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TLCOhio

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    Columbus, Ohio
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  1. TLCOhio

    Internet included on Oceania cruises ?

    How well does the Internet speed work with the free Internet on the Oceania ships? On Nov. 13, we depart for Athens and doing a 20-day sailing with Oceania to Dubai in making our first visits to the Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan/Petra, Middle East, etc. Like to do lots of Cruise Critic post while sailing with a live/blog with pictures, etc. Thanks! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Lisbon, NWSpain, Bordeaux/Brittany: Finished June 2017 sailing on the Silver Spirit from Portugal to France along the scenic Atlantic Coast, plus great pre- and post-cruise experiences. Now at 25,552 views. Many interesting pictures and details on history, food, culture, etc., from my live/blog at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358
  2. Here below are a few visuals as a sample for what we enjoyed along the Mekong River earlier this year. Many more pictures on the full, live/blog. Keep up the great sharing of your pictures. Love to see more and bring back fun memories from being in Southeast Asia. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139 for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 213,665 views for this posting. Here are just a few visuals samples from what we saw and did while sailing along the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia. Many, many more photos and details on the full live/blog connected via the above link: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!) We saw many temples, palaces, markets and samples of daily life/work, including at this below spectacular Royal structure in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.: 
  3. Appreciate your posting and J.P.'s follow-up. As detailed below on my live/blog, earlier this year, we did seven days sailing on the Mekong River with Avalon. Our ship was a little bigger, transporting 33 of us in a ship with 18 cabins. For us, the key was that they had a nice range of different stops, tours, visits, etc., to experience the people and sights along this historic river. Lots of unique history, culture, sights, etc., to enjoy in Southeast Asia. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio. SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Completed a Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 2018, first adventure through Southeast Asia with stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before traveling all over Vietnam and Cambodia. This includes seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Now at 37,312 views. Lots of fun, interesting pictures!! See more at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2591474
  4. TLCOhio

    Galapagos?

    Appreciate this great detail and follow-up about the way "things" work when sailing in and around this unique part of the world. We are still hoping to do this cruise in early 2020. Much to research and consider, especially with both Celebrity and Silversea adding new ships for this location. A new ship is nice, but the newer one can be costing more. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139 for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 213,665 views for this posting.
  5. TLCOhio

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    YES, much of this is very frustrating! Much of my earlier frustrations was that pictures previously posted were not there. BUT, slowly "things" are starting to be restored. Here is the message received back from Cruise Critic by e-mail earlier today: "Formatting is running in the background on all past posts (50 some odd million!). The code that displayed photos/typeface was in BB code and now it is – well actually I don’t even know what type of code it uses now I just know that they have to convert the BB code to whatever the new platform uses. It will take a few weeks to complete, but that will correct any formatting issues you see on the old posts. They started newest first, so you should see some progress already. You will not have any issues with formatting on new posts. You also don’t need to have a photo hosting site any longer, though you still can if you prefer. You can add the photo right to the post. Hope this helps. Jenn K" THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Completed a Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 2018, first adventure through Southeast Asia with stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before traveling all over Vietnam and Cambodia. This includes seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Now at 37,312 views. Lots of fun, interesting pictures!! See more at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2591474
  6. TLCOhio

    Pictures Not Visable

    YES, this is very frustrating! BUT, here is the message received back from Cruise Critic by e-mail earlier today: "Formatting is running in the background on all past posts (50 some odd million!). The code that displayed photos/typeface was in BB code and now it is – well actually I don’t even know what type of code it uses now I just know that they have to convert the BB code to whatever the new platform uses. It will take a few weeks to complete, but that will correct any formatting issues you see on the old posts. They started newest first, so you should see some progress already. You will not have any issues with formatting on new posts. You also don’t need to have a photo hosting site any longer, though you still can if you prefer. You can add the photo right to the post. Hope this helps. Jenn K" THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Completed a Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 2018, first adventure through Southeast Asia with stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before traveling all over Vietnam and Cambodia. This includes seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Now at 37,312 views. Lots of fun, interesting pictures!! See more at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2591474
  7. TLCOhio

    Athens Tips, Suggestions, Examples to Enjoy!

