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From our third day of cruising in our journey to the Amazon River, there is so, so much wonderful to share in Granada. And, the pictures? So many exciting visuals to share. If you are not liking these visuals from yesterday, we'll be happy to refund your money, double! What was not to like about Granada? Hopefully, my pictures will prove it!

 

Grenada was where we did a ship tour called "Around The Isle of Spice" (GND-A1) that was seven hours and departed a little early at 8:00 am. When we landed at their capital of St. Georges, there were 19 of us from the Silver Cloud doing a circling of the "Isle of Spice". Fortunately, I had the front seat, next to the driver who was expert with these curving, hilly roads. It was somewhat of a long journey with lots of bus riding, but it gave us an excellent sampling of the splendid beauty, vistas and historic estates here on this island. Our excursion explores the Dougaldston Estate, Gouyave Nutmeg Factory, 'Carib Leap', the 18th-century River Antoine Rum Distillery and Grand Etang, a volcanic lake.

 

From Frommers, they summarize well on this charming island: "The southernmost nation of the Windward Islands, Grenada (Gre-nay-dah) is one of the lushest islands in the Caribbean. With its gentle climate and extravagantly fertile volcanic soil, it's one of the largest producers of spices in the Western Hemisphere. There's a lot of very appealing local color on Grenada, particularly since the political troubles of the 1980s seem, at least for the moment, to have ended. There are beautiful white-sand beaches, and the populace (a mixture of English expatriates and islanders of African descent) is friendly. Once a British Crown Colony but now independent. Grenada's capital, St. George's, is one of the most charming towns in the Caribbean."

 

From the Cruise Critic website, they offer this sampling of its history/background: "To the uninitiated, the Southern Caribbean island of Grenada is better known for its political history -- U.S. troops intervened in a coup during President Reagan's administration, at the time a controversial volley in the Cold War -- than it is for being a vacation paradise. But, for the tourists pouring in through the island's increasing cruise business (on a recent day, five ships were docked at the capital of St. George's) to explore its numerous beaches or hike its mountainous rain forests, such associations belong in the past. So, too, does Hurricane Ivan, which damaged 90 percent of Grenada's buildings, destroyed 85 percent of its nutmeg trees and left more than half the population homeless in September 2004. While you'll still see some lingering effects as you tour around the island -- churches without roofs, homes still being rebuilt -- St. George's is as colorful and charming as ever, and most restaurants, tourist attractions and hotels are back in business -- in many cases refurbished and looking even better than they did before."

 

Many more pictures and background are detailed below from my live/blog. Happy to share more and/or answer any added questions. Don't be shy!!

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean combo sailing over 26 days that started in Barbados, here is the link below to that live/blog. Lots of great visuals from this amazing Brazil river and these various Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, etc.) that we experienced. Check it out at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 29,083 views for these postings.

 

 

Here is a sampling for some of the initial sites as we traveled north from the port/capital. Notice the lush, green views? Second is a sample of the shore fishing action as people from the village there pull in the nets. Next, our excellent guide, Bertrand Antoine, who had the perfect island voice/style, plus lots of details, personality and sharing skills, took us to an old estate. He gave us background for the various spices and items from this island. Below you can see certain of the examples as he share more for how these are produced, processed. He passed around samples so that we could smell and feel these unique items. He also told us about the flag for Grenada, its color and design, etc.:

 

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Grenada Nutmeg Processing?? Here is the next group of my visuals from this wonderful and interesting island.

 

From this United Nations website:

http://www.bb.undp.org/content/barbados/en/home/ourwork/environmentandenergy/successstories/bringing-growth-and-health-to-the-grenadian-nutmeg-industry-.html

they note: "The nutmeg industry in Grenada is a large contributor to the local economy, serving directly and indirectly as a major source of employment and economic support. In September 2004, Grenada was devastated by Hurricane Ivan. Six parishes on the island were severely affected by the passage of the hurricane. Grenada lost 90% of their nutmeg trees as part of the destruction. A total of 40 acres of land, experiencing land degradation through the loss of top soil and vegetation, land slippage or a combination of both were replanted with over 1700 nutmeg trees. An additional 1500 fruit trees were also planted. Nutmeg processing is a labour-intensive process that requires drying and refining of the various nutmeg products. Gouyave, the sole remaining processing plant, uses an old and ineffective technology that limits the economic benefits and increases the environmental and occupational health risks for workers. The drying portion of the nutmeg process uses natural ventilation, which requires a period of 8 weeks to complete. During this time, workers are involved in the constant manual turning of the nutmegs in narrow stalls."

