Back in June, when it was becoming impossibly hot and boring living in our rental apartment (with molasses-slow progress on our home renovation), Dear Husband and I decided to brave the outside world and travel out of the country.
Armed with passports, vaccination cards, entry documents, and recent COVID tests, DH and I embarked on a short Viking river cruise to Lyon and Provence. The tipping point was their excellent health and safety program, in which every crew member and passenger takes a short, non-invasive COVID test daily. At least we’d be protected within our bubble.
A few highlights, as this is by no means a comprehensive travelogue:
- Watching the world flow by from our little balcony
- Cocktail hour with witty and cultured new friends K and S
- Breathtaking mountain views of the countryside
- Strolling through Arles
- Morning croissants and coffee
- A day on our own in Avignon visiting two museums (classic and contemporary) and finding a terrific place for lunch
- The uniformly excellent food, wine, service and crew on board
And a couple of lowlights:
- The airports in Marseilles and Frankfurt (our connection), which were overcrowded and understaffed, with insuffient time to check all passengers’ COVID documents
- Not enough time in Lyon; we will have to return!