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    Albany, NY
  • Interests
    Adventure travel, wine, food
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Silversea, Oceania, Uniworld
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Wherever I am going next!
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    http://jpalbny.smugmug.com, https://www.blogger.com/profile/01909358205846920309

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  1. Looking forward to "meeting" you there! It will be Thursday night and I am on call but hopefully will have some time to join in.
  2. Haha, that is a fairly accurate depiction of my handwriting. Chris's handwriting is beautiful and extremely legible though. We should play a game. What do those chicken scratches say? Back in the day of handwritten charts I got pretty facile at deciphering random squiggles... My guess is "leave them alone. None are important" Other translations?
  3. That is great news, Lois! Haven't been to Alaska since 2008 so I don't have any recent advice for you. Will look forward to hearing about your trip, though!
  4. That's great! This car is slightly used. Only 4700 miles and less than a year old. So it was a super deal.
  5. So we got a twin sister for Chris's RS5 today! It was sad to let my S6 go but this car was too good to pass up.
  6. Thank you for the kind words. Chris and I both love to take photos and then we spend plenty of time going through them, labeling, and sorting after each trip. I only post what we consider to be the best ones on SmugMug, at least for public view. The others are in a private folder, only for backup! I have over 100,000 pix in my Adobe PSE databases. The program struggles when I open it... So you only see the tip of the iceberg. We have been extremely fortunate and have visited some incredible places. The past 18 months have been a very weird experience without all of tha
  7. We will miss her indeed. Some of our best cruising memories were made on PAII/Silver Explorer. Like Ann and Ron, our first SS cruise was on PAII in December 2009. Though we've only done 4 voyages on board, so we are nowhere close to 144 days like those professionals are! That ship has so many cute little quirks and hidden areas. The forward balcony hidden away on deck 7. The stairs on the wraparound promenade so you didn't get bored doing laps. The other hidden balcony high up in the back, where they used to keep the spare propeller blades, which was always sheltered from the wind.
  8. Yes, and they are spectacular! My blog (linked above) has information about all 3, including the tours that we did, the food, and the logistics of getting from one to the other. We would go back tomorrow if we could.
  9. What an honor to be given the opportunity at the "end of the line" on this amazing thread! And the pressure is intense as well, to choose an appropriate picture. I think I will bend the rules a little bit and post more than one. This is a region that has not yet appeared in this thread, I believe. But the landscapes on the rivers here are so varied and beautiful, that I hope that the pictures are OK here. So I will present a few pictures from South America. We spent some time here in January 2019 for Chris's big birthday trip. One. I think most p
  10. I prefer it with Tanqueray No. 10 and Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic. Sublime!
  11. There is definitely smoke in the air here. The sunrise looks very red. It reminds me of the sunrise and sunset in Madagascar.
  12. Lois I have enjoyed your trip report very much. The SALT concept sounds wonderful as it is currently being executed. My only thought is that the open seating concept seems to work well now, when the ship is at 1/3 capacity, but I wonder if it will have to change once the ship starts filling up. 600 people competing for the same number of seats may be problematic compared to 200. Time will tell. Maybe reservations will be needed once capacity increases. Not a terrible thing. We are on Spirit in November, COVID willing... I miss traveling so much!
  13. So if not the Rhône, Seine, or Loire... is it the Gironde near Bordeaux?
  14. We did Iguazu independently for Chris's birthday a few years ago. We saw the "hideous" hotel on the Argentinean side and ate breakfast there but did not stay. It is a nice place and the breakfast buffet is spectacular. It's a Melia Hotel. Agree that the Belmond on the Brazilian side is prettier. We stayed with in a smaller luxury lodge called "Awasi Iquazu" which was maybe 10 minutes from the park but it was amazing. And the best part is that the rate includes a private tour guide who is with you for the duration of your stay, and drives you wherever you want to go in a jeep. So it
  15. Yes, it is with mixed feelings that I will trade in my S6. Here is a photo of her from September 2015, on the Chemin de Mont between Chexbres and Saint-Saphorin, high above Lake Geneva. The hills are full of grapevines and the views were just magnificent. And yes, I drove down that road shortly after the picture was taken! I may have held my breath the whole way, hoping that we didn't meet any uphill traffic. We worked out a deal and I'll pick it up on Thursday! Very excited. We parked Chris's RS5 next to it at the dealer today to compare and cont
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