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 121,293 views for this posting.

 

 

From visiting a three-story nutmeg processing operation, we got to see of the hand-sorting that is required, then the drying racks and even an examples for some of the finished product uses.:

 

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Here is an example for one of the small Grenada towns we traveled though at the top of the island where the Caribbean Sea meet the Atlantic Ocean. Next is a few of that town, its beach, coastal area, etc.:

 

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Here are some highlights from visiting River Antoine Rum Distillery in Grenada. It is considered as the oldest Rum Factory in the western hemisphere and is still operating with a water wheel.

 

From Wikipedia, here is some added background/highlights on Grenada: "Christopher Columbus discovered Grenada in 1498. The island was already inhabited by the Carib Indians, who had migrated from the South American mainland. Columbus renamed it Concepción. However, passing Spanish sailors found its lush green hills so evocative of Andalusia that they rejected this name in favor of Granada. Over the centuries, although control of the island passed from France to Britain (and briefly back to France again), the name endured with just the slightest of alterations, changing from "Granada" to "La Grenade" to "Grenada". Exploited first for indigo (hence the name of an area "True Blue"), and later for sugar production, the island prospered and, like many others in the Caribbean, attracted the attention of the British. Captured by Admiral George Rodney in 1762, near the end of the Europea Seven Years' War (1756-63), Grenada reverted to French rule from 1779 until 1783 when the island was restored to Britain by the Treaty of Versailles. The inhabitants' loyalties remained divided between the two European powers for many years. From 1784 until its independence in 1974, Grenada remained a member of the British Empire, passing through various stages of colonial status and multiple associations with other regional states. In 1967, Grenada became an "Associated State of Great Britain" within the British Commonwealth. In 1979, after Coup d'etat, an attempt was made to set up a socialist/communist state in Grenada. Four years later, at the request of the Governor General, the United States, Jamaica, and the Eastern Caribbean States intervened militarily. Launching their now famous "rescue mission", the allied forces restored order, and in December of 1984 a general election re-established democratic government. The last 31 years have been a peaceful, democratic and fruitful back to normal existence, which has included many new building structures and vastly improved infrastructure."

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 186,357 views.

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From the rum distilling operations, here are three of my visual samples. This plant dates back to 1785 and still uses that same type of water wheel set-up to power the crushing of the sugar cane. You can see a sample of that cane and then the area where the liquid is heated, etc. They produce a product that comes out at 75% alcohol or 150 proof. Yes, we sampled and it was really burning in going down. Their rum with a fruit version went down much easier!! Very educational and interesting stop.:

 

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Below are a couple of flower examples from this island, plus a unique of a view of bird sitting on top of a cow. Don't often get this mixing of wildlife sitting on an animal.:

 

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Here are more of the pictures that I had posted on my live/blog for our visit to Grenada. Lots to see and enjoy there.

 

Here is added background on this island from Wikipedia: "Average temperatures range from 24°C/ 75°F to 30°C/ 87°F, tempered by the steady and cooling trade winds. The lowest temperatures occur between January and April. The driest season is between January and May. The rainy season is from June to December, where several days out of the week may see rain at some point in the day. Generally when it rains it doesn't last for more than an hour at a time."

