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  1. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Evening Standard, a week ago they had this headline: “Hotel of the Week: Fairmont Vancouver” with these highlights about: “one of Canada’s best-loved grand hotels and one of Vancouver’s most iconic buildings. It celebrates its 80th birthday this year. Officially opened by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in May 1939 it was built by Canadian Pacific Railway to encourage travellers on to Canada’s new train service and comes with a top grade reputation for luxury and service. Over eight decades it has seen a majestic roll call of guests from Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger in the 1940s to our current Queen and Princess Anne in 1970 and including celebrities such as Zsa Zsa Gabor and Diana Ross. The hotel’s most recent brush with fame was providing a backdrop for the film 'Fifty Shades of Grey' including the infamous elevator scene.” While we did not stay at this hotel, it might be a good option to consider. Here are some more highlights: "Newly fresh from a five-year, $75 (£46) million refurbishment, Fairmont Vancouver is the oldest of Vancouver’s four Fairmont Hotels and has 557 rooms and suites. The location in the heart of Downtown Vancouver facing Hornby Street and Burrard is on-point, ideal for business and leisure. The high towers of Yaletown, the tourist hotspots of the Pacific Waterfront or GasTown and the outdoor splendour of Stanley Park are all within a fifteen minute stroll while the city’s main shops and restaurants lie directly outside the door. Fairmont Vancouver is known as the city’s “Castle in the Sky’ for its romantic tiered wedding cake shape complete with carved gargoyles and all topped off with a fairy tale-style steeply pitched green copper roof." Full story at: https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/fairmont-vancouver-hotel-review-a4230861.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights. On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 224,775 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  2. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Telegraph for the weekend, they had this headline: “'We went to eat, but came back with so much more' – Diana Henry falls in love with Vietnam” with these highlights: “Most of their knowledge of the country had come via Hollywood and I thought there must be more to learn than Oliver Stone or Stanley Kubrick could ever teach us. The Old Quarter of Hanoi, which we hit as soon as we arrived from the airport, is crammed with restaurants and hole-in-the-wall joints (many of them specialising in just one dish) and vendors touting deep-fried bananas, wedges of fruit scattered with chilli and doughnuts sprinkled with sesame seeds. There were stronger food smells than in any city we’d ever visited.” Here are some Hoi An story details: "Hoi An, an old riverside trading port, was as calm as Hanoi was chaotic. The town itself is touristy but bewitching. It’s earned the name City of Lanterns because the whole place is hung with them. When they’re lit at dusk you feel like a child walking under Christmas lights. There are excellent cookery schools." Plus this key highlight: "The food in Hue, the royal capital of Vietnam until 1945 and our next stop, is different to anywhere else in Vietnam because of its royal connections." Full story at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/vietnam/articles/food-tour-vietnamese-cooking-vietnam-diana-henry/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 85,200 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
  3. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Telegraph for the weekend, they had this headline: “'We went to eat, but came back with so much more' – Diana Henry falls in love with Vietnam” with these highlights: “Most of their knowledge of the country had come via Hollywood and I thought there must be more to learn than Oliver Stone or Stanley Kubrick could ever teach us. The Old Quarter of Hanoi, which we hit as soon as we arrived from the airport, is crammed with restaurants and hole-in-the-wall joints (many of them specialising in just one dish) and vendors touting deep-fried bananas, wedges of fruit scattered with chilli and doughnuts sprinkled with sesame seeds. There were stronger food smells than in any city we’d ever visited.” Here are some Hoi An story details: "Hoi An, an old riverside trading port, was as calm as Hanoi was chaotic. The town itself is touristy but bewitching. It’s earned the name City of Lanterns because the whole place is hung with them. When they’re lit at dusk you feel like a child walking under Christmas lights. There are excellent cookery schools." Plus this key highlight: "The food in Hue, the royal capital of Vietnam until 1945 and our next stop, is different to anywhere else in Vietnam because of its royal connections." Full story at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/asia/vietnam/articles/food-tour-vietnamese-cooking-vietnam-diana-henry/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 85,200 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
  4. Great added details and updating from our Richmond friend. Yes, it is a long, tiring series of flights to get back from Anchorage. Are you back in Virginia, yet? Rested and unpacked?? Glad that ALL was smooth and well-organized by Silversea. From this California TV stations last month, they had this headline: “Travel Through The Canadian Rockies In A Glass-domed Train” with these highlights: “You don’t have to be outside to enjoy a full view of Canada’s amazing mountain ranges. Instead, why not take a train trip? It can be a great way to see the countryside while getting from place to place. Sitting in luxury seats, riders aboard Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf Service sit under the train’s glass dome to get breathtaking views. The service includes gourmet meals, wine and cheese, snacks and complimentary beverages, including alcohol.” Full story at: https://www.turnto23.com/see-the-canadian-rockies-in-a-glass-domed-train/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Barcelona/Med: June 2011, with stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Great visuals with key highlights, tips, etc. Live/blog now at 248,684 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474
