Harriet's Journal

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St. Petersburg: Of Darkness and Light

On our first day in St. Petersburg, we visited a memorial to the victims of the 900-day Siege of Leningrad—the Monument to the Heroic Defenders, it was called. There are engravings on the walls, dedicated to those who refused to surrender to the Nazis—soldiers and civilians alike. It was a reminder—like so many others I’ve seen in Eastern Europe—of the things humans are capable of doing to one another...

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Antarctica: Water, Ice, and the Stars in the Sky

I love reading stories and comments from Grand Circle travelers, and I often find myself nodding in agreement with their insights and revelations...

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Holiday Reflection: Lighting the Way from Boston to New York

Every year, Alan and I choose a quote or saying to include in our holiday card—which some of you may have received in the mail recently. This year, we chose this, from Michael Strassfeld...

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Bon Voyage, Laverne! A Fond Farewell to Our Own Texas Rose

Grand Circle is a family company—and not just because Alan and I purchased and grew the business together. Our associates are all part of the Grand Circle family … and some in particular have grown especially close to our hearts....

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France: Fun Finds in Paris, and the Romantic Riviera

I set out to write about France today—but before I do, I want to extend a huge “thank you” to all of our travelers who responded to Condé Nast Traveler’s annual Readers Choice poll: We just learned that Grand Circle Cruise Line was ranked #1 World’s Best River Cruise Line in 2012! Needless to say, Alan and I are thrilled—this is the first time we’ve earned the top spot—but above all, we’re honored that so many of you took the time to vote for us. You can read more about the award in News & Views—and again, thank you, from the bottom of my heart....

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