    Less than a month till we depart on Nov. 13 for Athens and commencing our sailing Nov. 16 on the Oceania Nautica for twenty days as we head to the Holy Lands, Suez Canal, Egypt, Petra, Oman and then Dubai/Abu Dhabi. Good to have the CC Board back working. But there are still some technical issues and clean-ups for the tech people to get accomplished. From the New York Times Travel Section this past weekend, they had this headline: "36 Hours in Athens" with this sub-headline: "From the ancient Acropolis to a daring Renzo Piano-designed cultural center, the Greek capital is luring record numbers of tourists to explore its monuments, new and old." Here are some of their story highlights: “There are cities that count their age by years; then there’s Athens, which can tabulate its history by millenniums. From battles and setbacks this ancient metropolis has rebounded again and again, proving itself to be resilient like no other. Sitting on a parfait of civilizations, the Greek capital could easily float on its past glories. But recent additions like the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center prove that this city in the heart of the Mediterranean isn’t afraid to raise new monuments and leave a bold statement for posterity. With a dazzling culinary scene firmly grounded in the country’s traditions and soil — not to mention philoxenia, or the Greek notion of loving and welcoming strangers — it’s no surprise that Athens has greeted a record number of tourists this past year. Luckily for us visitors, there’s plenty to experience in this storied city.” Full story at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/11/travel/what-to-do-in-athens.html?action=click&module=Associated&pgtype=Article&region=Footer&contentCollection=36 Hours THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139 for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 213,665 views for this posting. Below are two of the usuals used in the NY Times Athens profile. First is a view of the famed Acropolis. Second is the new Renzo Piano-designed Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center that houses the national library and opera.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  8. From the Sidney Morning Herald and other Fairfax newspapers of Australia in mid June, they had this headline: “Which Portuguese City Is Best?” with these highlights: “Portugal’s two biggest cities have a rivalry to match Sydney versus Melbourne with passionate locals who glow with pride about their hometown. Is it better in the north? Or do they have it all in the south? Here’s your form guide.”. Personally from visiting both, we found lots to LOVE in Porto and Lisbon. Both wonderful!!! Here are more story highlights: "PORTO: Grittier, cloudier, and teeming with street art, Portugal’s second-largest city has long been overlooked but now it’s nipping at the heels of its more-famous southern sister as travellers discover its affordable, down-to-earth charms. Known as the holy grail for port wine aficionados, Porto might have roots as a sailing port but its modern-day vibe is an unpretentious blend of history, tile-cloaked beauty." However, there is more to consider: "LISBON: In comparison to Porto, Lisbon is a spring chicken. The city was completely rebuilt in a wide-boulevard, grid style after being flattened by the mother of all earthquakes in 1755. The historic Alfama district, which managed to escape serious damage in the quake, is experiencing the curse of its own historic beauty. Residents are being squeezed out as Airbnb moves in and throngs of tour groups pound its cobblestone streets. Lisbon’s status as one of Europe’s sunniest capitals may just seal the deal. Many fall for the city’s magical afternoon glow as light bounces off the pastel-facades, and sunsets paint the sky candy floss pink." Lots of added details, visuals, options, etc., to consider in this profile/article. Brings back lots of nice memories from being in both cities last June. More below on my live/blog. Full story at: https://www.escape.com.au/world/europe/porto-v-lisbon-which-portuguese-city-is-best/news-story/d1b813dc662655d5928a29e8a1368abb THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Lisbon, NWSpain, Bordeaux/Brittany: Finished June 2017 sailing on the Silver Spirit from Portugal to France along the scenic Atlantic Coast, plus great pre- and post-cruise experiences. Now at 20,656 views. Many interesting pictures and details on history, food, culture, etc., from my live/blog at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358
  9. From visiting Athens for three days in 2006 prior to starting our first cruise, there is much to enjoy here. It is a large city of about four million people. Much of the city is urban, newer growth, so-so and average. BUT, the stars in Athens are superstars!!! Below are some picture examples. I rate the top three as the Parthenon and Acropolis Hill, the Plaka and the National Archilogical Museum. Parthenon construction began in 447BC and was completed in 432BC on the spectacular Athenian Acropolis hill. We had a wonderful retired teacher as our guide there and she gave us great, interesting details on how it was constructed. It is rated as the most important surviving building of Classical Greece. As you can see from the pictures, we had a great, beautiful sunny day there! Wonderfully nice place to see this history and all that is nearby in Athens. We stayed at the nice and highly-rated AVA Hotel that was right nearby in the heart of the highly-enjoyable Plaka. This dining and shopping area is totally full of charm and interest, plus being handy to the Acropolis and other historic areas. The National Archaeological Museum is not right nearby, but it is well worth the trip by subway to get there. It is the most important archaeological museum of Greece and has a very important international collection of antiquities. Its artifacts cover a period of more than 5,000 years, from late Neolithic Age to Roman Greece. You can follow that timeline history and better understand how the Romans "borrowed" the great designs of the Greeks to "share" with the world. You can do much of Athens well in a day or two. On one of our three days there (besides resting up from the long trans-Atlantic flight), we did a day-trip to the Peloponnesian Peninsula seeing Corinith, Nafplio, the Mycenae fortress-town of that Aegean civilization and Epidaurus with its great outdoor theatre with perfect sound. Happy to post more pictures and/or answer questions. It is worth the added time in Athens and nearby. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Outdoor theatre adjoining the Parthenon: On Acropolis hill: One sample from famed National Archaeological Museum: At night in Plaka:
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