Monday, September 19, 2016

Faroe Islands-my 93rd nation visited!

FB Torshavn, Faroe Islands-
More Viking territory today.
Today, I visited the Faroe Islands, the 18-island archipelago, part of the Kingdom of Denmark, that is situated between Iceland and Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean.  It has a temperate climate with year round temps averaging 39-56 degrees F. 

A few Faroe Islands facts:
--Since 1948, the Faroe Islands have been a self-governing region of the Kingdom of Denmark. It has its own parliament and its own flag.
--The population is just under 50,000.
--The fishing industry is the largest source of income for the Faroes, with fish products contributing over 97% of the export volume. Tourism is the second largest industry, followed by woolen and other manufactured products.
--Over 80% of the population belong to the established church, the Evangelical Lutheran.
--There are 70,000 sheep here.
--There are 3 traffic lights here.
--Faroese is the national language and is rooted in Old Norse. Nordic languages are readily understood by most Faroese, and English is also widely spoken, especially among the younger people.  
--There is no prison here.
--There are no bugs.
--There is no Mc Donald's here. Burger King: yes.
--Popular tourism activities include: hiking, boating, fishing, bird watching attending music festivals, and scenic road trips to experiencethe islands’ mountains, valleys and grassy hillsides,  and steep coastal cliffs that harbor thousands of seabirds.
--I took a walking tour of Tinganes, the historic center of Torshavn, thriving, picturesque modern capital of the Faroe Islands. The company is Visit Torshavn.
--We might see Northern Lights tonight.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Bergen, Norway

What made me smile September 15 and 16:

September 15-sea day
I slept well because I left the balcony open and allowed the soothing sounds of the sea and the ship gently rock me to sleep. I awoke to the most spectacular sunrise at sea. I lasted the entire 30 minutes of Zumba class. The pineapple is fresh and sweet. The croissants are delicious. I line danced by the pool (why didn't I bring sunscreen?). My trivia team won. For lunch, I was good and had poached salmon and steamed green veggies. I took a much-needed afternoon nap. I met new buddies at the Cruise Critic gathering and made new friends at the solo traveler gathering (25+) Many of us went to dinner together.

September 16-Bergen, Norway
Perfect, sunny weather in city that rains often. Went on fjord cruise with spectacular scenery! Walked along Bryggen (unesco world heritage site). Went with solo travelers : John from MN and Anne and Paul, both from Toronto.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Copenhagen Overnight

After a long 15-hour travel day, I checked into my hotel the Tivoli convention and conference center hotel, that I found at a great rate on I had a nice stroll into town past Tivoli, Townhall, and up the Strozier. When I began my stroll at 7 PM, it was still light out but by the time I headed back to the hotel after 9 PM, the sun had completely set and the city sparkled at night. I realize this is the first time I've ever been in Copenhagen at night. I stopped and had a delectable Schwarma sandwich at a small family-owned business on the Stroget.

The next morning, I was up bright and early for 7:30 AM breakfast. I headed into town at 9:20 AM and returned to my hotel at 11:30 AM. I checked out right around noon. It was a beautiful sunny day.

I had a water in the lounge then called a taxi that took me directly to the port, ocean K for 250 DKK. Around $35 US.

Words that come to mind when I think of Copenhagen: Bicycles, chic, orderly, homogeneous(Nordic), flowers, health conscious, castles, open-mindedness, busy, and rich in history.

What made me smile September 12 and 13th (the last two days):lovely weather in Copenhagen, nice hotel room I found on Hotwire, they didn't charge me extra for my luggage which weighs 53 pounds, Danish pastry, survived my 15-hour long journey from Miami via London Heathrow to Copenhagen.

What made me smile September 14: Beautiful sunny day for my nice stroll around town before I took a taxi to board the ship.

Even though I went into several stores and tried on lovely things, I bought nothing!!

