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Mar 27, 2010 - Vietnam to Bangkok to Chicago

LEAVING VIETNAM OFF THE SHIP BANGKOK March 22, 2010 Our sail away from Vietnam was interesting. Everyone was supposed to be on board at 530. Sheri and I were enjoying our balcony at 6:20 when the ship started to move very slowly from the dock. At the same moment a car pulled up, the guy got out and yelled at the bridge to stop the ship. The ship didn’t stop! Sheri took great joy in yelling to the guy that he was late. We later learned that the wife decided to have a dress made at 3:30 and took a cab to the dressmaker’s shop. The people were...

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Mar 20, 2010 - Saigon

MARCH 20, 2010 HO CHI MINH CITY – SAIGON What a beautiful historic city! It is very interesting to visit this nation that made up such an important part of United States history when I was going to college. In Viet Nam it was The American war. The former US Embassy in Saigon is a museum to the war. The former South Vietnamese presidential palace is the Reunification Palace. Ho Chi Minh’s portrait dominates the Post Office lobby. The central part of the city is the Saigon district and it is still called Saigon. The city has 10 million...

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Mar 15, 2010 - Shanghai

SHANGHAI March 13, 2010 We spent the day in Shanghai, China. Wow! This place is really different. It is a city of 20 million. Our ship docked in the container port about 1 hour from downtown. When we got to the city center we shared the street with thousands of mostly young Chinese men, comparatively few women. People constantly approached us to buy Rolex watches, etc. We ended up with Chok, a wonderful young man who became our personal guide. He helped us find a Post Office where we bought some cards and stamps (they even have paste for...

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Mar 12, 2010 - Hong Kong

March 11, 2010 Hong Kong Hong Kong is the jewel in the crown of our trip. All of the accolades you have heard about Hong Kong are true. The harbor is magnificent. The city is built on mountains with most living in high rise buildings. We took the tram up the side of the mountain for a better view. I’m sure you have seen this many times in the movies, but being here is fantastic. Traffic is unreal, but most people take public transportation. We toured the city and then went to the ladies’ market. Paradise! (Lavonne, cancel the trips to...

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Mar 7, 2010 - goannas lizards

Thanks to my buddy Carl for this info on the lizard we spotted in Exmouth: As we are reading along with your various descriptions of locations and things, I cannot help but look things up. Great fun....e.g. you were talking about a lizard/salamander below. What I found seems to match your description: Monitor lizards also known as bayawak or goannas, genus Varanus, are members of the family Varanidae. Varanus is a group of carnivorous lizards which includes the heaviest living lizard, the Komodo dragon, and the water monitor which is the...

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Mar 7, 2010 - Kota Kinabalu

March 7, 2010 Island of Borneo Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia Our ship stopped today in Kota Kinabalu (formerly the British colonial city Jesselton) on the island of Borneo. Part of Borneo is in the Philippines and part is in Malaysia. This island is a tropical rain forest is home to orangutans and proboscis monkeys as well as hundreds of varieties of exotic plants and animals. There is a large national park on Mt. Kinabalu, located about 60 miles from where the ship docked, is a protected area where many of these exotic plants and animals live in...

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Mar 3, 2010 - Exmouth Australia and At Sea

Exmouth Australia March 2, 2010 Finally a day in the Outback – it’s a desert with brush growing all over. What a thrill to see kangaroos hopping about. The signs warn you to be careful as they are just like our deer. A mom & her baby provided plenty of photo ops for us. We saw emus walking around town – very much like our ostrich. We saw a large gianna (like our salamanders), osprey &termite hills. The termite hills were much bigger than Gene and some as big as igloos. The heat today was about 100° with 88% humidity – so we ended up in a...

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Mar 1, 2010 - Albany & Perth

At Sea March 1, 2010 Albany, Australia Albany was a lovely surprise – a quaint little city with a brilliant coastline. Beaches are long and pristine with beautiful rock hills jutting up from the sea. The locals lined the shore and hills to both welcome us and bid us farewell. Five planes did a formation fly-over above our ship - what a welcome! Our shore stay was short so we went to the pub on board for lunch. I had a few hours at the pool and then worked out at the gym. Tonight is a cocktail at the Commodore Club overlooking the sea,...

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Feb 24, 2010 - February 25th Adelaide

February 25, 2010 Adelaide, Australia What a treat we had today in this lovely city. The architecture is very European and in some ways reminds me of New Orleans. The mall is an outside pedestrian Mecca comprised of shops, little coffee houses with outside seating, restaurants and wonderful street performers. The botanical gardens are just breathtaking and I had a delightful surprise whilst there. I came upon a lovely metal structure very much like a birdcage – I knew I had to have a photo there. After entering the cage I read the sign of...

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Feb 21, 2010 - Sydney & Melbourne

February 21, 2010 At Sea Today we are cruising in the Southern Ocean. We had two days in Sydney. Sydney is a fantastic city with ultra modern skyscrapers surrounding Darling Harbor. We spent one day going to beaches and riding ferries. The last day we stayed near Circular Quay where the ship docked. We visited the Opera House and the Botanical Gardens. The temperature was in the mid 80’s with lots of sunshine. About half of the passengers got off the ship in Sydney and were replaced by mostly Australians. All of our dinner companions left...

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Feb 17, 2010 - New Zealand

February 17th At Sea We just left New Zealand where we had days in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. We were at all of these ports last year, so we tried to do some different things. Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand and is very cosmopolitan. We took a ferry across the harbor to Devonport where we spent a very pleasant morning walking around the little town. Devonport reminds me of a resort town, but it is only a short ferry ride from downtown Auckland. The shops are very trendy and we had a nice coffee at a sidewalk coffee...

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Feb 12, 2010 - Auckland Feb 13th

We arrived in Auckland this morning. It is a beautiful city on the water. We went to Devonport via a fery accross the bay this morning. It is a resord area with a lot of nice shops and restaurants. Now we are in an internet caft trying to upload some pictures. If I get them uploaded, I'll send a link. The picture part of this blog is awkward and it is very slow to upload pictures from the ship. Tomorrow we sail on toward Christchurch. The link to my pictures is: http://picasaweb.google.com/BassPlayersDad/WorldCruise# There are a lot of...

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