Nomad Old Farts' Guestbook



2nd January 2018

Thanks for all the detailed information...
I've been intrigued with sailing ships for several decades when there was a company called Windjammer. Did you get more seasick than on a cruise ship? I think I would follow your advice and only spend one week. My alternative idea has been to fly to Guadeloupe and take the ferry to Dominica, Martinique and St. Lucia, thereby being able to stay on each island several days, which would seem to address your issue with not getting to know the people. Any thoughts? I look forward to reading about your adventures in the Caucuses! I'm reading "The Silks Roads" by Peter Francopan which is the world history from the perspective of Near and Central Asia. You might want to read it before you go.
2nd January 2018

Caribbean
The only swell we got of any significance was in and out of Barbados, and people suggested that once you get out of the Atlantic and into the Caribbean, that is not unusual. But we have no history of seasickness at all, so sadly we are not the right people to ask. Our preference for the clippers, apart from the obvious, was the smaller number of passengers that actually allowed you to see people around and gave a better opportunity to develop friendships. I personally have a slight preference in my travels for people over scenery, and thus my comments, but as I said we are all different. Re Caucasus, I did a lot of Silk Road research when I visited the Stans, but thanks the feedback. Happy to maintain the dialogue.
1st January 2018
At full sails near Gros Piton in St Lucia

At full sail
Great pic. I've posted it in the Cruising thread in Photography Forum.
1st January 2018
At full sails near Gros Piton in St Lucia

At full sail
Thanks Dave. Pity you couldn’t have been with us to enjoy a quiet ale and check it out in person.
29th December 2017
St Louis Cathedral

Martinique
You always do a great job taking photos of churches.
29th December 2017
St Louis Cathedral

Churches
Thanks guys. I guess in a region where not many buildings or landmarks stand out, you’ve got to make the most of the churches. Given the wide variety of faiths in the Caribbean, you at least get plenty of choice!
26th December 2017

I look forward to following you...
as the Caribbean Islands have been on my bucket list for some time. I will read each of your blogs with great interest as research for my trip.
26th December 2017

Caribbean Cruise
Thanks Bob, I'll try not to disappoint. Trust you had a great Xmas and have a prosperous new year.
10th August 2017

hi
thanks for sharing the blog!it was useful
10th August 2017

oman tour
thanks for sharing this post about middle east tour
13th June 2017

Excellent narrative and photos-big nostalgia trip for me
Loved reading this--brought back my own memories of this fantastic place. We did meet Marguerite on our visit as our group of 5 included 2 Kiwis who actually knew or were friends of Marguerite's son. I bought her book as well and found it quite interesting reading. We had fun with the carriage guys and donkey guys and horse guys who kept telling Kurt he should ride. He didn't go up to the monastery but he did manage the walk down and back--a bit slowly, You are certainly right the topography did remind me of the Bungles and also of some spots in the U.S. Southwest.
16th June 2017

Petra
Thanks Faith. Trust all well. Look forward to catching up in January.
10th May 2017
Beach & coastline at Prevelly

Nice coastline
Love this view
10th May 2017
Beach & coastline at Prevelly

Margaret River
It's not a bad country. Come and visit us some time!
29th April 2017
Whale shark with two larger escorts

Yes dive not drive
That was funny
29th April 2017
Whale shark with two larger escorts

Fantastic
I would love to do this drive.
29th April 2017
Whale shark with two larger escorts

Ningaloo
Thanks guys. I assume you mean 'dive' rather than 'drive'!
10th April 2017
Close up of the other three Tombs

Petra
High on my bucket list as well. Nice to see some great pics of the less seen tombs as well.
10th April 2017

Trip Excitement
Wow, it's a great post. The trip would have been awesome. I can feel the excitement after these type of trips.I am a traveler and gone to different locations. Recently I had been to UK using a yacht that I have booked from Medwaves Charters. Looking forward to go on a trip to the Dead Sea. Will be interesting.
9th April 2017

I've enjoyed Following your travels...
and look forward to more from Western Australia.
8th April 2017

Excellent Petra pics!
Hi Joan and Neil, I would absolutely love to visit Jordan, a friend of mine has been spending some time thre and I hope to get there with her sooner rather than later. You spoke of there being thinner crowds due to the neighbouring conflicts; did you discuss this with any of the locals in the tourism industry? They must be feeling a some of that hit. awesome photos, you made me want to explore even more! Cheers, Emily
9th April 2017

Petra
Hi Emily, The only ones we 'discussed' this with were a couple of the local Bedouin on site, who acknowledged the numbers were down but didn't go into detail. On the basis that my mother told me to never discuss politics or religion with strangers (and to say the Middle East is being screwed up by both would be an understatement!), we didn't really move beyond that superficial stage. If I can help in any way with future planning, feel free to get in contact. You should consider Oman - did you read my 3 blogs on there? Cheers, Neil
8th April 2017

Petra is a marvel
Every inch is amazing.
8th April 2017

Petra
Yeah, you might have gathered it runs pretty high on my list.
6th April 2017
... and at leisure

Israel
History of the land and people are ever present when visiting this country. So much going on.

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