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Norway Cruise

The day started when I locked myself out of the house. I was in the park at 4:30 am and when I returned an hour later, I realised my error. Luckily mum was awake so I walked over to her and picked up a spare key. The four of us…

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Sahara to Marrakesh

The final three days of the trip started with a Saharan sunrise, just 40 km from the Algerian border. I was the first up and watched the predawn colour changes. I trekked off to a sand dune to watch alone. It was a great experience seeing the sunrise in the…

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Fes and the Sahara

We picked up a local guide for our tour of Fes and we set off for a short drive to the Imperial Palace. We weren’t allowed to enter, (no riffraff), but the palace gate was impressive enough. Robed Rashid then took us round the Jewish quarter which had a noticeable…

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Marrakesh to Fes

On Saturday lunchtime I moved to the Hotel Ayoub which was perfectly acceptable, albeit a lot smaller than the sprawling Mogadar. Once again it was a hotel that didn’t serve alcohol. Two in a row! I walked back to the Medina via Rue Yves Saint Laurent. It was possibly the…

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Marrakesh, Morocco

Gatwick was heaving with people - on a Wednesday! I was fortunate enough to be fast tracked so I didn’t have to deal with most of them. I came very close to losing a third Swiss Army knife at security (will I ever learn). He then asked what I used…

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Guernsey, Channel Islands

Our third stop was Guernsey in the Channel Islands. I’ve not been to any of them before and I was highly excited to learn that they have their own currency - more for my notaphily collection. And of course a magnet, although I’m running out of places to stick them.…

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Kissing the Blarney Stone

My spa experiences have been interesting. I’ve been scrubbed to death, pummelled, pricked with needles, and covered in seaweed. And I paid for it! In fairness, I feel great. Best I’ve felt in weeks. After six days at sea we arrived in Cobh, which is on the coast just outside…

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Transatlantic Cruise

This is my third transatlantic cruise and the second going from the US back to Europe. I flew into Fort Lauderdale the day before, and the following morning I headed for the port early to see if I could get on the ship rather sharpish. Being a 4 star mariner,…

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New England & Canada cruise

Only a month late! We joined the ship a day late in Portland, Maine as opposed to Boston. There were 10 others boarding in Portland so we didn’t feel too unusual. Once onboard the Holland America Zaandam, we had the opportunity to look around Portland again - one of Dianna’s…

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Philadelphia

Other than my tragic airport experience at the end of June, I had never been to Philly. Dianna had a double layover which made it worth me tagging along, so I did. It was the first time I’d been on a flight that Dianna was working and it goes without…

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Alaska Cruise pt 3

Whoops! Only six weeks late. I forgot to mention that Alaska’s capital, Juneau is the only state capital that cannot be accessed by road. Rumour has it that there is one flight per week from a Canadian city which gives Juneau International Airport the international bit. The next stop was…

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Alaska Cruise pt 2

The next stop was the Alaskan town of Sitka which we had visited the week before. It hadn’t become any more interesting in the interim. I went to shore for a couple of hours and decided to go into one of the local bars. Ernie‘s Bar is one of the…

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Alaska Cruise pt 1

I’m now on the final stretch of this epic 46 day cruise. We are now fully booked with 2000 passengers. After leaving Vancouver we had a sea day heading up the coast with Vancouver island on the port side and British Columbia on the starboard side. We will be taking…

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Tokyo- Vancouver Cruise pt 2

After a week at sea we arrived in Seward, Alaska - my first time in this state. It was a little cloudy but the scenery was magnificent. We were surrounded on three sides by snowcapped mountains. I’d been up since 5 am for the sunrise and sail in - didn’t…

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Tokyo – Vancouver Cruise pt 1

This is the third or four segments on this 46 day cruise. After leaving Tokyo Bay, we had a sea day heading north to Aomori. I hadn’t seen much of Georgia on the last segment because she was finishing her university work whenever she had any free time. This segment…

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Tokyo – South Korea Cruise pt 2

After South Korea we had three more stops in Japan before arriving back in Yokohama. First up was Nagasaki. The sail in to Nagasaki was highly scenic and as the sun was shining everything looked better. I abandoned ship and hopped in a taxi heading toward the Atomic Bomb Museum.…

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Tokyo – South Korea Cruise pt 1

It was change-over day on Monday with a number of people getting off a new persons just getting on. I’d booked it as a separate cruise for fiscal reasons and was lucky enough to have the same cabin, so I didn’t have to pack. We docked in Yokohama which is…

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Tokyo-Taiwan Cruise

After boarding the Cunard Queen Elizabeth I met with Georgia in the rather splendid, Garden Lounge. It was fabulous to see her. Being a paying passenger, she’s allowed to have breakfast, lunch and dinner with me, if shifts allow. Georgia works in a team of four and there are only…

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Tokyo

This was my first flight on Japan’s flagship carrier Japan Airlines (JAL), and it was rather pleasant indeed. I was seated in 1K for a 14 hour flight to Tokyo - the longest flight I’ve ever taken. Anyway, I needed a little luxury, and anybody who thinks I was being…

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Las Vegas & Scottsdale

March/April Better late than never with this blog. Spending four nights in Vegas at the Golden Nugget was the prelude to a family holiday in Scottsdale, Arizona. There were three highlights of Vegas. Firstly the Mob Museum just a short walk from my hotel. It chronicled the Mafia in the…

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