Sydney, Australia

Sylvia and I have a bucket list of worldwide destinations to visit.  We have been to most, but Australia and New Zealand are still there.  We finally made arrangements to take a cruise to visit “downunder”.  We flew for 5-1/2 hours from Ottawa to Vancouver, laid over for 3 hours, then flew directly to Sydney…

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Phuket, Thailand

When we arrived in Phuket, it was overcast and threatening rain. We decided to stay onboard the ship and not venture out onshore. Here are some photos I took from the ship. Our last stop will be Singapore where we will disembark and our cruise will come to a sad end.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon)

The weather today is sunny, with some scattered thunderstorms happening. The temperature is 32C. Colombo’s strategic harbour and rich history as an ancient and colonial trade port make this sophisticated metropolis more than just a gateway to Sri Lanka’s stunning beaches. As the financial capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo’s skyline features modern skyscrapers as well…

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New Mangalore, India

Sunny and 35C! Mangalore is a melting pot of artistic, religious and social influences unlike any other place in Asia. There are 7 different languages spoken on these streets every day. Take a walk and you’re likely to find remnants of Portuguese rule and uncover signs of British conquest. Choose a different route and you…

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Cochin, India

Weather today is sunny and 34C. Cochin may be more reminiscent of a quaint town than a big city, but the deep history and scenic beauty that run through this corner of India are nothing short of extraordinary. This place has been touched (invaded) by British, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and Arab influences. Strolling along the…

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Mumbai (Bombay), India

Mumbais’s sheer size of 25,000,000 people is a land of contradiction. The city is home to dense slums and also the most-expensive mansions in the world. The streets are as diverse as the population. Here you can find stray dogs, exotic birds, immense bazaars, modern restaurants and sheltered temples. This city’s colonial heritage brings together…

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Goa (Mormugao), India

Goa has always been known as the Jewel of India, a land of incredible contrasts, known for its pure. white stretched of beach, dense forested areas, a very warm climate and a place to grow spices used liberally in Indian cuisine. Goa is perhaps best described by a single word from the native Konkani language…

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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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