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About jpalbny

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    Albany, NY
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    Adventure travel, wine, food
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    Silversea, Oceania, Uniworld
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    Wherever I am going next!
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  1. jpalbny

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Lois, I haven't stayed there but the location is certainly in a nice part of town. Lots to see just within a few blocks. Some of the theaters are within walking distance. So if the price is good, then go for it. We did some shopping this weekend. Visited the outlets in Lee, MA about an hour away and did pretty well finding some clothes bargains. When we were done, we had a late lunch at a Peruvian restaurant nearby and enjoyed a few authentic dishes - lomo saltado, anticucho de corazon, and picante de mariscos. Was really yummy, and tasted like what we remembered from our last visits to Peru. But there was no Peruvian wine on the list. Our orange tree that we put in the sunroom this spring had a small green orange on it when it arrived. It finally ripened. Haven't tried it yet but will soon. The Meyer lemon tree is covered with flowers and starting to set fruit. If even some of it ripens we will have a bumper crop in a few months. No new blossoms on the orange trees yet. Have a great week all!
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    Spam on Cruise Critic

    Not yet but I'll keep an eye out... Thanks for the warning!
  3. jpalbny

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Lois, the memorial is in Lower Manhattan, which is about 4 miles from the Times Square area. So whichever area you stay in, you'll need transport to the other. We always take the Subway as it's cheap and easy.
  4. jpalbny

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    If you want to go to the 9/11 memorial and Ground Zero, look at the Beekman Hotel in Lower Manhattan. Walking distance to those attractions, and a cool hotel too. Further north, in the Nomad area, the Nomad Hotel is really nice. They have an awesome restaurant there and it's walking distance to Eataly. And yes, the Michaelangelo is a great choice near Times Square. It's relatively far from Lower Manhattan, but walkable to all of the theaters. So, a few other choices for you to consider. 🙂
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    Glad you liked it. We added it on as an afterthought on our last day as it wasn't in our original itinerary. Boy, are we glad that we did!
  6. jpalbny

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Sounds nice, Lois. Haven't tried Azamara but they use the same ships as Oceania's R-class. We love those ships and have done 5 cruises on board them (all with O) back in the day. Charleston is beautiful. We went there a few years ago for my birthday - just a weekend, but enough to eat way too much and see some interesting spots in the city. Beautiful houses and interesting history. I just looked at your itinerary and I see you have two overnights there which will be nice. Plenty of time to get the flavor of the city. We have done two cruises out of NY (Manhattan pier) to Bermuda, but that was around 1998/1999 I think. Very enjoyable, and easy for us - just drive to New York, park in a garage at the pier, and walk on to the ship. If you park on the top level of the garage you can wave goodbye to your car as you sail away! But you have to fly to NY I assume. It will be a bit of a hike from JFK to the pier but if it's the Red Hook (Brooklyn) pier that's closer than the West Side of Manhattan. Bermuda is pretty, and your ship appears to dock in Hamilton which I think is the best place to dock. I think they've banned all but the smaller ships from docking there, which is good IMO. The big behemoths are exiled to the King's Wharf location in the Northwest corner nowadays, I guess. It is not our favorite; basically all shopping and touristy stuff when we visited so many years ago, but I doubt that's changed. Luckily we docked in Hamilton most of the time, so we took a ferry to King's Wharf to see what it was all about. Not impressed, so we walked back most of the way to Hamilton end enjoyed exploring the rest of the island. There is a third docking location on the other end of the island called St. George's (maybe)? Nice coastal views but not much to do. So Hamilton is the place to be. Funny story from Bermuda though. A couple (good friends) visited a few weeks before our cruise was to arrive. They buried a message in a bottle at Elbow Beach and sent us a picture of the location. We went there and found the location, then dug up the message, which was still there! That was pretty neat!
  7. jpalbny

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Delphi! Loved it. The site reminded me a little bit of Machu Picchu. Construction must have been quite a challenge. We had a private tour from Itea when we visited Delphi in 2012. One of my former residents is from the area and she had her parents come meet us, along with two friends. They were our tour guides for the day. Such fun! Mysty, definitely time to bundle up. We spent some time in the hot tub last night, watching the glow of the moonlight on the freshly falling snow. It was pretty but I do not relish the thought of heading out to work in a few minutes. Haven't been on the Oceania boards in a while but it wasn't exactly a warm and friendly response to Silver's post about Terry. Oh well. Looking forward to his blog!
  8. Those darn doctors...if only they weren't so busy playing around on CruiseCritic.com, they would have had more time to fill out your forms correctly! 😉 😁 🤣 All kidding aside, glad to hear about the positive outcomes, for both your medical and financial health, from this undoubtedly scary ordeal. Hope you're back to cruising soon!
  9. Boo! We love Explorer too. I wonder what is in the works? Our friends (one of the couples who were on board with all of us last year) are on board again right now, going from Santiago to Ushuaia. I am very jealous. Their pictures are killing me!
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    Jerash is great but Petra is amazing. Enjoy!
  11. jpalbny

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Mysty, very true! Speaking of storytelling I have to find time to get back to my blog...I'm neglecting my storytelling duties! Forgot to say that the new restaurant sounds great, Lois. We have a restaurant here which serves the edamame dumplings and they are a real treat.
  12. jpalbny

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Lois, we really do not have any good seafood to buy around here. There was a long-time fish store in Albany, which mainly supplied the local restaurants, but they had a retail outlet for years which was fairly OK. Once that closed our options evaporated. The grocery stores are the best remaining options but it's really hit or miss for quality. The other "seafood market" in the area is pretty useless. And I can almost never find halibut. So this is worth it for us. TGH, that is just chilly! It's 20F this morning here in Albany so I can sympathize. Terry, nice shots of Athens. Great location between the Parthenon and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. Did you see Silver's post on the Oceania boards?
  13. jpalbny

    Where is Terry?

    Yes, it's Terry from Ohio. He's in Athens now waiting to start an Oceania cruise to Dubai, and he's been promising us a live blog on this board. So we're all (im)patiently waiting... I liked the pterodactyl reference. 😄
  14. jpalbny

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Jeff, your dinner looks easier to make than mine was. But it really wasn't that bad now that I think about it. We ordered a bunch of fish from Alaska over the weekend. It arrived today via FedEx, packed in a Styrofoam box and still nicely frozen solid. This is our second order from this particular dealer, and the quality looks even better this time. You may recall the picture I posted a few months ago, of Chris holding a pair of King Crab leg that were just huge - same place, another order. We have two more for a special occasion. 😄 So I used one of the halibut portions to make dinner. I heated some olive oil over a very low flame, with a bunch of crushed garlic cloves, lemon slices, and a few pieces of sage and rosemary. The herb garden was picked clean last night before the killing frost hit, so the herbs are now safely stashed away in plastic bags, in the accessory refrigerator. I miss the garden but I don't have to put on shoes to go pick herbs now. I cooked/poached the halibut over low heat in the seasoned oil, then added a splash of wine, lemon juice, and broth. The fish was served with the cooking liquid, over roasted potatoes. I fried a few sage leaves for garnish. We had haricots verts for a side dish (from Trader Joe's, Lois, in case you need another incentive to go back). Even though it sounds fancy it was less than 30 minutes from prep to table. It went very well with a heavy Rias Baixas Albarino. Very glad to enjoy this and not be on call!
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    Athens to Muscat - The Middle East with a Muse

    Finally had a chance to catch up on the pictures. Great stuff!