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  1. TLCOhio

    San Juan: Pix's, Fun, Experiences/Feb. 2015

    From the New York Times Travel Section on-line yesterday and to be published in print editions this weekend, they have this headline: “52 Places to Go in 2019. No. 1: Puerto Rico” with these highlights: “A year and a half after Hurricane Maria slammed into this United States territory and other Caribbean islands with devastating force, Puerto Rico is on the rebound. The number of daily flights is still below normal, but tourism officials say that cruise ship traffic is healthy, hotel room occupancy is climbing back to prehurricane levels and many major attractions are open or partly open." This annual listing of top places for travel in the world offers many different ideas and options to consider. And Puerto Rico gained the number one ranking!! Congrats. Here are some added story highlights related to Puerto Rico: "A big draw to start the year: performances of the musical 'Hamilton,' with Lin-Manuel Miranda reprising his lead role, at the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré in San Juan to raise funds for arts organizations on the island. A new entertainment complex is under construction near the Convention Center in San Juan. District San Juan (or District Live! as it will be known locally) will feature movie theaters, restaurants, a zip line tower and a 6,000-seat concert hall and is scheduled to open by year’s end. And cruise lines are finding a new destination: Port of the Americas in the south-coast city of Ponce, where passengers can visit museums, a boardwalk and the plaza with its historic firehouse.” There is a second, linked story with this headline and sub-head: "Why Puerto Rico Is No. 1 on Our Places to Go List. Recovering from Hurricane Maria, in 2019 the island represents so many fragile spots around the globe." This longer second story has much added details and depth about Puerto Rico, its recovery, the challenges still ahead, etc. Had hoped to be in San Juan in February 2019 doing a round-trip Carib cruise from there. BUT, things did not work out for that return visit to San Juan and PR. Hopefully in the future. Noticed that this thread is now over 16,000 views. Appreciate those who have stopped by, posted questions, made comments, etc. Full stories at: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/travel/places-to-visit.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/09/travel/visit-puerto-rico.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling for "down under” wonders. Exciting visuals with key highlights. On page 15, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 217,138 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139 From Castillo San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, here is one of the visuals features in these New York Times profiles:
  2. From the New York Times Travel Section on-line today and to be published in print editions this weekend, they have this headline: “52 Places to Go in 2019. No. 1: Puerto Rico” with these highlights: “A year and a half after Hurricane Maria slammed into this United States territory and other Caribbean islands with devastating force, Puerto Rico is on the rebound. The number of daily flights is still below normal, but tourism officials say that cruise ship traffic is healthy, hotel room occupancy is climbing back to prehurricane levels and many major attractions are open or partly open." This annual listing of top places for travel in the world offers many different ideas and options to consider. And Puerto Rico gained the number one ranking!! Congrats. Here are some added story highlights related to Puerto Rico: "A big draw to start the year: performances of the musical 'Hamilton,' with Lin-Manuel Miranda reprising his lead role, at the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré in San Juan to raise funds for arts organizations on the island. A new entertainment complex is under construction near the Convention Center in San Juan. District San Juan (or District Live! as it will be known locally) will feature movie theaters, restaurants, a zip line tower and a 6,000-seat concert hall and is scheduled to open by year’s end. And cruise lines are finding a new destination: Port of the Americas in the south-coast city of Ponce, where passengers can visit museums, a boardwalk and the plaza with its historic firehouse.” There is a second, linked story with this headline and sub-head: "Why Puerto Rico Is No. 1 on Our Places to Go List. Recovering from Hurricane Maria, in 2019 the island represents so many fragile spots around the globe." This longer second story has much added details and depth about Puerto Rico, its recovery, the challenges still ahead, etc. Full stories at: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/travel/places-to-visit.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/09/travel/visit-puerto-rico.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio See more details and lots of great visual samples/examples for historic San Juan, etc., at: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2264847 From Castillo San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, here is one of the visuals features in these New York Times profiles:
  3. Appreciate this good above question and the follow-up comments from Dani on plane seating, Galapagos, etc. Our private guide for our touring in and around both Dubai and Abu Dhabi was Ute Kostle. Here e-mail contact address is: ute@konzept-arabia.com. Her website is: www.konzept-arabia.com/en. She is originally from Germany. Her English is excellent and she was very flexible and creative in putting together our schedule and during our two days of tours with her. We loved her great depth of knowledge about this area, its history, culture, etc. We really enjoy having "conversations" with her and our other guides during our travels. You learn so much more that way than just listening to "canned" scripts being feed back to us during our touring. Keep up the good questions. Happy to share more. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Panama Canal? Early 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through Panama Canal. Our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Now at 25,605 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580 Here is an added visual not posted previously of our guide, Ute, in the middle with my wife, Penny on the left, as we were in a "smell shop" learning more about the various items offered for sale here in Dubai.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  4. TLCOhio

