The Boat Ride Ends – last 3 days

We packed a LOT into the last three days on the ship.  First of all, the Dessert Spectacular!

Every cruise we’ve done on Holland America features one night when the  chefs produce the most beautiful desserts (mostly chocolate!). There are photo ops, followed by EATING ops, and everyone goes to bed very full.  On the Eurodam they hold this event around the pool – it’s a great place to spread out and get a good look at it all. I can’t help but wonder how many leftovers they have?  There were a LOT of excited looking people waiting for the eating to begin!

Twin chocolate fountains

Twin chocolate fountains

These are all candy apples!

These are all candy apples!

Carved watermelons - they do this so well!

Carved watermelons – they do this so well!

The groaning breadboard

The groaning breadboard

The next day was our last day at sea, and our last day of classes.  As I taught the Mock Mola class, next door Susan was leading the hand class through English Paper Piecing (Dresden Plate style), augmented with dyed lace and other embellishments.

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At lunch, one of our cruisers, Betty, showed us a new way she’s developed of making Half Square triangles.  I also showed everyone how to press maple leaves between waxed paper to preserve them.  After my class was over, we had a final Show and Tell from all the classes as well as a short concert.

The needle felting class

The needle felting class

All these Notans are beautiful!

All these Notans are beautiful!

This is what they made during the class with Laurie Swim in Halifax.

This is what they made AND FINISHED during the class with Laurie Swim in Halifax.

The Mock Mola class - Dee Dee (2nd from the left) had her piece, based on a stained glass window in Bar Harbor, all finished and ready to bind!

The Mock Mola class – Dee Dee (2nd from the left) had her piece, based on a stained glass window in Bar Harbor, all finished and ready to bind!

What a prodigious number of things were accomplished during this cruise! Good work, all of these quilters!

The next morning we arrived in Newport Rhode Island.  I had never been there before, but I have visited Rhode Island (and I know the state song now too!). It’s a beautiful town that seems dominated by sailing and, in the summer, tourists.  So many masts sticking up everywhere! I had decided to do a long-ish walk with my friend Wenche, along the famous Cliff Walk.

The Cliff Walk entrance

The Cliff Walk entrance

It was a spectacular day – shorts-wearing weather – and it was the perfect thing to do!  There were lots of people out on the trail: running, dog-walking and taking pictures.

Wenche starting out on the walk.

Wenche starting out on the walk.

The coast is quite spectacular there, with the addition of some changing fall leaves.

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There are quite a few “modest” private homes along the way, as well as buildings for the local university. Newport is one of those playgrounds for the rich, and they built some extraordinary “summer cottages” there.

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This is the SIDE entrance to The Breakers – one of the famous houses in Newport. Such an unassuming gate!

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On the way back to the harbour, we stopped in at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. The grounds outside are lovely.

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As we tendered (lifeboated) back out to our ship, we passed by lots of boats.  I was a bit disappointed not to see one of the super-modern America’s Cup boats with the solid sail, but there was an older boat along the way.  There was no information about it, but I was just waiting for Captain Jack Sparrow to appear!

 

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It was with some sadness that we pulled out of harbour that night – not only was it a gorgeous day in a gorgeous place, but it was also our last night on the ship. Events included the finale of “Dancing With the Stars at Sea”, where 6 contestants from among our fellow cruisers vied for the top honours.  The winner was a fruit farmer from Utah! Good dancer!

We had a great sunset to send us off home.

Final sunset. No green flash, alas.

Final sunset. No green flash, alas.

And the next morning?  We were in the Big Apple!

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Dawn in New York City.

 

I hopped on a plane yesterday from Newark NJ and got home late.  A lot of our group have stayed on for a few days of touring around New York City.  Susan is in charge of that part of the tour.  If you are interested in seeing what they get up to, I’m sure her blog will have details. http://susanpm.blogspot.ca/

It’s good to be home, although I did go into some serious smoked-salmon withdrawal this morning at breakfast!  John and I leave next Tuesday for Texas.  We’ll be at the Houston Festival in Booth 1314.  Will I see you there?

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4 Responses to “The Boat Ride Ends – last 3 days”

  1. Jan Rhoades Says:

    Thanks for the tour Cathy. Enjoy Texas. Much smoked salmon down that way :)-?

  2. Pauline Says:

    Thank you for having me on the cruise …by proxy! I enjoyed it. Texas will be a contrast!

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