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  1. TLCOhio

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Looks like a fun and exciting "adventure" by Chris and J.P. Look forward to seeing and learning more details from your blog. Know it might take a little time to organize and post. We're patient. Were others able to see the reddish moon that just happened near midnight? Below is one picture that I snapped with my camera from our back patio. Nice clear skies!!! Temperature was down to only 5F so I did not stay outside too long. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio For Live/Blog “Greece, Holy Lands, Egypt, Dubai, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East, check: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/ Here is my photo view of the total lunar eclipse and super blood wolf moon. Did other to outside to see this unique event?: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see this picture larger/better!)
  2. Sorry, Richard, that I have been able, yet, to do that comparison research. Been busy in the past year with not just one major adventure, but doing two of them. As you can see below, we just got back from four weeks in the Middle East. Plus, in January-February 2018, exploring for over a month in Southeast Asia. In six months, for our first time, we will be seeing Jasper/Banff, the Western Canada Rocky Mountaineer rail adventure, Vancouver, Alaska, Denali, etc. Then, maybe in early 2020, on our priority list would be a first-time for visiting Galápagos, Appreciate your encouragement. Will share more as I get that "work" completed. For Live/Blog “Greece, Holy Lands, Egypt, Dubai, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East, check: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/ THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Live/blog from early 2018, first adventure through SE Asia, stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before exploring all over Vietnam and Cambodia, seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Now at 41,858 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2591474
  3. TLCOhio

    Live, Terry/SE Asia, Mekong River; Pix’s!

    From the New York Times Travel Section and the London/UK Telegraph in the past month, both have had interesting spotlighting and highlighting of Vietnam's Danang. Yes, we enjoyed Danang and can understand why it is rated as a rising star by top media writers and editors. From the NY Times annual feature of top places in the world to visit for the upcoming year, they had this sub-headline: “Foodies and beachgoers are flocking to the Miami of Vietnam” . Here are some profile highlights: “Danang, Vietnam’s third largest city, is probably best known for being a gateway to the nearby Unesco Heritage town of Hoi An. But in the last few years, it’s begun to develop its own reputation, with a strong foodie scene and new hotels and resorts popping up on a five-mile-long beach strip. Finish the day with a visit to the highly Instagrammable Cau Rong Dragon Bridge, which is illuminated every night.” From the Telegraph, they had this headline: “Why you should visit Da Nang in Vietnam in 2019” with these highlights: “The majority of travellers to Vietnam split their visits between Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh City in the south. Da Nang sits equidistant between them and it’s a city with plenty going for it. This former French colonial port is now a vibrant city and resort boasting beautiful beaches and some impressive cultural highlights. Its latest infrastructure project is symbolic of its rise: opened in 2013 and constructed to resemble the mythical beast, the huge Dragon Bridge spans the river Han but comes into its own at night when it is vividly illuminated and at weekends when its head actually breathes fire.” Full stories at: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/tailor-made-holidays/visit-da-nang-vietnam/ https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/travel/places-to-visit.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 62,708 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696 From the Telegraph profile, here is a night view of their star highlight of the Dragon Bridge.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  4. TLCOhio

    Picture-A-Week 2019 - Week 03

    For those in sunny areas of the world who have forgotten the "Look of Winter", below are are couple of visuals this afternoon from our home in Columbus. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Live/blog from early 2018, first adventure through SE Asia, stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before exploring all over Vietnam and Cambodia, seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Now at 41,858 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2591474 From our family room, here is the snowy look out towards our wooded back yard. Second is how things looked this afternoon from our front door down to the roadway and bridge in our ravine area in Central Ohio.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
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    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    For those in sunny areas of the world who have forgotten the "Look of Winter", below are are couple of visuals this afternoon from our home in Columbus. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio From our family room, here is the snowy look out towards our wooded back yard. Second is how things looked this afternoon from our front door down to the roadway and bridge in our ravine area in Central Ohio.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
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    Abu Dhabi vs. Dubai?? Pro/Con Factors??