 

Their population is 89,703 (July 2006 est.) with the languages being English (official) and French patois. For religion, they are Roman Catholic 53%, Anglican 13.8%, other Protestant 33.2%.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Did a June 7-19, 2011, cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Dozens of nice visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. We are now at 204,337 views for this live/blog re-cap, including much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

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Here are some more visual samples to share from Grenada. Here is a typical local town view of the small-scale market/street action there. Notice the sign for their upcoming Independence celebration on Feb. 7? Understand, that this date offers a big PARTY on that day here and the night before.:

 

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From the old airport on Grenada, here are two “antique” aircraft. One is from Russia and the other a Cubana Air plane that got left when the U.S. forces arrived in 1983 to stop any threats of military base being placed here. Then, here is a wall graphic in St. George that reflects how happy were the people here to be rescued from their government battles at that time in their young history.:

 

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This is the view down one of the super steep streets of St. George as we were heading back to the Silver Cloud. You can see the ship in the distance. On the left sides are some of the school children in their uniforms after their classes were completed for the day.:

 

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As we did our sail-away, here was the final view of St. George and lovely Grenada from the top of the Silver Cloud. It rained a little during part of the afternoon driving, but things were very clear and sunny by this time of the day.:

 

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The sun sets early at this time of the year. This picture was taken a little after 6 pm showing the sunset from our balcony on the Silver Cloud. Nice?:

 

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Because we saw such a wide and nice range of different sites, sights and views in and around on Grenada, I have lots of "bonus" coverage that was not posted earlier on my live/blog. There will be four more groups of pictures. Hopefully these will bring back nice memories for those who have visited here previously and/or build excitement for those having an upcoming trip scheduled. Very nice and charming island. Lots of nice, kind people who shared their little "piece of paradise"!!

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean combo sailing over 26 days that started in Barbados, here is the link below to that live/blog. Lots of great visuals from this amazing Brazil river and these various Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, etc.) that we experienced. Check it out at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 29,083 views for these postings.

 

 

This is one of my first views as we started our tour. It is picture proof that they drive "British-style" on the left-hand side on their Grenada roads. Second is a view of a cannon overlooking a coastal area. Third is a creek through the wooded countryside on the grounds of our first plantation visit. Fourth is our guide showing us how the drying racks worked for these spices. Fifth is a shoreside, net fishing effort by residents living nearby. Finally, this is another typical village scene that we saw as we were drove through our rotatation around this scenic island.:

 

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Below are the second phase of my new visual postings and varied sights enjoyed around on Grenada. Here also is more background on Grenada and its many options, history, etc.

 

From Silversea/Fodor website:

Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, cocoa … those heady aromas fill the air in Grenada (pronounced gruh-nay-da). Only 21 miles (33½ km) long and 12 miles (19½ km) wide, the Isle of Spice is a tropical gem of lush rain forests, white-sand beaches, secluded coves, exotic flowers, and enough locally grown spices to fill anyone's kitchen cabinet. St. George's is one of the most picturesque capital cities in the Caribbean, St. George's Harbour is one of the most picturesque harbors, and Grenada's Grand Anse Beach is one of the region's finest beaches. The island has friendly, hospitable people and enough good shopping, restaurants, historic sites, and natural wonders to make it a popular port of call. About one-third of Grenada's visitors arrive by cruise ship, and that number continues to grow each year.

 

Grenada's capital is a bustling West Indian city, much of which remains unchanged from colonial days. Narrow streets lined with shops wind up, down, and across steep hills. Brick warehouses cling to the waterfront, and pastel-painted homes rise from the waterfront and disappear into steep green hills.

 

The horseshoe-shaped St. George's Harbour, a submerged volcanic crater, is arguably the prettiest harbor in the Caribbean. Schooners, ferries, and tour boats tie up along the seawall or at the small dinghy dock. The Carenage (pronounced car-a-nahzh), which surrounds the harbor, is the capital's center. Warehouses, shops, and restaurants line the waterfront. The Christ of the Deep statue that sits on the pedestrian plaza at the center of The Carenage was presented to Grenada by Costa Cruise Line in remembrance of its ship, Bianca C, which burned and sank in the harbor in 1961 and is now a favorite dive site.

 

An engineering feat for its time, the 340-foot-long Sendall Tunnel was built in 1895 and named for Walter Sendall, an early governor. The narrow tunnel, used by both pedestrians and vehicles, separates the harbor side of St. George's from the Esplanade on the bay side of town, where you can find the markets (produce, meat, and fish), the Cruise Ship Terminal, the Esplanade Mall, and the public bus station. St. George.

