Do you watch Downton Abbey? If so, then you have seen the commercial for Viking River Cruises. Peter and I were on one of their newest ships - Eistla - last week for our Danube River cruise. We had a fabulous time and I have to say, I love river cruising. The ship was beautiful and I don't think I ever felt it move - quite incredible. And it had the part of cruising I love the most - every day you wake up in a new city and you didn't have to haul your luggage around or ride on a bus! We started in Nuremburg and ended in Budapest with stops in Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna. There are excursions planned for you each day - usually a bus and walking tour of the city - and then optional tours. Each city had at least one Christmas Market to see, so I did a little shopping too. Here are a couple of photos just to show you some of the highlights.
|Nuremburg Christmas Market at night.|
|Christmas tree at Market in Regensburg. That's me dressed for the cold!|
|Church at the Melk Abbey|
|Matthais Church in Budapest|
|Castle on the Danube River in Wachau Valley|
|Schoenbrunn Palace - Home of Maria Theresa - Vienna|
|Parliament Building in Budapest|
Let's take a moment and try to think past all of the holiday craziness and think about 2015 - it's just around the corner and if you're like me, it's filling up fast. Have you started making plans for workshops you'd like to take, quilts you want to make, vacations you want to take? Any of these would make great gift ideas for your family. I've got one that you just might want to add to your list. Our good friend Ronda Stockton has just opened a new quilt retreat in LaPorte, TX. If you follow her blog (And Sew It Began), you've had a chance to see her transform this old house she bought into a beautiful retreat that sleeps 16. Paula and Gloria (Olde Green Cupboard) are teaming up to offer a weekend of fun projects. Mark the dates on your calendar - February 12-15, 2015 at Ronda's retreat house, Pieceful Stitches. Here's the link with all of the info: Special Event Opening. Sign up now, there's only space for 16. I thought a little enticement might get you psyched, so here's the pictures of the projects.
|Paula's pieced framed wallhanging|
|Gloria's armchair sewing cozy|
|Gloria's pincushion basket|
Until next time, happy quilting,