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Cruising White Nights

Cruising White Nights

[Eurodam departs Copenhagen today, en route to Rostock/Warnemunde, with excursions to Berlin. The post below followed nearly the same itinerary, three years ago on Westerdam.] Finding Bliss in the Baltic SOMEWHERE IN THE BALTIC SEA — It is near midnight, or at least that it is what my watch tells me. The sun and sky…   read more of “Cruising White…”

You’re Aboard Eurodam

You’re Aboard Eurodam

Set aside what you’re doing for a moment, and come with me. Together, we will board Holland America Line’s brand new Eurodam for a virtual cruise. I’ll give you a few minutes to pack. Let me know when you’re ready.

Old Montreal and Beyond

Old Montreal and Beyond

Yesterday, this space highlighted Marvelous Montreal. Today, we take a look at Old Montreal and beyond. Old Montreal embodies the many periods of Montreal’s history: the winding paths of the former French colony, 18th- and 19th-century architecture and the first Canadian skyscrapers. Architects came here from nearby Boston and other cities south of the Canadian…   read more of “Old Montreal and…”

Marvelous Montreal

Marvelous Montreal

Note: Maasdam is currently at Montreal. If there is one phrase that characterizes Quebec, it is, “Et pourquoi pas?” The phrase, which translates to “And why not?” seems to be on the tip of every Quebecer’s tongue. It is a ready response of permissiveness and tolerance, a defender of an important concept — the joie…   read more of “Marvelous…”

Quintessential Quebec

Quintessential Quebec

Note: Maasdam currently is in Quebec City. Quebec City offers beauty, fine dining and delightful diversions. And that’s just in the train station. My three-hour train journey from Montreal to Quebec ended in what has been called the most beautiful train station in North America.

Seductive Saguenay

Seductive Saguenay

Note: Maasdam currently is cruising Saguenay Fjord. It’s a 2.5-hour drive from Quebec City to the Saguenay region. My traveling companion and I pointed our car toward La Baie, where we checked in to L’ Auberge des 21. Located on the shore of the Saguenay Fjord, the warm family inn also features fine regional (read:…   read more of “Seductive…”

Train to the Tribe

Train to the Tribe

Note: Maasdam currently is at Sept-Iles When I visited Sept-Iles, the train service to visit the Innu community had not yet started. But I did get an overview from a helicopter, and the trip along the Moise River looked promising then.

Planet Gannet: Gaspesie

Planet Gannet: Gaspesie

Note: Maasdam currently is at Gaspesie The morning I boarded a boat to Bonaventure Island, Perce Rock was crowned by a wispy cloud. It was an indescribably beautiful sight, one of the world’s largest sheer rock formations and natural arches jutting out from the water in all of its sublime splendor.