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North America » Canada » Manitoba » Churchill November 20th 2018

NOVEMBER 19, 2018 Today we spent the whole day on the polar explorer traveling over the tundra looking for wildlife. The polar explorer is s large vehicle on a fire truck chassis with 6foot diameter wheels. The front wheels are on a fixed axle and the back four wheels are each independently mounted. They were very large inside and comfortably furnished. We each had our own row of seats with a window there was s washroom in the rear. Our guide was Sam who is quite good. Our driver was Ol’ Bill. Everyone was quite congenial and they told some interesting stories. The beginning of the Hudson Bay Company From 1550-1850’s men’s beaver hats came into fashion. These were very expensive but highly sought after. The end result of this was that the European beaver was ... read more
SUNRISE ON TUNDRA
LATER SUNRISE ON TUNDRA
SAM OUR GUIDE GIVING INSTRUCTIONS

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg November 19th 2018

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 Today is our second day in Winnipeg. We arrived yesterday evening after uneventful flights via Minneapolis. It was cold when we got here. A representative from Natural Habitat was at the airport to meet us. We have met s Dutch couple from California, an English couple from Warwick England, a mother and daughter from San Diego, and a couple from Tampa. Everyone seems nice and well traveled. We are staying at the Fort Gary Hotel in Winnipeg. The was built in 1913 by the railroad as a part of their chain of hotels across Canada to stimulate travel. The Banff Hotel and Chateau Frontenac were two other hotels in this string. The Hotel is very nice and has obviously been updated. We had dinner in the hotel dining room. It was very good ... read more
MAP OF CANADA MANITOBA IS DARKNPURPLE
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DENNIS AND MARY WITH BISON DISPLAY

North America » Canada » Manitoba » Winnipeg November 17th 2018

NOVEMBER 17, 2018 Today is our second day in Winnipeg. We arrived yesterday evening after uneventful flights via Minneapolis. It was cold when we got here. A representative from Natural Habitat was at the airport to meet us. We have met s Dutch couple from California, an English couple from Warwick England, a mother and daughter from San Diego, and a couple from Tampa. Everyone seems nice and well traveled. We are staying at the Fort Gary Hotel in Winnipeg. The was built in 1913 by the railroad as a part of their chain of hotels across Canada to stimulate travel. The Banff Hotel and Chateau Frontenac were two other hotels in this string. The Hotel is very nice and has obviously been updated. We had dinner in the hotel dining room. It was very good ... read more
MAP OF CANADA SHOWING THE PROVINCES
DENNIS WITH A BISON
POLAR BEAR WITH FAVORITE LUNCH

Europe » France » Aquitaine October 3rd 2018

COGNAC OCTOBER 4, 2018 Today we took a full day trip to Cognac. This is a designated region in France that is about a one hour drive Bourg. It is overcast as we leave Bourg and after one hour a light rain starts falling. We arrive at Remy Martin distillery. It is a very large complex. Remy Martin is the third largest cognac producer after Martell (#1),and Hennessy (#2). The production of cognac is a very complicated and lengthy process . They start with a white wine which is undrinkable (related to Italian trebbiano). They distill that twice until it is perfectly clear and the alcohol content is quite high about 90%. It then goes into new aging barrels. It stays in ... read more
STREET IN COGNAC
HALF TIMBERED HOUSE
HALF-TIMBERED HOUSE IN COGNAC

Europe » France » Aquitaine September 29th 2018

CADILLAC FRANCE SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 Today we are cruising the Garonne river to Cadillac. When we tie up to shore, there is no dock, but instead a long ramp that comes out and meets a ramp from our boat. There is very little on the shore, just a few buildings. We walk about two blocks in from the river and there is a lager wall and the remnants of a city gate. There are many locals and families with children walking in the same direction. When we get through the large gate, we can begin seeing the edges of the garners market spilling out of the town square into the surrounding streets. The vegetables are beautiful, also the meats and cheeses. There are live chickens, ducks, Guinea-Bissau hens,.and of course eggs. There are also clothes, jewelry ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine September 28th 2018

