Fuel in the tank: check.
Battery charged: check.
Tire pressure: check.
Oil in the crankcase: check.
These are the things one must do before taking a cherished car out of retirement after months of inactivity, and these are the things, figuratively speaking, we’re doing here at the Almanac.
Like a car coming out of storage, you never really know if you’re ready to travel again until you return to the road. We’ll find out tomorrow, as we depart for… Russia.
Unlike our French experience last winter, this adventure will be luxurious. Unlike our year-long adventure in 2013, this one will be predictable. Unlike any traveling we’ve ever done, this is a river cruise, from Moscow to St. Petersburg, via Viking River Cruises. Our papers are in order (no small feat), everything is now paid (a year-long financial sacrifice), and our health is good (ain’t it grand!).
We depart at 4:00 AM. We hope you’ll join us here at the Almanac.
Top image courtesy Viking River Cruises.
Please provide a DETAILED account for a fellow boater (sailor). I have long been interested in these Viking cruises.
aye aye, captain (if connectivity permits)
Rick Wilcox said:
I, too, have long been interested in the Viking cruises. But to me, of course, any cruise that would begin and end anywhere near Paris would not be a bad thing. I jealously await details of your adventure.
Yes indeed: Paris. We plan to return this spring.
Cousin Louise said:
Tom, I’m afraid in a country like Russia, nothing is predictable. 🙂
Louise, we’re expecting Viking to handle all the unpredictables. Within reason, the unpredictables can be half the fun. We hope…
Mary Cummings said:
My sister just did Paris to Prague on Viking. Loved it immensely, and wants to do Russia next, so I will be sharing your Almanac with her. Have a fabulous time!
St Petersburg was simply stunning….. we truly enjoyed visiting there! But we’re eager to read about your experiences on a River Cruise…… following!
Anita Blanchard said:
So glad to hear from The Almanac again. I had been wondering why there were no postings of any kind and hoping it wasn’t because of a major health downturn. Really looking forward to the postings. Sounds like a great adventure.
Phil Fitzpatrick said:
Excellent ! Rock on in style. Love, Phil
So excited to be able to go on another “vicarious” trip. Can’t wait to hear all about it!
Thanks Denise! We’re happy to have you aboard. In Copenhagen now, on our way to Moscow.