arctic Norway — during winter.

The obvious attraction is the aurora borealis, the Northern Lights.

I’ve seen them once, briefly, almost elusively, as if in a dream, while traveling in Greenland. And, of course, I’ve seen photos and videos as well as a segment about the Northern Lights on one of my favorite television series from the 1990s, Northern Exposure (fellow fans may want to check out this episode about the Northern Lights on Youtube).

I’ve got a few more days to wrap up my stay here in London before heading out on another one of the exciting Avid Cruiser Voyages: Arctic Norway, courtesy of Hurtigruten.

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