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South America » Argentina February 3rd 2019

A visit to Iguazu Falls was the culmination of our trip to South America and the whole reason we had come in the first place. The cruise was an add on to fill in the extra time! I had always wanted to see the widest falls in the world which are also one of the Modern Wonders of the Natural World. They are set in the middle of the Atlantic Rainforest so there is a beautiful back drop to all the water. Only 8% of this rain forest now exists thanks to human activity and that is now protected. On the Argentinian side there is the Diablo walk, the upper circular trail and the lower trail, all of which we did in 40degrees of heat and 80 to 90 % humidity. Phew!! Bottles of water are ... read more
Diablo Falls
Stefan at the viewpoint
A peep through the jungle

South America February 1st 2019

Our first stop in Uruguay was in Punte d'elle Este, an expensive resort with very nice marina. Tried to get a taxi but couldn't find one so ended up having a beer on the front and then going back to the ship as it was so hot we couldn't walk anywhere. The following day we were in Montevideo, the capital which means 6th hill from east to west. Uruguay means River of birds. This time we travelled around in an airconditioned coach to see a few buildings and sculptures. A better way to see the place. Very friendly guide one of the best so far. Our final stop was in Buenos Aires. They had had a storm the night before which had cleared the air so it wasn't so oppressively hot. The traffic was heavy so ... read more
Boca art
Tango in the Boca
Eva and Maradonnasay Hi

Santos is the largest port in S.America and has developed because of the exports of coffee, sugar cane and orange juice. The port is ugly as most ports are and the main town is full of tower blocks so not that pretty either. There are a few colonial buildings left between the sprawling high rises. It's best feature is the very long beach with greenery and trees along the waterfront, but surprisingly few bars and restaurants. Apparently the locals spend all day on the beach whenever they can. We went to the Botanical Gardens which contain a nice selection of all the trees from the rain forest. The orchidarium was very disappointing with very few in flower. Also saw a few cages with some wild life but not too exciting. The next "highlight" was the Football ... read more
Turtle in Botanical Garden
He is a little footballer!
Coffee museum

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » B├║zios January 22nd 2019

Our first stop down the Brazilian coast was at Ihla Grande, a large island covered in Atlantic rain forest. It used to be a quarantine island in the 19th century for ships coming over from Europe. Rio de Janeiro used to be the capital of Brazil and they didn't want to import any diseases there. Later the island became a prison and also had a coffee plantation. It was then decided to let it all grow back to natural rainforest and is now protected as are the surrounding waters. There are many walking trails through the forest with some lovely trees and occasional pool from the rivers which come down from the mountain. We took a leisurely stroll through the forest away from the hectic village then later back for a beer before joining the speed ... read more
Hi Brigitte !
Coastal village
Trek through rain forest

South America » Brazil » Rio de Janeiro » Rio de Janeiro » Copacabana January 20th 2019

For a first time visit we decided a guide and driver were essential and we chose BeFree Tours run by Marcelo who was himself the guide and driver for the day. We set off early about 8.15am to get to Christ the Redeemer statue before the crowds. It was already hot and humid. A tram takes you up to the base of the statue. Good to pre buy the tickets to make sure of a place when you want. We had 9am tickets but got onto the 8.40am tram. There is a lift at the top but unless you are disabled you might as well use the steps and avoid a queue as it is only a short distance. It was already very busy but we managed to get the usual photo of the 38 metre ... read more
Christ the Redeemer
View from top
Lizard in Tijuca Park

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Perth November 25th 2018

Our arrival in Perth was via the Indian-Pacific railway. We soon transferred to our apartment in the Fraser Suites on Adelaide Terrace, a lovely huge 2 bedroomed, 2 kitchen, 2 bathroom suite of rooms with lounge and balcony overlooking the Swan River. Although it was sunny it was quite windy and sadly too cold to sit out on the balcony. Helen had arrived the previous night so we went down to the bar and met some friends of ours from Sutton for a drink- small world! They had had a late lunch so didn't want to go out to eat so we wandered down the road and came across an unassuming looking Indian restaurant called Aachi. It had several Indian customers ,always a good sign so we tried it. It turned out to be one of ... read more
In front of a Boab tree
With lovely Louise
A typical street in the CBD

Oceania » Australia November 25th 2018

We had not been on a long train journey since we went from N to S of France when the kids were small but that was only one night. The Indian-Pacific we were about to embark on was 3 nights 4 days to get from Sydney to Perth. We checked in at Sydney Central station which was easy enough. The info had told us to be there 2 hours beforehand which we duly did but then spent the time sitting on the platform. We were told there would be a welcome party an hour before boarding but a bottle of Sarsaparilla was all that materialised. This did not bode well. We were glad we had bought a sandwich on the way. However, at 2pm we were allowed to board and settle in. Thank heaven we were ... read more
Our cabin- one end
Our cabin bed
In the bar with the Yorkshire girls

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Newcastle November 19th 2018

Nelson Bay is part of Port Stephens and is where our daughter bought a house a couple of years ago. It has a lovely climate and is a holiday destination for lots of Aussie families. The Brits have yet to discover this lovely place. There are multiple bays to explore all with great beaches. Daughter Helen lives near Bagnall Beach as this is the only one specifically for doggies so her dog loves it. However it is a clean beach and bags are provided for you know what and are expected to be used! Out to sea are a collection of beautiful black swans only to be found in Australia. This bit of the coast also has a large variety of flora and fauna so the mixture of different trees makes the place more interesting than ... read more
Bagnalls or doggie beach
Black Swans on the sea
A walk through the woods

Europe » Netherlands April 19th 2018

Carol Kline, the famous gardener boarded our boat and gave us a talk after dinner. Today she also met us in the Keukenhof Gardens to give us an introduction to the place and later we had a Q & A session before the final dinner. The Keukenhof Gardens are 45 minutes drive outside Amsterdam and they are huge. Every year they plant over 7 million bulbs and have several small Inspiration gardens based on a different theme each year. This year the theme was Love. The Garden is only open for 8 weeks so do not miss it if ever you come to Amsterdam when the Gardens are open. My photos do not do the place justice. It is a profusion of colour and the most fabulous tulips you have ever seen. They also grow hyacinths, ... read more
masses of tulips
my favourite colours
fabulous varieties

Europe » Netherlands » Friesland April 17th 2018

We are extremely impressed by how clean and tidy and pretty are all the Dutch towns. There is no litter anywhere. The houses and gardens are all well kept and all their windows are shiny and clean. Even in the busy front of Volendam with all it's fish shops and bars , there is no litter to be seen. It was here that we finally had some delicious prawns and french fries. There is no seafood on board so we have withdrawal symptoms! There are so many shops and cafes selling gorgeous food in this place right on the sea front so a lovely place to visit. We also visited the pretty town of Edam which is smaller and very cute. One of the attractions of the day was a visit to a cheese making factory ... read more
Along the front in Volendam
Tiz on the breezy front
Attractive Edam

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