  5. From Travel+Leisure magazine in July, this was their nice headline: “Hoi An Is the Best City in the World — and the Street Food Is Only the Beginning” with these highlights: “The world is certainly not short of incredible cities. There are the skyscraper-laden megacities Hong Kong and New York City, historic cities full of charm and romance like Kyoto or Paris. This year, the title of Best City in the World belongs to Hoi Ai, Vietnam. Located in central Vietnam on the coast of the East Vietnam Sea, Hoi An is a charming city with ancient roots, distinct architecture, a contagious energy, and arguably one of the best street food scenes on the planet. Most importantly, Hoi An is home to friendly people who are eager to share the best their city has to offer.” In this profile are a number of options to consider when visiting Hoi An. This profile brings back nice, fun memories. Full story at: https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/hoi-an-vietnam-best-city-worlds-best THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights. On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 224,775 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139 Here is one of the T+L pictures used to illustrate this glowing profile on exciting Hoi An.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  6. Appreciate this excellent tip and follow-up from the smart/experienced dabear. Also great sharing by suekay. Glad you returned to Hoi An. From Travel+Leisure magazine in July, this was their nice headline: “Hoi An Is the Best City in the World — and the Street Food Is Only the Beginning” with these highlights: “The world is certainly not short of incredible cities. There are the skyscraper-laden megacities Hong Kong and New York City, historic cities full of charm and romance like Kyoto or Paris. This year, the title of Best City in the World belongs to Hoi Ai, Vietnam. Located in central Vietnam on the coast of the East Vietnam Sea, Hoi An is a charming city with ancient roots, distinct architecture, a contagious energy, and arguably one of the best street food scenes on the planet. Most importantly, Hoi An is home to friendly people who are eager to share the best their city has to offer.” In this profile are a number of options to consider when visiting Hoi An. This profile brings back nice, fun memories. Full story at: https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/city-vacations/hoi-an-vietnam-best-city-worlds-best THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Live/blog from early 2018, first adventure through SE Asia, stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before exploring all over Vietnam and Cambodia, seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Now at 49,820 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2591474 Here is one the T+L pictures used to illustrate this glowing profile on Hoi An.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  7. From CNN, the cable news network, earlier this month, they had this headline: “Whimsical new luxury hotel puts spotlight on Vietnam's mountainous north” with these highlights: “Once a sleepy town famous for its rice terraces and ethnic tribal cultures, Sapa -- a five-hour drive from Hanoi -- has grown in recent years to become one of the hottest tourist destinations in Vietnam. With a population of less than 140,000, the area welcomed more than 1.6 million visitors in the first half of 2019. Along with this travel growth, naturally, has been an influx of new hotels. But the latest and arguably the first five-star international property is taking things to a new level. The glamorous Hotel de la Coupole that resembles a luxurious European palace from the early 20th century. Antique objects -- including original storefronts from 1900s Paris -- are part of the hotel's elaborate interior.” As we considered our Vietnam options, Sapa was one of the potentials for us to book. During our early 2018 adventure, we did not do Sapa. But, maybe in the future? It does look unique and interesting. Anybody else been there? Full story at: https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/hotel-de-la-coupole-sapa-vietnam/index.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Wonderful scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 237,383 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923 As a part of this CNN profile, here is is visual of what they call a "palatial structure" about Sapa's luxurious Hotel De La Coupole that resembles a luxurious European palace from the early 20th century.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  8. Great news that Hubbard Glacier worked so well for our Richmond, Va., friend. Keep up the wonderful updating and details. Are you doing the post-cruise trip to Denali. Nice, added "FUN!!" from worldtraveller99 and Stumblefoot about the sea air, shrinking clothes, etc. Above for Paula in Arizona, appreciate your good questions. In Dubai, we stayed the Habtoor Grand Resort, a part of the Autograph Collection connected with Marriott, at Al Falea Street, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai. As to your question as to whether it is in "a GOOD LOCATION for sightseeing", that response would mandate a fairly subjective judgement. Dubai is big and sprawled out!! There is not one location in Dubai that has it "ALL", close and handy. Our hotel and location worked very, very well in many ways. It offered a number of nice facilities and options, including its own beach and resort areas. Sights around here were interesting as some of my pictures on the live/blog documented. BUT, it was not right next to a giant shopping mall, nor at the old market areas, nor at the world's tallest building. BUT, it was relatively handy and worked super well for our interests and needs. With our private guide and those tours, it all worked well and reasonably handy. For our private guide for Dubai and Abu Dhabi, we worked with Ute Kostle at www.konzept-arabia.com/en. She was super good, very knowledgeable, excellent English, etc., etc., etc. Loved having "conversations" with her and learning so much about this area, its people, rulers, growth, etc. Her email is: ute@konzept-arabia.com If you need more, just post any and all added questions on the live/blog for that trip last fall. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, you can see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 15,561 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
