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  1. Take it easy, Lois!! Don't push too much and/or risk a successful recovery. Slow and very steady. Did you stay up last night to watch your Wisconsin Badgers? Great first half by that team. BUT, we were there in Indianapolis and were very happy about the second half success by our Ohio State team. Nice sunshine this morning in Indy. At noon, we find out the match-ups for the top four college football play-off teams. Plus, all of the other bowl-bound teams, including Michigan, Penn State, Alabama, etc. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise from Copenhagen, July 2010, to the top of Europe. Wonderful scenic visuals with key tips. Live/blog at 238,056 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923
  2. How did you October 2019 visit to Hong Kong work? Added insights, background and reactions? From recent reading, "things" still seem to be very tense and uncertain there. Other comments and experiences by others to share? THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 16,728 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
  3. Here is more from the New York Times Travel Section two weeks ago regarding the flooding. They had this headline: “The Flooding of Venice: What Tourists Need to Know” with these highlights: “The high water that devastated Venice this month — flooding its streets, its squares, its landmark churches — has prompted a political storm in Italy, fresh concerns about climate change and debates about how to protect one of the world’s most treasured cities. The city was built on a group of islands and islets in a lagoon separated from the Adriatic Sea by a thin stretch of land. Two rivers empty out in this lagoon, or laguna. Three canals run through that stretch of land, allowing in ships — and Adriatic Sea water. When the tide rises, the seawater enters the laguna; when the tide falls, it exits. That happens twice a day, every day, resulting in a mix of seawater and fresh water. Besides being brackish, Venice’s water is also highly polluted, since sewage water continues to be dumped in the canals. Sometimes strong winds and bad weather contribute to unusually high tides, which typically last between two and four hours. When Venetians talk about acqua alta, they mean a tide of 80 or more centimeters (about 2 feet) above the mean sea level. It’s a recurring phenomenon, especially in November and the winter months.” Much addition background and details have been provided, including: "In what was the worst flood for Venice since 1966, the high water on Nov. 12 reached 184 centimeters, or 6 feet, above sea level. A combination of rising tides and winds of more than 75 miles per hour from two different directions caused massive waves to crash into Venice. St. Mark’s crypt and mosaic floor have been damaged, the baroque church of St. Moses and the city university, in a 15th-century Gothic palace, have been flooded." Full story at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/20/travel/venice-flooding.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Barcelona/Med: June 2011, with stops in Villefranche, ports near Pisa and Rome, Naples, Kotor, Venice and Dubrovnik. Great visuals with key highlights, tips, etc. Live/blog now at 249,597 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474
  4. Appreciate these above kind comments and follow-ups. Very helpful sharing!! Keep up the great efforts and interest. Will be departing Feb. 8 to New Zealand for our second visit there and then departing Feb. 17 for our 18-day cruise from Auckland to explore the South Pacific for the first time on the way to Bora Bora and Tahiti/French Polynesia. Much recently in the news about Venice and its battles against the high waters. From the Travel Section of the London/UK Telegraph last month, they had this headline: “48 hours in . . . Venice, an insider guide to the City of Water” with these highlights: “There are days when visitors to this exquisite jewel box of a city outnumber locals two-to-one, and when getting from the station to St Mark's square is a battle. But despite this, Venice never loses its capacity to enchant: stepping out of the station to be greeted by a glittering canal with the dome of San Simeon Piccolo beyond remains heart-stopping, whether you're doing it for the first time or the 100th. Even at peak visitor periods, the worst excesses can be avoided and you're never more than a bridge away from secluded Venice with its quiet campi (squares), churches concealing luminous Madonnas, handsome Gothic palazzi – and bustling neighbourhood hangouts. Because there's more to Venice than peerless artistic riches from centuries past: it's also a hive of contemporary activity.” Many interesting ideas and options are outlined in this detailed profile. Much to consider when visiting charming and historic Venice. Full story at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/veneto/venice/articles/venice-travel-guide/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 16,728 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
