‘Now voyager...

sail you forth to seek and find.’

(Whitman)

April 30, 2018

​Cagliari, Sardinia, April 26 — I’m back in Italy! [At least I was, 4 days ago.] Repeat after me: Kall’-ya-ree, with the emphasis on the first syllable. D.H. Lawrence gave the name ‘the white Jerusalem’ to this city that overlooks the Gulf of Angels.

Sardinia — which is closer to Africa than it is to the Italian mainland — is one of the world’s 5...

April 30, 2018

Valletta, Malta, April 24 — As our cruise director said as she started her Malta Port Talk, ‘We’re in Europe!!’ Specifically, the city of Valletta, which is what would result if ‘Dubrovnik and Venice had a beautiful baby.’ We shared her pleasure, even though we were only there 1-1/2 days before we debunked for a day back in Africa, in Algiers.

The v...

April 28, 2018

​Alexandria, Egypt, April 21 — Alexandria, in what’s called Lower Egypt, was our port. Giza was our ultimate destination, 135 miles southeast.

Egypt boasts 108 pyramids. Egypt invented pyramids (around 3000 BC)  — and hieroglyphics, eye makeup, sundials, and paper. Their paper was made from papyrus leaves. But if anyone tries to get you to buy a doc...

April 25, 2018

Suez Canal, Egypt, April 20 —  I had originally planned to call this ‘Onward to Suez,’ but the Canal is already way behind me.

I promised you some more information on Sinai, which is separated from the main part of Egypt by the Isthmus of Suez, through which the canal was built. You’ll recall I learned that the Sinai Peninsula is in Asia.

Israel inva...

April 25, 2018

‘I am not African. I am not Asian. I am Egyptian.’ our guide, Mona

Two sides of Egypt... the ancient:

... and the contemporary. I don’t think the word modern fits:

Luxor, Egypt, April 18 — From Aqaba, Jordan, we sailed southwest down the Gulf of Aqaba, past the southern point of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, and across the Red Sea to Safaga, the port tha...

April 24, 2018

Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, April 19 — We backtracked across the Red Sea to this spot on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula. It’s best known as a seaside resort because the diving and snorkeling are so good in the beautiful turquoise water. Visibility underwater was incredible, my snorkeling friends told me. Sharm, as it’s called, is also known...

April 24, 2018

Valletta, Malta, April 24 — I’m woefully behind on sending you real news, but I can’t not send you these two pix while I’m working on the first of four Egypt posts.

My temporary office... the World Café on board.

 The view from my ‘desk.’ I think I could move here... #

April 24, 2018

At Petra...

Aqaba, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, April 17 — Petra may be the main reason tourists come to Jordan — it is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World (so named in 2007). I originally thought I would save the $349 ‘optional tour’ charge and not go to Petra. Then I said, ‘You idiot. Go to Petra.’ As you’ll see from the photos, it was wort...

April 16, 2018

Sihanoukville, Cambodia, March 20 — The promised photo essay on the tiny fishing village of Tumnop Rolok,  which we visited the same day we saw the Sihanoukville market and trash-strewn temple, about 4 weeks ago.

Personal shrines at households or businesses are common. This is a meat market...

 Another shrine...​

​Walking out the pier towards the fi...

April 15, 2018

Bridge Tour: This is Captain Otto Pilot​. He lives on the bridge.

The Red Sea, April 15 — Yesterday I filled you in on food, wine and laundry. Which led one of you to ask if I’d ever had a galley or laundry tour. No to laundry. But I did have a bridge tour and a galley tour a while back.

The Bridge

The ‘Arthur Miller’ shot.

Some of the signal flags.....

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