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  1. That's the reason the books are not published in Italian but only in english and german (and maybe nowadays some other languages). As I understood Donna Leon want's to keep a low profile and not be recognised by her neighbors and probably because some Venicians might not appriciate their description (she probably also takes real life experience and maybe some characters might be recognised)
  2. Viking (because it's a "River Cruise"-Ship with relativly few passengers might be allowed to operate earlier than the big cruisers (as in my country for example, events with more then 300 people are not allowed till at least end of August). And people from the EU might travel with them as soon as they are running. But travellers from abroad (USA) might not; nobody know when borders for Non-EU-Citizen might open (and then the first people might have to go in to quaranten) without restriction. I would not cancel by yourself, but wait till the last minute, when Vikings might cancel by themself as you will not be allowed to travel with them. (if you cancel by yourself you get for sure a worser deal)
  3. Marseille is also nice just to stay in the city; there is one of that little tourist trains going up to the church on top of the hill. Also you could make a boat tour to the islands, on one of them is the "Chateau (castle) d'If" located, where in his story the "Count of Monte Cristo" was imprisoned...both easy done by yourself without having to book a expensive tour. Of course you might not see tours on your cruise site, yet, because everything is stopped, so as soon as cruises start running there might also be board excursions available.
  4. If you like it closer to port; the public bus and tram in Brest is pretty good; I recommend visiting the old fortress which is towering above the port (good Audio-Guide) and if you like such things, the Aquarium is pretty nice and has some cute sea otters and penguins.
  5. Note: Christmas Markets will close usually early on the 24th of december; as the main business is to sell Christmas presents and therefore no use after that date for them (and shop owners themself like to celebrate Christmas as well) The only things which will still be there are the decorations and the departments stores... Paris is always crowded and the time in between Christmas and New Year is pretty much everywhere school holidays. Paris is a very popular city destination among Europeans. And it can be very cold... As for hotels; the "Mercure Gare de Lyon" is pretty and central...
  6. 3 hours back and 3 hours forth; I would rather recommend that you visit Rostock and maybe as well Stralsund instead. Easy done by your own and both very nice old towns. You don't do Berlin any credit by just driving past in such a short amount of time...and the drive itself is pretty boring (I did it once one-way with the train)
  7. It's really great; I've been on exactly this cruise with Stefan Bernhard and he (and his wife) really made a amazing job to show everyone, how great our cruise was and in time of corona, it's a great thing to share this YouTube-Video to show your friends and relatives, what you've been up to... We had an amazing crew and could do 100 % of all planned landings.
  8. Just wondering; is there really anything to see around Montevideo about the "Battle of the River Plate" ? If you would go there, I would rather visit the museum "Viver" about the famous plane crash in the Andes. Run by one of the former members of the rugby team which survived the crash...
  9. If you have it; you have it; there is no prevention of altitude sickness but going as fast as possible down to "normal" heights...
  10. Agree with above, that a drive-by is just not enough to crasp the beauty of Antarctica... ...wouldn't have missed the opportunity to walk along Penguins in their 1000 or even 100'000 in South Georgia. (which I recommend to do as well) Or sit down on the ground at Neko Harbour / Antarctica and let big Gentoo Chicks climb all over you and bite you into the fingers. I travelled with "G-Expedtion" (G-Adventures own vessel) for 20 nights with 2 days in the Falklands, 4 days in South Georgia and 5 days in Antarctica on February 2020. And it was the journey of a lift time; weather was brilliant and the wildlife encounter was amazing (Penguins, Seals, Whales, Sea Birds)
  11. Just to give you another thought if you have not booked your other flights (Buenos Aires to Ushuaia or anything else domestic in Argentina), but might be helpful for other readers: On domestic flights with Aerolineas Argentinas they allow you in Economy (I'm not sure if it's the same in Business) only 15 kg of checked baggage, while LATAM is 23 kg.
  12. I returned a month ago from a 20-nights cruise with "G-Expedition" (it belongs to the Canada Based Company G-Adventures). We were a big range of people from the age of 22 till 70...but nobody disabled. All the landings except one was with Zodiac Boats. I agree with most of the above, that a drive-by is not worth the money and the time you spend in Antarctica and Step-On and mingle with the several species of Penguins (we've seen 7 different ones) is the way to go. It's a once-in-a-live time-journey. The Nature is amazing, and when you do it I would not only go to the Antarctic Peninsula, but also to the Falkland Island and to amazing South Georgia, with colonies of Penguins in their 100'000...(we had 2 days Falklands, 4 days South Georgia and 5 days Antarctica). With G-Adventures you'll get a nice cosy Parka included in the price (so you don't need to bring a warm jacket, but "only" layers for under it) and they have the big waterproof boots for you (no, they have to be returned). So the only thing you should get are some waterproof trousers and a likewise bag for your camera. The ship has only 135 passengers which was great, because many places don't allow more than 60 people on the same time on shore (for example Port Lockroy), therefore either you spent the whole day at one place with a bigger ship until everyone had the chance to go on land or you might visit two or even three places in one day having a smaller ship...or you just will not visit this little gems but other places... During sea days you'll have several lectures about Nature, History and Animals, beside watching out for whales and sea birds. And the food is just amazing and the same quality as on big ships.
  13. No need to do a tour in Kotor; walk around the town and hike up to the fortress for an amazing view...will cost you only 3 Euros !
  14. If your goal is "the rock" and it's sights then a tour by taxi is the one I would recommend. Firstly you'll get to more places and secondly no waiting lines when you enter the cable car... (...I stayed at a hotel near the cable car, but I still choose the taxi-tour)
  15. You always can turn around if you see that you cannot make it to the top in time. About half way there is a little Chapel which has already a great view over the city and the fjord. I don't know how much time I needed, when I was there, but as the other two pointed out, its doable. Bring something to drink and good shoes… ...and don't forget, that (if you like) you could easily spend an hour on top to explore the ruins of the fortress
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