If you read my previous blog post about German Back to School traditions this will be a continuation. I belong to a sewing group and we often show off our successes not only our failures. Eva so kindly shared her tradition with the Sugar Cones so I asked her for more details. She sent me wonderful stories and photos and the following is also thanks to her. Even from across the world we have things in common.
I’m coming from a very nice area in Germany it’s called Franconia or the “Romantic Little Switzerland” - that has nothing to do with the county Switzerland it’s just the area so lovely and nice and romantic that it’s called that. It’s also called “the land of the castles, caves and breweries” and a very popular vacation area. Though if you are interested I will be very happy to introduce my home and country to you and providing you with pictures. For e.g. the Nobel family of “Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg” who carried out the assassination attempt on Hitler has a castle just 7 kilometers from my home.
How do they celebrate in Germany ?
First Day of School "School Cones“ / "Sugar Cones“ A German Tradition since 1781. On their very first day of elementary school/primary school little children in Germany traditionally get a big crafted and colored cardboard cone filled with sweets and little gifts such as crayons, little books, drinking bottles, lunchboxes… It is obligatory and very popular and especially mom‘s put a lot of effort into designing those school cones or sugar cones.
Cruising is resuming slow but sure. If you have been waiting to sail, be patient. The rules are changing daily based on the CDC and other health organizations guidelines.
Several operators are resuming with Vaccinated only passengers. There are a small percentage of exceptions for small children and those medically unable to get the vaccine.
Use a Travel Advisor to book your cruise. If there are changes they will keep you informed and help you make the best decision based on the available information and your needs.
Cruising in the US is sticking too short cruises for now. Many international cruises have been happening successfully for almost a year now.
We need to continue to be cautious as more people obtain the vaccine. Know what to expect before you go and be prepared.
Compliments of SENATOR RICK SCOTT
Tuesday, April 13, 2021WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Rick Scott, Dan Sullivan and Marco Rubio introduced the Careful Resumption Under Improved Safety Enhancements (CRUISE) Act, which would revoke the CDC’s current No Sail Order on cruises and require the CDC to provide COVID-19 mitigation guidance for cruise lines to resume safe domestic operations. Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar is leading this legislation in the House of Representatives.
In March, Senator Scott sent a letter to Jeffrey Zients, the White House COVID Response Coordinator, urging the Biden Administration to immediately issue clear guidance for the resumption of operations for the cruise industry. The CDC still has not responded to his letter or provided the cruise line industry with a timeline of when they can begin sailing, which is urgently needed. Senator Scott also introduced the Set Sail Safely Act last year, which would establish a Maritime Task Force, in coordination with a Private Sector Advisory Committee, to address the health, safety, security, and logistical changes needed to allow for cruise lines and ports to resume operations.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Florida is a tourism state with thousands of jobs relying on the success of our ports, cruise lines and maritime industries. While many sectors of the economy have been safely operating for months under CDC guidelines, Floridians, and those across the nation that rely on the cruise industry for work, continue to wait for updated guidance from the CDC. The CDC's refusal to properly address this shutdown is wrong and it’s time to get the cruise lines open safely. Our bill, the CRUISE Act, says we’re not waiting on the CDC any longer. Cruises can and should resume, and we’re going to do everything we can to bring back our cruise industry safely.”
Senator Dan Sullivan said, “Unlike the airlines, rail, and other modes of transportation—and all other sectors of the hospitality industry for that matter—the cruise lines have been denied clear direction from the CDC on how to resume operations. As a result, potential cruises this summer, when the President said the country will be able to return to normal with more and more Americans getting vaccinated, have been left adrift. The foot-dragging, mixed messages, and unresponsiveness of CDC leaders is totally unacceptable and ultimately endangering the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Americans and the hundreds of small businesses across Alaska that rely on the tourism sector. My legislation with Senators Scott and Rubio will accomplish what letters, meetings, and repeated phone calls have not—directing the CDC to finally codify timely guidance and a plan for cruise ships to safely and responsibly welcome passengers again this summer.”
Senator Marco Rubio said, “The benefits of cruise operations are integral to the economies of Florida’s port cities. Floridians and many other Americans who are employed by ports, cruise operators, or work in hospitality jobs near cruise terminals face an uncertain future because of the CDC’s unresponsiveness to requests for guidance by stakeholder groups. I am proud to join Senators Sullivan and Scott in introducing legislation that would require the CDC to provide guidance to safely resume operations this summer, and allow Florida’s economy to recover even further.”
Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar said, “Welcoming over 5 million passengers and $9 billion dollars directly into our economy each year, Miami is the Cruise Capital of the World and it is time to start sailing again. I am proud to join my Senate colleagues and lead this fight in the House so that our ships can return to sea, our longshoremen can return to port, and Americans can start cruising again. This legislation will fix the CDC’s arbitrary guidelines and give clarity and fairness to the industry that creates hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout Miami’s entire tourism economy.”
Jerry Kaye, Owner, Lucite Creations in Miami, Florida said, “The industry has been sailing safely in other parts of the world already, and it is past time we restart cruising in this country. People are flying, traveling and beginning to resume their lives, and as business owners who have been impacted by this pause in cruising, all we are asking for is the opportunity to get back to work. I am grateful for Senator Scott’s leadership, we couldn’t be more excited about the possibility of a bill that would allow cruising to resume as soon as July, which means we could get back to a full schedule, and I can actually hire my employees back full time.”
Omar Otero, Founder and Owner, VOK Protective Services Inc. in Miami, Florida said, "As a business owner, I’ve been dependent on the cruise industry for my livelihood for 20 years, and this pause has been devastating. What many people don’t see behind the scenes is that cruising has a significant impact on many small businesses, and employs hundreds of thousands of people in America. Resuming cruising is critical to my business and would allow me to work again and support my family. I’m ecstatic to support Senator Scott’s legislation which could restart cruise operations this summer.”
Jeannette Pineiro, President, Cruiseport Destinations in Miami, Florida said, “The uncertainty we've been living with the last year is probably the most devastating mentally for a business owner. I have former employees that are still unemployed. They want to get back to work, and there has been nothing I could do. The cruise industry needs to be treated on par with other sectors of the travel industry, and this legislation would provide a plan to safely resume cruise operations. I commend Senator Scott for this legislation that if passed, would give business owners, like myself, a timeline and a date that we can work toward. I couldn’t be more overjoyed as a business owner, because we finally have hope on the horizon.”
The CRUISE Act:
With that in mind it surprises me how many people choose here to visit for long vacations. I found the majority of residents we interacted with unfriendly and not wanting to bother with tourists. Coming from a touristy town I do understand the frustration, but we are still friendly.
We still enjoyed our time, the first day at a resort being pampered on the beach. If you never left this little bit of paradise you're golden.
Luckily we have great resorts to choose from with expertly trained staff to attend your every need.
The following day we visited La Romana this area exists because of shell oil and Paramount Pictures. Several movies have been filmed here along the river , Rambo , Predator , Anaconda and more.
Also overlooking the Charon River is the Village of Altos de Chavon with many cobblestone pathways leading to the Archeological Museum, and The Famous School of Design. The Church of St. Stanislaus Consecrated in 1979 Pope John Paul II sent the ashes of Poland’s patron saint, St. Stanislaus , and a hand carved statue to commemorate the church’s inauguration .
Many famous movie stars have been married here as well as held there receptions in the courtyard.
The Amphitheater, inaugurated in 1982 by Frank Sinatra has since hosted dozens of famous performers such as Sting, Elton John, Marc Anthony , Andrea Bocelli, Julio Iglesias and many more. Today this theatre is still a very important part December 30th, 2016 Enrique Iglesias performs.
The majority of property in this region is owned by Casa DE Campo.
Many people have never traveled. If that is you, "Why travel?" you asked. To quote my tagline...
"It's all about the journey". Start small, and venture out of your comfort zone. Take a road trip to a nearby attraction and along the way take in your surroundings. What makes the location different? Is the Architecture unique? Are the houses the same? Do people have a different accent? What makes the area special? What makes it similar to home?
Often, leaving makes you appreciate your what you have. Sometimes, however you will get the travel bug. It starts out small. Before I started as a travel advisor, I had never left the country. I had travelled all over the U. S. and Canada. Flying is not my favorite thing. That no longer holds me back since I got the cruising bug. I will fly anywhere, anytime to get to a ship. If you follow any news stories you will see there is no lack of entertainment on flights. I am not referring to the movie or snacks. That is exactly what I mean about the journey.
I cannot begin to explain, but on many days when I'm learning about a new destination the combination of butterflies in my stomach and a restless leg and mind syndrome I encounter.
I want to leap out of my chair and go, go, go.
There is a big world out there and truly understanding it takes work. We are all different and we are all the same. Embrace the posibilities , your life will be richer for it.
Here are some random pics from across the country.