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Mar 17, 2017 - Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – Houseboat – cruising the backwaters of Kerala

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 – Houseboat – cruising the backwaters of Kerala Today we move from our hotel to a houseboat to sail the backwaters of Kerala. The houseboats are found nowhere else in the world and have sailed the waters for generations. Largely because they have become a lucrative tourist attraction today they continue to sail a network of lakes, canals, estuaries and deltas of 44 rivers that drain into the Arabian Sea. The canals connect the villages together and are still used for local transportation. We checked into our...

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Mar 14, 2017 - Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – Kumarakom, India

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 – Kumarakom, India We left at 6:30 am this morning to walk to town, about 10 minutes and board a bus to go to the lake where at 7:30 we boarded an old sightseeing boat to tour the lake and look for wild life. Not too much in the way of wildlife, birds. wild boar, and a few small otters were seen. The views were specular from the mountains to the reflection off the calm waters. It was a nice tour. The next stop was the elephant sanctuary where we rode elephants around for 20 minutes. I enjoyed this very much. Our...

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Mar 13, 2017 - Saturday, March 11, 2017 – Cochin, India

Saturday, March 11, 2017 – Cochin, India We arrived late at our hotel after a long drive from the airport. The hotel was fine, breakfast OK and off we went with our guide and driver to see Cochin. Bill and I have been here before so we are revisiting sites we saw in 2015. First off this traffic is horrible, everyone, buses, scooters, tuk tuks, regular cars driving all over the place, in and out, their lane and ours. It is really frightening sometimes. I try to close my eyes if it is too scary. Our first stop was St. Francis Church where...

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Mar 13, 2017 - Sunday, March 12, 2017 Munnar, India day 3

Sunday, March 12, 2017 Munnar, India day 3 We thought yesterday’s traffic was bad, think again, today being Sunday everyone and their brother are out recreating all over this area. The original plan was to go to the Eravikulam National Park to see the rare mountain goat called Nilgiri Tahr. There are actually several names for these goat and they are off limits right now as this is breeding season, so they close the National Park for two months to protect the goats and the offspring. We did visit the Muttupetty dam and the Kundala Dam where...

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Mar 13, 2017 - Monday, March 13, 2017 – Periyar, India

Monday, March 13, 2017 – Periyar, India Today we start with another long four hour drive to reach Periyar also in the mountains like the last two nights but less tea grown here, more spices, especially Cardamom. Just bushes and bushes of cardamom all over the mountains and roadsides, all throughout the villages and towns. Spices are a big industry in India and I can see why, perfect climate for growing almost everything. Our ride was even worse today some of the roads were only wide enough for one not three as these drivers sometimes make...

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Mar 10, 2017 - Friday, March 10, 20 Singapore Day 217 – our overland to India begins

Friday, March 10, 20 Singapore Day 217 – our overland to India begins We were awake by 8 and up to the Lido for a big breakfast to tie us over for a while. You get so use to eating on a schedule and so many times a day, that when we leave for overland’s it is difficult to change your eating patterns. In Singapore, you cannot have chewing gum, food or drinks, tobacco products including chewing tobacco or an illegal drugs and they really mean it here so we cleared our purses, luggage and carry ons from all products mentioned, except we did...

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Mar 10, 2017 - Thursday, March 9, 2017 Singapore, Singapore.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 Singapore, Singapore. We have been here before so we decided to save my right knee and Dad’s bruised foot and not do too much before we leave tomorrow to begin our India overland. WE went to the mall the shuttle dropped us off at and met up with one of the sisters, Cathy. We walked around the mall, nothing much in there except coffee shops. WE crossed over the street to see another mall, better, it had a grocery store. We bought a few snacks to tie us over in India. Back to the ship and packed for our overland. At...

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Mar 8, 2017 - Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Phu My (Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Phu My (Saigon/Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam We were up very early in Phu My, the gateway coastal city to Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City. Ho Chi Minh was their hero who saved them from the war so they renamed the city for him after the war. Vietnam is a communist country and flies both the Vietnam flag and the communist one as well. It is very strange for us to be here especially after the Vietnam War issues. Bill is not too pleased to be here. He thought the city would be more modern, it is not, it is run down...

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Mar 6, 2017 - Monday, March 6, 2017 Dad’s 70th Birthday and Nha Trang, Vietnam

Monday, March 6, 2017 Dad’s 70th Birthday and Nha Trang, Vietnam Woke up early this am, room is filled with balloons, which keep falling off the walls and large 70th Birthday signs I brought from home, Cruise Specialists put a Happy Birthday sign on the door and sent a card as did Captain Jonathan. Dad opened all his cards, Ada and Chuck sent one as well. He opened his gift from Pam and Kim, said to say thanks for the $...we will spend it soon. The cards were great and he enjoyed reading each one. Give kisses to the Grands for him. He...

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Mar 5, 2017 - Saturday, March 4, 2017 and Sunday, March 5, 2017 – AT SEA

Saturday, March 4, 2017 and Sunday, March 5, 2017 – AT SEA Two days of relaxation after a very busy visit to China. We were bone tired but felt good as we saw and experienced everything we wanted to see in China. On board life took on a slower pace, mostly quiet and relaxing. We did go to Happy Hours, our new band is really good. Dancing is great. Dinners have been good and we saw two shows, one was the singers and dancers of the Amsterdam in Heat and the other was David Meyer and his wife performing on a one of a kind instrument a zylo...

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Mar 4, 2017 - On the way

Leave to meet the crew around noon, then at a Sheetz meet the first gang - then off again and meet the second. Long trip to the airport but we got there around 4:30 and waited for all to arrive. We are 15. Checked in all the 1400 pounds of bags then wandered off to security. Kitty got to go through the easy check and most of the rest of us through the regular. Not too much trouble but a pain. After security we stopped in a spot for dinner and chatting, then off to the gate. Flight boards at 10:00 and into Miami around 12:30.

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Mar 3, 2017 - Thursday, March 2, 2017 and Friday, March 3, 2017 – Hong Kong, China – Day One and Day 2

Thursday, March 2, 2017 and Friday, March 3, 2017 – Hong Kong, China – Day One and Day 2 Today we arrived in Hong Kong. The weather is more pleasant than it was, warmer and sunny. The only lingering problem is the smog, although not as bad as in China, still pretty hazy all morning making for cloudy pictures. We went to obtain our octopus card which is the local metro card where you put a set amount on it and can ride all the trains, subways and buses in the Hong Kong area. We rode out to Tai O, the fishing village Jeff and the sisters told...

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