Often when I’m at sea – literally not emotionally – I am reminded that there was a time when we were not always so connected. Computers were for mad scientists bent on taking over the world, a hatch tag was used in composing music, a tweet was made by a bird and Facetime – well let’s not go there. It can be frustrating but it can also be liberating not to have that Internet tether to the rest of the world.
This past week on board Crystal Symphony has been one of those “disconnect” time. Up to now all the posts that have appeared this week were done before I left Montreal. On a cruise there are several things that make blogging difficult: finding the time can be a challenge – the on board programmes with Crystal are many and cover numerous interests. And finding an internet signal that is not going to cost the same as the cruise can be another. On the days when I have had my normal connection I’ve been out and about, occupied taking iMovie courses, having afternoon tea, eating or otherwise enjoying cruise ship life.
The marketing people at Crystal had entitled the cruise “Joie de Canada” and it has lived up to its name. I’ve seen parts of my home and native land that leave me astounded at the natural beauty, enthralled by its history and enchanted by its people. And I’ve experienced a corner of France that logically shouldn’t exist but does.
Once I get back to what will be I’m sure the jar of reality I hope I can put into word and pictures some of what I’ve experienced in the past week. In the meantime here are a few photo and brief captions to give a hint at the “joie” I’ve experienced.
The Saguenay River
Les Îles de la Madeleine
Saint-Pierre et Miquelon
We’re en route back to Canada today – sailing through the Cabot Straight to the Gulf of St Lawrence on our way to la Ville de Québec. It’s been wonderful to see a corner of my country that I have left undiscovered for too long.