Thursday, May 19, 2016

Day Two. The Maiden Voyage continues....and we're not even at sea yet!

Sintra's Palaces, Lisbon by Beetle and us.

The Rossio Restaurant atop Altis Avenida
         Day Two dawned with a blue sky and Spring temperatures.  Breakfast at the Altis Avenida takes place in a stylish roost on the 7th floor of the hotel.   Considering that it’s all included in the rates, the buffet is substantial and includes all sorts of things that appeal to the hotel’s constituency of British and German visitors.  Cheeses and sausages, pastries and breads, eggs and juices and fruits were all there in abundance. Then we were off for a day we will long remember.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Day One: The Maiden Voyage of Viking Sea begins...


         I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the Maiden Voyage of Viking Sea, sister ship to Viking Star, Viking Cruises ocean-going liners that have set a new standard in affordable luxury since their inception last year.   I was even more delighted when I convinced Andrew to join me and started a planning a trip that included time in Portugal before we embarked and time in Paris at the end of our wonderful voyage.  Last Fall, aboard Viking Star, I labored into the night to get my trip reports to you.  This time, I waited until I got home to take you along on what turned out to be one of our life’s best trips.  So here goes…