Queen Mary 2 Travel Diary- Moments Of Sophistication and History

Cunard never disappoints; their ships are unfailingly beautiful, luxurious and complete with amenities, yet they capture a glamour of days gone by.  I have been lucky enough to sail on this line several times, and am posting a travel diary I wrote during one of my voyages- a six-day sailing on the QM2.  I hope you enjoy my notes of a ship with the flair of a bygone era.- Heidi Wednesday – A Stroll in Olde Londontowne …

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L’Impressioniste: Final impressions

I am back at home in South Florida, three tubs of laundry done and still enjoying memories of France. We were brought back to Paris on Saturday. More Impressions Sunday morning in Paris we trekked from our hotel room near the Opera to Musee D’Orsay on the other side of the river. The museum was formerly a train station and housed the largest number of people rescued from concentration camps after World War II. Each of the six …

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L’Impressioniste: Cruise through Burgundy coming to an end

ABOARD THE L’IMPRESSIONISTE — Today is July 4, a holiday at home celebrating our national independence — a feat accomplished with the help of the French. And tomorrow, our six- day journey through France’s lush Burgundy canals comes to an end. Sad, but true, tomorrow we will leave L’Impressioniste and return to Paris. So our barge trip is almost over. I loved it: The pace, the outstanding food and wine and the amazing countryside with fey little …

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L’Impressioniste: The Gallo-Roman town of Dijon is a delight

ABOARD THE L’IMPRESSIONISTE — Signals come, signals go. Even though we have no Internet service for long periods of time, the area remains breathtakingly beautiful as well as perfect, weather-wise. The rain is behind us and yesterday, as we toured the city of Dijon, our band of seven were hard pressed to find a more idyllic vacation day. Dijon is a city that I was planning to visit years ago when my husband and I stayed in …

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L’Impressioniste: Off to Dijon

ABOARD THE L’IMPRESSIONISTE — Today we are off to Dijon. Yesterday was our first full day. We heard the engines for the first time at 9 a.m. and headed onto the canal. Some guests rode bikes along the towpaths, others walked leisurely, one man rode a bike then stopped and sketched the surrounding (and lovely, one might even say “beautiful”) Burgundy countryside. After a delightful lunch of the regional favorite, beef bourgninon, the best ever, we piled …

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Arriving in Paris to board L’Impressioniste

On the train, Euro Star, enroute to Paris. Oops. No connection. Now it is the end of the day and I am all settled into my room aboard L’Impressioniste, a marvelous 12-passenger barge. I took Euro Star from London early this morning, taxied to the hotel meeting place and met a contingent of seven other passengers with whom we traveled to the barge. A traveling friend, Lois Gerber, met me and together we boarded the barge. The …

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Traveling to Europe in preparation of trip aboard European Waterways L’Impressionist

They say time flies as you get older. I suppose that is true. It seems as though it was a short time ago that I celebrated a milestone birthday and my son and daughter-in-law invited me to share a June trip to London with them as a birthday gift. Lovely gift, don’t you agree? I’m truth my birthday was six months ago. Judy, Michael and I leave today. BUSSES, PLANES AND TRAINS I came up to Orlando …

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The best laid plans…grandson Jakob ends up flying home from London and Marcy boards the Queen Mary 2

The best laid plans, etc. Or, more simply, stuff happens. I had planned our trip to London and return via the Queen Mary 2 for six months. On Thursday evening, Jakob and I boarded Virgin Atlantic flight 0006 from Miami to Heathrow. We watched movies – with more then 50 to chose from  we each chose ZERO DARK THIRTY, had dinner and flew serenely and comfortably in Premium Economy at 650 mph. We slept and early next …

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Saving the QE2 from the scrapyard?

There’s a lot of speculation going around on the internet today about whether the Queen Elizabeth 2, (previously owned by Cunard Line, but sold to Istithmar in 2008) is headed to the scrapyard, Shanghai or back to London for a permanent port site. Information is murky here.  Recent reports have suggested that Istithmar, who had planned to turn the ship into a luxury hotel, had been unable to do so due to a financial crunch, and was …

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The Olympics, MSC-Style

For those of you who are fans of competitive sports, there’s not much that’s more exciting than the Olympic Games.  As most of you probably know, they’re scheduled to be held this year in London from July 27th through August 12th.  If you’re not attending in person, the next best thing might be to watch the games live from a luxury cruise ship. MSC Cruises is offering this summer’s passengers the chance to experience the games from …

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