 

Ft. Frederick. Overlooking the city of St. George's and the inland side of the harbor, the historic fort provides a panoramic view of about one-fourth of Grenada. It was started by the French and completed in 1791 by the British; it was also the headquarters of the People's Revolutionary Government before and during the 1983 coup. Today, it's simply a peaceful spot with a bird's-eye view of much of Grenada. Richmond Hill, St. George.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

If Venice is one of your future desires or past favorites, look at this earlier posting for many options and visual samples this city that is so great for "walking around", personally seeing its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 54,341 views.

Venice: Loving It & Why??!!

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First is a large billboard out in the countryside to celebrate one of the island's most famous athletes. Second is another view inside the nutmeg processing plant with the many bags of selected items.:

 

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Here are more views from the historic rum distilling plant. Notice the details in the second picture for the location in the UK where this equipment was manufactured? It was from G. Fletcher & Co. in London and Derby. Pictured third are the large and somewhat primitive boiling pots that processed the liquid that came from the crushing operation processing on the sugar cane. Finally, my wife is shown with a hostess as we sampled one of their smooth rum punch products.:

 

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Appreciate your patience with these added visual postings. This is the third phase of these "new" pictures that were not included on my original live/blog.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Wonderful Kotor and nearby Montenegro? Check these postings. Have had over 24,978 views on this posting and appreciate those who have tuned-in and commented.:

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Here are some added and varied sights in and around on Grenada. Second is our guide at the history point where the Caribe Tribe members jumped from a cliff into the water rather than live under foreign rulers. Also shown are various shopping and items related to this island, its beauty and their history.:

 

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Here is the final phase of the added visual sampling from in and around Grenada. Much enjoyed this visit and location!! It was a long day with lots of riding on a bus, but we believed that we got a very good sampling of the many areas and locations that give this island its wonderful character and charm.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

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At the Belmont Estate plantation, where we had lunch, this first picture shows one of the drying set-ups. This estate dates back to the late 1600s, during the colonial area, when plantations were first established under the system of land allocation under French rule. It was then owned by a gentleman from Scotland, following the cession of the island by the French to the British in 1763. Here are some other flower and tree visuals from being on Grenada.:

 

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Here are some final views of their main capital town, St. George's, plus the fort that overlooks this harbor and then the sail-away view from our ship as we departed on our way to Devil's Island, South America and the Amazon River.:

 

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From National Geographic Traveler in mid September, they have this headline: "I Heart My Island: Grenada" with these highlights: "The best time to visit my island is…it depends. If you’re seeking relaxation and want to spend every day on the beach, I would recommend visiting during the dry season, which is roughly December through April. Carnival season (early August) is also a good time to come to Grenada. My island’s biggest attractions are its food festivals. Grenada’s six parishes host events that showcase the best of their local cuisines. Gouyave, the capital of St. John Parish, is crazy for fish and seafood. Whereas, in St. Patrick’s Parish, you can find chicken, fish, beef, wild meat—everything."

 

Lots of other tips, ideas, suggestions, etc., are listed on this NG posting. It brings back nice memories from our Jan. 2015 visit there. Loved this island, its people, etc.

 

Full story at:

http://intelligenttravel.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/17/i-heart-my-island-grenada/

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean combo sailing over 26 days that started in Barbados, here is the link below to that live/blog. Lots of great visuals from this amazing Brazil river and these various Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, etc.) that we experienced. Check it out at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 29,405 views for these postings.

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From the Guardian newspaper in London/UK, they have this headline: "Winning tip: River Antoine Rum, Grenada" with these highlights: "Visiting Grenada’s River Antoine Rum Distillery is a real traveller’s experience as you feel as though you’re witnessing a process that has changed very little since its opening in 1785."

 

Here are some more of the details provided by one of their readers: "It’s not every day you visit a beautiful Caribbean island and are given a shot of history which at 70% is about as pure as you can get. I brought a bottle home because I wanted to remember the warmth of Grenada and its people all mixed in a shot of pure rum. I visited the River’s rum factory as part of a day tour around Grenada, and we also popped into cocoa plantations and the famous nutmeg factory."

