Malaga, Spain

Situated along the Costa del Sol, Malaga boasts beautiful beaches, picturesque gardens and a quaint historic quarterIts easygoing lifestyle and sunny weather make it a favourite vacation spot.  Malaga was the last of the Moorish cities to fall to the Catholic Monarchs. With the conquest of Granada in 1492, Islamic rule in the Iberian Peninsula…

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Valencia, Spain

A taste of Valencia means the local specialty – – – paella. The origins of Valencia’s ‘foodie’ contribution to Spanish cuisine goes back to 714AD. Arabs invaded this Roman colony and called it Ballansiya. Then the Moors built mosques, traded silk and spices and ceramics and devoured these casserole dishes. The Catholics drove in 1238…

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Barcelona, Spain

Welcome to Barcelona. It is unlike any other city in Spain. It has personality. It’s the Paris of the Spanish Riviera with grand boulevards. Thriving arts. Culture. With proud Spanish heritage. Famous for Gaudi, the architect of modern cutting-edge buildings and facades. I took a walk along Las Ramblas, which is an awe-struck, tree-lined boulevard…

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Palma de Majorca, Spain

Welcome to laid-back Palma!  Bienvenue a Palma relaxant!  Witamy do wspanialej Palmy!  Wilkommen an Relaxed Palma! Let’s step into the highlights of this beautiful place. Landmarks include a gothic cathedral, Moorish castle, Spanish monarch palace and tapas restaurants galore.  Spanish passions include flamenco, bull ring fights, sunbathing and swimming in the warm waters of the…

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Welcome to the Rock. Strait of Gibraltar, UK

At the southernmost tip of Europe on the Iberian Peninsula, lies the magnificent rock and colony of Gibraltar. Named after a Moorish chief, Gibraltar had its longest stretch as an Islamic port. After 700 years, the Spaniards drove out the Moors and turned the Rock into a naval port. In the end, England gained control…

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Cartagena, Spain – 2016 Aug 31

The Independence of the Seas sailed into Cartagena today, a major naval seaport since the 16th century. It’s history was ruled by Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines and Spanish Bourbons. It’s a walled-in city centre, which includes a remarkable Roman theatre from the 1st century B.C. (Who decided this??) One of the highlights of the city is…

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Panama Cruise. End of the Line in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

We have finally arrived in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. This is the largest province in Costa Rica, including practically the entire climate regimes found in the whole, tremendously varied country. From tropical dry forest, to rain forest, and from mangrove swamp to cloud forest to sub-alpine paramo, this sprawling province contains a little bit of everything.…

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Panama Cruise. Transiting the Canal

Panama Cruise. Through the Panama Canal: The birth of the art of navigation took place around 3500BC. Navigators stayed close to shore and navigated by sight of landmarks or land characteristics and anchored at night. The canal is about 74 kilometers of aquatic highway, which saved early mariners a 13,000 kilometer journey around Cape Horn.…

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