Astoria, Oregon, 06 May 2015
We’re just about to leaving this oldest settlement west of the Mississippi. On the Columbia River that separates Oregon and Washington, this town’s location is quite beautiful with the wide river and green mountains. Old Victorian homes dot the hillside so all around it’s pretty nice and the old bridge between the two states isn’t bad either.
A highlight of the day was my coffee this morning at Coffee Girl after a  $1 trolly ride there from the ship, hosted by volunteers. Very fun.   Besides having good coffee, the location is in an old cannery that unlike locations in San Francisco is still original and has yet to be turned into a shopping center. We also walked up to the top of the hill and climbed the big tower, which is a (believe it or not) copy of Trajan’s column in Rome.
We’ve been on Silver Shadow almost 48 hours now and I’m slowly getting used to being on vacation. I’m glad we have 10 days onboard since I need half of that to unwind from my busy life back home. It’s been 22 months since my last cruise  – on Seabourn Sojourn in the Baltic and just over 4 years since my last Silversea cruise on board the smaller Silver Cloud.
Our suite is quite nice and very quiet on Deck 4. It’s been a very bumpy ride but we’re well situated so it’s not bad at night. Service and food have been good, and lunch today was especially tasty with Paella, fish & a little pizza and chocolate mousse for dessert.
Off to see the ship sail….
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