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May 31, 2015 - A day near camp and flash floods

5-31-15 Camp day and flash floods Did not have any plans today other than taking care of camp business. I noticed that traffic in the area early Sunday morning was manageable. Since I needed to move the RV in order to dump the wastewater, I decided to go fuel up to save that hassle when it comes time to leave. The fueling, sewer dumping, and re-parking all went well. That leaves shopping for supplies (food) left to do. There is a shopping center nearby according to Google earth with actual parking lots! We went there to see if it was real....

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May 30, 2015 - A Broadway show

5-30-15 A Broadway show Today we need to be in Midtown Manhattan by 2PM to see the Broadway show Julie purchased tickets for a while ago. It’s looking like another great day, i.e. HOT. We dressed comfortably and set out to retrace our steps from yesterday. We are not taking any chances so we left around 10AM. We took the water taxi over the river from New Jersey and sat a bit to admire the view and watch a million people running the trail along the river. I have never seen so many casual runners in my life. We did see some old folks (like...

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May 29, 2015 - Getting "Big City" travel skills

5-29-15 Getting “Big City” travel skills We do not have our tour guide Ray and his tour bus any longer, so we will have to figure out how to get around the city by ourselves. There are several ways to get to Manhattan from Jersey City, but we think the most fun way is by ferry or water taxi. There are a couple ferry terminals near the RV park on Morris Canal Basin. We took the one from Warren St to the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal near Nelson Rockefeller Park, Manhattan. The ride was fast, scenic, and very pleasant. Finding a...

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May 28, 2015 - Bob and Julie takes Manhattan

5-28-15 Bob and Julie take Manhattan The day started out warm but muggy. The ceiling is so low you cannot see most of the Manhattan skyline, rain is predicted later in the day. No matter, we had scheduled to take the NYC tour including a ferry ride to Ellis Island and Liberty Island, home of the Statue of Liberty. At 8:45AM, our tour guide, Ray, picked us up at our RV park and delivered us to Liberty Park, NJ to get on the ferry. Security to see the Statue of Liberty is VERY tight. The security checks (there were two), make airport security...

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May 26, 2015 - Bournemouth, Dorset; Wellingborough, Northants - UK

*Saturday 23 May Day 76 (6) - Wellingborough - staying with John and Vicky We had a relaxed start after our long day yesterday. Vicky did us proud with a healthy breakfast and then after talking we got ready to go to Wicksteed Park. Vicky had prepared a picnic lunch before leaving. The weather wasn't great. It had rained overnight and it was still cool, overcast and windy. The forecast had been for a warm, sunny day but we didn't see any sign of it! Wicksteed Park is one of the second oldest theme parks in the UK opening in 1921 and one of...

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May 23, 2015 - Bournemouth and Wellingborough, England

*Monday 18 May Day 71 (1) - Portland, Weymouth, Bournemouth, England - staying with Rod and Mavis The end of our cruise! We arrived at a cold, wet windy Portland at seven. We were still not really very sure about how we were going to get ourselves and our luggage off the ship at the port. Nobody was really sure about the port facilities and we hadn't really confirmed any definite arrangements about meeting Rod and Mavis. We were up at six so that we had plenty of time to organise ourselves. Our luggage was packed but we have so much with...

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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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