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Exploring the Peruvian Amazon: Cocktails and Caimans

Another amazing day on the Amazon, today I really noticed the water line on the trees, realizing the water level is dropping fast. One of the first things we saw was a line of long nose bats on a tree … Continue reading

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Natasha Goes Swimming in the Amazon

More than anything else I heard from friends when I announced I was going to Peru, and in particular cruising along the Amazon, was don’t get in the water. No hands, no feet, and certainly no one had even contemplated … Continue reading

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Natasha and the Anaconda

So after that tremendous first full day on the Amazon and its tributaries, I didn’t think our naturalists could top it. It is always a toss up. Its nature; you never know what you will see. The schedule changed a … Continue reading

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Birthplace of the Amazon River, Peru

Our Amazon River Cruise is starting in Iquitos, Peru, a large city for the country with almost 500,000 residents (even more if you consider the squatters and the metro area) and a gateway city to the Amazon. It is the … Continue reading

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Natasha Goes to Peru

Boris and I are off again; this time on a river cruise on the Amazon River in Peru, followed by a visit to several Inca heritage sites, including Manchu Picchu.  We are fortunate to be able to fly directly to … Continue reading

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A Postscript to our French River Cruise

Our last night on board, we had to do our packing.  Luckily breakfast started at 6:15 am, so we were able to enjoy one last scrumptious meal before our 6:45 am disembarkation from the ship.  If you arrive and depart … Continue reading

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Last Touring Day in France: Arles, Olives, and an Artist Light Show

Today is our last touring day in France.  We will visit Van Gogh’s Arles, an olive farm, and see an artist’s light show that is touring internationally in its birthplace.  Normally we would take the morning tour and pack in … Continue reading

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Avignon in the Burgundy Region of France

Today we are in the beautiful French city of Avignon in Burgundy.  This is one of the few remaining cities that has all its city walls still in place; the walls stretch for over three miles.  At our berth along … Continue reading

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Viviers and Grignan, France, and a Truffle Dog

If a town could ooze charm, this is it.  Today we are in Viviers, France right on the Rhone.  This well-preserved medieval town thrived in both the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.  Some writers call it an “architectural open-air museum”.  … Continue reading

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The Twin Cities of Tain L’ Hermitage and Tournon, France along the Rhone River

After sailing all night on the Rhone, we are docked at Tain L’ Hermitage, France for a visit to the twin cities of Tain L’ Hermitage and Tournon.   After breakfast, we walked over to the historic Romanesque church built on … Continue reading

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