by Mary Jo
With the pandemic fading, the world has opened up again and the Wenches are now traveling! Pat Rice has written about Italy and her Southeastern coastal, while Christina has just posted about her recent visit to Roman sites in Italy.
Now it's my turn. We're just back from a two week cruise on Viking Ocean that we'd booked in 2019. You know why it was delayed! But it was an itinerary worth waiting for. Venice to Istanbul, plus we'd booked a pre-cruise extension in Northern Italy at the famous lakes that lie along the edge of the Alps.
Covid caused more changes than the years of delay. I've never had to deal with such a complicated and stressful set of hurdles for a vacation. There were masses of online forms and apps to be filled out, and I LOATHE having to enter so much info on my cell phone because I'm terrible at using itty bitty electronic keyboards. It was complicated! But I managed all those, along with the equal stress of arranging Covid tests for just before we left. It's not easy to get the right timing for the tests and have lab certified results within a very narrow frame of 1 to 3 days before leaving. But we managed that, too.