    Super appreciate this great follow-up and the kind interest in my posts. Glad to know Liz is a person of such high class, great taste and wonderful judgment to make these generous comments. For Live/Blog “Greece, Holy Lands, Egypt, Dubai, etc.”, with many visuals, details and ideas for the historic and scenic Middle East, check: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2607054-livenautica-greece-holy-lands-egypt-dubai-terrypix’s/ Don't be shy!! Let me know any and all questions, comments, info needs, etc. Will soon try to post here many more details and visuals from last month's exploring of BOTH Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Each is unique and different in their own special ways. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling for "down under” wonders. Exciting visuals with key highlights. On page 15, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 217,432 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139
  7. TLCOhio

    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Yes and YES!! Agree with Jan and others as to the wonderful visuals from Mysty, Jeff and J.P. Keep 'em coming. Storms and bad weather? It's hitting big time. Below are a couple of graphics to document and prove both the cold and snow hitting key parts of North American right now. Next Saturday, we will be flying down to southern Florida and doing some sun escape in the Keys. Could not talk my wife into doing a cruise in the Carib. Too soon after our November-December Athens to Dubai, 20-day Holy Lands/Egypt cruise with Oceania. Upcoming will be in less than six months for doing western Canada and then seven days on the Silver Muse with our first visit to Alaska. Sorry to hear of the identity theft challenges for Spins and DH. Any progress in solving, fixing? How it happened, best ways to prevent? 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 233,453 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923 From AccuWeather, below is our current and upcoming weather in Central Ohio. In the second graphic is the visual summary for part of the Midwest and Northeast. Not a pretty weather picture??!!: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  8. Nice, positive comment and great follow-up question. YES, when we were there at the La Perle show, things in this 1,300-seat theater were not that crowded and/or jammed. WHY?? Several reasons. On our evening, a Friday night, when visiting, there were both 7 pm and 9:30 pm shows. Looking in February, many of nights, even weekdays, have two different time options. That's lots of seats to sell each week. Second, the price is not cheap for this program. Fortunately through our hotel, we had a 40% discount code. There are several levels of tickets here with prices for the VIP, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels. The cheaper seats sell quickest. We had Silver-level seats. The most costly tickets do not sell as quickly and that is why so many were seen as empty in my pictures. To be honest given the size and design of this theater, you do not need to spend the "big bucks" to get a good seat. Visibility and angles are very good from most all of the seats. As this was the only "show" we attended in the U.A.E., it is hard to compare attendance and demand for other venues. Much is going to depend on the time of year when visiting. In early December, that is starting their busiest time of the year. We bought our tickets at the theater that evening. We tried on-line, but their website had technical challenges. Their peak tourism time tends to be in the holidays through winter period. Clearly summers are the less desirable time period for visiting there as temperatures get super hot. Maybe, per our guide, around 110-125F hot. Clearly, you don't want to be outside much during those summer periods. For us in early December, we had perfect and totally comfortable weather and conditions during our visit. That sunny warmth is especially appreciated as not in Central Ohio we have 4-5" of snow on the ground and temperatures now of 7F and a wind-chill level of minus 14F. 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 233,453 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923 Here is another visual from inside this La Perle show that I had not previously shared.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
  9. TLCOhio

    Athens Tips, Suggestions, Examples to Enjoy!

