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Mantua, Italy

About now you are saying, “where have I heard of Mantua?  It sounds familiar.”  In Act III of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is banned from Verona for slaying Tybalt.  He flees to Mantua.  Ah, a city of romance.  Locals … Continue reading

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A Rough Start to Natasha’s Latest Visit to her Favorite Foreign Country-Italy

I was going to start blogging on the day I arrived in my favorite foreign country, Italy, but we had such a rough start I wanted things to settle a little first.  When you have been to 110 foreign countries, … Continue reading

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Update on Azamara Quest

My loyal readers will recall that there were problems with our approach into Picton, New Zealand caused by the local pilot who hit the rocks. The cruise company is required to have a local pilot on board when they are … Continue reading

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Picton, New Zealand

Today we are docked in Picton, New Zealand at the northern point of country’s southern island. Although there are also small islands that are part of the country, New Zealand is considered a country of three islands, the southern island, … Continue reading

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Dunedin, New Zealand

We are in Port Chambers the seaport gateway for Dunedin on the southern island of New Zealand.  Our tour today is by train into the Taieri River Gorge of gold rush fame.  We were actually met directly on the pier … Continue reading

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Milford Sound, New Zealand

For the last two days we have crossed the Tasman Sea. We are once again on the boat today, but land is in sight as be traverse the fjords on the southwestern side of New Zealand. Warned of the Tasman’s … Continue reading

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Hobart, Tasmania

This morning we are in the capital of Tasmania, Hobart. The state has a population of 512,000 people and about 100,000 live in Hobart. If you add in its suburbs, about half of the island’s population lives here. As you … Continue reading

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Final Days in Cabo San Lucas

More golf today for some, this time at Cabo del Sol.  It was a full day outing for these guys, but they loved the course and likened their experience to Pebble Beach.  The original plan was to drive to San … Continue reading

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Maputo, Mozambique

Our next stop is Maputo, Mozambique a destination clearly only included in the itinerary on the urging of their tourism agency.  During the Portuguese domination Maputo was known as Lourenco Marques.  The city, the country’s largest and its capital, is … Continue reading

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East London and the Inkwenkwezi Game Reserve, South Africa

After a rough night and a horrific sea day with most of the passengers having skipped at least one meal, we reached our first port on the East Cape of South Africa, East London.  East London is the only river … Continue reading

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