 

We did not bring home a bottle of their rum product, but our memories are alive and well from our enjoyable visit there. Plus doing our tastings, etc.!!

 

Full story item and web link at:

http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2015/oct/29/readers-tips-spirits-alcohol-drinking

http://www.grenadatours.com

 

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:

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for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 126,726 views for this posting.

 

 

Here are a few additional visuals from our visit to the River Antoine Rum on Grenada that we had not previously posted. The second picture includes a large area for the cane after it has been squeezed for its juices. For a location dating back to the 1700's, things are not fancy and/or "corporate-looking". Also shown are couple of their graphics to explain the process.:

 

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From the Daily Mail Travel Section in London/UK this past Sunday, they have this headline: "The friendliest island in the Caribbean?" with these details/highlights in the sub-headline: "Grenada may not be as sophisticated as Barbados or Antigua, but you will be guaranteed to receive the warmest of welcomes. Grenada is hilly and richly green with hiking in the rainforest, swimming in waterfalls, and snorkelling on available."

 

This summary/story was written by a British MP or Parliament Member. Here are a few of her comments: "I am so in love with the Caribbean island of Grenada that this may not be as unbiased an account as perhaps it should be. Grenada is known as the Spice Island, though the Friendly Island would fit equally well. Grenada is hilly, richly green and full of character. You can hike in the central rainforest, swim at the base of impressive waterfalls, and snorkel – don’t miss the underwater sculpture park in Moliniere Bay where submerged statues, including a ring of children holding hands, withstand the current. On the west coast we stopped at the fishing village of Gouyave, famous for its Fish Friday. On Friday nights it’s packed with stalls where the locals cook scrumptious dishes in their grills, fryers and steamers, and the music is terrific. Be prepared for loud rap music, people squashing up – even handing you a baby while they get sorted – and go with the flow. Take a trip to the capital St George’s on a Saturday, the main market day. There are vegetables and spices galore on display, and the joyousness of the place is terrific. It’s a colourful, historic, gorgeous little city on any day, rising up from a horseshoe harbour, the Carenage – the jewel in St George’s crown. If you are staying for dinner, try Gary Rhodes’s Calabash, or the French cuisine at Bruno’s. Grenadians have very little, but they like a good laugh and are an upbeat, proud people. And I’d say they have every reason to be."

 

Lots of interesting details in this story that bring back nice memories from our visit there. Below are three pictures that were featured in this London newspaper story. Fun!!

 

Full story at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-3347230/The-friendliest-island-Caribbean-Grenada-not-sophisticated-Barbados-Antigua-guaranteed-receive-warmest-welcomes.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 189,764 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

 

Here are just three of their several pictures used to illustrate this Daily Mail travel story on Grenada. These visuals showing their main harbor and old fort bring back nice, fun memories from our visit there earlier this year.:

 

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From the Travel Section of the London/UK Daily Mail yesterday morning, they have this headline: "Savouring white sandy beaches, waterfalls and the art of slowing down on Caribbean's spice island of Grenada." Nice headline?

 

Here are some of the story highlights that includes his guide showing the writer: " a freshly picked nutmeg, the symbol that sits at the heart of Grenada's flag, and explains how in 2004 Hurricane Ivan wiped out 80 per cent of the crop. This was devastating for the island, which had become the world's second largest exporter of nutmeg and established a name for itself as the 'island of spice'. After cooling off with a dip under the Seven Sisters Waterfall, we head back to our hotel – another hurricane victim, which has since undergone an entire refurbishment. Spice Island Beach Resort is a 10-minute drive from Maurice International Airport. The resort's major selling point is that it backs onto Grand Anse beach, which fulfills every Caribbean cliché with its 2.5-mile stretch of white sandy beach and crystal clear sea."

 

Nice story with lots of great visuals. Our day here was not as slow and relaxing, but we loved the sampling of so much on this scenic, historic and very interesting island.

