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  1. You haven’t posted much lately. I hope you’re doing ok. Roy
  2. Continuing on a bit on my 2003 trip, I was in the UK when March turned to April. I think changes on the fly have figured prominently in this narrative and this will be no exception. My hotel in London was the Barkston Gardens in Earls Court for the night of March 30 and an overnight train to Scotland for March 31. For my day in London I took a short trip to Cambridge, a city with a very nice canal infrastructure: After arriving at Euston for my train I found it was cancelled due to a strike. A station worker suggested a hotel which was more or less midway between Euston and Kings Cross (where the day trains left). It was all day on the train to Inverness, lengthened considerably due to mechanical problems with the train. I had time just a bit of time in Inverness before a train to Edinburgh the ext day. Roy
  3. Today's sunrise is another from my 2015 QM2 crossing enroute to the Allure of the Seas: Roy
  4. Today's sunrise is another from my 2015 QM2 crossing enroute to the Allure of the Seas: Roy
  5. Due to a missed call in Dutch Harbor my longest string of consecutive sea days was 10, broken October 12 by a call in Kushiro, Japan. It was my first ever call at one of Japan's smaller islands and the first time I got a look at the Grand Voyage logo: The library was in a tower and I got a nice overview of the city: As we left there were a number of children waving goodbye with orange towels. Roy
  6. Thank you for the Daily, Rich. A very appropriate group of days. Skeptics abound today, as well as many good Samaritans. Most of us are doing our best to face our fears. So true on the quote. Chicken Carbonera is fairly close to my alternate menu suggestion, Chilled Sour Cherry Soup, Chicken Tikka, and Blackberry Crisp, as served on the Amsterdam October 13, 2017. Today's care list: Covid-free Mrs Vmax getting ready for surgery October 15 Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers California and Colorado Wildfires those affected by Delta Kazu’s sister, niece, and BIL Debbie’s nephew and his girlfriend Denise’s friend with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer (but pleased she’s comfortable). and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers cruisin single helping Colorado firefighters Lifting of some evacuation orders in Colorado StLouisCruisers on a road trip to visit aged mother a local Eagle Scout Candidate building desks for students in virtual school Fall colors Lucy Maud Montgomery Belated Happy Birthday to Fatcat04's DD and a great Thanksgiving for many dailyites in Canada Roy
  7. Wishing you a safe successful trip. Roy
  8. October 12 was the last of a string of sea days on the Amsterdam so one final post from my 2011 Blount cruise. We had a full day in Montreal and I explored independently. I'll start with a bit of perspective on the size of that ship. Here it is next to an Aida ship about the same size as the S-Class. The highlight of the day was a visit to a train museum outside Montreal: I would not normally bring a Tux on a Blount cruise but I had one this time since I was transferring a couple days later to the Crystal Symphony: Roy
  9. In 2015 I sailed transatlantic on the Allure of the Seas, and as I often do combined it with a transatlantic in the opposite direction on Queen Mary 2. This is the sunrise October on QM2: Roy PS: I will try to do another installment on the 2003 trip today but it won't happen until evening at best.
  10. In 2015 I sailed transatlantic on the Allure of the Seas, and as I often do combined it with a transatlantic in the opposite direction on Queen Mary 2. This is the sunrise October on QM2: Roy
  11. While there are not that many English speakers left in Quebec, I know Thanksgiving is a very special day for my family. Roy
  12. Thank you for the Daily, Rich. Where I live (at least my county) we are calling it Indigenous Peoples Day. I've added Arthritis to my care list today. I have at least one old but active farmer in my family. Many moments of frustration in these trying times. Not convinced on the quote. Not familiar with Chicken Posole but it will be takeout from McDonalds today anyway since I have 2 early evening meetings at the fire house. My alternate menu suggestion is Chilled Strawberry Bisque, Chicken Scaloppini , and Apricot Crisp as served on the Amsterdam October 12, 2017. Today's care list: Mrs Vmax getting ready for surgery Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers Burnout at work, especially Live4cruises California and Colorado Wildfires those affected by Delta those with Arthritis Kazu’s sister, niece, and BIL Debbie’s nephew and his girlfriend Denise’s friend with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer (but pleased she’s comfortable). and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Sharon’s son’s birthday Family get-together for Norseh2o fatcat’s son emerging unhurt from a bad accident Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers Congrats Lakers (And NBA for a Covid-free season) cruisin single helping Colorado firefighters Lifting of some evacuation orders in Colorado 17 Covid-free days in New Zealand ger_77's neighbors and Thanksgiving in Canada Roy
  13. I don't think so. If I had there would almost certainly be a photo. Roy