  5. From the New York Times Travel Section that will be coming this weekend, they will have this headline: “36 Hours in Hobart” with this sub-head: "Pristine nature, an unhurried vibe, incredible food: The popularity of Hobart, and Tasmania in general, is growing, and for good reason." Here are some of the story highlights: “Tasmanians have heard all the tired jokes from mainland Australians. The country’s isolated southern island state has been so overlooked in the past, it’s even been left off maps of Australia. In recent years, however, Australians have changed their tune. Tasmania is experiencing a surge of weekenders and property buyers, driven by a newfound interest in its pristine nature, unhurried way of life and an increasingly diverse food and art scene that really started to take off with the arrival, in a Hobart suburb, of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in 2011. The biggest transformation has taken place in the once-sleepy capital of Hobart, which now boasts a plethora of creative new restaurants and an edgy spirit, particularly during the winter Dark Mofo festival. Tasmania’s profile is rising overseas, as well. International visitors jumped by 21 percent from mid-2017 to mid-2018 — the biggest rise by far of any Australian state. Tasmanians have always known how good the life is here. The rest of the world is only now starting to find out.”. This profile has many options outlined and detailed. Plus, an interactive map, many visuals, etc. Brings back nice memories from our 2014 visit as detailed below in my live/blog. Here is another story highlight: "Salamanca Place has been a focal point of Hobart life since the early 1800s, when warehouses lined the harbor to store whale oil, wool, apples and other goods for export. Today, at the lively Salamanca Market, there are slightly more contemporary, artisanal goods on offer: wallaby and scallop pies; Tasmanian-made gin, saffron, truffle mustard and pepperberry salt; and all manner of handicrafts, antiques and echidna- (spiny anteater) printed tourist kitsch. Arrive early to beat the crowds — thousands descend here on most pleasant Saturdays — and have enough time to saunter through the 300-plus stalls and take in a busker or two." Full story at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/travel/36-hours-in-hobart-and-environs.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights. On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 226,081 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  6. From the New York Times Travel Section that will be coming this weekend, they will have this headline: “36 Hours in Hobart” with this sub-head: "Pristine nature, an unhurried vibe, incredible food: The popularity of Hobart, and Tasmania in general, is growing, and for good reason." Here are some of the story highlights: “Tasmanians have heard all the tired jokes from mainland Australians. The country’s isolated southern island state has been so overlooked in the past, it’s even been left off maps of Australia. In recent years, however, Australians have changed their tune. Tasmania is experiencing a surge of weekenders and property buyers, driven by a newfound interest in its pristine nature, unhurried way of life and an increasingly diverse food and art scene that really started to take off with the arrival, in a Hobart suburb, of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in 2011. The biggest transformation has taken place in the once-sleepy capital of Hobart, which now boasts a plethora of creative new restaurants and an edgy spirit, particularly during the winter Dark Mofo festival. Tasmania’s profile is rising overseas, as well. International visitors jumped by 21 percent from mid-2017 to mid-2018 — the biggest rise by far of any Australian state. Tasmanians have always known how good the life is here. The rest of the world is only now starting to find out.”. This profile has many options outlined and detailed. Plus, an interactive map, many visuals, etc. Brings back nice memories from our 2014 visit as detailed below in my live/blog. Here is another story highlight: "Salamanca Place has been a focal point of Hobart life since the early 1800s, when warehouses lined the harbor to store whale oil, wool, apples and other goods for export. Today, at the lively Salamanca Market, there are slightly more contemporary, artisanal goods on offer: wallaby and scallop pies; Tasmanian-made gin, saffron, truffle mustard and pepperberry salt; and all manner of handicrafts, antiques and echidna- (spiny anteater) printed tourist kitsch. Arrive early to beat the crowds — thousands descend here on most pleasant Saturdays — and have enough time to saunter through the 300-plus stalls and take in a busker or two." Full story at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/travel/36-hours-in-hobart-and-environs.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling/details with many exciting visuals and key highlights. On page 23, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 226,081 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  7. From the New York Times Travel Section that will be coming this weekend, they will have this headline: “36 Hours in Hobart” with this sub-head: "Pristine nature, an unhurried vibe, incredible food: The popularity of Hobart, and Tasmania in general, is growing, and for good reason." Here are some of the story highlights: “Tasmanians have heard all the tired jokes from mainland Australians. The country’s isolated southern island state has been so overlooked in the past, it’s even been left off maps of Australia. In recent years, however, Australians have changed their tune. Tasmania is experiencing a surge of weekenders and property buyers, driven by a newfound interest in its pristine nature, unhurried way of life and an increasingly diverse food and art scene that really started to take off with the arrival, in a Hobart suburb, of the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in 2011. The biggest transformation has taken place in the once-sleepy capital of Hobart, which now boasts a plethora of creative new restaurants and an edgy spirit, particularly during the winter Dark Mofo festival. Tasmania’s profile is rising overseas, as well. International visitors jumped by 21 percent from mid-2017 to mid-2018 — the biggest rise by far of any Australian state. Tasmanians have always known how good the life is here. The rest of the world is only now starting to find out.”