Bringing a Taste of Europe Home

Alan and I are certainly world travelers, but the passport-stampers in this month’s Traveler Story may just have us beat! Barbara and Jack Abbott—who next year will celebrate 60 years of marriage—share highlights and photos from their Rivieras cruise, and their favorite memories from their 36 (soon to be 37) trips with Grand Circle.

The Abbotts, who call themselves “foodies,” shared their culinary highlights in France and Italy, and this month’s Global Kitchen includes a recipe for stuffed zucchini with feta, which you may try on either of our Greek cruises: Treasures of the Aegean or Hidden Gems of Dalmatian Coast & Greece.

I also share a letter and photo I received from 5 time travelers Barbara and Russell MacDonald, who, along with another couple, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on our Treasures of the Aegean Small Ship Cruise Tour. Even though France and Italy—have the reputation as Europe’s most romantic countries, it’s clear that there’s something special about the Mediterranean. The ambiance of a late dinner at outdoor cafes, the warm air on your skin, and twinkling lights in the sky—there’s a reason why I’ve returned to both Greece and the Rivieras myriad times on trips with both my family and girlfriends. With just 50 travelers or fewer onboard these award-winning vessels—including the Athena on Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece, and Arethusa on The Rivieras—I know that many travelers feel like they’ve made a new group of friends, in addition to life-changing discoveries.

But it’s not only the sights and company here that make for lasting memories. In a region famed for fresh seafood and a healthy diet filled with local vegetables and heart-healthy olive oil, there’s plenty for even the most selective of eaters. The Abbotts, who call themselves “foodies,” shared their culinary highlights in France and Italy, and this month’s Global Kitchen includes a recipe for stuffed zucchini with feta, which you may try on either of our Greek cruises.

From the visual to the culinary delights, these are countries that delight all of the senses. I hope you can experience them on a small ship on one of our cruise tours soon!

Have you made new friends on our small ships, or had memorable encounters on our other river cruises? Please write to me at harriet@gct.com. I look forward to hearing from you!