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May 17, 2015 - Brest, France and arrive in UK

*Saturday 16 May Day 69 (11) - Bordeaux, Scenic Cruising in Gironde Estuary We left the port at 4:30am in order to catch the outgoing tide so we missed some of the scenic river cruising because it was still dark. However it was getting light by six so we were able to see some of the riverside scenery. The river was quite narrow in places and we had to go under a couple of bridges which is probably why very few of cruise ships go into Bordeaux. John went up to breakfast and had his walk early whereas I had a bit of a lie-in again. It was a...

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May 15, 2015 - Leixõs, Portugal and Bordeaux, France

*Wednesday 13 May Day 66 (8) - Leixõs, Porto, Portugal We got to the port quite early again but the weather wasn't great, much cooler, cloudy with the promise of rain. The town didn't look great from the ship but we thought we would still walk along the sea front into the town. I felt better so at ten we disembarked. We went along the sea front after passing yet another ancient fort and had a cup of coffee and free WiFi. However the main town was two or three km away and we had to get back to the ship by 1pm so our trip ashore was pretty...

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May 13, 2015 - Alicante, Malaga, Gibraltar, Portimão, Lisbon

*Friday 8 May Day 61 (3) - Alicante, Spain Today was a slower day for me. John went ashore to explore Alicante but I really needed to rest up, write up my diary and send an instalment home. We also needed to sort out our bill at the front desk. That was a disaster and yet again they have had difficulty using our AMEX cash card. From January this year, HAL doesn't accept debit cards. That's tough really because both our AMEX and Visa cards are debit cards. Apparently about half the passengers on the ship have the same problem and all the...

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May 8, 2015 - Delphi, Greece; Taormina, Naples, Rome, Italy

*Saturday 2 May Day 55 - Itea, Delphi, Greece We weren't booked onto a tour and as it was another tender port, I didn't go ashore. Instead I decided to have my first swim in the pool while John caught the tender to explore Itea and Delphi. In Greek mythology , Delphi was the place where the world started and is therefore one of the most spiritual places in Greece. Perched on the slopes of Mount Parnassus, it was the location of the famed oracle and the Sanctuary of Apollo. Excavations in the nineteenth century uncovered the area's theatre...

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May 2, 2015 - Santorini, Athens, Katakolon (Olympia), Corfu and Albania

*Monday 27 April Day 50 - Thira, Santorini, Greece We moored in the beautiful Santorini Bay at eight with its dramatic sheer white washed cliffs and black sands. John was up quite early and went for his walk and had breakfast. I skipped breakfast. Being a tender port I won't be able to go ashore today especially since the actual town is at the top of a massive hill which means negotiating either several hundreds of steps or going in a cable car with a long walk at the top. I encouraged John to go because it's a beautiful place with heaps of...

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Apr 27, 2015 - Istanbul, Constanta, Varna, Lesbos, Mykanos, Marmaris

*Monday 20 April Day 43 - Istanbul, Turkey We were up at six although probably didn't need to get up too early to join our tour at a quarter to nine. We at least we're able to have a relaxed breakfast and plenty of time to get to the bus. We were quite a long way from the port office and although there was a port shuttle it didn't take scooters. It was the coldest morning to date as well with a really cold wind so we had to put several layers on to keep out the cold. The gangway was steep and stepped so the scooter had to be carried down...

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Apr 21, 2015 - Istanbul, Turkey

*Monday 20 April Day 43 - Istanbul, Turkey We were up at six so were able to have a relaxed breakfast and plenty of time to get to the bus for our tour. We were quite a long way from the port office and although there was a port shuttle it didn't take scooters. It was the coldest morning to date as well with a really cold wind so we had to put several layers on to keep out the cold. The gangway was steep and stepped so the scooter had to be carried down piecemeal so that took some time but we were still on the bus in good time. The driver...

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Apr 20, 2015 - Vacation in the Philippines

The Philippines comprise more than 7,000 islands, 79 provinces and 117 charted cities. As a vacation hot spot, the archipelago--the second largest in the world--draws divers and surfers, beach-goers and eco-tourists, spa-seekers and chic shoppers alike. The abundant coral reefs adjoining the islands make the beaches and coastal areas prime destinations for divers. If you have an interest in the nation’s storied history, don’t miss the sights of the Philippines vacation spot Cebu Cebu is the name of both a city and an island-province. It is...

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Apr 19, 2015 - Antalya, Bodrum, Kusadasi, Turkey

*Wednesday 15 April Day 38 - Sea day to Antalya, Turkey I'm still coughing and getting sick of feeling under par. I'm better in myself but John isn't great now. Still we've got a lot on the next few days and this is the part of the world we have been looking forward to. We have a sea day today so hope to shake off the bugs once and for all. We went to a cooking demonstration, did trivia, cruise classics and ate the Dutch High Tea (more calories in that than the rest of our meals all day!). We exchanged some dollars into Turkish Lira. We...

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Apr 14, 2015 - Malta, Iraklion (Crete), Ashdod (Israel), Haifa (Israel)

One of the things I didn't add when we were in Malta was the amazing harbour. It is surrounded on three sides by ancient walls and battlements. As we left on Thursday night we were given a seven gun salute (the shipping line actually pays for this) as you leave the harbour. It was quite impressive and I was able to get up for a few minutes to watch it from our balcony. John took some photos which were quite impressive. *Saturday 11 April Day 34 - Iraklion, Crete My temp is down at last and I'm able to get up again, though not for long! I...

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Apr 13, 2015 - Fractional Ownership

What is fractional Ownership? You hear the term all the time, yet what does it mean? Is it a Timeshare? Do you own real property? Fractional ownership has become fairly popular in the last few years. There are companies that are skilled in finding properties that are ideal for fractional ownership. These same companies then get the properties and repackage them for sale in the fractional ownership market. Usually these companies will also afford the properties and assist the groups of owners in renting the property. Obviously for this...

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Apr 10, 2015 - Gozo and Malta

Tuesday 7 April Day 30 - Sea day on the way to Mgarr, Gozo, Malta A welcome sea day today. I've felt increasingly unwell with another chest infection with a persistent dry cough and fever. We did the usual shipboard activities and always look forward to Trivia and the Cruise classics sports. The groups taking part are bigger since so many people got on at Barcelona but it's still fun and everyone enters into it with the idea of enjoying themselves. You certainly don't do it for the prizes! Then we went onto a lecture on the history of food...

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