Kiel Canal

This morning we ejected ourselves from the Baltic Sea, via the Kiel Canal into the North Sea.  The Kiel Canal is a 61-mile shortcut (like the C&O Canal in Maryland and many more in the US) which opened in 1895.  Of course, back then who knew that the Canal would open the Baltic Sea to invasive life from the Atlantic…but not to worry; the Baltic Sea has too little oxygen and salt for most healthy Atlantic life forms. There is very little life in the Baltic Sea to be invaded.

The North Sea is a very busy place. Joining the plethora of cargo ships on the North Sea are the trawling fishing boats, ships carrying propane and natural gas and huge windmill farms—all testament to the power of economic products (as is our cruise ship, for that matter). 

Most of our fellow passengers disembark on Friday, the 27th in Le Havre.  Some will be whisked home via air; others will stay and play a while in Europe.  Guesses are that half of us will remain on board for the final ports and sea days, and a few will board. As an end-of-cruise ritual, all passengers were asked to complete a marketing survey.  Separately, both Bob and I wrote “probably not” when asked if we would cruise again.  While we are glad to have taken this cruise, and survived it, our age has been undeniable. (Bob just burst into the room announcing: “We are old.”  It seems he couldn’t push the shuffleboard disc to the end of the court.  That may be more muscle tone, and less age, but still…)

Our next port is Zeebrugge, gateway to Brussels and Brugge and Ghent in Belgium.  Really ashamed and sorry to say this, but I don’t care a lot.  Medieval towns built by and for craftsmen in the Hanseatic trading league look a whole lot like Copenhagen’s Nyhavn.  Even thinking of Belgian chocolate doesn’t loosen my lassitude.  We will take a simple canal trip in Ghent, and move on to Le Havre, where Bob’s lifelong dream of a trip to Paris will run smack into the practicality of 6 hours of bus travel for a few hours of bus touring and “free”  time for lunch.  He will be able to say he has been there. 

Clearly, my mood needs a few hours of sunshine on the deck.

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Betty Warner

Married female, mother of two, grandmother of five. Living in a senior living community, where dinner, house maintenance, and continuing care are part of the contract. Residents in this community are actively engaged in our lifestyle here; I currently help produce Zoom programs, and help edit our webpage. Physically "healthy for your age" despite shortness of breath, two knee replacements, a cardiac murmur, various skin issues and an incipient back problem.

4 thoughts on “Kiel Canal”

  1. Have enjoyed your writing immensely, Betty, and have been thrilled with the “ups” and sympathetic to the “downs” off the cruise in the time of Covid experience. Joe and I agreed that sea days coming across the Atlantic were our favorites – so take heart!


  2. Just catching up on the blog. I am looking forward to hearing of the France stuff, and hope you can eat a delicious lunch in Paris. I remember delicious crepes could be found from many street vendors– they were messy and delicious!


    1. We look forward to lunch in Paris, though whether it is worth 3 hours of bus each way remains to be seen! Check out yesterday’s Belgian waffle–and the cat critter on the shore. Love to all.


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