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  1. 1 hour ago, StLouisCruisers said:

    St. Georges, Grenada on Feb. 6, 2015 as seen from the Ruby Princess.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVI702-V6t9Od9x27gr9Aoi6?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1427213185






    Many parts of the town still showed the damage from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 which devastated it.  00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVLv1AGA9-y6g3GM9ZGETGqB?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1427213222


    It wasn't time for my tour yet so we walked around the town early that morning.  The island was celebrating Independence Day so we saw the red, yellow and green colors displayed all over.  We also noticed a different way to sell your produce rather than a farmer's market; out of your truck.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVK4MsLhiA5xPdRvcbp50gf6?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1427213246


    Later we started our tour by visiting Fort Frederick.  The children were there to perform for us.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVIt5oqDRLWiZs7kAEsCjPZd?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1427213262









    View from the Fort.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVJUNHYxvu_ruG3S-EunrvIO?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1427213270


    On our way to our next stop our bus passed by a local cemetery.  00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVLHjYtG0OZb3HuwLfHx10pZ?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1427213307


    We arrived at Dougaldston Spice Estate to learn how spices such as nutmeg, mace and cocoa are grown and processed the old-fashioned way, dried by the sun.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVKj15F8_FWYBHjawAAvVMed?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1427213537


    The cocoa beans are laid out on these trays to dry in the sun, but can rolled right under the buildings when it rains.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVLgXWlkUzftPTEJMq1LjVTa?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1427213553


    And a papaya tree.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVKEpiOCFPm97fo4Voaw1fJi?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1427213588


    Next up was the Grand Etang Park and Annandale Farms.






    We walked down a trail to the falls.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVKt5ADO6AjEc0Rb76Oej_P2?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1427213607




    There were people there who would jump from the top into the water for a tip.  Can you see the man in the yellow shorts waiting to jump?00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVKX5AnH5byvAWhdqNoQa1t-?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1427213618


    Splash!  It happens fast!00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVKHX3v1i-OMyjxjsOcsXs-G?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1427213628


    Eventually we headed back to St. Georges, but the traffic was so bad we just inched along when we got back to the town.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVL32Ov0rG8tIgTP0XT4jhCS?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium&ts=1427213641


    If my memory is correct, the tour arrived back at the ship 25 minutes late.  As soon as we all rushed back on board the Ruby Princess moved on to Port of Spain, Trinidad.  Thank goodness it was a ship's tour!

    Great pictures. Thanks for sharing the. We love Grenada... Authentic and very friendly. We went over the hill one time some years ago and found the absolute best, most colorful outdoor market ever. It was huge, full of fruit and vegetables and hoards of fun people...mostly local ladies dressed in bright colors and having a great time. Good memories....

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  2. 1 hour ago, grapau27 said:

    Thank you for today's daily Rich and care, celebrations and shout outs lists Roy.

    It is 12.45pm sunny with a slight sea breeze and we are in our beach tent looking out to sea.

    The only comics I read as a youngster was football magazines.

    Pauline likes rabbits and as kids we both had pet rabbits.

    I have never hunted or fished.

    Today's quote is excellent and definitely something we should all try and do.

    Nice food and drink choices.

    We have not been to today's port so looking forward to seeing photos.

    Prayers 🙏 for everyone on the care list.

    Take care and stay safe everyone.





    Beautiful photos of a very nice place to be. Thanks for sharing and enjoy !!!

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  3. 39 minutes ago, VMax1700 said:

    I think CC is having a bit of a hissy fit today.  Can't post a pic and post disappeared 😢 So here we go with v2.1

    Hello everyone,   Very late again today. It has been a nice day, with sunshine and a few clouds but definitely autumnal in feel. 

    Positive thoughts for those on the ever growing care list.

    We have decided to name the new car 'Simone'.  The first Citroën that I was aware of was the C11 used by Inspector Maigret in the stories by Georges Simonen.  When I suggested that we name the car Maigret, DW said 'you can't name your car after a duck dish!' 🤣, so we decided on Simone as being close to the author's name and also one of our favourite singers.


    Nice Ride !!! Enjoy  !!!

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  4. 19 minutes ago, grapau27 said:

    Good afternoon and thank you to Rich for today's daily and Roy for the care and celebration reports.

    Some nice days today.

    True love is wonderful and on August 22nd 1981 40 years ago we were married and we are still all lovey dovey now.

    I'm not a lover of roller coasters although we have been on a few at WDW Orlando and Disneyland Paris.