. This profile has many options outlined and detailed. Plus, an interactive map, many visuals. Brings back nice memories. Here is another story highlight: "Salamanca Place has been a focal point of Hobart life since the early 1800s, when warehouses lined the harbor to store whale oil, wool, apples and other goods for export. Today, at the lively Salamanca Market, there are slightly more contemporary, artisanal goods on offer: wallaby and scallop pies; Tasmanian-made gin, saffron, truffle mustard and pepperberry salt; and all manner of handicrafts, antiques and echidna- (spiny anteater) printed tourist kitsch. Arrive early to beat the crowds — thousands descend here on most pleasant Saturdays — and have enough time to saunter through the 300-plus stalls and take in a busker or two." Full story at: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/travel/36-hours-in-hobart-and-environs.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.). Now at 65,015 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696
  8. Great updating and details from Lois. YES, a shower can be heavenly, especially after all that has happened during the past week. Good luck with your continued progress and for received the right and best pathology report. Sorry, I can help as to any tips on bra-fittings. Total inexperience on my part. Also, interesting to hear that Saturday you will be cheering for Wisconsin versus my #1-ranked OSU team. Look for me on TV. I'll be wearing red!! Nice to hear that J.P. is surviving the weather in Albany, NY. Nice and sunny now in Central Ohio. Need to finishing getting the outdoor Christmas light put up. Before Thanksgiving, I had our interior tree up, lighted and decorated. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, you can see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 16,728 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
  9. Appreciate so much your great comments, pictures, personal details and follow-ups regarding your "adventure" on the Silver Muse, in Alaska, etc. Yes, it all bring back nice memories from our Western Canada, Vancouver, Alaska, Denali, etc. travels in late July and early August. Keep it coming!! Very good points as to the trade-offs as to ship size versus the Muse being able to offer a wider variety of options for dining, etc.. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Just completed Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Lots of visuals and details from our first visits to these scenic areas!! That live/blog is at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/
  10. We are now at a little more than two months away from when we depart for Auckland, do some New Zealand North Island exploring and then do the boarding of the "new" Oceania Regatta on Feb. 17, 2020, for our 18-day South Pacific sailing to Papeete. One big "mystery" or question is as to our options for day six of our cruise when visiting, Maré Island, New Caledonia, Sat., Feb. 22, while tendered at Tadine Bay, on western side of this very wooded island, 9 am-5 pm. Still nothing on the Oceania website as to any tour/ship options or specifics. From my research, I know this location has a small population with limited options/infrastructure. Any past travelers to Maré Island who can share their experiences, tips, insights?? Look forward to any smart ideas for this location, plus for any other stops during this cruising. Plus, also love to hear from those who have been on this update ship with its new interiors, etc. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, you can see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East on the Oceania Nautica. Now at 16,728 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
  11. From the Boston Globe Travel Section from a week ago, they had this headline: “Introducing Bequia, the Caribbean escape worth getting to know” with these story highlights: “This year I found a way to silence those afflicted with Travel Superiority Complex. I started talking about Bequia. With stunned expressions, they humbly asked, 'Where’s that?' Truth be told, I also had no idea about Bequia (pronounced BECK-way) when I first heard the name. It’s the second-largest island in the string of 32 islands that make up St. Vincent and the Grenadines. With a population just over 5,000, it’s an unpretentious place where flights can’t land at night because the tiny airport has no runway lights. There are no big-chain hotels or over-the-top resorts to be found. There isn’t even a Starbucks. There is one ATM machine on the entire island. Bequia is the Caribbean the way the Caribbean used to be. Bequia is an actual escape in an age where it feels as if there are few true escapes remaining on the planet.” Nice profile for a location that we really enjoyed in 2015. Not many cruise ships visit there. Fortunately with Silversea, we were able to sample this small part of "heaven". Below is a link for our most recent "adventure" in doing Alaska/Western Canada for the first time during this past summer. Full story at: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2019/11/28/lifestyle/introducing-bequia-caribbean-escape-worth-getting-know/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Just completed a few months ago doing Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Lots of visuals and details from our first visits to these scenic areas!! That live/blog is at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/
