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South America » Falkland Islands March 19th 2017

ARGENTINA - Buenos Aires Our ship, the Zaandam was a 785 foot Holland America cruise liner which we had chosen for our journey as it was not too large compared to many ocean liners and we had used HA before when we sailed from Alaska to Vancouver. In the early part of the 17th century, Henry Hudson set sail from Holland in a tiny ship called the ‘de Halve Maen’. His long voyage across the Atlantic heralded the beginnings of Dutch exploration and settlements in the New World heralding a long seafaring tradition between the Dutch and Americans. Our Captains for our journey around the Cape were Joost Endearing and Pieter Jan Van Maurik and there were 620 crew members to 1300 passengers. Unpacked and safely on board the Zaandam we set sail leaving Buenos Aires ... read more
We are in Uruguay - hoorah
Graf Spee Monument
Amazing architecture ...

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires March 13th 2017

ARGENTINA Hoorah we are travelling again - this time with our good friends Bob & Elaine, who we met in Tobago in 2003 and have been close friends ever since. We will be visiting Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Chile and the Falkland Islands where Paul wanted to go to in 1982 only to be told that he could not due to other military commitments at that time. Most exciting for me though was to be able to cruise the Southern Ocean around Cape Horn. LONDON TO BUENOS AIRES VIA PARIS We flew out of Heathrow with Air France to Paris for our connecting flight to Argentina and 13 hours and 45 minutes later we had left Europe far behind and had arrived in South America. We had travelled Premium Economy though so were really lucky to have ... read more
Elaine and Me
Casa Rosada - Buenos Aires
Pink Floss Tree Flowers

Europe » Spain » Canary Islands » Lanzarote January 14th 2017

LANZAROTE We have just spent a glorious week in Lanzarote visiting our friends, Sue and Jim who have visited the country many times and often stay during the cold UK months to get some winter sunshine. We flew into the capital Arrecife from our local Bournemouth airport and the flight was only three and half hours so we were soon enjoying the warm sunshine too. We had visited the island once before a few years ago and had grown to love this scenic Island. There are eight main islands forming the Canary Islands, which are an archipelago and autonomous community of Spain located on the Atlantic Ocean just off the coast of Morocco and the Western Sahara. The largest is Tenerife which we visited many years ago and did not have a very good impression of ... read more
One of many scenic churches
Road to Mirador del Río
Mirador del Río

Africa » Tanzania » North » Tarangire National Park December 3rd 2016

TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK Compared to the many days we spent on rough roads in the Serengeti National Park, it was an easy drive from the market town of Mto wa Mbu, on a good ‘surfaced’ road to Tarangire National Park, only the last four miles travelling along rough roads. We went through the usual process at the Entrance Gate having to fill out the necessary forms whilst Sifuni obtained the park and camping passes. Although Tarangire is an easily accessible NP it is often missed out by many tourists who prefer the more well know Central Serengeti area, leaving this park virtually untouched so it was much quieter for us and more like what we had experienced at Lobo Hills in Northern Serengeti. Tarangire National Park is huge and covers an area between the plains of ... read more
Tarangire River
Tarangire Campsite
Nile Monitor Lizard

Africa » Tanzania » North » Serengeti National Park November 27th 2016

LEAVING CENTRAL SERENGETI We left Tumbili Campsite in the Serenera Valley stopping to fill up at the only petrol station in this part of the Serengeti National Park. With just two pumps and a small garage, workers were busy repairing tyres and fixing wheels, mainly by hand - probably a regular source of income around here. We watched the skilled workers before filled up our safari vehicle and heading on our way. The name ‘Serengeti’ derives from the Maasai word ‘siringet’ which describes the area. It means ‘the place where the land runs on forever’ - a really apt description of this vast wilderness. It is so huge and can be geographically divided into four main areas; the Southern plains, the central Seronera Valley, the Western Corridor, and the Northern parts, extending from the Lobo Hills ... read more
Serengeti View
Verreaux's Eagle-Owl

