Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Things to Do: 9 Fine Things about cruising that float my boat


9 Fine Things about cruising that float my boat

I have only taken a few cruises.  Most recently, I boarded Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam in Fort Lauderdale and cruised through the Bahamas for four nights.  It was just right.  In fact, I think I’m ready now for a more traditional week-long cruise.

●You only have to unpack and repack once.

●If you pay a little more for a cabin with a bathtub and verandah, you can leave your door open to the lapping of the sea.
sunset view in the Bahamas from cabin verandah of Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam
sunset view in the Bahamas from cabin verandah of Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam

●A ship is like Disneyland for adults, pay one price and then play and dine until your dear heart is content.
soup service aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam
soup service aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam

eggs Benedict aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam
eggs Benedict aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam

●You can listen to interesting port lectures by experts, either in a theater or in the comfort of your cabin on closed-circuit TV.

●The up-to-date technology of cabin TVs allows checking the daily dining menus in your room.  And now many cruise lines provide complimentary use of their own app.  You can check on your account balance, the day’s special activities, the daily menus, and the ship map, and even make dinner reservations.

●I love a special dessert in one of the specialty coffee shops.  But the cappuccinos and lattes do cost additional.
dessert aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam
dessert aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam

●I also loved coming back to the room in the evening to find a sweet towel animal on my bed--or hanging on the curtain!
towel monkey in cabin aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam
towel monkey in cabin aboard Holland America Line’s Nieuw Amsterdam

●There’s no need to go to the gym.  You can exercise by taking the steps instead of the elevators.  That means you don’t have to feel guilty about that special dessert in the coffee shop.

●Sometimes you can get a really good deal on a last-minute cruise.



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images ©2018 Carole Terwilliger Meyers 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Things to Do: Portland Farmers Market and Portland Saturday Market; Portland, Oregon


Though these markets are both held on Saturday and they are both festive and fun, they are not to be confused and their merchandise doesn't overlap.

Portland Farmers Market  At Portland State University, South Park between SW College & Montgomery, (503) 241-0032.  Saturdays; Apr-Oct 8am-2:00pm;
Nov-Mar 9am-2 pm.  Spread over about 2 square blocks, through a park several blocks long, this grassy open area allows plenty of space for this usually crowded market.  Produce varies depending on the season.  In the spring, I saw incredible displays of wild mushrooms, multi-colored carrots, and fiddlehead ferns.  In the fall there were gorgeous crispy apples (the Crimson Crisp and pink-fleshed Mountain Rose apples are particularly noteworthy) as well as the last of the fresh strawberries and the first of the holiday wreaths.  Freshly made prepared food is also available.   I even picked up a lovely felted ball for my sweet kitty.

sign at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon
sign at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon


bok choy and mushrooms at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon
bok choy and mushrooms at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon


Crimson Crisp apples at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon
Crimson Crisp apples at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon


organic veggies at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon
organic veggies at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon


happy shopper with season's last strawberries at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon
happy shopper with season's last strawberries at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon


seasonal wreath at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon
seasonal wreath at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon


soups and sauces at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon
soups and sauces at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon


strawberry tart at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon
strawberry tart at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon


colorful felted balls at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon
colorful felted balls at Portland Farmers Market in Portland, Oregon


Portland Saturday Market  2 SW Naito Parkway, bordering the Willamette River, (503) 222-6072.  Sat 10am-5pm & Sun 11am-4:30pm, March-Dec. 24.  Free.  Held since 1974, all items sold at this busy arts & crafts market are required to be handmade by the person selling them.  The artist-vendors are chosen via a juried selection process.  The week before Christmas it operates daily with its holiday "Festival of the Last Minute" market.  

entrance sign at Portland Saturday Market in Portland, Oregon
entrance sign at Portland Saturday Market in Portland, Oregon


shoppers at Portland Saturday Market in Portland, Oregon
shoppers at Portland Saturday Market in Portland, Oregon


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