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North America » Mexico » Jalisco » Puerto Vallarta March 3rd 2020

Chile 13 – 24 February 2020, Mexico 26 February - 3 March This is the third and last blog about the cruise. Sorry it took so long but the last week on board comprised lots of port days, so much to see and record. The southern part of South America which ends in the Tierra del Fuego archipelago is a strange place, lots of islands and channels and if you look closely at the map you see that it is divided between Chile and Argentina. But as the area is narrow you are never far from the other country. However as soon as we were in Chile it felt a friendlier place than Argentina but that might have simply been the Usuaia 'cold shoulder' colouring our perception. By contrast Buenos Aires had been a lovely place ... read more
When & Where daily programme
Guido, one of the Cultural team
Glacier Alley

Antarctica » Antarctica » Hope Station February 23rd 2020

Antarctica 8-13 February 2020 The Antarctic Peninsula I really don't know how to start describing our visit to Antarctica – it was amazing, and made even more so by two days of wonderful weather. Bryan, one of the experts on board (more about that in a moment) said that in 43 years of experience in the Antarctic this was the best two days he has ever experienced. Good for us, but maybe not for the planet! Perhaps some factual information first will set the scene. In 1959 12 nations active in the region signed The Antarctic Treaty which applies to the area below S 60 degrees. It creates a natural reserve devoted to peace and science where there are no wars, where the environment is fully protected and where research is the priority. As of 2017 ... read more
Flags to show the ship complies with requirements of the organisation which manages tourism to Antarctica
Early morning mist when we first reached the Peninsular
Penguins everywhere

South America » Argentina » Buenos Aires February 22nd 2020

Buenos Aires, Montevideo & the Falklands 28 January–7 February 2020 There are 3 blogs coming in quick succession as we did not have good enough wifi while travelling. The penguins on the Falklands are at the end of the pictures so click through all pages to see them. Arriving in B. Aires three days before we were due to embark on the Zaandam for our cruise down to Antarctica gave us plenty of time to visit the city. After purchasing our Subte card for the underground we set off to visit the Eva Peron museum and the Recoleta cemetery. It may seem unusual to visit a cemetery but Recoleta is the top tourist attraction in B A and city residents are very proud of it. The cemetery is fascinating, a true city of the dead, streets ... read more
'Streets' of mausoleums
Remebrance plaque
Decorative angels

Europe » Malta » Malta January 25th 2020

Malta 18-23 January 2020 In the last blog I promised to stay quiet until we go to Argentina later this month as we spent the autumn in Lanzarote and there have been numerous blogs from there on previous trips. However as we did a quick side trip to Malta this blog shows some pictures of our highlights there. The reasons for visiting Malta were threefold, to avoid a few grey days in England in January, we have never been before and we spotted a very good deal as it is not really a winter resort although we were lucky and had mild sunny weather throughout our visit. So the timing meant that we wanted to sight-see rather than snorkel and in fact the sea looked cold and uninviting but I am sure that changes in the ... read more
Layers of history amongst the fortifications
Very protected natural harbour
Banners in Valletta change regularly

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Gorinchem August 3rd 2019

14th July - 3rd August 2019 After a quick look at Trakai castle we crossed over from Lithuania to Poland. Jim had identified a national park camping spot on his phone and recorded the approximate co-ordinates where the pin seemed to be and we headed there. It was a very quiet rural area with only the odd small house dotted along the beautiful, slow flowing river of crystal clear water and reed beds. The road was an unpaved track but passable. After a few minutes wandering up and down where Kate kept saying we should turn into our camp site we realised there was no camp. We had turned back towards the main road when we saw some kayaks on the river and a sign, so Jim hopped out to read it. It said (Jim guessed, ... read more
Trakai Castle, Lithuania
Hitler's bunker
Most of the bunkers have collapsed

Europe » Lithuania » Vilnius July 14th 2019

27th June - 14th July 2019 After our great clean up in Nikkala we crossed the border into Finland. No border controls were in evidence so it was very speedy and smooth. As in Norway and Sweden the roads are decorated with signs warning of elk (called moose in Alaska) every couple of kilometres but we never saw one. Jim read that in Sweden each year some 35,000 elk are killed by hunters. Finland is a flat country and if you like lakes, forests and mosquitoes you would love it. It is beautiful in places but the forests make it difficult to see very much as you travel. We chose a road which runs along by the Gulf of Bothnia for fifty miles or so and we did not view the sea once, only forest alongside ... read more
Town walls, Tallinn
Lots of alleyways
Bar staff

Europe » Sweden June 26th 2019

6 - 26 June Oslo had proved a wonderful cultural experience with museums and stunning old and new civic buildings. We soon realised that our journey into and through the fjord area west of Oslo would be a radically different adventure but I don't think either of us had an inkling of how challenging it would prove. We set of on the E18 through the outer sprawl of the city enjoying the feeling of escaping the busy capital and trusting Kate, our Sat Nav, to do all the hard work for us. She was doing fine despite the thunderstorm and very heavy rain until near Drammen and less than a mile from our turn-off when there was a sign saying the tunnel ahead was closed. Immediately the traffic ground to a standstill on a high flyover ... read more
A hot day at Dalen
Dalen site
Difficult to see view through mist and low cloud

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo June 5th 2019

16 – 31 May 2019 Where have we been? A good question as we are not sure, the time has passed so quickly. Opening dates at various places have determined our movements. The site in Copenhagen did not open until 24th May and in Oslo 1st June. It is always possible to find free or very cheap sites open but the city sites only open when they expect tourists to arrive at the start of the summer. Jim is quite pleased about this as he has been monitoring temperatures in Norway and they are still in low single figures during the day and even lower at night. We hope that by the time we have spent five or six days in Oslo they will be creeping up. Days are long and as we travelled through Sweden ... read more
Street scene, Copenhagen
Outside Guinness World Records office:Tallest man
National Theatre

Europe » Denmark » Eskebjerg May 15th 2019

2 April – 15 May 2019 After returning from the Caribbean we did the usual annual jobs and visited friends and family. We collected Astrid 2 and stayed with James's parents for two nights to get to grips with her controls. It was very kind of Maria and Martin to let us have a couple of nights in a real bed, also giving us time to check for faults before we left the dealership area. Until we drove back to Anna's in Wantage we did not have the bedding and cooking utensils to sleep in her so it was lovely to have some luxury before we moved into Astrid. The four of us went to a quiz which turned out to be a speed quiz, a new experience for us all. By the end of the ... read more
Cosy inside with birthday cushions
Kitchen area, full oven & grill, 3 gas burners & one electric.
Bathroom

North America » United States » Florida » Miami March 27th 2019

9 – 14 March 2019 Pax Guest House, Mount St. Benedict, Trinidad. A theme this trip has been constant contrast and it continued when we moved to Pax. We left the chaos, congestion and general bustle of Couva for the peace on Mount St. Benedict. This was a stop recommended by friends Paul & Sheila who stayed here a short while ago. The Mount is a hill bordering the rainforest with a view down across the plain. In 1912 permission was given to build a church, monastery, convent and guest house at the top and the complex became an important centre for the Catholic Church in Trinidad. It is a good location as all the main birding sites on the island are within reach and they have a very good guide working with the guest house. ... read more
Humming bird
Ruby throated humming bird
Green honeycreeper




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