This week, Lindy LeCoq posed a challenge in Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #175: Follow Your Bliss: find and describe something that makes us blissfully happy. Without a doubt, the two of us agree: Travel in or out of the U.S. has become a passion for us. With an upcoming trip later this week (our first one out of the country in two years) to Prague and Germany on Viking’s Christmas Along the Elbe, we’re celebrating the joy of seeing new people, places and things.
Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.Gustave Flaubert
The bliss of taking a cruise with Viking comes in many forms — from the delightful guides who share some of the best a city has to offer to group tours showcasing famous art and architecture.
Although we’ve visited Prague before, this trip will certainly be different. First, it will be a colder journey. But from the photo below advertising the trip, we’re hoping that we, too, will see Prague in the snow while enjoying hot chocolate or mulled wine along the way.
We’ll be searching Old Town for familiar churches, stately buildings, and commemorative statues.
And revisiting the Jewish Cemetery for another glimpse of markers all askance.
Our eyes will be searching for other sites like the view of red roofs so typical of the area — maybe with a dusting of snow this time.
Or another shot at the Astronomical Clock in Prague’s Old Town Square, shown in the photo at the top.
It’s also a time to see something new: Germany. As advertised, the cruise along the Elbe promised Christmas markets in the towns of Dresden, Meissen, Wittenberg, Potsdam, and Berlin. But recent shutdowns due to outbreaks of Covid-19 have us re-routed. We’re now scheduled to see Decin, Dessau, and Magdeburg.
If those of us with a passion for travel have learned anything, it’s how to pivot (a favorite word now popularized by the pandemic) and follow our bliss in new ways. So we’re on to new towns, new adventures.
Pivoting isn’t Plan B; it’s part of the process.Jeff Goins
We’re packed and ready for anything. If the Christmas markets in Germany are unavailable, we’ll just take more pictures. And maybe hang out on the veranda looking at new ports, new sites, and blissfully colorful ways of life wherever our cruise takes us.
As we follow our passion for travel, we hope to snap new photos to share in the coming winter months. May each of you find your bliss and make it your own — even with modifications.
Rusha & Bert