16 Aug 2018

Cannes, France 2018

This is the daytime view from our hotel room. 

Cannes has many similarities to Saint-Tropez. They both are on the French Riviera, are all about sun, beaches, shopping, eating and fancy people and are too crowded in July and August. Cannes is bigger but Saint-Tropez is equally as crowded.

Right on the Pier at the Marina is Gaston Gastonette, a famous, casual, good fish restaurant that I have patronized for years.

Nothing says great Cannes seafood like Astoux & Brun. They are right there opening up oysters on the corner. The place is jammed every night by 7 o'clock and they don't take reservations. The food is terrific; the place is fun, and the prices are reasonable. We seem to always strike up fun conversations at these outdoor places.
Six times during the summer there is a huge sophisticated fireworks (with music) contest enjoyed by 200,000 people each time. Hours before people line the beach in anticipation.
We watch them from our hotel room window. Never have I seen such pyrotechnics as here. They get better every year.

13 Aug 2018

Saint-Tropez, France 2018

Let there be no misunderstanding. After spending a week in Iceland, nobody would confuse it with Saint-Tropez. Iceland is such magnificent raw beauty. The only beauty in San Tropez is the hotel, restaurants, beaches, stores, night clubs, and the people. Oh, and the weather. 
We were thrilled to be back at La Reserve. This is the only hotel in the world that we have stayed at several times and always have been thrilled all the way down the line with things. 
Dinner the first evening was in Ramatuelle at La Forge, a beautiful hillside restaurant that we ate at last trip also. 
Day time is beach time in Saint Tropez. I used my shirt as a hat, just like when I was a Hells Angel.
 As usual, Allyn was the most elegant lady on the beach. 
It is alway fun walking around town and checking out the yachts.  
Le Girelier is an elegant spot right across the walk from the yachts.If you can believe it, those beige things on the side salad are truffles. They are apparently so much cheaper here than in the states.
Au Caprice des Deux is one of those casual side street restaurants with great food at reasonable prices (by ridiculous Saint-Tropez standards) 
Next stop is Cannes. We took a helicopter to combine the beautiful view of the French Riviera with saving several hours of drive time.

09 Aug 2018

Reykjavik, Iceland 2018

 We toured around Reykjavik on a Hop On Hop Off bus. That's always fun.
 We got off at Harpa, their convention center and conference hall. Notice the flags in the photo. Those are Gay Pride flags. Saturday is the annual Gay Pride Parade. They expect 100,000 from around the world.
 Then we just walked around. Allyn did a little posing at The Sun Voyager Sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason. It seems that the artist intended it to convey the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.
 Höfdi House - We stayed at a very nice boutique hotel, Tower Suites, that occupies just the top floor of a 20 story office building. From our window we overlooked a cute little house. It turns out that Höfdi House was where the 1986 world famous meeting took place between presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev, that effectively marked the end of the Cold War. That is legit historical significance.
Also today I learned how to make the ö.
There goes our ship, off to another voyage.

08 Aug 2018

Grundarfjordur, Iceland

Today we are in Western Iceland seeing even more scenery - miles of moss and lava, unusual rocks, icecap, and beautiful water. We even had sun today.
There isn't too much detail to discuss. It's really about the vast beauty here.
 I'm not a big church goer, but this tiny 300 year old church fit right in.
This cruise is coming to an end.

07 Aug 2018

Isafjorour, Iceland

I'll bet you have never seen this before. At least we never have, nor have we heard of it.
The photos below are in chronological order taken every few minutes around 10:30PM. The sun was suppose to be setting but it started to rise; then it set.
We finally figured out (we think) that it was because we are so far north (we crossed Arctic Circle yesterday) that our ship that was heading west got us closer to the sunset at a faster rate than the sun was going down.
 We just walked around today's stop, Isafjorour, pop. 2500, known for beautiful landscapes and the best bakery (Gamla) in Iceland. Obviously we chose the bakery.