Updated on Day #72: Half-way around the world

When I was 22, I set off alone, Frommer in hand, to do Europe on $5 a Day... 11 countries in 13 weeks. I have been back to Europe 13 times — and the price has gone up!

In 2016, traveling with the Yale Alumni Chorus, I added Vietnam and Singapore to my passport. By then, it had been renewed several times.


One of my favorite movies as a kid was ‘Now, Voyager.’ Bette Davis is

a spinster aunt who comes into enough money to do a total makeover

plus go on a grand tour. I’ve always loved the movie’s title, from a line

by Whitman:

‘Now, voyager… sail you forth to seek and find.’

This past December, I embarked on another — a ‘maiden’ — voyage. My first-ever cruise, aboard the brand-new Viking Sun. When it’s over, I will have visited 5 continents... 34 countries... and 62 ports of call. I think you’ll agree it qualifies as a grand voyage!

Please join me... so far, it’s been one helluva trip!


Fun on and off the Sun

Polly ’n’ me in Jamaica.

New Year’s Eve aboard the Sun, heading towards Cabo, Mexico.

An integral part of the Crossing the Equator ceremony.

THE ITINERARY                                         

Click on the map to zoom in and read the place names.


Passe-partout ... Qu’est-ce que ça signifie?

From the French passer, to pass or go, and partout, everywhere. Besides being Phileas Fogg’s French valet sidekick in

‘Around the World in Eighty Days,’ passe-partout means ‘skeleton key’ — because it will get you in anywhere!

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