Upcoming, a fabulous ocean voyage.
Time to share our next trip as we leave in a week, flying Raleigh to London then on to Singapore. After exploring there for a couple of days and having high tea at the famous Raffles Hotel, we'll board Cunard's newest ocean liner, the Queen Elizabeth, for a 12 night cruise.
Needless to say, getting ready for this one is another full time job. Not only will we be spending time on board a ship known for elegance as practiced in the old days of sailing - think several formal nights and dressing for dinner - we'll be taking shore excursions into some very hot countries where casual dressing will require cool garb to deal with the heat, yet be appropriate in other cultures. The number of suitcases is growing and Bob is already groaning at the thought of lifting them! Naturally the same old question has reared it's ugly head again, "Why do you women need so many pairs of shoes?"
We'll be visiting Singapore, Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur and Penang), Thailand (Phuket), Sri Lanka (Colombo), India (Cochin and Mumbai), and the United Arab Emirates (Dubai). This trip is a segment of the QE's 2012 World Voyage.
We'll be a group of nine this time, including Paula, Kim, and Rob again, and our dear friends Babs and Eric from England. We're really looking forward to this adventure together.
Off now to find the perfect LBD! (That's the little black dress of course - we all need one due to luggage limitations). Of course in those good old days the glamorous Louis Vuitton steamer trunk could hold ball gowns, mink stoles and glittering tiaras, real evening wear. Somehow jet planes have taken the joy out of that travel option.