 

Full story at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-3376318/Where-walking-fast-illegal-Savouring-white-sandy-beaches-waterfalls-learning-art-slowing-Caribbean-s-spice-island-Grenada.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean combo sailing over 26 days that started in Barbados, here is the link below to that live/blog. Lots of great visuals from this amazing Brazil river and these various Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, etc.) that we experienced. Check it out at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 34,016 views for these postings.

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loved your pictures and review. I don't know if I missed what tour guide you used or if it was through the ship.

 

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loved your pictures and review. I don't know if I missed what tour guide you used or if it was through the ship. thank you

 

Hi, Julie!! Appreciate this very good question. On the first group of pictures that I posted on this thread, our guide was shown in the third and fifth visuals. He was super excellent!! He really loved his country/island and shared so many wonderful details. Had a great and interesting voice. BUT, sorry, he was arranged through our ship with this tour and not through a company that I can suggest for you to contact/hire.

 

Good luck in visiting this island. Definitely do more than just walking around the main port town. Lots more to discover and enjoy here. For you and/or any others, let me know any other questions. Happy to share 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 132,153 views for this posting.

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Hi, Julie!! Appreciate this very good question. On the first group of pictures that I posted on this thread, our guide was shown in the third and fifth visuals. He was super excellent!! He really loved his country/island and shared so many wonderful details. Had a great and interesting voice. BUT, sorry, he was arranged through our ship with this tour and not through a company that I can suggest for you to contact/hire.

 

Good luck in visiting this island. Definitely do more than just walking around the main port town. Lots more to discover and enjoy here. For you and/or any others, let me know any other questions. Happy to share 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 132,153 views for this posting.

 

Thank you...I did miss that. I love the picture of the tree with the colors do you see many of them there. I am looking forward to going here for our first time in April. I noticed you also went to Bonair this also will be my first time to that port also. I really did enjoy your pictures a big thank you looking forward to see! You can't stay around port or you can't say what the port is like at all.

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Thank you...I did miss that. I love the picture of the tree with the colors do you see many of them there. I am looking forward to going here for our first time in April. I noticed you also went to Bonair this also will be my first time to that port also. I really did enjoy your pictures a big thank you looking forward to see! You can't stay around port or you can't say what the port is like at all.

 

Appreciate, Julie, your follow-up and varied comments. Good luck with your April visit here and in these other Caribbean locations. Given the current cloudy and cold Midwest weather, escaping to the Caribbean is smart and more fun.

 

Just nine days away from when we depart for Cape Town to enjoy South Africa, Mozambique, Victoria Falls and Botswana. First visit to Africa!!! Will do a full live/blog for that adventure to escape, again, from the cold of the Midwest winters.

 

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Did a June 7-19, 2011, cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Dozens of nice visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. We are now at 208,091 views for this live/blog re-cap, including much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

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Just nine days away from when we depart for Cape Town to enjoy South Africa, Mozambique, Victoria Falls and Botswana. First visit to Africa!!! Will do a full live/blog for that adventure to escape, again, from the cold of the Midwest winters.

 

To update for those interested in exciting visuals and different locations, we are back safely from four weeks in South Africa, Botswana, etc.

 

We enjoyed great sights, many safari/animal experiences and wonderful adventure times!! Lots of pictures on my live/blog and this trip detailing can be seen at:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337

 

Now over 10,300 views for this reporting that includes Cape Town, all along the South Africa coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Delta area with lions, leopards, cape buffalo, elephants, giraffes, hippos, etc., etc.

 

Ohio was not too bad for the time while we traveled below the Equator this year, but the weather for these southern parts of Africa was much warmer and sunnier than what we would have experienced in the Midwest during these challenging winter periods.

 

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 nearly 138,000 views for this posting.

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really nice pictures. We are there for a quick cruise stop and most likely going to spend our time at Grand Anse but would you recommend any sights/quick tours that is easy on the budget for 6 people. Want to spend a few hours at the beach so nothing too far.

Thanks,

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really nice pictures. We are there for a quick cruise stop and most likely going to spend our time at Grand Anse but would you recommend any sights/quick tours that is easy on the budget for 6 people. Want to spend a few hours at the beach so nothing too far. Thanks,

 

Appreciate your nice comments and follow-up questions. It's a very personal choice!! Beach time? That can work on this island and in other Caribbean locations. Yes, if you time is fairly short on this island that could be a good reason why a day-long, round-the-island tour, as we did, might not fit your situation.

