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Mar 2, 2017 - Monday, February 27, 2017 – Shanghai, China – The Bund, the financial center of the city, Ryukyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao Bazaa

Monday, February 27, 2017 – Shanghai, China – The Bund, the financial center of the city, Ryukyuan Garden, Chenghuangmiao Bazaar and the Evening River Cruise on the Mother River known as Huangpu River. Today is our last day in China. Last night after we arrived at the ship we went to Happy Hour, watched the lights of Shanghai light up the night, it was quite pretty. Dinner with two table mates, Ginny and Rich. Woody was quarantined and Susie was not coming to dinner. Our other tablemates were in San Francisco keeping a promise made to...

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Mar 2, 2017 - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 and Wednesday, March 1, 2017…AT SEA

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 and Wednesday, March 1, 2017…AT SEA We did little during the day as we were so tired from all the China walking and touring. I went to Arts and Crafts both days, Dad went to the casino and lost. At night on the 28th was Fat Tuesday part of Mardi Gras so we first went to dinner at the Canaletto with Cruise Specialists or travel agent, then upstairs to dance from 9-11. Quite fun, very good and fast dance music so we had a great time. Your Dad’s cold is much better, little coughing still but otherwise he’s much...

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Feb 28, 2017 - Saturday, February 25, 2017 – Xi’an (See On), China – Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Muslim/Culture Street

Saturday, February 25, 2017 – Xi’an (See On), China – Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Muslim/Culture Street This hotel was not as good as the first, there was mold in the bathroom and shower. The room was a good size and I did find another carry bag which was good. The bed was comfortable, so for one night we all thought it was adequate. Breakfast was ok as well. Today was another big day with the Terracotta Warriors and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda being the main highlights. Everything seems to be one hour from each other, at...

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Feb 28, 2017 - Sunday, February 26, 2017 – Shanghai, China – Zhouzhuang Water Village

Sunday, February 26, 2017 – Shanghai, China – Zhouzhuang Water Village About two hours outside Shanghai is a water village which was fun to tour. It was crowded but we enjoyed walking around seeing the shops, visiting the opera house and another house. We had lunch in the village, shopped for Chinese souvenirs and enjoyed a river cruise on their small inlets. It was in an old canal type boat with a female oarsman. It has become pretty obvious the women work very hard here and are the primary caretakers of the family. We saw a lot of...

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Feb 24, 2017 - Friday, February 24, 2017 Beijing, China Day 3 Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, and the Summer Palace

Friday, February 24, 2017 Beijing, China Day 3 Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, and the Summer Palace Today is a long day. We are visiting three major sites then flying to Xi’an. (Pronounced See on) Tiananmen Square is a city square in the center of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen ("Gate of Heavenly Peace") located to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong. Mao Zedong...

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Feb 23, 2017 - Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Beijing, China Day 2

Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Beijing, China Day 2 Today started with a good breakfast buffet in our beautiful hotel. Pretty nice, slippers and robes, phone in bathroom, music controls in bathroom, plenty of shampoo, conditioners, etc. Room also included folding canvas styled bags to carry stuff in, postcards, combs, toothbrushes, vanity kits, emery boards, shower caps and a lot of stuff all over the room. I don’t think I have ever seen so many switches, plugs, etc. in a hotel room. The beds are two slightly larger than a normal single, the...

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Feb 22, 2017 - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – Beijing, China

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – Beijing, China We awoke to snow on the ground, a freak snow fall not seen in the past 10 years…figures. Up to the Lido for an early breakfast as we were meeting our tour mates at 7:30 to disembark at 8 am for immigration procedures. The plan for today is to go to Beijing, approximately a two hour ride from the port and go and see the Temple of Heaven, see an evening acrobatics show and have a Dim Sum Dinner before checking into our hotel for the next two days. But first we had to wait for the roads to open as...

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Feb 22, 2017 - Monday, February 20, 2017 and Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – 2 days at sea Today we are still rocking and rolling, temperature is

Monday, February 20, 2017 and Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – 2 days at sea Today we are still rocking and rolling, temperature is a balmy 27 degrees with wind gusts to 55 miles/hour…gale winds and sea today. We have been in the room most of the day, only out for breakfast. At least I was out, not Dad he is still under quarantine but we expect it will be lifted this evening as he has no fever. Here’s hoping as we have seen every movie on the TV today. Dad is napping, still coughs though less than before, just wiped out. But he has to try or we...

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Feb 19, 2017 - Sunday, February 19, 2017 – Day at Sea

Sunday, February 19, 2017 – Incheon, South Korea Day 2 Well your Dad has come down with some kind of bug, he has been coughing and congested like most on the ship but is now running a fever 100.8….so off to the doctor’s we went. He is not quarantined to the room for 24 – 36 hours. I sure hope he’s out in time for China overland, would be bad to miss this. I left the ship with the computer and took the shuttle to Incheon where I used their really fast internet to post a lot of pictures, up to the start of the Osaka days. It was great. I...

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Feb 19, 2017 - Saturday, February 18, 2017 – Incheon, South Korea (Seoul)

Saturday, February 18, 2017 – Incheon, South Korea (Seoul) I forgot to let you know our current cruise log information we have gone from FLL to Osaka, Japan a total of 5110 miles, pretty cool! Today is the coldest yet, only 27 degrees and windy at times making it feel even colder. Incheon Port has some kind of issue with tides, so we had to go through a lock to enter the channel to the port. Once through it was a short time until we docked in a mostly industrial area. Their tourist information was outside waiting with maps, but not much...

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Feb 17, 2017 - Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Nagasaki, Japan

Thursday, February 16, 2017 – Nagasaki, Japan We have traveled from the beginning of WW2, Pearl Harbor to its end, Nagasaki, Japan and it has been quite a trip. Today we visit the end where we dropped the atomic bomb for the second time in our history and also the history of the world. August 9, 1945, the sky opened up from being overcast, cloudy to show a city below which the Americans were looking for and soon this city, Nagasaki would be no more. Our B29, a flying fortress, Boxcar, hit the city with the second atomic bomb. It exploded...

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Feb 17, 2017 - Friday, February 17, 2017 – Day at Sea

Friday, February 17, 2017 – Day at Sea Today was a busy day starting with another cruise critic meeting at 10 am, I started the meeting with a couple of short announcements, and then Dad and I left for a culinary class on Asian cooking. The class was 2.5 hrs. long with hands on cooking with the chef and then we ate lunch in the Pinnacle Grill. The chefs prepared the same items we made for us for lunch. You are not allowed to actually eat what you make, but you can taste it???? Anyway, the lunch was great, the food wonderful and we are going...

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