Africa » Tanzania » North » Serengeti National Park November 23rd 2016

CENTRAL SERENGETI We had become used to our safari vehicle now it was really comfortable with plenty of space for the four of us - charging our equipment was no problem as on the side of the vehicle were two UK 3 pin plugs so we could 'charge' as we travelled. We had a small fridge on board where we stored water and Rammy always had a plentiful supply of cookies or biscuits, 'Nice' being the favourite. There was no air conditioning but with the windows open it was cool enough, although one had to close them quickly on some of the dusty roads when other vehicles sped past - but apart from a few safari vehicles that was not much traffic ... .... We left Nsya Campsite in Manyara and travelled on to our next ... read more
Entrance to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro Crater Viewpoint
Olduvai Gorge

Africa » Tanzania » North » Lake Manyara November 17th 2016

LAKE MANYARA On our way to Lake Manyara we passed back through the still busy and dusty streets of Arusha and stopped by Duma’s office to collect some more supplies for the next leg of our journey. We met Duma Explorer founder, Hezron Mbise and some of the staff who made us feel very welcome. We continued our journey and stopped to buy charcoal in yet another small dusty town and whilst we waited for Rammy to try and find a supply we were bombarded with locals selling us Tanzanian football shirts or Maasai beaded bracelets. We learnt the Swahili phrase, ‘Hapana Asante’ (no thank you) very quickly but this only helped a little. We handed out small bottles of soaps and lotions I had brought with me to the women and this seemed to please ... read more
Suitably Dressed
One of the highest jumpers
Me with the Ladies

Africa » Tanzania November 16th 2016

ARUSHA We had a great final evening enjoying the comforts of Rivertrees Lodge before heading off on our long awaited safari in the morning. We chatted to the mother of the owner who had come over from France for 3 months to help out whilst the Manager of the lodge was away having her first baby. Caroline was originally from Scotland but had lived in France for many years as well as in Tanzania and had completely lost her accent so we had not realised that she was Scottish at all. She and her son had bought into Rivertree Lodge investing money and added more rooms to the lodge and it seemed to be thriving. We had a lazy supper sat outside around a huge campfire watching the Supermoon rise in front of us. Two Bald ... read more
Blue Monkey
Our Safari Transport
Paul and Sifuni our Safari Guide

Africa » Tanzania » North » Arusha November 14th 2016

We are so excited to be travelling back to Africa, this time to Tanzania in East Africa which we are sure we will enjoy as much as we did visiting Southern Africa. As there are no direct flights from the UK we had to stay overnight in Amsterdam before continuing our journey to Tanzania. It only took us just 44 minutes to get to Amsterdam from Heathrow - a really short hop, just time for a snack on the plane and we were descending over the intersecting canals crisscrossing the city. We stayed at the Citizen M hotel which has a self check in which went really smoothly, we were able to choose our room location and view and were issued with a card key without speaking to anyone and issued with a receipt telling us ... read more
Citizen M Hotel - Amsterdam
Paul at Heathrow

Middle East » Oman » Muscat March 2nd 2016

DESERT ROAD TO DUBAI TO HATTA We have certainly improved our worldwide knowledge on our retirement travels and a visit to Oman has been no exception. We have visited a couple of times before, mainly to renew our Dubai visas to enable an extended stay with our family living there. We have travelled a few times overland to the border post at Hatta/Oman, a five hour round trip through the desert - a quick way to renew our 30 day visas but a tiring day. MUSANDAM PENINSULAR A much more comfortable option was when we travelled overland with family and friends to Musandam. A mountainous Omani peninsula projecting into the Strait of Hormuz - a narrow entry into the Persian Gulf. Although part of Oman it is entirely separated from the rest of the country by ... read more
Musandam Peninsular
Building next to our Muscat hotel
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

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