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Hello, everyone!

 

The fourth part of this thread reached over 5000 posts, so it's time to close it and start a new one. Part 4 is now closed, but remains available for review and reading at this link

 

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2559429

 

Please be reminded of the purpose of this thread:

 

 

 

Hi folks!

 

 

In order that we are able to continue to provide this special Watercooler opportunity the original reason for creating it must be adhered to....that is, it is for OFF TOPIC and conversational discussion not related to Silversea cruises.

 

 

Therefore, any and all discussion about Silversea -- no matter what it is -- needs to be posted on the main cruise line forum.

 

 

Of course the exception is ROLL CALLs and TOUR SHARES, which belong on the specific roll call for your sailing.

 

 

Thank you,

 

 

Laura

 

 

PS: I've subscribed to the thread and I'm enjoying the funnies and mostly all the food pics!

 

 

 

Please continue your water cooler discussion in this thread. :)

Edited by CC Help Jenn

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Good morning all (I just want to be first on Part 5). :D

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Hi friends:)……..just checking in here too...…….I never take food photos but I always love seeing what is posted:D

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Hi Bill, just doing our part to keep the CC server working hard. Hope it doesn't overheat...it's about 95F in the shade here and plenty humid. Like a cool spring day for you!

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Hello, everyone!

 

The fourth part of this thread reached over 5000 posts, so it's time to close it and start a new one. Part 4 is now closed, but remains available for review and reading at this link

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2559429

 

 

Please be reminded of the purpose of this thread:

 

Please continue your water cooler discussion in this thread. :)

 

Hi,

 

Thanks ..... but the link above is linking me to part 3 not 4 ........ :)

 

This is the link to part 4.

 

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2559429

 

I wish I understood why the same thread number appears to invoke two different threads. Weird.

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Greetings Coolers!

 

Today's funny...

 

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Have a great day all!

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That is what I call a proper meal M!

 

My insatiable appetite for all things social history particularly the unusual has turned up some interesting facts I was completely unaware of.

 

Quite a lot of modern history is taken with the history of slavery from Africa to the US and other places, but a lessor known slave trade was the reverse of that when during the 1600s Barbary pirates use to raid the channel and the “UK” and take hundreds of “Brits” into slavery – in effect Africans taking Brits for slaves. Who would have thought! :)

 

For example in 1640'ish it was believed that there were between 3000 and 5000 English holed up in Algiers having been sold as - or ready to be sold as slaves. Charities were set up in England in order to “buy them back” and repatriate the slaves back to their English villages and towns. It was so bad that in December 1640 a Committee for Algiers was set up by Parliament to oversee the ransoming back to the homeland of captives.

 

In 1645, another raid by Barbary pirates on the Cornish coast saw 240 men, women and children kidnapped. The following year Parliament sent Edmund Cason to Algiers to negotiate the ransom and release of English captives. He paid on average £30 per man (women were more expensive to ransom) and managed to free some 250 people before he ran out of money. Cason spent the last 8 years of his life trying to arrange the release of a further 400.

 

By the 1650s the attacks were so frequent that they threatened England’s fishing industry with fishermen reluctant to put to sea, leaving their families unprotected ashore.

 

Oliver Cromwell decided to take action and decreed that any captured corsairs should be taken to Bristol and slowly drowned. Lundy Island, where pirates from the Republic of Salé had made their base, was attacked and bombarded, but despite this, the corsairs continued to mount raids on the coastal towns and villages in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset.

 

Those kidnapped would be sent to the slave markets of the Ottoman Empire to be bought as labourers or concubines, or pressed into the galleys where they would man the oars. The Spanish novelist Miguel de Cervantes, author of ‘Don Quixote’, was a captive in Algiers between 1575 and 1580, when he was ransomed by his parents and the Trinitarians, a Catholic religious order.

 

The Barbary slave trade even features in Samuel Pepys’ diary, in an entry from 8th February 1661:

 

‘…went to the Fleece Tavern to drink; and there we spent till four o’clock, telling stories of Algiers, and the manner of the life of slaves there! And truly Captn. Mootham and Mr. Dawes (who have been both slaves there) did make me fully acquainted with their condition there: as, how they eat nothing but bread and water.

 

… How they are beat upon the soles of their feet and bellies at the liberty of their padron. How they are all, at night, called into their master’s Bagnard; and there they lie. How the poorest men do use their slaves best. How some rogues do live well, if they do invent to bring their masters in so much a week by their industry or theft; and then they are put to no other work at all. And theft there is counted no great crime at all…’

 

Something had to be done. In 1675 Sir John Narborough, backed by a Royal Navy squadron, managed to negotiate a peace with Tunis. A heavy naval bombardment by the British then brought about a similar peace with Tripoli.

 

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J...I'm not much of a history buff so this was an eye-opener! Thanks for the history lesson!

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J...I'm not much of a history buff so this was an eye-opener! Thanks for the history lesson!