    Appreciate this kind follow-up from our "neighbor" to the north in Canada. Yes, you need to go and visit Petra, Egypt, Israel, etc. Well worth the effort to do and see!! Amazing history, sights, culture, people, etc. We depart July 16 at 7 am for Calgary, doing Banff, Jasper, the Rocky Mountaineer rail trip through the western Canada mountains, etc. Now less than six month away until we depart for our first visit to these parts of the west, going to Alaska, etc. Have many more interesting pictures and details to share from our second visit to Athens and Greece. Stay tuned!!. Coming soon!! 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 62,699 views: www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696
  10. Super appreciate Mary's nice comments and follow-ups, including this good question about our Muscat private guide. Sorry for my delay in responding. Got busy with some work and other projects. Plus, getting ready this weekend for a major snow/ice storm hitting many parts of our country. Yes, can share more background and details. Good luck for your upcoming adventure in this unique part of the world. Keep it coming with any and all good questions, comments, etc. Our guide in Muscat was Valentina Zagyavozdina. She's originally from Russia and had lived for a number of years in Dubai. Her range of experiences including being the Middle East for the past seventeen years. She operates her tour business under the title of VS Private Tours. You can see more on her at: https://www.toursbylocals.com/MuscatOmanTourGuide Or, here is her website with a link to contact her directly: http://www.vs-tours.com Yes, Mary, looking forward to visiting western Canada in July. Am very excited about visiting these scenic areas in a few months. Everyone who has been there has totally loved these areas. 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 243,589 views. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1426474 Below are a couple more pictures regarding Valentina and our visit to Oman. First is when she got out of our vehicle and was pointing out some of the old, old drawings on the rocks when we tour in some of the backcountry areas. Second shows her as we were touring the fish market area in Muscat.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!) From our Muscat market visits, below are a couple pictures not previously shared on this thread. Always interesting when visiting local markets in seeing the people, products, sampling the local "flavor"!!: Here are a couple other visuals from Muscat, including the second visual showing that much of their growth has been recent with modern infrastructure, etc. Very impressed and surprised by all that we experienced in and around Muscat.:
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    San Juan: Pix's, Fun, Experiences/Feb. 2015

    From the New York Times Travel Section on-line yesterday and to be published in print editions this weekend, they have this headline: “52 Places to Go in 2019. No. 1: Puerto Rico” with these highlights: “A year and a half after Hurricane Maria slammed into this United States territory and other Caribbean islands with devastating force, Puerto Rico is on the rebound. The number of daily flights is still below normal, but tourism officials say that cruise ship traffic is healthy, hotel room occupancy is climbing back to prehurricane levels and many major attractions are open or partly open." This annual listing of top places for travel in the world offers many different ideas and options to consider. And Puerto Rico gained the number one ranking!! Congrats. Here are some added story highlights related to Puerto Rico: "A big draw to start the year: performances of the musical 'Hamilton,' with Lin-Manuel Miranda reprising his lead role, at the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré in San Juan to raise funds for arts organizations on the island. A new entertainment complex is under construction near the Convention Center in San Juan. District San Juan (or District Live! as it will be known locally) will feature movie theaters, restaurants, a zip line tower and a 6,000-seat concert hall and is scheduled to open by year’s end. And cruise lines are finding a new destination: Port of the Americas in the south-coast city of Ponce, where passengers can visit museums, a boardwalk and the plaza with its historic firehouse.” There is a second, linked story with this headline and sub-head: "Why Puerto Rico Is No. 1 on Our Places to Go List. Recovering from Hurricane Maria, in 2019 the island represents so many fragile spots around the globe." This longer second story has much added details and depth about Puerto Rico, its recovery, the challenges still ahead, etc. Had hoped to be in San Juan in February 2019 doing a round-trip Carib cruise from there. BUT, things did not work out for that return visit to San Juan and PR. Hopefully in the future. Noticed that this thread is now over 16,000 views. Appreciate those who have stopped by, posted questions, made comments, etc. Full stories at: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/travel/places-to-visit.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/09/travel/visit-puerto-rico.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Sydney to NZ/Auckland Adventure, live/blog 2014 sampling for "down under” wonders. Exciting visuals with key highlights. On page 15, post #571, see a complete index for all of the pictures, postings. Now at 217,138 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139 From Castillo San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, here is one of the visuals features in these New York Times profiles:
  12. From the New York Times Travel Section on-line today and to be published in print editions this weekend, they have this headline: “52 Places to Go in 2019. No. 1: Puerto Rico” with these highlights: “A year and a half after Hurricane Maria slammed into this United States territory and other Caribbean islands with devastating force, Puerto Rico is on the rebound. The number of daily flights is still below normal, but tourism officials say that cruise ship traffic is healthy, hotel room occupancy is climbing back to prehurricane levels and many major attractions are open or partly open." This annual listing of top places for travel in the world offers many different ideas and options to consider. And Puerto Rico gained the number one ranking!! Congrats. Here are some added story highlights related to Puerto Rico: "A big draw to start the year: performances of the musical 'Hamilton,' with Lin-Manuel Miranda reprising his lead role, at the Centro de Bellas Artes Luis A. Ferré in San Juan to raise funds for arts organizations on the island. A new entertainment complex is under construction near the Convention Center in San Juan. District San Juan (or District Live! as it will be known locally) will feature movie theaters, restaurants, a zip line tower and a 6,000-seat concert hall and is scheduled to open by year’s end. And cruise lines are finding a new destination: Port of the Americas in the south-coast city of Ponce, where passengers can visit museums, a boardwalk and the plaza with its historic firehouse.” There is a second, linked story with this headline and sub-head: "Why Puerto Rico Is No. 1 on Our Places to Go List. Recovering from Hurricane Maria, in 2019 the island represents so many fragile spots around the globe." This longer second story has much added details and depth about Puerto Rico, its recovery, the challenges still ahead, etc. Full stories at: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/travel/places-to-visit.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/09/travel/visit-puerto-rico.html THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio See more details and lots of great visual samples/examples for historic San Juan, etc., at: http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2264847 From Castillo San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, here is one of the visuals features in these New York Times profiles:
  13. Appreciate this good above question and the follow-up comments from Dani on plane seating, Galapagos, etc. Our private guide for our touring in and around both Dubai and Abu Dhabi was Ute Kostle. Here e-mail contact address is: ute@konzept-arabia.com. Her website is: www.konzept-arabia.com/en. She is originally from Germany. Her English is excellent and she was very flexible and creative in putting together our schedule and during our two days of tours with her. We loved her great depth of knowledge about this area, its history, culture, etc. We really enjoy having "conversations" with her and our other guides during our travels. You learn so much more that way than just listening to "canned" scripts being feed back to us during our touring. Keep up the good questions. Happy to share more. THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio Panama Canal? Early 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through Panama Canal. Our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Now at 25,605 views. http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580 Here is an added visual not posted previously of our guide, Ute, in the middle with my wife, Penny on the left, as we were in a "smell shop" learning more about the various items offered for sale here in Dubai.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
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    Silversea Water Cooler: Welcome! Part Five

