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ellie1145

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About ellie1145

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    Hampshire, UK
  • Interests
    cruising, photography, writing, reading, music
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Princess, RCI, Cunard
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean Fiji

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  1. Wow! What a fantastic video of Gracie Allen. We woke up this morning and watched it, and then of course looked on Mr Google to find out more about these two. What an amazing tap dancer she was. Thank you for posting that. Then, we found a photo of her and her family onboard the Lurline in 1938, enroute to Hawaii, which became the Chandris ship, Ellinis, which I sailed on in 1968!
  2. . What a lovely photo of these two great entertainers. We certainly did miss them when they left and I think the ukulele class was not the same without him. Is that, by any chance, you in the photo, too?
  3. Thank you so much cr8tiv. They certainly were beautiful gardens, even through a mist of rain. I would love to see them one day in the sunshine. I would love to return to Hilo one day and I will certainly be taking you up on your offer to help us plan our itinerary. Thank you. Now, as you may know, I often puzzle over people’s CC names, and I wonder if yours is to do with being creative? 🤔
  4. Well, dear Cruising Adventurers, I must wend my weary way to bed, but tomorrow we will continue our Hawaiian adventure and visit the Rainbow Waterfall, the Volcanoes National Park, a Macadamia Nut Factory, an Orchid producer, and a black beach. I hope you have enjoyed our tour so far, despite the rain, and I look forward to sharing the next part of our adventure with you tomorrow. I promise the rain will lessen during the trip. So goodnight, sleep tight, see you in the morning. 😴
  5. Nothing could spoil our day, thank goodness. Even with the rain, the island was stunning and I hope to return one day to see it in the sunshine. Thank you for the beautiful photos of the Japanese gardens in NSW. How wonderful to see the sunshine. Now I have something else to add to my ‘bucket list.’ 😉
  6. On to Rainbow Falls 🎵 Raindrops keep falling on my head...🎵 Thoroughly damp we get gratefully back in the van. Thank goodness Ricky had umbrellas for us all. ☂️ I hope your feet are not too wet! 😉 He drives along the coast and past busy shopping streets, en route for our next stop, Rainbow Falls at the Wailuku River State Park.
  7. The gardens now cover over 24 acres, and are said to be the largest Japanese gardens outside of Japan. Sadly, the Queen died in 1917, before she could see its completion. These gardens commemorate the Japanese immigrants who arrived in Hawaii from 1868, to work on the sugar plantations. Today these gardens form a verdant oasis, with meandering paths, which lead to arched bridges over tide pools, koi ponds and lava flows. We step gingerly over huge puddles, keeping to the waterlogged paths. What looks like a stream is actually the path! All around th
  8. Thank you so much, Winifred, I’m glad you are enjoying this trip, and that it provides a bit of a tonic for you. Life is difficult at the moment and we all need some form of ‘safe’ escapism. We are in Tier 2, but we would rather that than allow this virus to spread like wildfire. I’m pleased to see that people are taking the wearing of masks seriously as well as social distancing. I just hope that Christmas is not going to cause a surge of infections. Better to have a low key Christmas this year than lose our loved ones. I hope you are able to sort out your family eme
  9. Queen Lili’uokalani and the Japanese Gardens These exquisite Japanese-styled gardens were built between 1917 and 1919, and the original 5 acre site was donated by the last reigning monarch of Hawaii, Queen Lili’uokalani, for a public park. Queen Lili’uokalani is a fascinating woman, the last sovereign ruler before the islands were annexed by the United States in 1898. She was born in 1838 to a royal Hawaiian family, and on the death of King Kalakaua in 1891, she became the first female monarch. She was forced to abdicate in 1895, after a coup, and died fro
  10. The Lili’uokalani Gardens Our next stop is the beautiful Liliuokalani Gardens which are close by, on Banyan Drive. Ricky parks the van and offers us large umbrellas as we make our precarious way into the gardens, trying to avoid the huge puddles. It is still raining hard, but despite the rain we can see how beautiful the area is. How sad the sun is not shining. Despite the heavy rain the gardens are stunning, and we see that there are black pines, camellias and azaleas, which flourish in Japan.
  11. ‘The trees are a window into the history of Hilo.’ Jane Lasswell Hoff, anthropoligist. We set off in the van with the rain pouring down, and our first destination is Banyan Drive. Due to the weather it will just be a drive past. This is a tree-lined street, which borders the bay, and its claim to fame is that all the trees were planted by celebrities. Thankfully, these magnificent trees have survived several tsunamis. I will apologise, in advance, for the poor quality of the photos, but the rain made it very difficult and there was some reflection on the glass of
  12. Hawaii, Land of Music and Flowers Time for our tour... Ahead of us is a large building which looks like a warehouse. In my imagination I have been picturing sun drenched beaches, tropical vegetation and beautiful Hawaiian ladies wearing traditional grass skirts and orchid leis, welcoming us with their undulating, swaying dances...... Well, there are certainly some ladies dancing, but not quite what I expected! 😉 But it’s a nice touch to welcome us in this way. We walk down the building looking for Ricky, and for
  13. Hi Winifred. Nice to hear from you. How is it going in Scotland? We sailed in April, 2019, on the 8th.
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