Russian Blini compliments of Viking River & Ocean Cruises & AllThingsCruise

  This traditional Russian dish is somewhat like pancakes or crêpes, but made with a yeast dough that is allowed to rise. Buckwheat, a staple flour of colder climates, is typically incorporated. Often, the blini are made bite-sized and served with a variety of toppings from savory caviar and smoked salmon to sweet cream and fruit for a dessert. Ingredients 1? C (166 g) unbleached flour 1 C (170 g) buckwheat flour 1 tsp (5 g) salt …

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Rhine River Cruise aboard the Viking Hlin: A highlight, Cologne

ABOARD THE VIKING HLIN – Thus far on our river journey, we have focused on both sides of the river. Thus, France to the West and Germany to the East have pretty much received equal attention. But yesterday and today that all changed. It has been all about Germany. In truth, I have never traveled extensively in Germany so it has been quite interesting to get some deeper insight into the culture which is not all brats …

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Rhine River Cruise aboard the Viking Hlin: Rüdesheim and Koblenz

ABOARD THE VIKING HLIN – Last night’s party was certainly a rousing good time and I believe even Chet enjoyed it. It was an optional excursion ($69 each) and 30 passengers from our ship and 55 from the sister ship, the Viking Kara, participated in dinner and dancing at the Rüdesheimer Schloss restaurant. This village, which we also visited last year, is one of my favorite stops on the Rhine. You can walk on and off the …

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Viking River Cruises unveils new all suite ship design in Egypt

Viking River Cruises today announced details of the newest addition to its river fleet, Viking Ra™. Recently acquired, the vessel has been stripped down to the steel to undergo a complete renovation that will reflect Viking’s award-winning Scandinavian design. Tailored to an intimate sailing experience for just 48 guests, Viking Ra will sail the Nile River on a new Egypt cruisetour, Pharaohs & Pyramids, that will launch in March 2018. “Egypt is one of the most intriguing countries …

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Rhine River Cruise aboard the Viking Hlin: Beginning the cruise sailing from Basel

ABOARD THE VIKING HLIN– The past couple of days have flown by. What with some 19 hours  of traveling, getting accustomed to the ship and taking the first set of tours there hasn’t been much time to digest it all. But today we slowed the pace. This is our first trip on Viking River Cruises and we find the port-a-day pace a tad daunting. So today, while most passengers were touring the castle at Heidelburg, Germany – …

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Heading off again, this time on a Viking river cruise

I’ve dragged the suitcase out again and it is just about full. I’ve changed purses, taking out all of the unnecessary credit cards. I have send my children emails of how to reach us and I am about to clean any leftover fresh produce from the fridge. That’s a sure sign that I am heading out again, this time to Europe for a fairly short trip – a one-week sailing on the Rhine river aboard the Viking …

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Peeking behind the former Iron Curtain – River cruise opens doors in Eastern Europe

By Katherine Rodeghier  Ten of us sat around a kitchen table in a tidy home in eastern Croatia. Over cake and coffee, our hostess answered questions about life in villages still reeling from the effects of a war that ended on paper more than two decades ago. Fields still laced with land mines. Rampant unemployment. Young people fleeing to bigger cities to find a better life. Suzi Petrijevcanin wasn’t complaining, just telling it like it is to …

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Viking Cruises partners with Discovery Times Square to sponsor new Vikings exhibition

Viking Cruises® announced that it has signed on as presenting sponsor of The Vikings Exhibition, which recently debuted in New York City’s Discovery Times Square. The new deal builds on Viking’s commitment to supporting cultural programming around the world, with current and past partners including PBS’ MASTERPIECE, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at The Hollywood Bowl, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, the Museum of Russian Art and the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibition. The …

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Viking Kara Cruise: Highlights of my cruise

ABOARD THE VIKING KARA – Going through airport security to catch my flight home from Amsterdam, the agent asked the “nature of my business” for the trip. When I answered that I had been on a Viking River Cruise, he gave me a smile. “Hard to return to reality, isn’t it?” he asked. Sure is. River cruising is a great way to get up close with cities, towns, stories and people along the world’s mighty waterways. I …

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Viking Kara Cruise: Siren song of Lorelei, other legends inhabit castles on the Rhine

ABOARD THE VIKING KARA – Once upon a time there were two brothers who quarreled so violently that they set up separate castles and built a wall between them. Years passed and, as the two brothers aged, they mended their ways and decided it was better to be friends than enemies. To celebrate their newfound peace, the siblings agreed to go hunting together. For this particular adventure, the brothers decided that the one who awakened first would …

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