Last Tuesday we were discussing rivers and lakes on Twitter. Every Tuesday we join an international group of globe trotters who like to discuss various topics related to travel.

Seine River, Paris

Rivers and lakes remind us to pause,
take a moment and reflect.

As human beings made of 98% water we are naturally drawn to bodies of water. We’ve been soaking in as much as we can here in Florida. Jumping in the ocean, swimming with manatees and enjoying a glass bottom boat tour this week alone. Today we thought we’d take the opportunity to share with you some of the rivers that we’ve personally encountered throughout the years in our travels.

Some favorite rivers in the USA

Manatee, Crystal River

Top of our list: Crystal River in Florida. Might be due to a recency bias. This week we’ve been frolicking with the manatees.

Snorkeling with Manatees

We enjoy the rush of the Truckee River in Reno, NV. Especially during the kayak races in May.

Kayak Races, Truckee River, Reno, NV

And on the other side of the country, the Providence River which gets magically transformed during the Water Fire Festival (August through September).

Susquehanna River, Selinsgrove, PA

Another favorite is the Susquehanna in Pennsylvania for its beauty and sentimental reasons. Plus its fun to say.

This shot was taken in July 2016 a week after Kimberly, who was adopted, traced her ancestry to Selinsgrove which led to finding her birthmother. Fisher Island is on the left, it was named and inhabited by her relatives.

The Reedy River adds charm to Greenville, SC and the San Antonio River Walk is on our must-do list whenever we pass through.

Reedy River
Reedy River, Greenville, SC

Iconic Rivers Overseas

And then there are iconic rivers in Europe like the Siene in Paris, France and the Arno in Florence, Italy with the celebrated Ponte Vecchio. Even the Nazis couldn’t bring themselves to destroy this historic structure.

The Vistula River in Krakow Poland holds a special place in our hearts. In part, because it is prominent in one of our favorite folktales to perform on stage, The Dragon of Krakow. And because we got to sleep on it when we visited Krakow on our 2016 trip to Europe. We felt so lucky to have scored a hostel on a boat. While the accommodations weren’t much, we could look out our window and gaze at a medieval castle. And below that castle lived a fire breathing dragon – or so the story goes.

The Amstel in Amsterdam, Netherlands is prominent in that it affects the culture and mode of transportation. Bicycles, bicycles everywhere.

Arwa Kawa in Japan

In Japan we enjoyed an afternoon floating on the Arakawa

“A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself.”
― Laura Gilpin

Some are slow, some are swift. Some are deep, some are shallow. Some are wide, some are narrow. Some are clear, some are murky. Each river has its own unique character and history. They run through the landscape connecting memorable places we have been like the currents of our lives connect memorable events. And quite often, memorable events and memorable places on rivers coincide.

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