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  • Impressions of Portugal #VikingSocial

    Impressions of Portugal #VikingSocial

    Prior to receiving an invitation from Viking River Cruises to participate in the #VikingSocial cruise on the Douro River, I knew very little about Portugal. I was aware that Port wine was made in Portugal, and that cork trees grew there. Anything else I might have learned was surely forgotten as soon as I put down the pencil after taking whatever high school or college test I had bothered to study for in the first place.

    This trip afforded me the opportunity to learn of Portugal’s history, witness her beauty, experience her culture, and taste her wine. As a result, Portugal is now in the upper echelon of countries I would love to visit again and again.

    Of the 1,121 photographs I snapped along the journey, here are a few that summarize my first impressions of Portugal.

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  • Photographing #DoorPorn in Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal

    Photographing #DoorPorn in Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal

    For centuries, Arabs, Jews, and Christians have peacefully coexisted in the village of Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal. As an invited participant in the #VikingSocial Portugal’s River’s of Gold cruise, I had the opportunity to explore and photograph the 13th century fortress. One of my quirks as a photographer is photographing old doors. I found that the combination of old wood, stone walls, and growing vines made the #DoorPorn in Castelo Rodrigo some of the most interesting that I’ve […]

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  • Five Bucket List Checks on One Trip! #VikingStar

    Five Bucket List Checks on One Trip! #VikingStar

    Checking items off my Bucket List is a goal of every trip I take. Whether it’’s learning something new, visiting a new destination, trying a new cuisine, meeting an interesting person, or just being part of something big makes the trip all the more memorable. My recent adventure aboard the #VikingStar provided me with not one, not two, but FIVE bucket list checks on one trip! 1. Sail on the Maiden Voyage of a Brand New […]

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  • Bergen, Norway 20150517: Viking Star christening in Bergen. PHOTO: PAUL S. AMUNDSEN

    BIG News from Viking Cruises

    VIKING STAR CHRISTENED IN HOMEPORT OF BERGEN, NORWAY

    First Ship for Viking Ocean Cruises Welcomed Home in Citywide Celebration for Norwegian Constitution Day

    Los Angeles (May 18, 2015) – Marking a significant milestone in the arrival of the travel industry’s first entirely new cruise line in a decade, Viking Ocean Cruises® (www.vikingoceancruises.com) yesterday christened its first ship, the 930-passenger Viking Star. The ceremony – which took place in Bergen, Norway – occurred in conjunction with a citywide celebration for Norwegian Constitution Day and featured parades, parties and a public concert in the harbor that was attended by approximately 20,000 local residents and visitors.

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  • Embarking on the Maiden Voyage of the Viking Star

    Embarking on the Maiden Voyage of the Viking Star

    Midlife Road Trip will be embarking on the maiden voyage of the Viking Star! Our journey will take us from Barcelona, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal with stops along the way in Cartagena, Gibraltar, and Seville.  We’ll be posting tons of pictures on  Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Instagram using the ‪#‎VikingCruises‬ and ‪#‎VikingStar‬ hashtags so be sure to follow along as this epic adventure unfolds! What would you most like to see or experience in these destinations? 

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  • Travel Therapy: The Healing Waters of the Danube River #VikingCruises

    Travel Therapy: The Healing Waters of the Danube River #VikingCruises

    I could barely contain my excitement as I was about take my first ever river cruise. We would be traveling down the famous Danube River on Viking River Cruise from Nuremberg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary. It was the first week of December and we would be visiting Christmas markets in each of the cities we stopped in. My best friend (and frequent travel partner) Lucille, was coming along and she was equally excited. I was already packed weeks in advance knowing the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays would be pulling me in a million different directions prior to my departure.

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