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2 hours ago, Btimmer said:

I just posted a long update to my blog for Belem.  There's also some cautionary info in there for the first time.  
 

 

Wow! That was quite a tale. Thank you for sharing. Enough lemons! May the rest of your journey be sweet!

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1 hour ago, CJcruzer said:

Tim, I noticed on your blog there is day #1 in Manaus.   Did I miss your say #2, did you do a tour of the Opera House.   I think your blog skipped one day?

 

I love hoe you always make the best of a bad situation!

 

Carol

Carol,

 

Thanks for noting that.  I just reposted it.

 

Great time on Devil's Island.  The weather clouds parted and it's wonderful here.

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Devil's Islands French name is Iles du Salut. Devil's Island is just one of the three small islands. Only the largest one is open to visitors.

 

By the way, the gold chain snatching; for all those on South American cruises, don't wear precious looking jewelry on shore. It's common sense not to show any kind of riches with so much poverty around. Take a small camera and put it away after each shot. 

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11 hours ago, Tbay said:

We are doing this cruise next year, and I appreciate your cautionary warnings.  You have had quite the adventure. Stay safe.

 

Glad to hear you made it onto Devil's Island!

For those doing this cruise next year, the Roll Call is up and running. Click HERE!

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17 minutes ago, Krazy Kruizers said:

Glad you made kit to Devil's Island.

 

Are they still selling "certificates" on Devil's Island indicating that you were there?

I looked but didn't see anything like that.  Very few of the items in the hotel gift shop had Devil's Island imprinted on them. Some T-shirts did.

 

 

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We just concluded a coffee chat with the Hotel Director.  He said the transit fee paid for the Amazon was $250,000 to the pilot agency.  And the two pilots who grounded the ship are blacklisted with HAL.  They are also re-assessing the ports particularly Belem.

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Glad to read that your Brazilian  speakers finally arrived and that you have enjoyed Brazilian cultural activities.

America's Test Kitchen sounds alive and well.

Smart move on your iPhone to make room for more photos.

Thank you for bringing all of us along again.

Barbara

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On 12/9/2019 at 10:16 AM, Floridiana said:

Devil's Islands French name is Iles du Salut. Devil's Island is just one of the three small islands. Only the largest one is open to visitors.

 

By the way, the gold chain snatching; for all those on South American cruises, don't wear precious looking jewelry on shore. It's common sense not to show any kind of riches with so much poverty around. Take a small camera and put it away after each shot. 

No, the group of 3 islands is called Iles du Salut, The island were Hal drops you is called Ile Royale, Ile du Diable is devil''s island and on the right side is Ile du Saint Joseph.

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We've been busy the last few days, so below are a few pictures from our day on Barbados which was wonderful.  The lemon trees are totally shriveled.  Written details will be in my blog which will be published by this evening my time.  
 

The rabbit looking creature is a Marra which is a large rodent.

 

The alligator looking critter is a caiman.

 

Thanks everyone for your comments as we travel this journey.

 


 

 

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