 

I suppose the inevitable consequence of this is that there must be descendants of white slaves currently living in Africa in the same way that there are currently the descendants of black slaves living in the US and the Caribbean.

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Quite a lot of modern history is taken with the history of slavery from Africa to the US and other places, but a lessor known slave trade was the reverse of that when during the 1600s Barbary pirates use to raid the channel and the “UK” and take hundreds of “Brits” into slavery – in effect Africans taking Brits for slaves. Who would have thought! :) For example in 1640'ish it was believed that there were between 3000 and 5000 English holed up in Algiers having been sold as - or ready to be sold as slaves.

 

Personally, I am very interested in history and appreciate this posting from Jeff. Lots of unique twists and turns are found in our various histories. Just recently signed up for Netflix and have been loving it in watching The Crown series. Not sure all for the "facts" are 100% correct for the Royal family, but it is a well-crafted series with great production values, excellent staging, nice costuming, wonderful classic cars, etc.

 

Congrats for starting Part Five at the Cooler.

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 209,566 views for this posting.

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Reminds me of my recipe for filthy fries.

Caramelised onions, smoked bacon lardons and fries, topped with BBQ sauce then grated cheese and finished under the grill. Absolute filth!

Will take a piccy next time I make it!

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Unibok....glad you are enjoying the funnies! :) That article you linked to made my arteries seize up!

 

DW....yes please post a pic of your creation! It sounds yummy and artery clogging!

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Reminds me of my recipe for filthy fries.

Caramelised onions, smoked bacon lardons and fries, topped with BBQ sauce then grated cheese and finished under the grill. Absolute filth!

Will take a piccy next time I make it!

Oh, that sounds lovely. Pure food porn!

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Those dishes look delicious J! I would love to tuck into one of those (smaller serving size required though). :)

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the bacon fries sound insanely good.

 

next, bit of advice seeking any ideas for a good hotel in Athens.

Sorted out the long lay over at Heathrow, now whittled down to a few hours!

(which is entirely manageable and no need for a place to sleep)

thanks all for the help with the suggested airport hotel, now if anyone knows of a good place to stay in Athens...

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the bacon fries sound insanely good.

next, bit of advice seeking any ideas for a good hotel in Athens.

thanks all for the help with the suggested airport hotel, now if anyone knows of a good place to stay in Athens...

 

YES, bacon fries sound wonderful.

 

For Athens, look at the AVA Hotel and Suites that is very handy and close to the Plaka, Acropolis Museum, historic locations, etc. We stayed here in 2006 for three nights and loved both its location and service/style. This small, boutique hotel still gets super high ratings from TripAdvisor and other sources. Need more info on this hotel? Want any visuals to prove its excellent location?

 

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, San Juan, etc.):

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

Now at 58,652 views for these postings.

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Hi Spins,

 

Most Americans seem to reccomend and gravitate to The Grande Bretagne. The main advantage is it’s perfect location.

 

We still always use The Intercontinental. The main reason is obviously firstly our affinity to the brand but in particular our travel rarely involves much evening or night activities and the Club Lounge has a glorious view from it’s outside eating and drinking area towards The Acropolis and we always use a suite that also has an outside terrace that overlooks it as well.

 

This means that after a days walking we relax with a glass or three and some nibbles with that unique view ...The hotel also has a shuttle to the main square just by The Grande Bretagne and I think they have an airport shuttle as well.

 

Views from the Club Lounge and suite terrace ..... it is gorgeous and relaxing at night ....

 

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... some of our piccies ....

 

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Hi Dave,

 

Sometimes we have been known to order one as a sort of reinforced side dish alongside another main course.

 

They go well with a plate of bratties for example.

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Oooo lovely Jeff,

When I did my work experience from college I worked at the Chester Grosvenor and they wouldn’t let ladies order the Choucroute Alsacienne. They were advised that it wasn’t a dish suitable for ladies. Not sure you could do that now!

 

Now that really was food porn.

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Hi Bill, ...it's about 95F in the shade here and plenty humid. Like a cool spring day for you!

 

No... you're (currently) hotter than Vietnam. ;p Here in Vung Tau, it's 5:55 a.m. and 77F with a forecast high of 84F this afternoon - perfect! It very rarely goes above 95F because of the moderating effect of the ocean.

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Does anyone have an idea when Silversea will post the rest of the 2020 itineraries ?

 

See the opening post.

 

We are not allowed to tell you here. If we did I am afraid that we would have to kill you. :D

 

Start a new thread!

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Yum, thinking about choucroute now. Had some in Brussels that was particularly nice. With Gewurztraminer, of course!

 

Spins, good news about the trimmed layover. I guess I fit into Jeff's American stereotype because I was going to recommend the Grande Bretagne. Have stayed there a few times and always enjoy it. Only problem is that it's right on Syntagma Square, and across from Parliament. So if there is a demonstration, it's right there in your face. Enjoyed the suite/sweet pictures that Jeff posted of the Intercontinental. I have driven by there a few times and I am not as excited by the location, so Grande Bretagne so far always wins for me.

