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Rivah Visitor's Guide

One Woman's Opinion

Order Mary Buxton’s books
imageLife and love in the rural tidewater area of Virginia is a common thread that runs through nearly all of Mary Wakefield Buxton's books. The push and pull of old and new, North and South, man and woman, life and death, are discovered, illuminated and reflected upon in each of them. Such is the heart and soul of a writer.


Baltic Sea Passage, Part 4
imageHelsinki was the next port, with no fences or shoddy little cubicles where we were hustled into as in Russia to have passports inspected. The Finnish people actually smiled at us and waved us by without as much as a glance at our papers!


Baltic Sea Passage, Part 3
imageGood gracious, how Russians can frown. It was even more startling because the women were so young. It was amazing to see such young people looking so glum; like being on another planet. Our game during the next few days was to try to make a Russian smile. Nothing doing.


Baltic Sea Passage, Part 2
imageThe “ms Prinsendam,” smallest and oldest ship in the Holland America fleet of 14, sports fine woodwork, traditional lines and a maritime navy hull. She was the kind of ship Father would have liked; not the massive, new-fangled, white plastic floating motels that pass as cruise ships today. I felt right at home.


Baltic Sea Passage, Part 1
imageReaders know airline travel and I are not compatible. The night was long and cramped in my tiny seat on KLM to Amsterdam and I never once slept. I remember nothing of arrival as we were directed through customs and immigration, except a friendly man holding a sign “Holland America Line.”


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