 

For us and our interests, doing the "spice and rum tour" was very much of value to our sense of exploring and learning. Others might not care much for this type of tour. Much depends on exactly what various islands and location you will be visiting in the Caribbean. Personally, we liked doing a good "mix" and varied sights, stops and experiences. Clearly I cannot answer what is best for your exact interest.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 196,256 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

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From this below news source last month, they have this headline: "Barbados, Grenada named among destinations safest from natural disasters" with these highlights: "Despite occasional threats of hurricanes, earthquakes and even tsunamis, Barbados and Grenada have been listed among the top 10 countries where tourists are least likely to find themselves victims of natural disasters, according to a report from Telegraph Travel. Barbados placed behind Qatar and Malta to rank third safest on the list with a 1.16 percent chance of visitors experiencing a natural disaster. Grenada placed behind Saudi Arabia to be named fifth safest with a 1.44 percent chance of trouble."

 

This story also noted: "The United States, Canada and United Kingdom were not listed among either the top 10 safest or least safe countries for natural disasters. Destinations in Europe remained fairly low risk. Vanuatu in the South Pacific was named as being the most at-risk destination with a 36.43 per cent chance of disaster. As if to underscore the point, the country was hit by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake last week."

 

Good news for Grenada!!

 

Full story at:

http://www.caribbean360.com/news/barbados-grenada-named-among-destinations-safest-natural-disasters

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Did a June 7-19, 2011, cruise from Barcelona that had stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Dozens of nice visuals with key highlights, tips, comments, etc. We are now at 212,601 views for this live/blog re-cap, including much on wonderful Barcelona. Check these postings and added info at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474

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From the London/UK Express newspaper travel section earlier this month, they have this headline: "If chocolate floats your boat then these are the cruises for you".

 

Here is one part of their story highlights: "For a taste of West Indian chocolate heaven, the Golden Nutmeg and Diamond Chocolate Tour uncovers the secrets of organic chocolate and spice production on the island of Grenada. At the Diamond chocolate factory, learn how chocolate is produced and exported before meeting cocoa farmers and visiting the cocoa tree garden. Samples follow and the tour concludes with a trip to the west coast and Gouyave Nutmeg Processing Station to see how cocoa is harvested and processed without machines."

 

Personally, I am not a big, big chocolate guy, but many others, including my wife, super enjoy that tasty treat. We did not do this tour during our visit to Grenada, but it would be interesting to do during our next visit there.

 

Full story at:

http://www.express.co.uk/travel/cruise/697242/Chocolate-boat-cruise-Italy-Scandinavia-Southampton-Windward-Islands

 

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 152,200 views for this posting.

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From the London/UK Daily Mail yesterday, they have this headline: "Lonely Planet reveals the best places to go for every month" with one of the highlights being a suggestion for visiting Grenada in January. Hey, that is when we were there two years ago and its worked out excellent for us. Super enjoyed Grenada!! For February, they suggested Ibiza, the Gambia, Michoacan in Mexico, the Indian Ocean, Cambodia, Singapore, Haiti, Venice and Quebec. We are planning to be in Cambodia, Vietnam, etc., in early 2018. Glad that they suggested these many varied locations.

 

For March, they rated the highest for Sicily, Cyprus, South Africa, Tyrol in Austria, the Maldives, Chile, Costa Rica, Banff in Canada, Savannah in the US, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Trinidad and Tobago. Glad that we will be making our first visit to Central America and Costa Rica in early March. Coming up soon. Plus, for that month of March, they suggested: "watching grey whales migrating off the coast of Baja California." Great, also! We will be sailing that way in going north from the Panama Canal towards San Francisco in early March. Sounds exciting!!

 

Full story at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/travel_news/article-4109280/From-Brazil-July-Vietnam-November-Lonely-Planet-reveals-best-places-month-year.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean combo sailing over 26 days that started in Barbados, here is the link below to that live/blog. Lots of great visuals from this amazing Brazil river and these various Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, etc.) that we experienced. Check it out at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 46,852 views for these postings.

