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  1. 'Morning all. I see we have some early risers again! Today we transit the Suez Canal so thank you for the pictures Bee-ess. Tomorrow we reach Israel with the ports of Haifa, Ashdod and Tel Aviv. Aulanis, I quite agree about Egypt. I was absolutely enthralled by the history, culture and the sights when we did a Nile cruise in 2008. It is a shame that you felt that the Valley of the Kings has become so touristy but I would still go back if time allows. I envy your journey to the Galapagos and Easter Island. We should be going in October this year but I can't see the trip taking place
  2. I think I got my passion for travel from my Dad who back-packed all over Europe before the war and who read stories of distant places to me from a young age. Dad spoke several languages with a fair amount of fluency (I was hopeless!) and he was always keen to take me abroad. We went to Loretta de Mar for my first foreign trip when I was 9 in 1957 and that really sparked my love of different cultures. I studied geography and history at college and that fed the flames even more. I’m extremely lucky that my dear husband enjoys travelling as much as I do. When our son was young and we did family
  3. Hi Ardennais, thanks for asking although that is a tricky one and difficult to put in order but here goes...Petra, Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, Angkor Wat and The Terracotta Army closely followed by the Registan in Samarkand, the rock churches in Lalibela, Ethiopia, The temples in Bagan, Myanmar, the ice fields in Greenland and the view from the top of Table mountain plus many, many more. I’ve loved everywhere that we have visited in this wonderful world and really hope that we can keep healthy enough during our twilight years to see even more 😄
  4. We walked into Sharm on our first visit in 2010.... and did a wonderful tour out to the Ras Mohamed Nature Reserve on our second visit in 2017...
  5. Our visit to Petra ranks among the top 5 most special sites that we have visited in the world...
  6. We had an overnight stay in Aquaba so had time to see the town....
  7. Hi fellow cruisers and welcome to the Red Sea. I'm not sure where in the world the Bungle66 picture shows but it looks very pretty. Tomorrow we transit the Suez Canal as we head back to Europe. I'm starting today's Red Sea journey with pictures of the security guards boarding the ship before we sailed through the 'pirate waters' around the Horn of Africa,,, We visited Safaga in 2010 in our adventurous days and did the desert quad biking... before heading into the town,...
  8. We heard a lot of complaints from passengers about the stop in Salalah. People said that the port was very industrial and a long way from the town (true) and that there isn't much to see in the town...also true although the beach is gorgeous. We like to get away from towns and had a wonderful trip to the coast and then up into the mountains to visit Job's Tomb. The Marneef caves and Blow hole...
  9. Lovely to have you back on board Bee-ass and great pictures of the Muscat area. We haven't done the boat trip but it is on our 'to do' list. After our time in Oman we are journeying to the Red Sea ports of Safaga, Sharm El-Sheikh and Aquaba tomorrow. Muscat...
  10. Hi Jane, thank you for your lovely comment. It made my day. I'm glad that you are enjoying the photos. I am having such a good time looking through my pictures....so many happy memories! We have arrived in the UAE today and we continue our voyage with stops in Oman tomorrow,...Muscat and Salalah. Our first visit to the UAE was in 2010 and the last one was in 2017 so our pictures reflect the spread of time although I have used the more modern ones where I can. Dubai... in 2010 we were much more agile so did the more adventurous activities...
  11. Chowpatty Beach St Thomas's Cathedral Iskcon Temple The was a school party enjoying a visit to the Hanging Gardens. A van had just delivered a vat of curry for their lunch...
  12. The Gateway to India, the Taj Hotel and the Laundry Ghat
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