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GeorgeCharlie

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    Alberta, Canada
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    Travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    HAL, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Iceland

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  1. The day before the cruise departed, we had arranged through Cruise Critic to meet up with several of our fellow cruisers for a “Desert Safari”. After about an hour of driving time, we arrived at the first event of where they had some camels. Then we went on the "dune bashing part - and for ones of us crunched up in the back, it was more of a "passenger bashing" ride!! And stops for picture taking. Then we carried on to the venue where they were holding the main evening events, which included a buffet meal, camel rides, and live enterta
  2. We were in Abu Dhabi in Dec 2016 and stayed a few days prior to departing on a cruise to India. We found Abu Dhabi to be an interesting enough place to visit, but found the city to be similar to Dubai - in that they have been developed over the last few decades and present a façade similar to Las Vegas. Downtown skyline. Some of the places we visited. The Grand Mosque. Abu Dhabi Golf Club. The UAE Heritage Village, which is setup to display various past life-styles and industries. It included an old-style souk.
  3. We visited Shimizu in April 2018. On arrival we were unable to see Ft. Fuji from the ocean side, but we had booked a private excursion which took us around to the other side. Fortunately, the inland side of the mountain was mostly clear of cloud, so we were able to see the mountain fairly well. By the time we started to head back to the ship, the clouds were rolling back in. We were lucky, as the ones who stayed on the ocean side, said it stayed cloudy all day and they never did see the mountain.
  4. After lunch we drove over to the Omaha Beach area, where Patrick gave a brief presentation regarding the D-Day landing.
  5. After our visit to the Cemetery, Patrick took us to a quaint local restaurant for lunch. I've always viewed French meals as being rather dainty in portions, but that was definitely not true for what Patrick said would be great place to grab a quick snack. We both ordered the grilled-cheese sandwich and neither of us were able to finish our meal. Should of ordered one and shared it. Patrick had his normal order of the quiche, as he said it was a nice light meal. Patrick is an ex-restaurateur, so he should have a good understanding of meal sizes.😋
  6. In memory of D-Day, the following is taken from part of the review I did covering our visit to Normandy in 2019. The main stop for our tour was the Normandy American Cemetery which is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. The 172.5-acre cemetery contains the graves of 9,387 United States military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. Burials here also include the graves of Army Air Force crews shot down over France as early as 1942. Another 1,557 names are inscribed on the Walls of the Missing. Main walkway
  7. The main stop for our tour was the Normandy American Cemetery which is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach. The 172.5-acre cemetery contains the graves of 9,387 United States military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. Burials here also include the graves of Army Air Force crews shot down over France as early as 1942. Another 1,557 names are inscribed on the Walls of the Missing. Main walkway into the Cemetery. A photo taken from the Cemetery looking down at Omaha Beach and the hill the soldi
  8. We then did a quick visit to Utah Beach. The main Display centers at Utah Beach were not yet open, so we did a brief walk around of the main beach area. Most of the memorialization for D-Day has been done at the Omaha Beach site, where the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is located. There is a Memorial to one of the most common landing crafts used during D-Day. The site also included one of the Higgins boats.
  9. The church has an interesting stained-glass window, which was installed when the church was rebuilt after the war. If you closely, you'll notice it depicts two paratroopers, in remembrance to all the paratroopers who lost their life in the liberation of the town.
  10. The first stop on the tour was at the town of Sainte-Mère-Église, which was the first French town liberated by the Allies. This stop was of special interest to one of our tour members (James), as he is a retired paratrooper and officer from the US Army. The town was the location of a well-known incident involving paratrooper John Steele, whose parachute caught on the spire of the town church, and he could only observe the fighting going on below. He hung there limply for two hours, pretending to be dead, before the Germans took him prisoner. Steele escaped four hours later and rejo
  11. The wonderful tour guide Susan found was Patrick Hilyer who owns (along with his wife Nicky) the We Love Normandy tour company. https://www.welovenormandy.com/ The really great thing about Patrick is that he is originally from England (moving to Normandy in 2003), so English is his first-language and therefore understanding him wasn’t a problem - he didn’t even have that bad of an English accent!! Patrick (on the left, in the blue sports jacket) toasting our group during our lunch break in a small restaurant at Omaha Beach. It was Mother’s Day, so all
  12. Seeing the 77th anniversary of the D-Day landings is upon us, I have decided to jump forward to our stop in Cherbourg and do a review of our visit to the Normandy area, which was during the 75th anniversary. Considering the special nature of the 75th anniversary, Cherbourg was one of the first ports I tried to arrange a private tour. Even starting over a year in advance, I found most of the better known tour companies were either already booked or were quoting ridiculous prices (3-4 times higher then normal). Although we really wanted to visit the Juno Beach area (where the Canadia
  13. A hot air balloon ride was something my DW and I had always wanted to do, and there’s a bit of a story as to where we finally got a balloon ride. Over the years we had tried to fit in a ride with one of the local companies but were never able to arrange it to our convenience. Seeing my DW had a significant birthday coming up in a couple of years, I suggested we do a balloon ride to celebrate it. As her birthday is in October and we frequently traveled to the Southwestern US at that time of the year, I was thinking of somewhere like New Mexico. Oh! Was I wrong!!
  14. Morning folks - looks like we're coming to the end of our first spell of hot weather for this summer. It's been getting up to 30 C (86 F) - temperatures we usually don't see until July. We've been to Copenhagen several times, including catching the Zuiderdam for a transatlantic crossing in 2018 and a B2B Highlands/Baltic cruise in 2019. We spent several days pre-cruise in 2018 and found Copenhagen to be very interesting and enjoyable area to visit. Seeing Copenhagen is a popular port, I'm sure many people will be posting great pictures ( as some have already done), so again I'll
  15. Thanks for the picture, hopefully we'll be able to get back to see some puffins some day. Cheers,
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