Archive for October, 2015

Looking for something?

October 12th, 2015 Comments off

Try !!!!!!!!

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Continuing on

October 9th, 2015 1 comment


As you can see – there aren’t many ports on this trip which means that there are a lot of sea days.


Fri Oct 9 Barcelona, Spain 5:00pm
Sat Oct 10 At Sea
Sun Oct 11 At Sea
Mon Oct 12 Crete (Chania), Greece 8:00am 5:00pm
Tue Oct 13 At Sea
Wed Oct 14 Jerusalem / Tel Aviv (Ashdod), Israel 6:00am 5:00pm
Thu Oct 15 Suez Canal, Egypt (Cruising)
Fri Oct 16 Petra (Aqaba), Jordan 8:00am 8:00pm
Sat Oct 17 At Sea
Sun Oct 18 At Sea
Mon Oct 19 At Sea
Tue Oct 20 At Sea
Wed Oct 21 At Sea
Thu Oct 22 At Sea
Fri Oct 23 Dubai, United Arab Emirates 6:00am

That actually is a good thing as I have a lot of knitting….

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Where did it go?

October 7th, 2015 Comments off

Yes, I know that I have been threatening to move websites, blogs and all the rest of it for several months now.

It is happening. I haven’t yet been able to replicate everything from here over to the new site as of yet but I have started to move pages, pix and the blog starting as of 1 Oct (yes, this year – 2015 AD).



admittedly, I decided that I would rather keep it simple and not have a title or name that made it hard to find. The “.net” is easy – “.com” is already tied up till I close down the websites on the German server….

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Vigo on a Sunday

October 4th, 2015 Comments off

Proved to be a lovely city for a walk. Without stores open, the streets weren’t crowded with shoppers. Instead, families were out strolling and tourists were able to gawk without appearing complete rubes.

It was up the hill and off to the left this time rather than hiking up and down the twisty streets and alleys of old town. I got to see some of the more modern sculpture, trees, shaped plants and parks.

There were doors:

Sculpture –

And a bit of fun in the greenery department:

And my favorite sign of all:


Do you start at the top and work down with what ails you?

Do you start with the first practitioner and work down with what ails you?


We hadn’t arrived till 1000, on schedule in spite of 50+ knot winds. Our departure was smooth. Passing once again some of the islands off the coast, we were all rapidly enveloped by fog….

a hazy, foggy exit

a hazy, foggy exit

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Sleep – beautiful sleep

October 3rd, 2015 Comments off

I hit the wall today considering travel, time zones and disruption of anything even remotely resembling a normal sleep cycle. It is a good thing it was a sea day.

Last night was mostly dozing on and off which means that I was both cranky and groggy this morning. The knitting entertainment with a fellow knitter from the Grandeur (2011? 2012) was followed by a shortened Cruise Critic meeting, lunch and what was going to be a short nap.

About six hours later I surfaced enough to realize that most of the day was gone. I managed to stagger around at glacial speed preparing for dinner. It was formal night and I had promised a friend to join him for dinner. Eating at Chops was a good way to burn out another 2/1 dinner coupon.  Right now the plan is to eat there again on the last night of this cruise. I am not sure that they are going to be happy to see me. Normally I adore the forest mushroom soup. This version was too heavy on the cream and light on the mushrooms.  The salad was terrific but for the goat cheese which was supposed to be baked and turned out to be ice cold in the middle. By the time my entrée appeared I think the waiter was holding his breath.  The tuna and side dishes were excellent I assured him (and the manager) several times.

[aside – I always have mixed emotions on reporting food that doesn’t quite meet the standard. In this case it wasn’t really a complaint since the food wasn’t bad or unsafe – more like an observation that neither the soup nor the salad were as good as the same I had had on the Serenade just a couple of weeks ago. It makes me uncomfortable to say anything, but I don’t want to avoid menu items I would normally order. Does that make any sense?]

It was after 2200 by the time we finished eating. More than time to crash.

But funny thing, I wasn’t sleepy……

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Another year

October 2nd, 2015 1 comment

is now in the past. This birthday is different only in that it marks a turning point in those basic interactions with the government which most of us want to avoid. Part A & B of Medicare come to mind.  In the same way, I’m hoping to avoid a fuss and absolutely detest public recognition or embarrassment. Specifically singing waiters and other assorted displays.  Obviously, I am speaking to dinner possibilities this evening.

I don’t have any particularly brilliant thoughts to share. It has been a good year, an interesting year in which I have been fortunate enough to travel to areas of the world new to me as well as revisit places I enjoy. I have made new friends as well as maintained contact with those I have known for years.

There have been other milestones – probably the most significant (besides that pesky Medicare Part A & B) is renewing my medical license for the 40th time.  I guess that balances managing to lose both a jacket and a phone on the same trip.  Photo courtesy of one of my fellow traveler’s and probably the location of the escaped phone.

Godafoss - Iceland

Godafoss – Iceland

Thank you all for the well wishes on this, my 65th birthday. This coming year should be interesting complete with family, travel and a number of professional meetings. We will be closing out the house in Heidelberg, seeing the Eldest move into her own home later this fall, the College Guy transfer, Ms Chicago return to school and Ms Maus take on NYC.  I’ll be on land a bit more, on ships a bit less and following the example of my good friend Carmen – start to make serious decisions on all that “stuff” I have been hauling around for years.

OTOH – I can finally set up my Playmobile trains, the weather in Berkeley is pretty decent…..  Garden Gauge thank you very much……



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Explorer of the Seas

October 1st, 2015 Comments off

Is the ship I am boarding starting tomorrow from Southampton. Between now and then – I have my plane to LHR, the NationalExpress Bus to Southampton and three rounds to go with Barclay’s bank. I also have to figure out what I might possibly have planned since I am sure that I made arrangements to join a group at least in Gibraltar.

So –   2-9 Oct 2015

The route –




Fri Oct 2 London (Southampton), England 4:30pm
Sat Oct 3 At Sea
Sun Oct 4 Vigo, Spain 10:00am 5:00pm
Mon Oct 5 Lisbon, Portugal 9:00am 5:00pm
Tue Oct 6 Cadiz, Spain 10:00am 8:00pm
Wed Oct 7 Gibraltar, UK Territory 8:00am 5:00pm
Thu Oct 8 At Sea
Fri Oct 9 Barcelona, Spain 6:00am


(Exhausted and still time zone whacked – it is now 1930 in the evening. I have been to Barclays. I am checked into the hotel. I found something for supper. The Wifi is free……



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