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  1. For the first times in many many months things are looking far better here in Canada's capital city. Today we had the lowest count of new cases in 2021 at 19. Far fewer in hospital and ICU. It is so encouraging that I have started to look at cruises again and making a few little pencil and paper plans on the two cruises we had cancelled. So thankful there IS a light at the end of this long tunnel. Tomorrow I receive my second vaccine shot/jab. It was accelerated from 25 July so I feel I am getting a little bit of the summer back. Having said that it is a real dog fight to get
  2. We received the Pfizer. Public Health sent out a email indicating that reservation would open the next morning at 8am for those 70 years of age and older. I had our reservations within 10 minutes but by 11am, from what I read, all 26,000 doses were booked. No adverse reactions except for a little tender at the injection site but a very big sense of relief!!!
  3. Spring has arrived in Canada's capital city. How can I tell? Crocuses and tulips are showing their flowery heads above chilly ground in a few sunny areas. It will be warm and sunny all the week and the pot holes are growing ever deeper as fast as the weeds on my front lawn! 😜 Unfortunately the virus has really taken hold here and we are back into a very restrictive shut down mode; a week ago there were 25 new cases a day and now we are at 200 or thereabouts every day. Happily we received our first vaccine shots this past weekend so looking towards that light at the end of the t
  4. Well CA I think I need your blueprint for your celebrations. We are celebrating our 50th during mid-May and had all these wonderful plans to cruise the Rhine again and wine taste ourselves into a standstill. Now of course we are making a new plan and I like your style!!!
  5. Congratulations! So very very nice to read about the good things in our lives right now. Have a wonderful day. 🥂
  6. Once we get somewhat past Covid and the world is a little safer I am looking forward to being with my family (yea!!!), visiting close friends and a little local travel if possible. It has taken this horrible year to remind me that the everyday simple things, taken for granted, are so often the best. Your wish list??
  7. Thank you so much for this thread. I may not be travelling, this summer anyway, on that beautiful river but I shall read your posts with interest. Much appreciate your comments and insights; it’s a pleasure to read and I look forward to new entries. BTW: You are a great writer! 🙂🧐
  8. Well today I actually opened the daily Viking River Cruises email, first one in months that I didn't just delete. I thought I would take a peek at the 2023 cruises. That seems such a very long ways out but still.....! Perhaps it is the extra daylight morning and evening and the sunshine and the ever so slightly less news and grim statistics about Covid but I feel a little more optimistic about travelling again 'sometime in the future'. 😬 So very much looking forward to holding out my arm for the vaccine injection, I'm just waiting my turn!!! Reminds me of that TV game show from years ago.
  9. She wins!! As soon as it is warm enough to go to the post office I will mail her my extra duvet, ski mittens and month supply of my Air Activated Charcoal Instant Hand Warmers paks (available only to Canadians who go outside in -29C wind chill 😵) . BTW: I have heard that Winnipeg is pronounced as "Winterpeg" is some areas.
  10. Hi all, yes we still have COVID, paucity of vaccines, restrictions and Stay at Home modes but today we are just a little occupied with our weather. Yes, it can get really cold in Canada but take a peek at the temperatures here tonight. Talk about needing another log on the fire! Yep, the wind chill tonight will be -29C / -20F!!
  11. I do hope your daughter recovers quickly and completely. Please let her know that your friends on CC are thinking of her.
  12. Maybe it is the constant negative news and press about rising cases, mutated variants, lack of vaccine and a prolonged Stay At Home mode but I am slowing losing my confidence about river cruising again. I would need to believe that everyone, passengers, crews, guides etc, will have been vaccinated. Also concerned about the towns, villages and places we would tour. I know it is early days yet and there is light at the end of this tunnel but right now it feels a bit iffy to gather in crowds for a long long time. I believe that cruise lines will do everything they can to make it safe but still.
  13. We have enjoyed three river cruises, all in Europe in the past five years. Our fellow travelers were interesting, so pleasant to speak with and awesome dinner companions. A great group of people. Only one little annoyance that I recall: during one cruise when the sun deck was closed a lot of us would hang out in the lounge to read or check emails etc. So, a group of eight travelers decided to hold a bridge afternoons, two tables and sadly they all thought we needed to hear every word of every play of every game. I know the lounge is large and there are lots of places to sit but I believe t
  14. Excellent question. Our first ever river cruise was eight days in the south of France, five days cruising (mostly at night) and the rest docked. It was a good cruise but given the time, effort and cost to get to Europe from North America it was short. We knew we needed to add on some DIY vacationing at the end. We learned that an eight day cruise was too short for us. So, for the next two years we booked 14-day cruises: Amsterdam to Budapest with a week first in Amsterdam; and, the second cruise was Budapest to Amsterdam with a week either side. That worked out much better becau
  15. Sorry about that, I was typing one response when the other answer came in so I didn't see it. My goof. 😟
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