  14. All 5 of us disembarked when the Canmar Courage reached Antwerp the morning of Friday , March 28, 2003. A minivan taxi was called and took us into the center of town. In the wake of the Iraq invasion we saw a couple of "Yankee Go Home" signs on our way into town. I dropped my bags at the left luggage at the train station (had to get help from the driver with change for the locker (I had Euros but not coins), and we all parted. I visited the Maritime Museum in Antwerp and stopped at a travel agency for tickets to London, and caught an afternoon train to Brussels. The tourist center in Brussels found me a hotel for a couple of nights. Saturday I took a short trip to Waterloo. It was a nice place with an interesting monument: I must say I can't remember a lot of what I ate on this trip but I was surprised to find a lunch place in town that was featuring Hawaiian Pizza. I really enjoyed it. I'll admit to a bit of male denial syndrome here with something I have never shared before. The second night in Brussels I got up in the middle of the night for the toilet (probably about 2AM) and just suddenly fell flat on the floor. I was fine the next morning and it was a short walk to the high speed train station and a connection with a couple of French trains to Calais to connect up with the ferry to Dover. The hovercraft ride was pleasant but it was quite foggy and there wasn't anything to see until the White Cliffs of Dover were right in front of us. It was an easy connection from Dover to London. I had a couple of weeks of freelance travel but beginning with my arrival in London I had what I thought was a set schedule for the rest of the trip with a reservation for 2 nights at a London Hotel. The best plans of mice and men. I did have another fainting episode the first night in London but that was the end of it. " Date: Sunday, March 30, 2003 2:32 PM I arrived in Antwerp Friday morning. While I expected to have to continue to Hamburg, I was allowed to leave in Antwerp, a good thing since it would have been very rushed to get to London to continue my existing plans if I had only reached Hamburg yesterday. The crossing was very smooth to the disappointment of the children. There was a lot of ice for about 200 miles past Newfoundland, and a lot of fog in the English channel. There was even less to do on the ship than I expected, and I ended up doing more reading than planned. There is deck space but it's just bare painted metal, and the wind chill in the North Atlantic right now is best taken only in short spurts. Overall, it's not a lot different than I expected and I'd do it again in a minute (well, perhaps a year or two). I spent the last 2 nights in Brussels, and crossed the channel today in a hovercraft from Calais to Dover. There were 2 trains to Calais, a 185 mph TGV from Brussels to Lille, and a nice, regular french train from there to Calais. The hovercraft was fine, but the fog didn't allow much of a view (the white cliffs of Dover were nice), and my Britrail train to London was shopworn but serviceable. I found both Antwerp and Brussels quite confusing with a lot of twisting, poorly marked streets, but I did see the Maritime museum in Antwerp. Much of my time in Brussels went to a visit to the Waterloo battlefield, about 20 miles from town. I have one day in or around London tomorrow, before heading off to Scotland." Roy
  15. Continuing with memories from my 2011 Blount cruise but more familiar ports. I have never been to Quebec on HAL although I was booked to board the Zuiderdam there on September 17. Just North of town we have the falls of Montmarency: This is the "National Assembly" building (Actually the Provincial Capitol but some Quebecers are a bit cheey): And of course the Chateau Frontenac: Roy
  16. Windsor, Ontario N42:10 Boise, Idaho N43:36 Roy
  17. Thanks. We are facing the remnants of Delta today with 2 inches of rain in the forecast so it's a good day to have some extra videos to watch. Roy
  18. i only hsve one sunrise for October 11 and it's from my Blount Montreal Circle that concluded on the Crystal Symphony. We had docked in Quebec overnight" Roy
  19. i only hsve one sunrise for October 11 and it's from my Blount Montreal Circle that concluded on the Crystal Symphony. We had docked in Quebec overnight" Roy
  20. Thank you for the Daily, Rich. It's My Party should probably be a Zoom party for now. Best Wishes to all the Girl Children, and may those who love Southern Food have a very festive one. Love that Quote. Since I'm not into seafood I'd choose my alternate menu selection of Banana, Papaya, and Blueberry Fruit Cocktail, Rack of Veal, and Carrot Cake as served on the Amsterdam October 11, 2017. Today's care list: Mrs Vmax getting ready for surgery Caregiver Gsel and her DH battling Alzheimers Burnout at work, especially Live4cruises California and Colorado Wildfires Seasick Sailor;s skunk those in the affected by Delta Kazu’s sister, niece, and BIL Denise’s friend with stage 4 metastatic lung cancer (but pleased she’s comfortable). and Krazy Kruisers and Joe Today's Celebrations and shoutouts: Wekcome to the Daily @Safety Squirrel MS Rotterdam in the water Return of Amsterdam Luggage Front Line Health Care Workers Teachers and school workers and cruisin single helping Colorado firefighters 30 days since Himself’s pacemaker (should have full use of his arm now) and Thanksgiving in Canada Roy
  21. Stay safe. We expect rain tomorrow but not much else. BTW, it's been a very hectic day. I hope to get back to the 2003 trip tomorrow. Roy
  22. Another post from my 2011 Blount Cruise. October 10 was a Monday and we sailed down the St. Lawrence to Quebec. A couple on the North shore provided a special gift to Mariners. They had flag poles and huge loudspeakers and with each passing ship they would play the national anthem and display the flag of the port of registry. Large cruise ships would not notice since they would pass the spot in the middle of the night (and at least I would not recognize the Dutch or Bahamas national songs anyway) but it was specisl to ud.. One of the Blount Captains did a blog post on them. http://www.captmikekiernan.com/2009/10/merci-madame-monique-et-monsieur.html I took a video but it was on extreme telephoto and I'm sorry about the shakiness of the image: Sadly, even in 2011 they were quite old so I don't know if it is still happening now. Canadian Thanksgiving also coincided with Blount's "Celebration Dinner" and we had a great cake: Roy
  23. Or perhaps more like Thanksgiving season. Roy
  24. I don't have a sunrise photo for October 10 so I'm deviating just a bit and posting sunset from October 9. This is from Blouny's Grande Mariner in the St. Lawrence in 2011. Also, for @VMax1700, is Mrs. Vmax still scheduled for surgery on the 16th? Roy
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