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Katherine Burgess
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OUTSIDE PASSAGE AND HOME AGAIN
Leaving Sitka, we turned south to complete our round trip in
Seattle after sailing the Outside Passage. 
The Outside Passage is the open ocean to the west of the many islands
and archipelagos which make up the Western coast of Canada and Alaska.  First, how...
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Inside Passage
We awoke on Saturday morning to a gray fog covering small
islands on both sides of the ship; we were slowly making our way through what
is known as the “inside passage”.  The inside
passage route which wends through the many islands off the coast of Canada ...
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Scatter-shooting inSeattle
We had a one-day stay in Seattle prior to boarding the Oceania Regatta for a cruise through Alaska's inside passage.  We settled into the Mayflower Park Hotel, a boutique hotel well located in the city center and not far from the cruise dock.  The hotel is ...
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North to Alaska
Packing presents perennial problems. It is a test of decision-making and discrimination, a test which I seem to fail every time.  I have enough trouble paring down all the stuff in drawers and closets without having to limit myself to the contents of an 18"...
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Do You Know Who You Are?
Did I get your attention?  I'm positive that you're quite certain of who you are.  More to the point, do governments know who you are?  As the world transforms itself into a lock-down state because of fear, it becomes important to have proper documentation ...
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Beautiful Budapest
Sailing into Budapest on the Danube ranks second only to sailing into Venice on a cruise ship; it absolutely takes your breath away.  It was cool but clear on the morning of our arrival, and almost everyone braved the sky deck as we approached the city.  Ou...
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Sold on Slovakia
Full disclosure:  I've returned home and must complete this blog from memory.  We returned to bright sun in Durango, but now the weather has turned cloudy and rainy, just the right atmosphere for remembering out river adventure.  Arrival in Bratislava The r...
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The Imperial City of Vienna
Emperor Franz Josef as Zeus I visited Vienna many years ago and remember it as one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  It did not disappoint on this visit.  Although it drizzled rain, the beautiful boulevards and monumental architecture shone throug...
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Waltzing through the Wachau Valley
Terraced vineyards in the Wachau Valley The day dawned foggy and wet, but the sun soon burned off the fog and revealed the beautiful terraced vineyards of the Wachau Valley.  I'm claiming this as my favorite stretch of river so far  -- both Rhine and Danube...
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Waltzing through the Wachau Valley
Terraced vineyards in the Wachau Valley The day dawned foggy and wet, but the sun soon burned off the fog and revealed the beautiful terraced vineyards of the Wachau Valley.  I'm claiming this as my favorite stretch of river so far  -- both Rhine and Danube...
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