Today is the anniversary of the Covid-19 shut down in the United States. We had no idea what was going on, and it seemed no one else did either. Travel bans, restrictions, quarantines, hospitalizations, and deaths all came together for the perfect storm. It has been a very different year for all of us.
We celebrated our 50th in the summer of 2019 with a European River Cruise. We are so thankful that we were able to do this before all the Covid restrictions came down. We are waiting for our second shot, and the ability to feel safe going to restaurants, church, and travel to visit family once again. Hopefully you are doing well also.
Our river cruise made a stop at Heidelberg, Germany last summer. A short bus ride took us to the old town and up to the grand Heidelberg Castle. The panoramic view of the city from there was wonderful. Many of the house roofs we saw looked much the same. Every now and then we saw special roofs with designs created on them . It was so interesting to see all the unique styles, some the went back to Medieval times.
Watching the days come and go as cruisers float by
Staring into your windows // taking pictures of you
Tired of waving // you just ignore them all…
like a passing freight train in your backyard.
Perhaps it’s the mystique or the novelty of it all
Winter, Spring. Summer. and Fall
The old boat sees it all…
Photos: Dwight L. Roth
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Today at d’verse, Sarah asked us to write a poem related to boats. I thought of our trip last summer, which I have mentioned before, and our canal cruise in Amsterdam. I was amazed at how many people lived in old boats tied up along the canal. This is just a glimpse of what we saw that day.
While traveling in France, last summer, we enjoyed watching the children as they mingled with the tourists taking in the views. You can see their energy and enthusiasm in their actions and faces. We were like that once upon a time!
Old Medieval Colmar
Excited children wander/wonder
Cute little tourists
Colorful umbrellas added a touch of sparkle to the town.
“Blessed are the hearts that can bend; they shall never be broken.” Albert Camus
Our first trip abroad riding up the Rhine River
Fifty years together required something special
Amsterdam to Basel in eight days
A Viking River Cruise
An afternoon of delightful cruising
Riding on the canopied top deck
Staying out of the sun on a very hot day
Floating by vineyards
planted up and down the hills
Past magnificent old castles and churches
perched high up on the bluffs
Quaint little towns along the river bank
with names I could not pronounce
People on Sunday outings swimming
in the cool water along with
cattle standing up to their knees
What an amazing ride it was
No thought of social distancing required
So glad it was last summer instead of this one.
Photos: Dwight L. Roth
Today at d’Verse Lillian suggested that since we were not able to go traveling because of the Covid-19 pandemic, that we write a poem that takes every one along with us on a trip we have taken in the past. Last year we celebrated our 50th Wedding Anniversary with River Cruise up the Rhine. It was wonderful. Here is just a tiny bit of what we experienced.
Our prompt from Lillian today at d’Verse was temperature! It is getting hot, hot, hot, this summer! When we were on our trip up the Rhine, temperatures were in the mid 90s F. It was still a very enjoyable trip. We stayed in the shade as much as possible. All along the river people were camping and swimming finding relief from the heat.
How hot is it? Hot enough to go skinny dipping! When we were docked at Strasbourg, France, it was 96 F. Europe was having a heat wave As we were leaving for our tour, we looked down the way, just beyond our ship, and there along the shore was a middle aged man skinny dipping! It did not seem to bother him at all that he was so near to a shipload of people. He came up out of the water, picked up his clothes and began to dress!
Hot summer calls for
a skinny dip in the Rhine
French men are not shy
When we were leaving for a walk later in the afternoon he was back carrying a bucket!