 

Archipelago, thanks for asking but unfortunately Jeff is right. We have been forbidden from discussing anything related to Silversea on this forum. Luckily the punishment isn't quite as severe as he said... So if you post your question in a different thread we will happily answer.

 

Davey, also looking forward to pics of those fries. We were home later than usual and had errands to run so a quick burger and fries for dinner tonight. Yummy but not fancy.

 

Bill, glad to hear that you have ocean breezes to keep it pleasant. I don't know much at all about your part of the world - but glad to learn!

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Bill, glad to hear that you have ocean breezes to keep it pleasant. I don't know much at all about your part of the world - but glad to learn!

 

There are only two seasons here:

- hot and dry

- hot and wet.

 

It's currently 'the wet'. While it rarely goes above 95F, 95 is not at all unusual (in either season).

 

EDIT: P.S. My apartment does not have heating. It does, however, have two air conditioners.

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Bill...I could cope nicely in that climate! I yearn to leave the icy fingers of winter behind!

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Bill...I could cope nicely in that climate! I yearn to leave the icy fingers of winter behind!

 

Being Canadian, I understand. ;) I'll never forget the first time I could go out in the rain without 'bundling up'... it just seemed so WEIRD!

 

P.S. I have not worn shoes (only flip flops/sandals) or socks since I moved here from China.

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Greetings Coolers!

 

It sounds like you have found your own piece of paradise Bill! Continue to enjoy it!

 

Today's funny...this is how we roll...or row.....

 

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Have a great day all!

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next, bit of advice seeking any ideas for a good hotel in Athens.

.

 

Hi Spins,

Last time I was in Athens (2014), I stayed at the Hera Hotel:

https://www.herahotel.gr

It's a very friendly, reasonably upscale, boutique hotel centrally located with a useful rooftop bar and restaurant with good views of the Acropolis.

Not as posh as other recommendations maybe, but very satisfactory and probably less expensive.

Looking forward to Sept!

B

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Ha Ha Ha J! When I said "this is how we roll" I did not mean "Rolls". :) We have one car and it is a Saturn Ion (2007). Myster was a fan of the polymer side panels. It works for us and allows us to spend our money are more entertaining life options.

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Haha, first thing I noticed was the Mercedes, parked in two spots. How cliché!

 

Love the canoe, though.

 

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That meal looks delish J!

 

An interesting article from the 1843 magazine on Lough Foyle.

 

https://www.1843magazine.com/travel/uncharted-waters

 

 

"Look at a map of Ireland and the large triangle of Lough Foyle seems to deserve attention. It is a sandy bay with steep hills on both sides. Fishing villages hug the shore and it often teems with birds. On still summer days the water is like a mirror, but storms roll across Lough Foyle too. Some people like to blame Manannan mac Lir for these storms, a Celtic sea-god associated with the lough. Such gods can feel real when waves crash through the narrow opening from the Atlantic.

 

Lough Foyle is also the final stretch of an international border. One shore is Northern Ireland and the other the Republic of Ireland. That border was drawn in 1922, leaving Northern Ireland part of the United Kingdom when the rest of the island became independent. For decades the line between them bristled with military watchtowers and customs facilities. I grew up near there and remember them well. Then, in the 1990s, two things happened: a peace accord brought stability, and the European single market was created, and included both countries. All border infrastructure became redundant and was dismantled. The demarcation became invisible. For 20 years now people have been crossing the line unhindered, to shop, work or see friends.

 

Britain’s impending exit from the European Union threatens this delicate arrangement. Britain leaving the EU or, more specifically, leaving the customs union will make the border a trade barrier and so require controls. It is hard to imagine how this will work with the land border – it has more than 200 crossing points – but at least we know where the line is drawn. The border at Lough Foyle isn’t even charted, a deliberate oversight to avoid an argument that would have run and run. Officially, Britain claims the whole body of water up to the high-tide mark and, officially, the Irish government rejects this claim. In reality a cross-border agency manages the lough and neither side attempts to assert ownership. Demarcation ends where the lough begins, with 15 miles still to go until the open ocean. With both sides in the single market and customs union this has been manageable, but if the full force of EU trade legislation is enacted on the lough then that helpful ambiguity may not survive. The exact co-ordinates of the border in Lough Foyle would have to be decided, reawakening an old conflict we thought we had escaped. Landscape and history meet in this bay and are pushing us towards an uncertain future."

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Thanks all for the recommendations.

After hours of pouring over hotel websites, I finally ended up with an airbnb place. Its not in the plaka area or in downtown near the huge gardens and park, but is an amazing place. It does have the inspiring views and a large terrace. Some of the best experiences I have had on trips were staying in a local apartment and cooking food that I purchased locally. I am fine without room service!

I am happy with it.

Saying that, I have had a bad, really bad airbnb experience, and an excellent one, lets hope the odds will ever be in my favor.

I am now teaching DH about the over 800 relatives and ancestors I found. Its not going that well, lets just say he will need an outline.

 

Jolly,

looking forward to September as well!

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