Beth Elgert


Beth Elgert

I am a teacher and wannabe world traveler. I have been fortunate enough to live in Europe for 6 years and Japan for 3 years so I have seen a bit of the globe.

North America » United States » Alaska » Fairbanks July 20th 2018

Before I get started on the limited details of departure day, let me just say that yesterday I should have bought a lottery ticket. Here are the highlights: -Showed up for my scheduled manicure; she had no record of it although she could fit me in so no worrie -Went to the vet to get Morgan’s heartworm and flea meds which I had called in on Tuesday; no record of it but was able to get it filled anyway -Got stuck behind the same older gentleman 3 times at Harris Teeter. Took 15 minutes to make a purchase for $7.08 -A car with a visitor was stuck at the Williamsburg West Gate (we live in a gated community) and when the driver at the gate couldn’t get her guest pass to work, she approached the car ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska July 19th 2018

We did it! Mark and I have talked about wanting to cruise in Alaska for...ever? Yes, I think that’s about right. We have been so fortunate to travel extensively, at least through Europe, North America and some of Asia but neither of us has ever been to Alaska. When looking at what to do for vacation this summer, we found that we could trade some timeshare points for credit on a cruise. SOLD! We started this planning process back in March which, it turns out, is fairly late for planning a same-year Alaska cruise. We do not have a standing dinner reservation in the main dining room, for example. Having been on a Regent Seven Seas cruise two years ago, we looked to see if we could afford an all-inclusive trip this time around. Uh, no. ... read more

Europe » Italy » Emilia-Romagna » Ravenna June 22nd 2016

When I was in college the second time to get my teaching degree, I could not get any education classes my first enrolled semester. So I took Children’s Literature and Fun Classes. One of the Fun Classes I took was Art History 101—seriously, introduction to Art History. I had been blessed to live in Europe and had seen a lot of art masterpieces but had no idea what I was looking at. I thought, “This will be a giggle.” I cannot tell you how that class changed my outlook on not only art but history itself and how art and history literally dance through the ages. Second semester of my quest to become a teacher, I took all education degree required classes (I mean, really, I already had a college degree; wasn’t like I needed electives) ... read more

Europe » Croatia » Dalmatia June 21st 2016

A couple of months ago, a friend of Andrew’s had posted on Facebook that he was missing Croatia. The picture he posted was lovely and I went to Google Images and put in Dubrovnik—yep, same place. I thought I could definitely spend a day there. I had been to Dubrovnik once before, in 1978 when I was on a cruise to Greece with the high school football coach and a bunch of International School of Brussels people. Back then it was not Croatia, though, but Yugoslavia. The two things I most remember about that trip was that passport control to get off the ship was scary and that from the port to Dubrovnik town there was a long flight of stairs. I remember we climbed the stairs, looked around the mostly deserted streets and went back ... read more

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor June 20th 2016

Two years ago when we went on our last family cruise, we went to Montenegro. Two years later, another family cruise and we’re stopping in Montenegro. Last time we visited Kotor, Our Lady of the Rock church and were on our way to Budva but the traffic was terrible and we were afraid we’d miss the ship if we went all the way there. Today, much more luck. For one, it was a Regent excursion so no worries about them leaving without us and, secondly, there was not a huge wedding in Budva which there was the last time we in country. Additionally, it was sunny and beautiful today which it was not two years ago. We woke up early to watch the sail in since Kotor is located at the apex of a fjord. The ... read more

Europe » Albania » West » Durrës June 19th 2016

We were scheduled to take the Berat: City of a Thousand Windows tour but it was 8 ½ hours long. 8 ½ hours. Don’t think we can do this. We went up to breakfast and saw Skate who said she was on her own. As we finished breakfast, Michael came in and we asked him what he was going to do. He said he thought he’d take the Archeological Treasures tour. That sounded good so we took our tour tickets to the destinations desk to see if we could change them. Absolutely no problem. (Regent’s favorite words, actually.) Got to the Seven Seas Show Lounge and met up with Michael. It was cloudy today and there was evidence of rain so I brought my linen jacket. I forgot my hat and sunscreen, though, so went back ... read more

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Corfu June 18th 2016

After everyone had such lovely experiences with the drag-on, drag-off tours yesterday, Mark and I decided to skip Corfu Panorama and just do our own thing. To be fair, the Watkins did the Corfu Panorama tour and said it was quite lovely. But we still did our own thing. With Mom. Which meant we shopped Corfu! This also means my husband is a saint. Mom had called before we even went to get breakfast and asked what we were doing. We told her we were striking out on our own and she asked if she could join us. Of course! Mark was getting a little work done (the Wi-Fi was actually semi-cooperative which is about the best that can be expected) and we didn’t leave the cabin for breakfast until a little after 10. Guess what? ... read more

Europe » Greece » Ionian Islands » Zakynthos » Laganas June 17th 2016

Zakynthos—aka We Won Today was our first stop in Greece, on the tiny island of Zakynthos or Zante. The ship did not dock until noon so we had a leisurely morning. I woke up early (5:40 a.m.) and could not sleep so decided to try and get the blog and pictures uploaded. It was fairly successful. It took 2 hours to upload 28 pictures to Facebook. Like I have said before, Wi-Fi on this ship is horrid. Mark got up around 8 and went to get breakfast. He saw Skate in the restaurant and had a nice conversation with her. I updated and uploaded the blogs and re-uploaded pictures that failed to upload the first time. Sympathize with me here, people, I’m having REAL first-world problems! During the whole cruise planning process, Julie and I had ... read more

Europe » Italy June 16th 2016

We woke up at about 8:30 for our glorious day at sea. We knew we wanted to go to the lecture at 10:30 but beyond that, the day was blank. We went up to breakfast and Sara Katherine had also just arrived so we got to visit with her. We asked her about her plans for the day—a little napping, a little reading, a little pool. Sounds perfect! We went to the lecture which was mostly about The Odyssey and the technology of the ships. Scholars believe that the place where Calypso kept Odysseus captive was the island of Gozo in Malta. We actually saw the cave when we were on Gozo so it must be true. Janet, the lecturer, was just saying how we had passed through the Straights of Messina overnight and the captain ... read more

Europe » Italy » Campania » Naples June 15th 2016

While Mark and I were at the pool yesterday, the captain had come on the loud speaker and said that due to high winds and rough seas, it was decided to change our port for tomorrow to Naples instead of Sorrento. All of the tours would be the same but Naples would be a better starting point. John the cruise director came on a few minutes later and said, “All excursions will be the same, no worries on that, just check the Passages (the daily flyer of what is happening on the ship) to see what your revised departure time will be. Our original departure time was 8 a.m. and the revised one was 8:15 so not much difference. We got up, had breakfast (no sunshine for Mark today, thanks very much!) and got to the ... read more

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