With deck chairs and lounges like these, it’s tempting not to leave Regatta, docked today in Oporto, Portugal. Posted from my Blackberry.
Sunday morning and Regatta has arrived on schedule in Oporto, Portugal. Yesterday, was a relaxing sea day. We’ve had two of those so far on this itinerary, with more to come. Many passengers have told me that they chose this particular sailing because of the itinerary, not only the ports of call but also for… [Read More]
In addition to a variety of flavors of ice cream and sorbet, milk shakes, malts and smoothies are served at no extra charge on Regatta. Posted from my Blackberry.
Regatta has done something that few other ships have done. She squeezed behind the breakwater and dispatched her guests into St. Jean de Luz. From my table here in the square “Place Louis XIV,” I am witness to a scene so lovely that it engages the aesthetic sensitivity of the soul. Locals outnumber tourists; Spanish… [Read More]
Today Regatta is anchored behind the breakwater in St. Jean de Luz. Situated in Basque country, near France’s border with Spain, St. Jean de Luz is an exquisitely lovely town that relatively few cruise passengers get to see. Pity. Aside from the town itself, the region serves up much of interest. Tours are offered to… [Read More]
When I disembark Regatta a couple of pounds from today (that would be Tuesday), I have a trifling travel challenge. Regatta ties up in Cadiz, Spain, and I need to get to Wind Surf, which is in Monte Carlo. I could fly – if I were rich. A one-way flight would set me back several… [Read More]
There is no picture from my day that would give further justification to the proclamation my ex-wife inevitably put forth each time I called her from some breath-taking place: “You want to live in every place you visit,” she rightly accused. That occupational hazard was indeed present on this idyllic September day in Bordeaux, a… [Read More]
A crescent moon hangs over the rosy stroke-of-lipstick horizon that crowns the French city of Bordeaux. I am seated on the 10th floor at a window table at an elegant Italian restaurant. The view is stunning; the cuisine is “ooh la la” delicious. This could just be Bordeaux’s best Italian restaurant. Unfortunately for the locals,… [Read More]