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  1. Thank you everyone for posting the amazing photos of North Africa. There is so much history in that part of the world  so it is very sad that the political situation in the region prevents us all from visiting now.

    Today we are in the Azores as we start a circuitous route back to Southampton. Tomorrow we dock in Iceland so get out the woolly jumpers!

    My visit to the Azores in 2014 was the culmination of a long held wish to visit the islands. My Dad had been stationed there towards the end of the war as an air traffic controller working with transatlantic flights and the submarine detecting aircraft. He spoke with great affection of the islands themselves and always had a hydrangea bush in the garden to remind him of the hydrangea hedgerows that criss-cross  the islands. Unfortunately, we visited in April so it was too early for them to be in bloom. I was amazed to see that I could still identify places from his photographs after so many years.  We have another trip booked to go back in 2022 so fingers crossed.

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  2. We reach the North African ports today before heading north west across the Atlantic to the Azores tomorrow.

    We did a land tour of Tunisia in 2007 and then had a port call in Tunis cancelled several years later. I loved the history and culture of Tunisia and feel so sorry for the ordinary people who are always the ones to suffer when there is political unrest.

     Just a few pictures from our tour...

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  3. Hi, Gettingwarmer, glad to have you back on board again and thank you for your pictures of Knossos. We visited there on our first cruise in 1992 but the pictures have disappeared in the mists of time!

    Tomorrow we continue sailing west along the coast of Africa to Tunisia, Ceuta, Casablanca and Agadir.

    In 2017 we went on a tour from Heraklion to the Monastery of St. George Sellinari

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    before continuing to the resort of Agios Nikolaos via views of Spinalonga Island

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  4. I would be very interested in visiting the Lebanon and was looking at a land tour rather than a cruise. We had  been in the process of booking a land tour of Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan when the Covid problems started  but everything is 'up in the air' at the moment so this thread is keeping happy memories alive!☺️  

  5. Great pictures of the Suez Canal. 

    We have now reached the Med and have docked in Israel. Our itinerary through the Med is a little different from that of our outward journey as I don't want to repeat ports so tomorrow we reach the ports in Crete.

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    Nazareth

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    River Jordan

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  6. '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. It will be our third cancellation for the same tour.  In 2019 it was cancelled 3 days before we left home because the ship had engine problems and, of course, last year it was the pandemic.....oh well...that's life.

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  7. 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 holidays to the 'costas', we always hired a car and explored the off the beaten track areas. I remember our son grumbling about having to visit “another pile of old stones” on one of our many (he said “interminable”) visits to the local historical and cultural sights. 
    cruising since 1992 has given us the opportunity to visit fabulous places and we also do land tours but, unfortunately, age is catching up with us so we are trying to do as much as possible in the years that we have left.

    We have been so lucky in our lives.

  8. 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 😄

  9. 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,,,

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    We visited Safaga in 2010 in our adventurous days and did the desert quad biking...

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    before heading into the town,...

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  10. 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. 

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    The Marneef caves and Blow hole...

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  11. 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...

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  12. 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...

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    on our subsequent visits we used the HOHO bus, creek ferry and the metro system...much more sedate!

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