    Nice wine and food of the day.

    Interesting quote and we have not been to today's port and I am looking forward to seeing photos today.

    Stay safe everyone.








    Great wedding picture. You both are an inspiration. Congratulations.

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  5. 39 minutes ago, nocl said:

    While tragic the statistics for risk on flight seeing flights are really not bad.  Some reports put it at a similar level to driving.


    To put it in perspective more cruise passengers have died in excursion bus accidents in the last 15 years than in Alaska flight seeing crashes during the same time. 12 in Mexico in 2017, 12 in Chile in 2006, 3 in 2019 in Belize, etc.

    That being said, each of us has his or her own risk assessment.

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  6. Just now, rkacruiser said:


    No deck chairs on that deck and I share the posters opinion about enjoying a deck chair on a promenade deck.  But, there are more than sufficient deck chairs in other locations of the ship to satisfy me regarding that issue. 


    Don't like it?  Don't blame HAL.  Blame the SOLAS regulations which influenced how the ship was designed and built.  




    No blame was intended or stated.

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  7. I have not yet sailed on her and others here may have contradictory information, but I understand the outside promenade deck on this ship is considerably narrower and does not have outside deck chairs as do the older ships.


    For many, including us, the deck chairs on the promenade deck are an important part of the cruising experience and not having them, if that is the case, on this newer ship would be a disappointment.


    As I say, others here may have different information.

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  8. 29 minutes ago, grapau27 said:

    Thank you for today's daily and care reports.

    I don't eat caviar but do like Ice Cream.

    Some nice food and drink choices for today.

    Today's quote happens quite often I suspect.

    We have never been to today's port so looking forward to seeing photos from others who have been.

    It is currently 14.00pm partly cloudy and 70°F which is 17°F cooler than yesterday.

    We have just had lunch in our garden and as it's National Ice Cream day I am enjoying an Almond Magnum.

    I hope everyone enjoys today and every day.



    Graham, I like your cap.....and I really enjoy your pictures of your part of the beautiful English countryside. Great memories of visits to the lake district. Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Lots of good advice here already. Not to worry. No reason he will not have a great time. Hope you all have a memorable cruise. We've been four times and each one was different and each one exceptional.. We're looking forward to going back.

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  10. You all have made my day with the pictures and kind comments about Dublin. For me, after visits to lots of national capital cities, it is most intimate and charming of them all. I always love going there. It is a great place to begin or finish any trip to Ireland.


    Thank you again.

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  11. 21 minutes ago, StLouisCruisers said:

    On our 2015 cruise on Royal Princess we were accompanied by friends from Myrtle Beach, SC who like to cruise in the hurricane off season only.  So this May cruise was perfect for them.  They took a ship's tour to Powerscourt Estate that day, and the photos they gave me of it look lovely.  DH and I decided to take the train into Dublin.  The Royal Princess was docked out of Dublin in the port of Dun Laoghaire.  We walked a couple of miles to the train station through that charming village and since it was such a beautiful sunny day, we enjoyed our exercise.  The train was clean and inexpensive, plus it took only 17 minutes to get to Dublin versus an hour in a bus or van.  No traffic, too!00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVKev6XuBIio-L95-vaFBh4k?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium


    We saw Trinity College00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVLdutJRET8y9aXHZLttAWbA?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium






    Dublin is a very busy town.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVL8GcXOSm7mvg-uSf4hnp4g?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium


    But they have their priorities straight!00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVL0ziV-mSlWTo_zgGCnYM1q?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium




    Then we saw Dublin Castle.





    The old and the new00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVLwIfdzO7Q6cXFkS_Mrnjea?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium


    Next we walked to St. Patrick's Cathedral which I love to see each visit.  It's so grand.  I paid admission to enter and see the interior.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVLwRRixBzc2s5PkE0fUzl7J?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium




    Founded in 1191, it was ornate, huge and dark as well as crowded with tourists like me.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVLe424qlkMAw20OTDVKKIvG?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium






    On the gate outside the Cathedral00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVJ3_TyWVNCNfMqXrthT4mGb?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium


    Further along on our walk we came to this corner where you have a history museum called Dublinia.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVJEMVeXyWAAKeq5xmy3WD0w?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium


    The archway on the right connected to the Christ Church Cathedral across the street from Dublinia.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVJotqa3WRmAYuu1-5tJkeQ_?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium


    The archway00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVIP8T9oV_rWU20PGWOwPUgD?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium


    And across the street from it all is this statue called Millennium Child.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVLSAOPj9S3ywnOAYIZqCxqV?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium


    Time to head back to the train station.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVLbIphAhsUEnqBCHKESYTqF?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium


    You know the saying "a river runs through it"?  Same with Dublin.  It's called the River Liffey.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVJwZk-6DaEKH7FmhUPeVgje?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium






    Molly Malone's statue which had been moved due to construction since our prior visit in 2011.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVIeEB2-kXXtj1hoxisjd7W7?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium


    After our train ride back to Dun Laoghaire, we enjoyed a second walk through that town.00-krGnVk_TmW1vjXOSXmrbNCgtIzRKIF36hrdhGheqtVKRYuQwSKWOCvDcyEcVAY2K?cn=THISLIFE&res=medium




    My goodness, all these photos are only from the 2015 stop in Dublin.  I haven't even looked at 2017 yet.  If there are different places we saw I will add them to another post.  I hope you enjoyed Dublin - we did!

    Thank you for the really good pictures of one of my very favorite cities. Dublin, like all of Ireland, is full of charm and fun.

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  12. 48 minutes ago, grapau27 said:

    Thank you for today's daily and care reports.

    Happy Canada Day and prayers to everyone experiencing the extreme heat wave.

    Nice food and drink today.

    We are in York today which has the famous medieval shambles street and wonderful Minster.

    We have had a fabulous lunch.

    Stay safe everyone.











    Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures of the two of you enjoying one of my very favorite cities. Many visits over the years and lots of great memories. York is a great town...with lovely people.

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  13. 15 minutes ago, VMax1700 said:

    We took the long scenic route back from Killarney, going through Castleisland, Abbeyfeale, Dromcolliher, Liscarroll, Buttevant and back to Cork.  Nice drive all on back roads.

    You're making me jealous. I miss Ireland so much. Glad you had a good outing.

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  14. 7 hours ago, VMax1700 said:

    Happy Tuesday to everyone.  I have not posted on this thread for a while but have been reading most days.  Our sympathy to all those who lost a loved one, our hugs and positive thoughts to those who need care and our congratulations to all those who celebrated.


    We are feeling quite low today as our September Rotterdam cruise was cancelled yesterday 😭.  HAL have offered to transfer the booking to October 2022, but I really don't think that we want to go to the Baltic area in early winter. 🥶  We may still end up taking the Eurodam TA that was offered as a replacement for our cancelled Volendam TA.  It clashes with school half term here, but a cruise is a cruise is a cruise.


    @rafinmd  Roy, I agree with that common law fact.   I am still arguing that the new millennium did not start until January 1st 2001 and not 2000 as was widely celebrated.  I also have a birthday tomorrow and Spanish all over the world will celebrate for both of us as it is "noche de San Juan".


    Tomorrow we are going to Killarney for a couple of nights.  It will be our first trip away in 15 months and we are really looking forward to it.


    Stay safe everyone.

    Have fun in Killarney. I love that town..... Happy Birthday as well.

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  15. 1 hour ago, StLouisCruisers said:

    Time for a break.  I checked for photos from our last time in Venice, Pacific Princess transatlantic, Nov. 24, 2018.  A few different shots.  I notice the best pictures seem to be from the IPhone rather than the camera.  enhance



    I stuck my head into this open doorway into a shop.  enhance






    Another gondola picture but this time the color of the water and the clouds bring some interest to the subject.enhance


    The bridge of sighsenhance


    Remember it's November so it gets dark earlier that time of year.  Pacific Princess sailing down the canal leaving Venice about dinner time.enhance


    Your pictures are outstanding. Thanks for sharing them. I Love Venice !

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  16. 1 hour ago, St Pete Cruiser said:

    I'm driving north from St Petersburg and our first stop is Savannah. Beautiful old city! Stopped at the riverfront hotel and surprised to see the Rotterdam coming by! Not our Rotterdam, but the container ship Rotterdam Star.









    Great pictures. Absolutely wonderful city. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

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  17. 19 minutes ago, puppycanducruise said:

    Do you know much about indoor plants?

    I have little black dots on my indoor hibiscus, I think they may be aphids brought in from being out last summer.  I put them out yesterday and will bring them in before frost.  I've sprayed the plants with a soap and water solution, (maybe not often enough) but the bugs keep coming back.

    Any thoughts?  Thanks in advance.

    We use a combination of Dawn (dish liquid) and Hydrogen Peroxide with water. Seems to solve the problem. The suggestion was made by a local nursery man.

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