  9. Oh, that's the first time I had heard about the results of "salt water air" causing the shrinking of your clothes. BUT, it is better having a "weak excuse" of blaming it on us as passengers eating too much of the ship's good food. My view is that we were and are "victims" of Silversea serving dining delights that are too tasty and excellent. Great details and update about Skagway. Keep it coming!! Is your weather continuing to be very good and nice? From the Travel Section of the Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax newspapers in Australia five days ago, they had this headline: “What you need to know about going on a cruise in Alaska” with these highlights: “Everything about Alaska is big. At three times as big as France, it's the largest state in the US. It has nearly 55,000 kilometres of coastline. Even its famous wildlife is supersized – Alaska is home to the nation's largest bald eagle population, its polar bears and brown bears compete for the world's biggest bear title, Alaskan moose top the global scales and among the eight or nine whale species that cruise the region, the endangered blue whale – yes, you guessed it, the biggest in the world – has been spotted in Alaskan waters. And now Alaska has just experienced its biggest-ever cruise season, while 2020 looks like it will outdo even that. A record-breaking 1.2 million passengers sailed on a plethora of ships” Here is another key story summary point: "Juneau, Alaska's capital, offers such a vast choice of adventurous trips it is hard to pick one without suffering a severe case of FOMO. Choppering out to land on Mendenhall Glacier for a trek on the ice or a thrilling dog-sledding ride? Canoeing to the face of the glacier? A floatplane trip to Taku Glacier Lodge? Then there are foodie and brewery tours, gold-panning treks and twilight whale-watching cruises … but if the budget allows, you can't go past the full helicopter and dog-sledding experience." Full story at: https://www.traveller.com.au/cruise-alaska-the-bigger-picture-h1hokh THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, you can see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 15,561 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
  10. Appreciate this nice and helpful follow-up from Host Bonjour. Good ideas, tips and sharing. YES, after "Full story at:", I had the full web link to this full profile and right above that one picture, I noted "with this article a visual featured that is titled 'Copenhagen: postcard pretty'." in order to credit the London/UK Telegraph as to the source for this colorful and interesting picture used to illustrate their article about Copenhagen. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Lisbon, NWSpain, Bordeaux/Brittany: Live/blog, June 2017 from Portugal to France along scenic Atlantic Coast. Now at 29,603 views. Many interesting pictures, details for history, food, culture, etc.: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358
  11. Great above updating from our Richmond, Va., friend as to your adventures in Alaska. Keep it coming!! Great sharing. Also appreciate the nice comments and follow-ups from Stumblefoot and worldtraveller99. Fun!! This live/blog is now over 10,000 views. Glad that so many have dropped by, made comments, posted added info, etc. Don't be shy!! Happy to answer any questions, posted additional background, etc. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Panama Canal? Early 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through Panama Canal. Our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Now at 27,795 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580
  12. Good question!! My old memory gets a little fog, but as I re-call during our overall trip, YES, we had and took those malaria pills. Checked with my wife and she agreed that we did. BUT, I am not sure that the Botswana portion required use of those pills. It might have been because of being in the eastern part of South Africa. That was back in early 2016. Conditions could have changed as to areas/locations and needs for taking such malaria pills. Or, not??!! Do more current checking. It might also depend as to which part of Botswana or South Africa that you traveling. Continued great info and sharing from Omega1 and Mercury. Don't be shy with any and all questions and experiences. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, you can see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 15,561 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
  13. Just got an email from Silversea that was pumping up and pushing Far East cruises that involve starting or finishing in Hong Kong. My guess is that the recent "activities" and uncertainty there is affecting bookings in that region. Right or wrong? From the Wall Street Journal this morning, they had this headline: “Half-Full Hotels and Cheap Rooms: Hong Kong Tourism Suffers Worst Month” with this sub-head: "Drop is one of the clearest signs antigovernment protests are decimating parts of the local economy". Here are more of their story details/highlights: “The number of tourists visiting the city suffered one of the biggest drops on record in August, one of the clearest indications that months of antigovernment protests are decimating parts of the local economy. Tourist arrivals in Hong Kong fell 40% last month from a year ago, the worst decline since May 2003 when the city was grappling with the SARS virus that killed hundreds. Visitors and shoppers are getting caught up in the clashes, which have sometimes turned violent, quickly move between districts and have shut subway stations for hours at a time.” It's a sad, challenging situation there in Hong Kong. Given our time there early last year in Hong Kong, we are following these stories closely and hoping for the best in the future. Glad last year we were able to enjoy the unique aspects of Hong Kong over our four days there. Anyone with upcoming plans involving Hong Kong?? Full WSJ story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/half-full-hotels-and-cheap-rooms-hong-kong-tourism-suffers-worst-month-since-sars-11568025894 THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Live/blog from early 2018, first adventure through SE Asia, stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before exploring all over Vietnam and Cambodia, seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Now at 49,577 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2591474
  14. Appreciate this excellent suggestion and follow-up. Next week, we need to do our final payment for this Feb. 2020 Oceania cruise from Auckland to Papeete. Then, we will finalize our air arrangements and drill down deeper as to our options for exploring in and around NZ's North Island. Your tip is a good one and worthy of careful thought. Keep it coming with this great sharing and insights. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Venice: Loving It & Why??!! Is one of your future desires or past favorites? See these many visual samples for its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 85,058 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226
  15. YES!! Great tips and sharing on this thread. Wonderful insights. So glad that in 2016 that we allowed five days for doing exploring in and around Cape Town before starting our cruise sailing. So much to do and see, including the excellent winelands areas. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 46,890 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337
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