Harriet's Journal

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Spring Rejuvenation—For Nature, and For Us All

Every April, Alan’s mother used to say something that always stuck with me: “We lived to see another spring.” In Boston, we’ve had such unusual weather lately—it hit 85 degrees in March. It was so warm for just long enough that the magnolias popped open on Commonwealth Avenue, which is one of my favorite sights—like our own little version of Japan’s cherry blossoms....

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Poland: Hope and remembrance

It’s hard not to think about the past when you’re in Poland. The horrific things that happened during World War II, the toll it took on the world—and what a contrast there is with the present, even when you feel like you’re still in the old world. During the war, Warsaw was decimated by bombs—but the entire city was reconstructed exactly as it was, painstakingly rebuilt according to the original urban plan. To walk there, it still feels like you’re in old Poland … only now, the people have hope.

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Announcing Grand Circle’s New Small Ship Cruise Tours

I’ve been lucky to travel a few times to the Mediterranean, both by land and by ship—and there’s something about the water here that’s unlike any other sea in the world. It’s not navy, not royal blue, but its own beautiful shade. It’s just one of many reasons why taking to the sea is my favorite way to explore Greece and Croatia—and, as it turns out, Grand Circle travelers can now do so aboard my new favorite small ship: the M/V Arethusa....

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Discovering the Joys of Small Ship Travel

Early in December, I took a group of family and friends on a trip to the Middle East, which included time aboard a small ship. Our ship was a bit different than the ones you’ll cruise on with Grand Circle, but the overall experience was the same. And while I’m familiar with Grand Circle’s fleet of river ships, I must admit one thing: This was my first time actually traveling this way.....

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A Word of Welcome from Harriet Lewis

Dear Traveler,

After my mother passed away, I cleaned out the desk I’d used as a child. Tucked away in a drawer, I found stacks of old travel brochures that I’d started collecting when I was nine years old. There I was, 45 years old, suddenly remembering that I’ve been interested in travel from a very young age...

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