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....
“Girling Out” in Italy
Don’t get me wrong, I love traveling with Alan and the rest of my family—but there’s something special about traveling with girlfriends. I feel less responsibility, in a way—less pressure to make sure everyone is having fun. Plus, it’s so much fun to just “girl out.” It makes me feel free, and vibrant, and young again...
The Ukraine: Ensuring the Lessons of History Endure
After reading my recent post about my visit to Lithuania, Russia, and the Ukraine, an 8-time traveler named Janet Gorkes asked to hear more about the two women we met in the small Ukraine town of Starokonstantinov—because “there are so few people still living who experienced the war that now is the opportunity to hear more.” Janet, thank you for this request—I couldn’t agree more. So here is what I know.
Learning and Growing—With the Help of our Travelers
At Grand Circle, June is a time for bringing people together. Every year, we welcome our top-performing Program Directors and associates from all over the world to spend a week on our property in Kensington, New Hampshire. It’s a perfect occasion to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year—but if you’ve ever met Alan or me, you’ll know that we can’t just leave it at that! Rather than rest on our laurels, we spend the week pushing ourselves to find out how we can improve our trips and the way we do business. It’s an exhausting week, but so incredibly rewarding.
A Family Trip to an Ancestral Homeland: Lithuania, the Ukraine, and Russia
Last month, Alan, Charlotte, and I traveled to Lithuania, the Ukraine, and Russia. The whole trip was a study in contrasts—to see the opulent palaces of the tsars in St. Petersburg alongside a history of oppression under both Stalin and Hitler was honestly hard to take at times … but it’s so important to understand the painful periods of history.