Mahatma Gandhi wrote, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Wouldn’t it be great if we could always do that? I try to be true to myself and to others, because if there is anything I can’t stand it’s a phony. Being honest with yourself and others, brings a sense of peace because you don’t have to pretend to be something you’re not.
We went on a Viking Rhine River Cruise in September. In keeping with the theme of honesty, I think of cruising, in general, as something for “old people.” According to statistics, I now fit in that category, but I sure as hell don’t feel that way. I loved the experience of cruising down a river. No schlepping suitcases from one city to the next. No swearing because the road signs are in another language, and I don’t know what they mean. On the other hand, on a cruise, you give up the immersive experience of spending a week in a country and getting to know its residents.
However, I believe I have made the switch to the “old people” way of traveling, when instead of searching for a restaurant, my coffee and wine is poured within 1 minute of my setting down on my chair. If I want to relax and read a book, it takes me 5 minutes to reach my room. If I want to sightsee, I opt for an excursion or climb the stairs to the top of the boat.
One day in my red jacket, sweater and scarf (it was in the 50’s), I sat on an upper deck chair, sipped hot chocolate and was happy. I felt as if I was betwixt a dream and fantasy. It was surreal and absolutely serene.
Here is some of what I saw.
Make sure you continue on to Wendy May, Nature Photographer, NE Scotland. She never fails to bring a sense of contentment when I view her images and her rich colors.