  12. From the Boston Globe Travel Section from a week ago, they had this headline: “Introducing Bequia, the Caribbean escape worth getting to know” with these story highlights: “This year I found a way to silence those afflicted with Travel Superiority Complex. I started talking about Bequia. With stunned expressions, they humbly asked, 'Where’s that?' Truth be told, I also had no idea about Bequia (pronounced BECK-way) when I first heard the name. It’s the second-largest island in the string of 32 islands that make up St. Vincent and the Grenadines. With a population just over 5,000, it’s an unpretentious place where flights can’t land at night because the tiny airport has no runway lights. There are no big-chain hotels or over-the-top resorts to be found. There isn’t even a Starbucks. There is one ATM machine on the entire island. Bequia is the Caribbean the way the Caribbean used to be. Bequia is an actual escape in an age where it feels as if there are few true escapes remaining on the planet.” Nice profile for a location that we really enjoyed in 2015. Below are links for our two most recent "adventures" in doing the Middle East late last year, plus Alaska/Western Canada this past summer. Full story at: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2019/11/28/lifestyle/introducing-bequia-caribbean-escape-worth-getting-know/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, you can see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 16,728 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/ Just completed a few months ago doing Calgary, Jasper/Banff National Parks, Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, sailing up to Alaska, post-cruise excursion to Denali, etc. Lots of visuals and details from our first visits to these scenic areas!! That live/blog is at: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2682584-live-terryohio-silver-muse-alaska-canadarockies-pix’s/
  13. Appreciate from Julie this excellent follow-up and nice sharing. Yes, lots to do in and around Cape Town. From Bloomberg News/MSN yesterday, they had this headline: “Corporate South Africa Loses Faith in National Airline” with these highlights: “Speculation that South African Airways is in danger of going under could become self-fulfilling. The national carrier has been given 57 billion rand ($3.9 billion) in bailouts since 1994 and last made a profit in 2011. The company’s already precarious finances took another hit last month when workers staged a week-long strike that grounded a number of flights, and customers have canceled bookings on others” My sense is that more and more economic challenges will be facing South Africa during the upcoming years. In my personal view, it will be better to visit South Africa sooner, not waiting till later when conditions could change significantly and affect tourism. Full story at: https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/companies/corporate-south-africa-loses-faith-in-future-of-national-airline/ar-BBXAk6k THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, you can see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 16,728 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
  14. YES!! Guilty as charged. Part of my motivation and sourcing was reading yesterday the Detroit Free Press' top sports columnist, Mitch Albom. The headline on his detailed analysis was: "Michigan football's sickening reality: Ohio State is just better". Just sharing the writing of this respected Michigan columnist. Also sorry with the results from the University of Miami football season with a new coach. The 'Canes look promising early in the season in the first game against Florida, but things were more challenged and mixed later. Now, for us college football fans, it will be the fun time awaiting the various bowl game match-up. Saturday night, we will be In Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship game against Wisconsin. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Amazon River-Caribbean 2015 adventure live/blog starting in Barbados. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.). Now at 64,938 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696
  15. Appreciate these kind comments and the follow-up with the sunbird's identification. Glad you are experienced in doing South Africa and are considering Egypt/Luxor, etc. Let me know any added questions for that part of the world. Glad to know you are a Pittsburgh Steeler fan. I am a long-time Cleveland Browns fan who has suffered many recent frustrations. This season, the two teams split their games, but with lots of tension, battles and "issues" involved. If the Browns are not playing them, I would normally be rooting for the Steelers. Great history and tradition with that team. Too bad their key Ohio quarterback has been injured for much of this season. From Bloomberg News/MSN yesterday, they had this headline: “Corporate South Africa Loses Faith in National Airline” with these highlights: “Speculation that South African Airways is in danger of going under could become self-fulfilling. The national carrier has been given 57 billion rand ($3.9 billion) in bailouts since 1994 and last made a profit in 2011. The company’s already precarious finances took another hit last month when workers staged a week-long strike that grounded a number of flights, and customers have canceled bookings on others” My sense is that more and more economic challenges will be facing South Africa during the upcoming years. In my view, it will be better to visit South Africa sooner, not waiting till later when conditions could change significantly. Full story at: https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/companies/corporate-south-africa-loses-faith-in-future-of-national-airline/ar-BBXAk6k THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From late 2018, you can see “Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, Dubai, Greece, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East. Now at 16,728 views. Connect at: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/
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