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  1. From the CNN, the cable news network yesterday, they had this headline: “Places to visit in November: 5 marvelous options” with these highlights about Melbourne as one of the suggested location to visit: “Australia's late spring is typically a shoulder season and a perfect time to visit. Pleasant weather coupled with the Melbourne Cup makes this a much busier time of the year in Victoria's capital than the rest of Australia. Book lodging early so that you can witness the city of 4.5 million celebrate 'the race that stops a nation.' The Cup will be held on November 6 in 2018 at Flemington Racecourse and is one of the most famous horse races in the world. Some 100,000 people are expected to attend, and another 700 million will watch it televised.” Reading this profile offers many details for options in and around Melbourne. This includes: "Get out on the Great Ocean Road. It spans 249 miles from Torquay to Allansford and includes such iconic sites as Twelve Apostles and Port Fairy. There are several one and multiday tours that can be booked out of Melbourne." Fun story and background, ideas related to Melbourne. Other than passing through its airport on the way to Kangaroo Island, we did not get to spend any time here in 2014. Yes, this this a good reason to go back to Australia!!?? Here are a few more interesting items included in this story: "Melbourne was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2008 and is considered the cultural capital of Australia. Here are a few cultural places and events you might want to check out: -- National Gallery of Victoria: The gallery has more than 8,000 Australian paintings and drawings as well as an impressive international collection of art. Founded in 1861, it's the nation's oldest museum. -- State Library Victoria: Book lovers should go wild for this historical, stunning building, which in addition to books has art displays, lectures, historical exhibits and more." Full story and more visuals at: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/places-to-visit-november/index.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.). Now at 60,795 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696 From this CNN story, below are two interesting pictures. First, is the twilight skyline of Melbourne and then a sampling of the waves crashing into the base of limestone structures known as the Twelve Apostles that are west of Melbourne.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  2. From the CNN, the cable news network yesterday, they had this headline: “Places to visit in November: 5 marvelous options” with these highlights about Melbourne as one of the suggested location to visit: “Australia's late spring is typically a shoulder season and a perfect time to visit. Pleasant weather coupled with the Melbourne Cup makes this a much busier time of the year in Victoria's capital than the rest of Australia. Book lodging early so that you can witness the city of 4.5 million celebrate 'the race that stops a nation.' The Cup will be held on November 6 in 2018 at Flemington Racecourse and is one of the most famous horse races in the world. Some 100,000 people are expected to attend, and another 700 million will watch it televised.” Reading this profile offers many details for options in and around Melbourne. This includes: "Get out on the Great Ocean Road. It spans 249 miles from Torquay to Allansford and includes such iconic sites as Twelve Apostles and Port Fairy. There are several one and multiday tours that can be booked out of Melbourne." Fun story and background, ideas related to Melbourne. Other than passing through its airport on the way to Kangaroo Island, we did not get to spend any time here in 2014. Yes, this this a good reason to go back to Australia!!?? Here are a few more interesting items included in this story: "Melbourne was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2008 and is considered the cultural capital of Australia. Here are a few cultural places and events you might want to check out: -- National Gallery of Victoria: The gallery has more than 8,000 Australian paintings and drawings as well as an impressive international collection of art. Founded in 1861, it's the nation's oldest museum. -- State Library Victoria: Book lovers should go wild for this historical, stunning building, which in addition to books has art displays, lectures, historical exhibits and more." Full story and more visuals at: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/places-to-visit-november/index.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.). Now at 60,795 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696 From this CNN story, below are two interesting pictures. First, is the twilight skyline of Melbourne and then a sampling of the waves crashing into the base of limestone structures known as the Twelve Apostles that are west of Melbourne.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  3. From the CNN, the cable news network yesterday, they had this headline: “Places to visit in November: 5 marvelous options” with these highlights about Melbourne as one of the suggested location to visit: “Australia's late spring is typically a shoulder season and a perfect time to visit. Pleasant weather coupled with the Melbourne Cup makes this a much busier time of the year in Victoria's capital than the rest of Australia. Book lodging early so that you can witness the city of 4.5 million celebrate 'the race that stops a nation.' The Cup will be held on November 6 in 2018 at Flemington Racecourse and is one of the most famous horse races in the world. Some 100,000 people are expected to attend, and another 700 million will watch it televised.” Reading this profile offers many details for options in and around Melbourne. This includes: "Get out on the Great Ocean Road. It spans 249 miles from Torquay to Allansford and includes such iconic sites as Twelve Apostles and Port Fairy. There are several one and multiday tours that can be booked out of Melbourne." Fun story and interesting background, ideas related to Melbourne. Other than passing through its airport on the way to Kangaroo Island, we did not get to spend any time here in 2014. Yes, this this a good reason to go back to Australia!!?? Here are a few more interesting items included in this story: "Melbourne was designated a UNESCO City of Literature in 2008 and is considered the cultural capital of Australia. Here are a few cultural places and events you might want to check out: -- National Gallery of Victoria: The gallery has more than 8,000 Australian paintings and drawings as well as an impressive international collection of art. Founded in 1861, it's the nation's oldest museum. -- State Library Victoria: Book lovers should go wild for this historical, stunning building, which in addition to books has art displays, lectures, historical exhibits and more." Full story and more visuals at: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/places-to-visit-november/index.