PAULLIAC September 27 Last night we got into PAULLIAC. We had a very nice evening. Had my birthday dinner with Susan and Merv Rettenmund. We had met them on a previous cruise on The Riviera. Merv played baseball for the Orioles and then became s major league coach. He and his wife now travel a lot and are very interesting. The ship of course had a birthday cake for me and singing waiters. The chef came out and wished me a happy birthday. Dennis, Ron and I had celebrated in our suite before dinner with champagne and cheese. Today we are still in PAULLIAC. Ron and DENNIS went on a tour of Gruard LaRose. We went toSt. Julian to the Chateau and overlooked the property from a 6 story tower. Then to the caves and barrels ... read more
FOGGY MORNING IN PAULLIAC
MARINA IN PAULLIAC
DENNIS AND RON LEAVING FOR TOUR

Europe » France » Aquitaine September 27th 2018

St. Emilion and Libourne September26 & 27 As I write this we are sailing down the Dordogne River from Libourne. It is beautiful and quiet sailing along this muddy channel but I am getting ahead of myself. Yesterday afternoon we reached Libourne. We immediately set out for St emilion which was about minutes up the road. St. Emilion is a very old town predominantly of wine makers and barrel makers..the streets are all cobblestone with no cars or trucks it was originally a walled city but those are long gone. All of the cobblestones came from England as ballast on ships. The ships returned with their holds file with barrels of wine. This area originally belonged to England. There were several beautiful monasteries and churches here but they were all destroyed in either the hundred years ... read more

Europe » France » Aquitaine September 23rd 2018

France September 23-25, 2018 We have been in Paris for two days and then ride on the TVG to Bordeaux. Paris was cold and drizzly. We had a fabulous dinner there at Pur in the Park Hyatt. The transfer to the train was only as the French can do it. It was like the keystone cops. We had to walk quite s distance to get into the train station because everything was under construction. When we finally got to the main concourse our guide found that our train was not listed on the schedule. She ran frantically back out into the street telling us to wait there. When she returned about 30 minutes later, she said there was no problem that actually our train was leaving in 10 minutes.she handed us slips of paper with 3 ... read more

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Hellesylt July 16th 2018

JULY16 HELLESYLT NORWAY This morning we awoke at 5 a.m. to witness our sailing the Geirangerfjord to the little village of the same name. We were here in 1980 and 1985 so we stayed aboard and cruised to Hellesylt where we arrived at 11 a.m.. the scenery was gorgeous (pardon the pun). The shore excursion started with the in town waterfall the head of the Storfjord. Next we drove through beautiful glacier topped valleys in Norangsdalen where there were many lakes to Leknes where we took a ferry across Hjorungsfjord to the little town of Saeba where there was an ice cream stop. Then we drove through fantastic views and tunnels to the towns of Orsta and Volda and then down the sides of the Voldsfjord and Austerfjord before going through a new 6 year old ... read more
GEIRANGERFJORD
GEIRANGERFJORD
GEIRANGERFJORD

Europe » Norway July 16th 2018

JULY 15 KRISTIANSUND TODAY we are docked in Khristiansund a beautiful town on the western coast of Norway. Kristiansund was heavily bombed during wwII. Kristiansund is the capitol of the Klipfish industry in Norway. This is not as big as it once was but it is still the primary exporter of dried cod in Norway. This morning we walked out into the town to find a good WiFi service. We passed beautiful beds of wax begonias in bright colors. They grow very well here because there are long hours of daylight but it is cool. We soon found a burger King that was open and had free WiFi. So I was finally able to get my pictures uploaded from the Russian ports of Solivetsky and Arkangelsk. Having sent off those two blogs I relaxed and had ... read more
WAX BEGONIAS BLOOMING IN KRISTIANSUND
OUR  SHIP DOCKED
SCENERY ON WAY TO STAVE CHURCH




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