Monthly Archives: April 2012

Stuck in Paris

The trip narrative might have ended here if not for all on drama at our departure.  We had made such a smooth crossing of the Atlantic that the rocky seas and the boat bottoming out on the waves that occurred … Continue reading

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The Algarve-Portimao, Sagres, and Lagos, Portugal

Our final port before disembarking in Lisbon is Portimao, Portugal.  We only have the afternoon in port so we took a countryside tour of the Algarve, this seaside region of Portugal of about 100 miles.  The countryside was green and … Continue reading

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Casablanca and Marrakesh, Morocco

On the sea day before docking in Casablanca, the ambassador did his final presentation.  I was surprised to learn that as late as 1909, there were still no roads, no engineers, no doctors, and no pharmacists in Morocco.  The country … Continue reading

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The Canary Islands, Spain

Today we are docked at the island of Gran Canaria, the third largest of the seven main islands that comprise the Canary Islands.   The Capital of the Canaries shifts back and forth between the islands of Tenerife and Gan Canaria.  … Continue reading

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Life on Board

Silver Spirit was built to accommodate 540 guests, but there are only 220 on board for this transatlantic repositioning cruise.  It has been fun to get to know the other passengers and even some of the crew.  I know all … Continue reading

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Cape Verde, Africa

After five days at sea crossing the Atlantic, we arrived in Cape Verde off the coast of Africa.  If the name is familiar to you it is probably because this is where hurricanes start and then head our way.  Ironically, … Continue reading

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Hanging with the VIPs

We are crossing the Atlantic as the world recognizes the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s sinking. Although icebergs are sometimes sighted in the areas we are sailing through, we are farther south than the Titanic’s route and icebergs are not … Continue reading

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