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.). Now at 60,795 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696 From this CNN story, below are two interesting pictures. First, is the twilight skyline of Melbourne and then a sampling of the waves crashing into the base of limestone structures known as the Twelve Apostles that are west of Melbourne.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
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    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    YES, great food pix's/details from J.P. Super funny visual from mysty?? How did you know about my butt being so big?? However, NO, I do not wear such a thong as shown in your illustration. A thong would not look pretty on my butt. Don't want to go there!! THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Barcelona/Med: June 2011, with stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Great visuals with key highlights, tips, etc. Live/blog now at 241,530 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474
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    Athens to Muscat - The Middle East with a Muse

    Appreciate your reporting and follow-ups. What did you do or see at Salalah? What's on your schedule for seeing, exploring at Muscat? Or, what have you heard from others as to their best interests, plan for these stops in Oman? Any other port stop highlights, loves, tips, etc., from your various, earlier port stops? Glad to hear the weather is "gorgeous"!! THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 42,917 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337
  6. From the CNN, the cable news network three days ago, they had this headline: “What to do at the Sydney Opera House” with these highlights: “Since its inauguration on October 20, 1973, the iconic Sydney Opera House has been the centerpiece of the Sydney Harbour, drawing some 8.2 million visitors every year. But there's much more to Australia's top tourist attraction than just a show-stopping facade. From its complicated construction to popular bars and restaurants, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is full of surprises.” Reading this profile offers many details about the design and construction of this "star" of Sydney. This includes: "Rather than the boxy buildings that were common at the time, (architect) Utzon's winning concept featured sinuous curves and a unique silhouette -- a series of vaulted structures that resemble billowing white sails or stacked shells. Beautiful as it was, the design proved to be extremely difficult to execute -- nothing like this had ever been done before. Instead of the estimated four-year timeline and A$7 million (US$5 million) price tag, the project took 14 years and a whopping A$102 million to complete." Fun story and interesting background that brings many wonderful memories from touring Sydney's Opera House, seeing an opera/music program there, exploring its exterior areas, etc. If visiting Sydney and interested in their Opera House, this article offers great insights and options, including for food, sunset views, etc. Here are a few more interesting items included in this story: "Despite its name, the building hosts more than 2,000 shows a year and only about 15% of them are opera. There are six indoor performance venues (plus one more outdoors), more than 1,000 rooms and six restaurants. There are more than 1 million Swedish roof tiles covering the structure -- and they actually change color as the day goes on, mirroring the sky." What have been your experiences, tips, secrets, etc., to share regarding the Sydney Opera House? Share more!!! Full story at: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/sydney-opera-house-guide/index.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling for "down under” wonders. Exciting visuals with key highlights. Now at 213,892 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139 From this CNN profile on the Sydney Opera House, below is a sampling of some visuals used to illustrate the uniqueness of this structure, its history when being built, a close-up of the tiles on its roof, one interior theater view, etc. Love this architectural and cultural masterpiece!!: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  7. From the CNN, the cable news network three days ago, they had this headline: “What to do at the Sydney Opera House” with these highlights: “Since its inauguration on October 20, 1973, the iconic Sydney Opera House has been the centerpiece of the Sydney Harbour, drawing some 8.2 million visitors every year. But there's much more to Australia's top tourist attraction than just a show-stopping facade. From its complicated construction to popular bars and restaurants, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is full of surprises.” Reading this profile offers many details about the design and construction of this "star" of Sydney. This includes: "Rather than the boxy buildings that were common at the time, (architect) Utzon's winning concept featured sinuous curves and a unique silhouette -- a series of vaulted structures that resemble billowing white sails or stacked shells. Beautiful as it was, the design proved to be extremely difficult to execute -- nothing like this had ever been done before. Instead of the estimated four-year timeline and A$7 million (US$5 million) price tag, the project took 14 years and a whopping A$102 million to complete." Fun story and interesting background that brings many wonderful memories from touring Sydney's Opera House, seeing an opera/music program there, exploring its exterior areas, etc. If visiting Sydney and interested in their Opera House, this article offers great insights and options, including for food, sunset views, etc. Here are a few more interesting items included in this story: "Despite its name, the building hosts more than 2,000 shows a year and only about 15% of them are opera. There are six indoor performance venues (plus one more outdoors), more than 1,000 rooms and six restaurants. There are more than 1 million Swedish roof tiles covering the structure -- and they actually change color as the day goes on, mirroring the sky." What have been your experiences, tips, secrets, etc., to share regarding the Sydney Opera House? Full story at: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/sydney-opera-house-guide/index.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling for "down under” wonders. Exciting visuals with key highlights. Now at 213,892 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139 From this CNN profile on the Sydney Opera House, below is a sampling of some visuals used to illustrate the uniqueness of this structure, its history when being built, a close-up of the tiles on its roof, one interior theater view, etc. Love this architectural and cultural masterpiece!!: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  8. From the CNN, the cable news network three days ago, they had this headline: “What to do at the Sydney Opera House” with these highlights: “Since its inauguration on October 20, 1973, the iconic Sydney Opera House has been the centerpiece of the Sydney Harbour, drawing some 8.2 million visitors every year. But there's much more to Australia's top tourist attraction than just a show-stopping facade. From its complicated construction to popular bars and restaurants, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is full of surprises.” Reading this profile offers many details about the design and construction of this "star" of Sydney. This includes: "Rather than the boxy buildings that were common at the time, (architect) Utzon's winning concept featured sinuous curves and a unique silhouette -- a series of vaulted structures that resemble billowing white sails or stacked shells. Beautiful as it was, the design proved to be extremely difficult to execute -- nothing like this had ever been done before. Instead of the estimated four-year timeline and A$7 million (US$5 million) price tag, the project took 14 years and a whopping A$102 million to complete." Fun story and interesting background that brings many wonderful memories from touring Sydney's Opera House, seeing an opera/music program there, exploring its exterior areas, etc. If visiting Sydney and interested in their Opera House, this article offers great insights and options, including for food, sunset views, etc. Here are a few more interesting items included in this story: "Despite its name, the building hosts more than 2,000 shows a year and only about 15% of them are opera. There are six indoor performance venues (plus one more outdoors), more than 1,000 rooms and six restaurants. There are more than 1 million Swedish roof tiles covering the structure -- and they actually change color as the day goes on, mirroring the sky." Full story at: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/sydney-opera-house-guide/index.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 42,917 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337 From this CNN profile on the Sydney Opera House, below is a sampling of some visuals used to illustrate the uniqueness of this structure, its history when being built, a close-up of the tiles on its roof, one interior theater view, etc. Love this architectural and cultural masterpiece!!: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
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    Greece (Island of Corfu)

    Appreciate your quick and nice follow-up. We visited Athens for three days in 2006 and your video brings back nice memories. Looking forward to seeing Athens again and to sample what's new there, including their Acropolis Museum. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Lisbon, NWSpain, Bordeaux/Brittany: Live/blog, June 2017 from Portugal to France along scenic Atlantic Coast. Now at 25,576 views. Many interesting pictures, details for history, food, culture, etc.: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358
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    Athens to Muscat - The Middle East with a Muse

    Appreciate your very helpful posts and the interesting follow-ups. Keep it coming!! Great sharing, especially given the various technical challenges.. It will be around Nov. 30 when we will be sailing with Oceania through the Djibouti/Gulf of Aden area. Hope by now, you have survived that potential pirate zone. Enjoying reading the nice details for the Silver Muse as we prepare for our next July's Muse sailing to Alaska. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Wonderful scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 231,446 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
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    Celebrity Solstice is Here

    Appreciate this visual posting and the follow-ups. Nice to know the Solstice is back. We super enjoyed our early 2014 sailing on her from Sydney to Auckland. This setting look very familiar. Classy ship sailing to great ports in both wonderful countries. Good luck to those sailing this season on the Solstice!! THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling for "down under” wonders. Exciting visuals with key highlights. Now at 213,715 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
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    Live, Terry/SE Asia, Mekong River; Pix’s!

