STITCHING & CRUISING THE DANUBE
Last month I joined Mandy Shaw and 19 of our guests for the first part of their week-long river cruise along the Danube. My first river cruise experience had happened just weeks before on my own holiday where we had spent 3 days cruising along the Yangtze. The MS Serenity, our river boat on the Danube, was smaller than the one we had sailed on in China, but the level of service, friendliness of the staff and the quality of the food was exceptional.
Our short flight from Heathrow landed in Munich where we were met by our driver and transferred to Passau where the MS Serenity was waiting for us. As we all had our luggage correctly labelled it was moved directly from the hold of the coach to our cabins by the ship staff whilst we enjoyed afternoon tea and a chance to get to know our fellow travellers. That evening, as we started our journey along the Danube, was enjoyed a warm welcome by the captain and our Cruise Director and Cruise Manager Gill and Pam.
The next morning, we awoke in Melk, where we enjoyed a tour of the Benedictine Abbey and some free time for a spot of shopping and coffee in the warm autumn sunshine. That afternoon, as we sailed onwards towards Vienna, Mandy started us off on our project for the cruise – bears! Today’s focus was on cutting all the pieces and getting the head sewn, stuffed and eyes added. In the evening we enjoyed some wonderful music from a Bratislavan Quintet.
Today, my final day with the group, we drove from our birthing point on the outskirts of Vienna into the centre for a guided walking tour of the city and enough free time to stop at one of Vienna’s famous coffee houses for coffee and cake. After lunch back at the ship we returned to central Vienna, where we had enough time to enjoy a stroll in one of the city’s many parks before making our way to the MAK museum for a guided visit of some of the wall hangings that they have there.
THE KNITTING & STITCHING SHOW
I left the group as they were enjoying the MAK museum and made my way to the airport for my return flight to London. Here I met up with two of my colleagues from the office and spent the next two days on our stand at the Knit & Stitch Show at Alexander Palace. Our stand looked great with pieces of quilting, knitting, crochet and cross stitch representing all the craft that we are currently offering on our Stitchtopia holidays, and, as always, it was great to chat with our existing and potentially new customers. Our Stitchtopia Festival proved particularly popular with people at the festival – if you would still like to come and haven’t yet booked, I suggest you do so quickly as we are down to just a handful of rooms!
As I’m writing this, I’m on my way to Quilt Market in Houston for the weekend – you’ll be able to read what I got up to in my next blog!