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.

06 Aug 2018

Akureyra, Iceland; Diamond Circle Air Tour

Today we took small plane for a flight-seeing journey today. It is a great way to get a feel for the vast, barren, land that is Iceland. Much seems like it is from some other world, totally surreal. 

Godafoss Waterfall. The green water means it is glacial and is carrying tiny bits of rock and minerals called "rock flour".
Lake Myvatn has a stunning volcanic landscape littered with craters and bubbling mud pools. Very weird.  
You can understand why Game of Thrones chose this location for much of its filming. 
Krafia geothermal power station supplies electricity to Northeast Iceland.
Dettifoss Waterfall cascades from 144 feet and has more water volume than any other in Europe. (It still seems funny to think of Iceland as Europe)
It was a beautiful flight.Too bad it wasn't sunny, but we are in ICEland.