    From the respected Rough Guide publication online last week, they had this headline: “4 Vietnam travel tips to keep you on the right track” with these highlights: “The crossroads of Southeast Asia, it’s a country of warmth, unsurpassed hospitality and more than a few contradictions. The breakneck pace of development is evident in the hustle, bustle and overcrowding of the cities, while the peaceful mountains of the north offer a stillness you wouldn't imagine existed after a couple of days in town. You'll find young people impatient for modernisation living side by side with ancient traditions. Its complex, tumultuous history is one of near unbelievable suffering and yet everyone you meet will greet you with a smile and an impressively positive attitude.” Among their four top travel tips are: 1. Cross the road with confidence 2. Be choosy when it comes to food (i.e. choose one of everything) 3. Take the overnight train 4. Get vaccine advice before you travel Yes, learning to cross streets in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are unique learning experiences. Brings back lots of nice memories. Full story at: https://www.roughguides.com/article/4-vietnam-travel-tips/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Wonderful scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 231,446 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923 Below are two of the visuals featured for this story, including a sampling of the busy traffic and second is one of the food options available in Vietnam. Look tasty?: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  13. From the Los Angeles Times yesterday, they had this headline: “No longer a pit stop and much more than a place to dump prisoners, Tasmania is a kind of cabinet of curiosities” with these highlights: “For 175 years, explorers and adventurers spent their last night in Hobart, Tasmania, before setting off into the unknown, icy wasters of the Antarctic in search of fame, science and the South Pole. For 50 years, it was also the notorious last stop for about 75,000 prisoners from the British Empire. But now people are flocking to the heart-shaped island for very different reasons. Last year major cruise lines made 95 port calls here, thanks to newly lengthened wharves that can accommodate the largest vessels.” YES! We super enjoyed our full day in Tasmania in 2014. More on my live/blog connected below. Lots of interesting history, nature, wildlife, etc., here. This profile offers many different ideas, tips, visuals, etc. One background item I learned from this writer was this "detail": "Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling movie hero and sailing enthusiast, spent his early years in Tasmania. His voracious appetites allegedly inspired Warner Bros.’ 'Tasmanian Devil' cartoon character, and his archives and papers were left to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which is also close to the harbor." Full story at: http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-tasmania-museum-wine-20181019-story.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling for "down under” wonders. Exciting visuals with key highlights. Now at 213,715 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  14. From the Los Angeles Times yesterday, they had this headline: “No longer a pit stop and much more than a place to dump prisoners, Tasmania is a kind of cabinet of curiosities” with these highlights: “For 175 years, explorers and adventurers spent their last night in Hobart, Tasmania, before setting off into the unknown, icy wasters of the Antarctic in search of fame, science and the South Pole. For 50 years, it was also the notorious last stop for about 75,000 prisoners from the British Empire. But now people are flocking to the heart-shaped island for very different reasons. Last year major cruise lines made 95 port calls here, thanks to newly lengthened wharves that can accommodate the largest vessels.” YES! We super enjoyed our full day in Tasmania in 2014. More on my live/blog connected below. Lots of interesting history, nature, wildlife, etc., here. This profile offers many different ideas, tips, visuals, etc. One background item I learned from this writer was this "detail": "Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling movie hero and sailing enthusiast, spent his early years in Tasmania. His voracious appetites allegedly inspired Warner Bros.’ 'Tasmanian Devil' cartoon character, and his archives and papers were left to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which is also close to the harbor." Full story at: http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-tasmania-museum-wine-20181019-story.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling for "down under” wonders. Exciting visuals with key highlights. Now at 213,715 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  15. From the Los Angeles Times yesterday, they had this headline: “No longer a pit stop and much more than a place to dump prisoners, Tasmania is a kind of cabinet of curiosities” with these highlights: “For 175 years, explorers and adventurers spent their last night in Hobart, Tasmania, before setting off into the unknown, icy wasters of the Antarctic in search of fame, science and the South Pole. For 50 years, it was also the notorious last stop for about 75,000 prisoners from the British Empire. But now people are flocking to the heart-shaped island for very different reasons. Last year major cruise lines made 95 port calls here, thanks to newly lengthened wharves that can accommodate the largest vessels.” YES! We super enjoyed our full day in Tasmania in 2014. Lots of interesting history, nature, wildlife, etc., here. This profile offers many different ideas, tips, visuals, etc. One background item I learned from this writer was this "detail": "Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling movie hero and sailing enthusiast, spent his early years in Tasmania. His voracious appetites allegedly inspired Warner Bros.’ 'Tasmanian Devil' cartoon character, and his archives and papers were left to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, which is also close to the harbor." Full story at: http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-tasmania-museum-wine-20181019-story.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Live/blog from early 2018, first adventure through SE Asia, stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before exploring all over Vietnam and Cambodia, seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Now at 37,392 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2591474
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