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Excellent questions and discussion for these various locations, what counts as a separate "country", etc. Yes, those islands can be challenging to figure out, determine, etc. On St. Bart's, we visited there in 2015 after doing the Amazon River, etc. Per Wikipedia, it was and is still a French commune. It was a part of Guadeloupe. These are an overseas region and department of France. In 2003, St. Barts voted for secession from Guadeloupe in order to form a separate overseas collectivity (COM) of France. Complicated and confusing??!! Great to hear you are looking at exploring these great parts of southern Africa. As noted earlier, we super loved Botswana and Victoria Falls in 2016. Haven't been to Namibia, yet. From friends, Namibia has some great areas to see and explore, but that country does not have the charm with the wide variety animals that you can enjoy in Botswana. As you planning and researching for Botswana and Victoria Falls, let me know any questions. Happy to share more!! THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 43,990 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
  5. TLCOhio

    San Juan: Pix's, Fun, Experiences/Feb. 2015

    From that Wall Street Journal profile mentioned yesterday, below are some of their visuals featured with this in-depth article. The actual story came out today as the cover story in their "Off Duty" section. There are 20+ visuals included along so many different tips and ideas for San Juan and nearby. Great "warm-up" for consider a re-visit to San Juan in a month or so. Full story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/puerto-rico-on-the-rebound-a-three-day-getaway-guide-11545838634 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 233,177 views. Below are just five of the 20+ pictures featured or link to the Wall Street Journal profile on San Juan and nearby. Look fun and interesting?? Some fo these sights and sites look fairly familiar from our three-day visit there in 2015. The second picture is from Santaella, the dining location mentioned earlier.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  6. TLCOhio

    San Juan: Pix's, Fun, Experiences/Feb. 2015

    Still looking at and seriously considering a sailing from San Juan, seven days, with stops at St. Barts, Roseau/Dominica, Castries/Saint Lucia, St George's/Grenada, Pointe-A-Pitre/Guadeloupe, Road Town/British Virgin Islands and a return back to our starting point in Puerto Rico. We have previously, in 2015, visited to St. Barts, Dominica and Grenada. Each is a very different island and we really loved all of these three previous stops. Added reactions, details and suggestions for these ports in Saint Lucia Guadeloupe and British VI that we have yet to visit? Or, feed-back and observations as to how San Juan, Dominica and BVI are re-covering and re-building post the 2017 hurricane damage? From the Wall Street Journal earlier this week, they had this headline: “Puerto Rico on the Rebound: A Three-Day Getaway Guide” with these highlights: “Puerto Rico’s nearly 500-year-old capital is far less predictable than other Caribbean vacation spots. Restaurants with Michelin-starred chefs vie for your attention with hole-in-the-wall cafes, slick hotels with colonial fortresses, white-sand beaches with provocative street art. Puerto Rico fell off many travelers’ radars after Hurricane Maria tortured the island in September 2017, wiping out thousands of lives and homes, denuding flora and laying waste to the power grid—and the recovery has been difficult. But today in San Juan, thanks to heroic rebuilding efforts, you’d be hard-pressed to notice anything amiss. Hotels have come back, new eateries have opened, and on weekend evenings, the market square erupts into a block party. As Lin-Manuel Miranda, whose musical 'Hamilton' begins a special three-week run next month, put it at an August press conference: 'There’s nothing better for your soul than a trip to Puerto Rico.' ”. In this WSJ that might not be out until its Saturday/weekend edition, they have many different ideas and suggestions for places to dine, where to stay, what to see, etc., etc. This newspaper has a pay-wall. I am a regular subscriber and can access it. If interested, you might check a public library for access to the full article by print or electronic access. Here is one dining location highly suggested: "Santaella (219 Calle Canals, josesantaella.com). Chef José Santaella, a protégé of Eric Ripert and Ferran Adrià, puts a modern twist on classic Puerto Rican ingredients, like beef sliders with sweet plantains and red-wine mayonnaise, and seared scallops over guava and pineapple jam. Book ahead—it’s crowded and festive on weekends—and beware that the signature drink, a watermelon mojito, goes down all too easily." Full story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/puerto-rico-on-the-rebound-a-three-day-getaway-guide-11545838634 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 243,367 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474
  7. TLCOhio

    Live, Terry/SE Asia, Mekong River; Pix’s!

