Thanksgiving in Illinois

November 20 – 28th

Courthouse in the town square in Mattoon, Illinois

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family ties and long-time friends. My roots were in Oregon and Tim grew up in the heart of the country where soy bean and corn fields can be seen for miles. The rich dark soil makes this ideal farming country. It has been three years since we were last here and a visit to Illinois was long overdue.  Continue reading

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A Few Favorite Fall Foliage Pictures

November 12th ~ Arrowbear, California

I’ve been on a house decluttering mission the past few days. Well in theory anyway. I’ve spent the majority of the time watching YouTube videos on how to get rid of what you don’t love and then organize what is left over.  Continue reading

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A Day At Sea ~ Halifax to Brooklyn Including a Galley Tour

Friday the 13th of October

Sea day exploring the ship

A full day at sea is always welcome. It gives one a chance to relax, catch up on sleep, roam/explore the ship, overeat (again), do a bit of shopping, attend a show or watch a movie, play bingo, check out the many pictures the onboard photographers have captured of you, get in a workout, schedule a massage or hair appointment, or attend any number of a variety of onboard entertainments.  Continue reading

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NOVA SCOTIA ~ Halifax, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay

October 12th

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

I like walking tours. I feel that I learn/see/experience a place better when I am more immersed and not just passing by in a bus. So when I spotted another walking tour option that mentioned a UNESCO site for our Halifax stop, I jumped right on it.

Silly me.  Continue reading

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St John, New Brunswick ~ Bay of Fundy and Reversing Falls

October 11th

Bay of Fundy, Reversing Falls

The tours through the cruise line that included anything to the Bay of Fundy were already sold out by the time I got around to booking our excursions. Not to be deterred, I found a local company in St John that offered a similar itinerary, at a better price, so I jumped on it and made a booking for the two of us.

Then a day later I received an email from the tour company that the tour I had booked with them was no longer being offered. Bummer!  Continue reading

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Bar Harbor, Maine

October 10th

Signs on a building, downtown Bar Harbor

Three years ago we visited our friends Lise and Charlie at their family cabin just a few miles from where our ship docked. On that trip we explored Acadia National Park and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the natural beauty.  Continue reading

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The Salem Witch Hunt and Boston, Massachusetts

October 9th

The Salem Witch Museum

Mother Nature decided we had been having too much sunshine and decided to continue the downpour. We are such fair weather travelers, that although we do not melt, a rainy day puts a damper on our mood.

Our ship does not dock in Boston until close to 11:00, which means our daylight hours are cut short. Hopping on a full bus, we head out-of-town toward Salem. The main focus of the day is to learn more about the witch hunt, trials and the consequences that took place in this small town back in 1692.  Continue reading

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Newport, Rhode Island

October 8th

Coastline of Rhode Island

Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U.S. To put it in perspective, you could fit 165 Rhode Island’s in the state of Texas! The state motto is “Size doesn’t matter!”.  Continue reading

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Brooklyn ~ Our Fall Foliage Cruise Begins

October 7th

Joanne and Tim with New York Skyline

Our time in New York City came to an end and we made our way from the Upper West Side of Manhattan to Brooklyn via Uber. The private car ran $39 plus tip.

We will be on the Regal Princess for seven days. Ports of call include Newport Rhode Island, Boston Massachusetts, Bar Harbor Maine, Saint John New Brunswick and Halifax Nova Scotia before returning to New York.  Continue reading

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New York City ~ The Metropolitan Museum of Art

October 6th

The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, aka The Met was originally opened in 1872. Seeded by an art collection owned by John Taylor Johnston, a railroad executive, they quickly outgrew their original location on 5th Avenue.

Today the enormous collection is located on the east side of Central Park and the holdings make up the third largest museum in the world. It is only outsized by #1: The Louvre in Paris and #2: the British Museum in London.  Continue reading

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