Places Where I Have Traveled *=more than once

  • Tahiti Feb 2016
  • Cook Islands Feb 2016
  • New Zealand Feb 2016
  • Australia Feb 2016
  • French Polynesia Jan 2016
  • India
  • China
  • Brunei
  • Brazil*
  • Philippines
  • Morocco
  • North Borneo
  • Crete*
  • Ionian Islands*
  • Singapore
  • Egypt*
  • Hong Kong
  • Azores*
  • Norway
  • Dodecanese Islands (Rhodes)
  • Bosnia
  • Palestein
  • Croatia
  • Romania
  • Argentina
  • Ecuador
  • Tunisia
  • Corsica
  • Bulgaria
  • Columbia
  • Peru
  • Montenegro
  • Columbia
  • Chile*
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uruguay
  • Jordan
  • Gibraltar
  • Turkey*
  • Russia*
  • Israel
  • Bermuda
  • Estonia*
  • Viet Nam
  • Finland*
  • Malta*
  • Thailand
  • Guatemala
  • Crete*
  • Jamaica*
  • Panama*
  • Grand Canyon
  • Indonesia
  • Scotland
  • Niagara Falls
  • Greece*
  • France* lived there
  • Japan*
  • Bilbao, Spain*
  • Canada*
  • Costa Rica
  • Bahamas*
  • Banff Hot Springs
  • Hawaii*
  • Italy*
  • Catalina Island
  • Luxembourg*
  • St Johns
  • St Marteen/St Martin
  • St Thomas
  • South Padre Island Texas
  • Mexico*
  • Vatican City*
  • Austria*
  • Denmark*
  • Monaco
  • Portugal*
  • Belgium*
  • Holland*
  • Ireland*
  • England*
  • Sweden*
  • Switzerland*
  • Spain*
  • Germany*


  • Pyramids at Giza
  • Western Wall-Jerusalem
  • Taj Mahal
  • Rode Camel in Tunisia
  • Transited Panama Canal Twice
  • Vaparreto # 1 in Venice
  • National Museum in Brunei
  • Drink at Raffles Hotel-Singapore
  • Fish Spa in Greece and Philippines
  • The Peak in Hong Kong
  • Pedicab Tour in Manilla Philippines
  • Climbed Great Wall of China
  • Chewed Gum in Singapore
  • Road Amalfi Coast, Italy
  • St Pat's Day Parade in Dublin
  • Sailed Kotor Bay
  • Old Bridge in Mostar, Bosnia
  • Smithsonian Museums-DC
  • Burj Kalifa in Dubai
  • Toured Ancient City of Petra, Jordan
  • Transited Suez Canal
  • Rio for Carnivale 2X
  • Cruised along Cinque Terre, Italy
  • Fish Spa in Corfu, Greece (teeny fish scrubbed my feet!)
  • Subway in Russia
  • Flash Mob (dance) on stage on several cruises
  • Visted 21 Countries on 5 long cruises in 2012
  • Ceviche in Peru
  • Cremation Service in Bali
  • Saw Lamas in Lima
  • Vasa Museum-Stockholm
  • Buddhist Monastery in Viet Nam
  • Drove Amalfi Coast
  • Queen Mary 2
  • Berlin Wall
  • Mummies In Cairo Museum
  • Jordan River; Sea of Galilee
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Luxor at Sunrise
  • Transited the Pirate-Infested Gulf of Aden
  • Ski Dubai
  • Fellucca Ride on the Nile at Sunset
  • 16-day Europe/Transatlantic on Queen Victoria
  • Tahrir Square-Cairo
  • Toured Pompeii
  • In Fashion Show Aboard Queen Victoria
  • Rode Elephants in Thailand and India
  • 7-Country Baltic Cruise
  • Hermitage Museum
  • Checkpoint Charlie
  • Transatlantic Crossing on QM2
  • Climbed Tikal in Guatemala
  • Mediterranean Cruise 6 countries
  • Audience with Swami in Rishikesh, India
  • Poetry Class in France
  • Kissed Blarney Stone
  • Pike's Fish Market in Seattle
  • Photo with Snake Charmer in India
  • Dacau near Munich
  • Hitchhiked from France to Scotland
  • Climbed Washington Monument in DC
  • Oktoberfest in Bavaria
  • Toured Panama Canal
  • Wine Country in France, California and many others
  • Guest of Placido Domingo in Chicago
  • The Alamo
  • United Nations
  • San Diego Zoo
  • Helicopter over Grand Canyon
  • Club Med in Cancun
  • Eurailpassed Twice Thru Europe
  • Hollywood
  • Albuquerque Hot-Air Balloon Festival
  • Rodeo in Dallas/Ft Worth
  • NCAA Playoffs in Charlotte and New Orleans
  • Cucchi Tunnels in Viet Nam
  • Grammys in New York
  • Paella in Spain
  • Rain Forest in Costa Rica
  • Xmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on 5th Avenue
  • Niagara Falls
  • Disney Land & Disney World
  • Voodoo Museum New Orleans
  • Cancun Jazz Festival
  • Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica
  • Las Vegas for Trade Shows
  • Key West for Hemmingway Festival
  • Art Classes in Louvre
  • Black Ski Summit in Vail and Colorado Springs
  • Texas State Fair
  • Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  • Italian Class in France
  • Nude Sunbathing in St Marteen
  • Danish Pastry in Denmark
  • Palace of Knossos Crete
  • Anne Frank House Amsterdam
  • Karaoke in Japan
  • Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Lobster in Maine