In a few days we'll embark on our most ambitious trek yet. We're off to see some familiar sites and some heretofore unexplored territory. After a cross country road trip early in June, we'll spend a week in NYC. Not to gather provisions, but to take in as much of the city as we can in that short time. A few high spots include the Guggenheim, the High Line, Anne's favorite stamp store, The Ink Pad, in Greenwich Village, The 911 site, a Broadway play, architectural harbor cruise and dinner at Becco on W 46th Street (at least one!). While in the City, we'll hook up with our traveling buds, the Besmehns. At the end of the week, the four of us will cross the north Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2. IMHO, the only way to fly. During our week in London we'll reacquaint ourselves with some favorite haunts, hopefully untangle the mystery of getting tickets for a day at Wimbledon, maybe hit another play and generally rest up for the third leg of our journey.
On July 4th, we'll leave England from Dover on a small(er) vessel for two weeks in the Norwegian Sea. We'll visit several ports of call on the Faroe and Shetland Islands before circumnavigating Iceland, stoping for day trips at several locations the names of which my fingers are unable to type. From Icelandic waters, we'll cross to the coast of Norway and work our way south, poking into fjords and exploring the small villages and towns along the way before returning to Dover, and then on to Portsmouth. After a few days in that historic maritime port, it's on to the Isle of Wight for its incredible scenery and history, then back to Southampton to catch the QM2 for a westward crossing.
After training from NYC to Philly, we'll enjoy a relatively restful week or so with daughter and grandsons. With batteries charged, we'll head west overland again on the final leg of what we not so jokingly have christened the, "Spend it all" tour. We should be back in Pacific Grove mid August.
Look for images on Facebook as we move through this, and for a new album or two here when all is said and done.