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Crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2


"That's the kind of thing we'd do for each other in an emergency," the portly British man across the table says to me cheerfully as he sits down, referring to the fact that my husband and I have just made our 3-year-old son relinquish his seat. We're gathered in the Deck 7 cafeteria of the ocean liner Queen Mary 2, at Muster Station G, our assigned spot in the event of calamity on the high seas. 

A City of Islands Enjoys Riding the Waves

New York Times

Water, water everywhere. It doesn't take more than a few minutes in Stockholm to feel the full force of this charming city's slogan: ''Beauty on Water.'' Built on 14 islands, 4 of which essentially constitute the city center, and shot through with a series of canals that lead to the 24,000 islands of Sweden's archipelago and eventually to the Baltic Sea, Stockholm offers a fantastic variety of aquatic activity.

Convivial Bavarian City On the Danube

New York Times

WE had an excellent lunch in Regensburg,'' Mozart wrote to his wife, Constanze, in 1790, ''enjoyed divine table music, angelic service, and a splendid Mosel wine.'' He was on his way to Frankfurt for the coronation of Leopold II, but it's fair to say that even visitors with a less prestigious final destination in mind will find this thriving little city of roughly 140,000 on the Danube to be architecturally fascinating, historically and culturally rich, and most of all, hospitable.

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