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18 September 2013
I did this after one of our other cruises, possibly the Russia cruise
4 years ago. I tried to take pictures of the people who made the most impression on
us, and the people we will remember from this cruise (with the help of this photo guide!).
Note to Char: I did candid pix when people didn't know I was
photographing them. If you have some more flattering pictures of some of these folks
(I know you do), e-mail them to me and I will substitute. Also, if you have any
corrections or additions to the descriptions, that would be good too!
||Bob and Linda became our best friends on the trip. They are from
Dallas and "newlyweds," marrying 3 years ago after the death of both of their
spouses. We had a lot of fun with them. Bob took more photos than I did.
|John and Mary were such delightful people. Some of our favorite on
this cruise. Thanks to Char for the good picture!
||Loved this couple, from Britain, though I never got their name. He
was the guy who said "We have parks in England too, but they usually have grass in
them." She looks solemn, but actually had a dry wit.
|This lady was the eldest of four sisters from Canada taking this trip.
We had dinner with them one night. They said they were from a family of 7
children and realized that they aren't getting any younger, and wanted to spend more time
together. They were delightful.
||Another one of the 4 sisters.
|Orren and Margo were the first people we met, at the hotel in Kiev.
I didn't get to know her well (or him either, actually), but he was amazing, hunched over
his cane and hobbling ahead, not willing to miss a single thing. And I don't think he did.
||Lorraine was a neat lady who has wanted to go to Russia all of her life.
She was traveling with her friend, Barbara, and the two of them had visited some
places in Russia before taking this trip.
|We spent more time with Jean and David in Istanbul than on the cruise.
Nice people. David is very soft spoken, but very interesting. Jean
seems to be an aging hippie.
||Alex was the youngest on the trip, traveing with his parents and sister
(we figured out). Mostly he slouched around, wearing a baseball cap and looking
decidedly out of place, but we were surprised at how well he cleaned up for the Captain's
dinner...and he was invaluable finding people who missed the bus in Istanbul.
|This is Alex's sister (I think). I almost never saw her on the
cruise; this photo was taken the night we went to the "meat restaurant" in
||This is the father of Alex and his sister. Char says his name is
Boris. He seems to have a Russian background, though obviously has lived in the US
for years and has zero residual Russian accent.
|This woman is from Australia and had that very practical, skeptical Aussie
attitude I recognize so well. The only time I saw her laughing was when she and
another woman managed to get a discounted scarf for someone at the Blue Mosque, convincing
the seller that they had paid only 20 Lire for their scarves, and getting him to knock 5
Lire off the price of the scarf he was trying to sell to someone else.
||We had dinner with this couple one night. They were very friendly
and apparently very religious, as I saw them hold hands and pray at every meal. This
picture was taken at the rug demonstration in Istanbul and you can see how excited we all
were to sit there and listen to a rug spiel for an hour!
|Jean is from Philadelphia and was traveling with her friend Anita, from
Florida. I saw them all throughout the cruise, but they seemed stand-offish until we
got to Istanbul, when they were very friendly.
||I really wish I had a better picture of these women. They were
making their twenty-third cruise, their first with Viking. Both are retired
teachers. The woman on the right is Mary. I don't know the name of the one on the
left, but she reminded me of Patricia Neal.
|This was the guy I called "day glow guy" for most of the trip
until I discovered I knew him from Facebook, and that his name is Albert. He was a
newlywed but I'm not sure what his wife's name is.
||This sweet woman is from Scotland and I so desperately wanted her to be
Davina Porter (narrator of the Diana Gabaldon books) that I actually looked up photos of
Porter to make sure she was not...but she kinda sorta reminded me of my memories of an
interview I had seen with Porter.
|Ann was quite a character. She is French, though has lived in the US
for over 40 years (without losing her accent). She was going to leave the cruise in
Odessa and fly to Paris to meet her husband, where they were going to celebrate their
||This is Elmer and his wife Jolita. I can't remember anything
specific about them, except they were a delightful couple (I think they are from