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Below is a connection for the live/blog from our March experiences in doing this fun "adventure". This includes our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great San Francisco. Very special and interesting in seeing the Panama Canal and learning about its creation/construction.

 

Getting ready in six days to be departing for Lisbon and our first visit to Portugal. Then, we will be seeing NW Spain, Bordeaux and Brittany also for the first times in these charming regions. Will do a live/blog for these "adventures". Join in and feel free to ask any questions as we sail. It will be on the Silversea Cruise Critic board.

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Panama Canal? Just completed Feb. 28-Mar. 15, 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through the Panama Canal with our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Lots of fun pictures!! Those pictures start on the second page, post #26. See more at:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580

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HOW WAS OUR LATEST ADVENTURE??!!: Just got back in late June from three weeks in Europe doing five days in Lisbon, sailing from Portugal, seeing for the first time NW Spain, Bordeaux, Brittany, etc. Great sights and sites!

 

Below are a few "samples" to prove the value for exploring these wonderful areas on a nice ship. The central/connecting part was an eleven-day, very port-intensive cruise from Lisbon to Rouen/France on the highly-enjoyable Silversea Silver Spirit. For many more pictures and full details, check out this live/blog:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean adventure that started in Barbados, here is the link for that live/blog. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, etc.):

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 52,404 views for these postings.

 

For Sintra north of Lisbon, here is one small visual sampling. Yes, as we told our grandsons, these are "Real Castles!". Really have learned lots on the unique history of Portugal.:

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From Porto, during our first trip to Portugal, we loved doing a small-craft sailing along their historic town areas near where Port wines are stored and sold.:

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At the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the art is mostly about the building. Lighting and time of day when photo shooting allows for much creativity as to how you can capture this structure, its outdoor art, the inside drama, etc. Not your grandfather's museum! Like?:

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Here is one quick visual sample from being in Bordeaux. If you love history and architecture, this is the super place to be!!. Like the little boy enjoying the water experience?: June%202017A%201587_zpsw32y5i9v.jpg

 

During our Guernsey Island visit off of the French coast, we did our ship's "Powerboat Seascape Expedition". Great fun and sightings! Isn't this puffin cute?? Plus, lots of seal, beach, sea gull, etc., actions and activities.:June%202017A%201627_zpsnz42afom.jpg

 

After the cruise concluded in Rouen, we finished with in-depth time in Brittany and to finish with a stop at Monet's Giverny before flying out from Paris' de Gaulle airport.:

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From Travel+Leisure this month, they have this headline: Best Places to Travel in 2018 with their highlighting of the top Caribbean location of Grenada.

 

They featured these key details: "Known as Spice Island and one of the Caribbean’s under-the-radar gems. It’s got what every traveler wants: uncrowded beaches, preserved rain forests, and a lively local culture and cuisine. The island, which was spared from last fall’s brutal hurricane season, is poised to attract new luxury travelers. After a recent renovation, the beloved Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel is now part of Relais & Châteaux. Getting to the island is a cinch — JetBlue added daily service from New York City last year, and Grenada is now a port of call for 33 new cruise ships — and visitors will soon have even more options for high-end stays, with Kimpton Kawana Bay and the Levera Beach Resort both in the works.

 

Great added background on Grenada. Love to go back. We really enjoyed our visit there. BUT, we have other plans for the next year or so. For late January 2018, we will be doing our first visit to Southeast Asia. This will feature Hong Kong, Bangkok, Vietnam and Cambodia, including a seven-day Mekong River cruise, then Angkor Wat, Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hue/Danang. We will be gone a little over one month for this latest “adventure”. Then for late November, 2018, looking to do an Athens to Dubai, 20-day cruise with Oceania, including our first visits to the Holy Lands, Egypt, Middle East, etc.

 

Full story at:

http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-travel-in-2018#nacujam-bay-croatia

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

AFRICA?!!?: Lots of interesting, dramatic pictures can be seen from this live/blog at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337

Now at 36,321 views for this visual sharing including Cape Town, along South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta area.

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