    Appreciate these follow-up details from Diane. Glad your "adventure" is getting very close and that most of your travel priorities are lined-up. Be sure to report back and share more specifics after (or during) your trip. Good luck and have fun!! From the London/UK Telegraph earlier this month, they had this headline: “Best way to absorb the culture of Vietnam and Cambodia is cruising this river” with these highlights: “Vietnam and Cambodia offer a colourful culture, poignant history and verdant landscapes. These countries are ideally suited to travelling by water as many of the most rewarding experiences are tucked away in the countryside through which the Mekong River passes. With most leading cruise operators, all excursions are included in the price of your trip. You’ll also have the chance to visit homes, schools, markets, monasteries and tiny villages. This immersive approach enables you to see how ordinary people go about their daily lives, eat the food they do and experience less-seen landmarks and rituals. It adds a compelling dimension to your holiday without the hassle of having to make any complicated plans yourself.” This is a super good summary article offering excellent reasons as to why doing a Mekong River cruise allows time and the opportunity to learn so much more about the people, their history, culture, crafts, religion, etc. Here is another story highlight: "You’ll be taken off the beaten track to visit villages, where smiling people offer a warm welcome. You can find out how craftspeople work with silk, copper and silver, and learn how to make rice paper. You’ll get a taste of rural Mekong life on a rickshaw ride through village streets and on a cart pulled by an ox through paddy fields." Full story at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/immerse-yourself-in-the-culture-and-history-of-vietnam-and-cambodia/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 79,875 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226 Here are three of the visuals used to illustrate this excellent article from the UK/London Telegraph. Wonderful pictures that are representative of what we saw and did earlier this year. Look nice and interesting?: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  8. TLCOhio

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Appreciate these nice follow-ups and the added background from the always helpful J.P. When we doing our touring in Jerusalem last month, our guide had mentioned some details from those findings by the recent archaeological research at this important historic site. I remember National Geographic covering that story a year ago. BUT, I need to go back and dig out that copy. Much interesting that was discovered and confirmed about this unique location by these in-depth scientific efforts. In the current National Geographic, their cover story is about the Dead Sea Scrolls. We visited the Israel Museum and saw the unique part of this sprawling facility focused on these ancient writings. All wonderful and interesting history!! Great to see so much "up close and personal"! Like the fjord pictures!! We are getting ready and now focused on our next major trip. In July 2019, we will be doing, for our first time, Jasper/Banff, the Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, Alaska via Silversea's Silver Muse, Denali, etc. Like the idea of doing some seaplane exploring of these super scenic locations. 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 243,312 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474
  9. TLCOhio