    Excellent questions and discussion for these various locations, what counts as a separate "country", etc. Yes, those islands can be challenging to figure out, determine, etc. On St. Bart's, we visited there in 2015 after doing the Amazon River, etc. Per Wikipedia, it was and is still a French commune. It was a part of Guadeloupe. These are an overseas region and department of France. In 2003, St. Barts voted for secession from Guadeloupe in order to form a separate overseas collectivity (COM) of France. Complicated and confusing??!! Great to hear you are looking at exploring these great parts of southern Africa. As noted earlier, we super loved Botswana and Victoria Falls in 2016. Haven't been to Namibia, yet. From friends, Namibia has some great areas to see and explore, but that country does not have the charm with the wide variety animals that you can enjoy in Botswana. As you planning and researching for Botswana and Victoria Falls, let me know any questions. Happy to share more!! THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio AFRICA?!!?: Fun, interesting visuals, plus travel details from this early 2016 live/blog. At 43,990 views. Featuring Cape Town, South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta. www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337
  15. TLCOhio

    San Juan: Pix's, Fun, Experiences/Feb. 2015

    From that Wall Street Journal profile mentioned yesterday, below are some of their visuals featured with this in-depth article. The actual story came out today as the cover story in their "Off Duty" section. There are 20+ visuals included along so many different tips and ideas for San Juan and nearby. Great "warm-up" for consider a re-visit to San Juan in a month or so. Full story at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/puerto-rico-on-the-rebound-a-three-day-getaway-guide-11545838634 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 233,177 views. Below are just five of the 20+ pictures featured or link to the Wall Street Journal profile on San Juan and nearby. Look fun and interesting?? Some fo these sights and sites look fairly familiar from our three-day visit there in 2015. The second picture is from Santaella, the dining location mentioned earlier.: (Open your screen/viewer wider to see these pictures larger/better!)
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