Playing Trivia is very popular these days. Travel Trivia is especially fun since so many people travel both near and far each year. I would like to thank those who participated in my Travel Trivia Challenge. Here are the answers, see how well you did with the clues that were given. I do hope you let me know if you enjoyed playing along.
One if by land, two if by sea, (this clue could provide more than one answer). Indeed this famous phrase by poet Henry Longfellow, contained two clues. Longfellow was referring to the British and our trip starts in England. After four days of touring London and the Cotswolds, we will start a sea cruise. We will therefore be traveling by both land and sea.
We fly from Orlando and return to Miami, a passport will be necessary. We are taking a private car from our home in Vero Beach to Orlando for a British Airways direct flight to Gatwick and fly American Airlines from Barcelona, Spain direct to Miami where a private car will drive us home to Vero Beach, Florida. We will definitely need a passport for our travels in Europe.
We will be speaking English, other languages would be helpful. Knowing the language of the countries we visit is always helpful but not really necessary as we will usually be with English speaking tour guides.
Four countries but no maps necessary…is that possible? We will be sailing from ports in four countries, England, France, Portugal and Spain but our captain will know the way. The first time I’ve not needed maps for our European travels.
A well known “explorer” may be the biggest clue of all. We are sailing on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer. The ship is well known as it has been called the “Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built.”
While not a specific place , the people there are from 49 different countries. The cruise ship has an onboard international crew from 49 different countries.
Our shortest trip in years and yet one of the busiest. Last year our European trip was five weeks, visiting three countries. This year’s trip is 20 days visiting London and the Cotswolds in England as well as nine ports of call in three other countries.
While some might think of this journey as being relaxing it will be far from it. Many think of cruising as stress free because you don’t have to make your own travel plans, hotel and transportation reservations. You travel to multiple destinations but don’t have the hassle of having to pack and unpack every few days. On the other hand, we signed up for tours at every single port we visit. This will include several hours of walking, often on cobbled and hilly streets, which we are not accustomed to since living in Florida. Relaxing, maybe not.
Elegant yet casual, my kind of traveling. The Explorer is a beautiful luxury ship and the atmosphere is elegant and refined. While you might think of a cruise ship in this category as being formal and stuffy, it definitely is not. During the day, shorts, jeans and sneakers can be seen in all public areas. At night, dress is elegant casual, meaning what you would wear to a nice restaurant. Ladies wear dresses or slacks and a pretty top and men wear slacks (no jeans) and collared shirts. Sport jackets are optional at dinner and there are no formal nights on our 12 night cruise.
At the end of our journey, a lot of small plates will have been consumed. Tapas, often called small plates, are very popular in Spain and we have several ports of call there. We have planned our own stay in Barcelona, our last port of call, for 3 nights and a lot of small plates will have been consumed before we fly back to Florida.
I hope you had fun trying to figure out where our next adventure was taking us. I know I certainly enjoyed reading your guesses. I want to thank Kay at Gourmet Travel and Mad Dog at Mad Dog TV Dinners for keeping their secret. They were the only two people who had a clue about what we were doing. A few thought we would on a river cruise…close, perhaps in the future. Many of you guessed a cruise but didn’t know where…good try.
John of Kitchen Riffs said “I’m terrible at trivia, and even though you’ve provided excellent clues, I’m clueless. I’m with the cruise votes. Four countries? Maybe from Southampton to Barcelona, with stops in France and Portugal? A trip of about two weeks? But really, I have no idea.” Terrific! You got where we would be sailing from and where we would disembark. Terrible at trivia…I don’t think so. If I had asked you to be even more specific, I believe you would have gotten the name of the ship.
Eha came back three times, refining her answer. You were definitely on the right track, you just had us sailing in a different direction and on a different ship but very good guesses.
To all the rest of you that left a comment, I do appreciate your very kind words. I always say that I have the most thoughtful and loyal readers and I thank you for that. It makes me happy to know that you enjoy following along on my husband’s and my travels.
Whenever I travel, I usually write and post my articles before I get home but this year proved difficult. This is one of the few trips in my life where I was setting the alarm for 6:30 A.M and not getting to bed until late at night which left no time for writing. The Explorer had free wifi but it was very slow even when sending an iPhone photo to someone else on board the ship. The first chance I got to post was in Barcelona right before we were flying back to Florida. We’ve now arrived home, jet lagged, tired and I’ve not yet unzipped our suitcases so I’ll be sharing our wonderful trip with all of you over the coming weeks. I hope you will enjoy seeing both the Explorer and all the new and wonderful places we visited in England, France, Portugal and Spain.