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    YES, a very, very Merry Christmas to all at the Cooler. Sorry to not been able to have dropped by here more recently. We just completed earlier this month our Jerusalem/Holy Lands, Egypt/Valley of the Kings, Petra/Jordan, Oman, Dubai/Abu Dhabi, etc., exploring. To see the trip live/blog for this history and religious “adventure”, check out these postings linked below. JP, Spins and others had earlier dropped by and posted on that thread. We started in Athens, Greece on Nov. 14, then traveled to various locations connected with three of the world's major religions. Many fun and interesting visuals on this live/blog!! Below are just a few, quick visual samples, especially with today being Christmas and its religious importance for those of that faith. Check it out and let me know any questions or comments. On Christmas day, these recent visits in Bethlehem and Jerusalem are especially connected and meaningful. To visit Bethlehem, you need to cross into the West Bank, controlled by the Palestinian Authority. Out in Kansas now for Christmas with my wife's family. Spent a couple of fun days in Kansas City prior to arriving here. Then, we will hook up with our son and two grandsons from Virginia. Busy holiday period!! Connect to our latest exploring of the historic and scenic Middle East at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio In Bethlehem last month, we were at the Basilica of the Nativity and went down into the grotto under the main worship altar. Very moving and meaningful!! First is the main altar that is controlled and decorated in the Greek Orthodox style. Second shows where we were able to see the Altar of the Nativity, beneath which is the star marking the spot where tradition says Jesus was born.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)  From Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site of Jesus' crucifixion, burial and resurrection. here is one interior view. Second is a procession along the historic Via Dolorosa. Third is my connecting at the Western/Wailing Wall in the most holy site for the Jewish faith.:
  10. From the London/UK Telegraph, July 2017, they had these details about the Greek island of Patmos: Tradition (and Friedrich Hölderlin’s famous 1802 poem “Patmos”) asserts that St John the Divine (O Theologos in Greek) penned the New Testament’s Book of Revelations on Pátmos just after 95AD - though lately scholars reckon he was a completely different individual than the evangelist author of one of the four Gospels. A millennium later, the monk Khristodoulos founded the imposing fortified monastery of the saint on the island’s summit. Pátmos’s volcanic geology, with basalt formations pointing evocatively skyward and quirky islets floating just offshore, adds to the palpably spiritual atmosphere. But the corporeal certainly gets a look-in, with excellent beaches and arguably the most varied clientele of any Greek island, ranging from backpackers or yachties to current and deposed European royalty. To see more on Patmos from this UK publication and detailed guide for this island, go to: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/greece/patmos/articles/patmos-travel-guide/ As mentioned earlier, we had visited and enjoyed Patmos during our June 2006 cruise with Seabourn. Below are my visuals from 2006 when we visited the key sites on this island. This island does not have an airport and therefore it is not as busy and "over-run" during peak tourism times. If we had to have a "bad weather day', this island was the place as we had previously enjoyed the key sites and sights here. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Lisbon, NWSpain, Bordeaux/Brittany: Live/blog, June 2017 from Portugal to France along scenic Atlantic Coast. Now at 26,654 views. Many interesting pictures, details for history, food, culture, etc.: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358 On this super sunny day in 2006, here was an overview of the port area where our Nautica ship docked in November 2018.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!) This is the mosaic as we entered the historic and religiously significant cave on Patmos. Second is a few of the floral life on this island.: At the top on this island, here are some visual samples from the monastery and museum there.: Here is a longer shot of Patmos' main port town and the surrounding areas.:
  11. Continuing the "clean up" from a sampling in Athens and on the Greek island of Rhodes. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Athens & Greece: Many visuals, details for a city with great history, culture and architecture. Now at 28,434 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1101008 From the Acropolis Museum, here is the a view of Mount Lycabettus. This limestone hill in Athens is 908 feet above sea level. At one of its peaks is the 19th century Chapel of St. George. This hill can be ascended by the Lycabettus Funicular.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!) While on the Greek island of Rhodes, here are a few more visual samples from our visit to the ancient Doric town of Lindos. It is dominated by its acropolis. Second is our guide showing us a visual for how this setting looked with the temple at the top when it was fully built out. Third is the view from at the top that required climbing up 300 steps. In those days, it was very large and extremely impressive.: In the main town of Rhodes, here are some more visual samples, including its walls, looking out towards our docked ship, etc. .: Finally in Rhodes, here is a cute cats in front of one of the historic structures in this walled town.:
  12. Am continuing the "catch-up of visuals from the ship, the early part of our travels in and around Greece and its island. Don't be shy with any questions and/or info needs. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 43,913 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 our Nautica ship, here is an interior view to reflect, both, that there is art around on the ship and that not all of it is just "older" or more traditional styles/types. We enjoyed that varied variety on this ship.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!) From the museum at Delphi, here are a couple more examples of the wide range of artifacts from the historic and early days at this important site.: From the outdoor areas at Delphi, here are some more samples of what we saw and experienced.: In the nearby town of Delphi, here was one of their churches there. Second is one of the berries on a common bush observed as we drove in this part of Greece in going to and back from Delphi.:
  13. Below are a few more dining samples from what we enjoyed on the Oceania Nautica. As noted earlier, we were very happy with most all of the dining offerings, their speciality dining locations, etc. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Kotor/Montenegro: Exciting visual samples, tips, details, etc., for this scenic, historic location. Over 44,306 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1439193 Here was one evening's dining treats enjoyed. Look good??: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!) On the fourth floor main reception area of the Nautica, here is a view for a portion of this area with its comfortable seating areas.:
  14. From our stop on the Greek island of Rhodes, below are a few visuals of a craft/sales shop where we stopped. Interesting replicates and other items representing the great history and creativity/designs of the Greeks from past centuries. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Dubrovnik! Nice visual samples, tips, details, etc., for this super scenic location. Over 44,447 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1439227 Here was one of the skilled craft artists demonstrating how they start with clay and create these clay vases. Next are a couple of examples for the finished and painted items that available for purchase. Love these Greek-style items, but we did not purchase any of these pieces during our visit here. No room in our luggage. BUT, they will ship any purchases back home to the USA.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)were
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