The Port of Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam

  General Information – Ho Chi Minh City, as it is officially called, is a sprawling city located on the delta of the Dong Nai River but even locals still call it by its original name, Saigon. With the rapid industrialization recently of Vietnam a number of port facilities have been built along the channelsContinue reading “The Port of Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam”

Asheville Heart of the North Carolina Mountains

Tucked away in the western North Carolina mountains is a city of remarkable blended cultures. Its roots are firmly planted in the Appalachian soil tilled by early Scots-Irish settlers. Clogging and bluegrass are still at home here in its lively music scene but so is jazz and rock n roll. This mountain city is anContinue reading “Asheville Heart of the North Carolina Mountains”

Broad River Inn Chimney Rock

A couple of weeks ago we planned a trip thru the Blue Ridge and Smokey mountains of North Carolina and made reservations at the Broad River Inn Chimney Rock. Chimney Rock and nearby Lake Lure are somewhat isolated and have virtually no major chain hotels, so you have to pick from small local accommodations. We madeContinue reading “Broad River Inn Chimney Rock”

The Port of Lerwick in the Shetlands

Located in the North Sea one hundred fifty miles north of Scotland, Lerwick, the major town in the archipelago is the major Shetland port. Getting Ashore -Cruise ships will normally anchor out and use tenders to reach shore. The tenders will dock right in the center of this picturesque town with its narrow streets andContinue reading “The Port of Lerwick in the Shetlands”

Pub Hopping in Dublin

Temple Bar in Dublin is famous. Many people mistakenly think it actually is a bar but it’s not. In the seventeenth century a famous Dubliner, Sir William Temple  was the provost of Trinity College. Sir Temple owned property along the river. In the river in front of his land was a sand bar and aroundContinue reading “Pub Hopping in Dublin”

The Port of Reykjavik, Iceland

Above: Hallgrimskirkja (the Presbyterian Cathedral) in the center of the city.   Port Location & Facilities – Cruise ships will normally dock at port facilities outside of town. Reykjavik is usually the supplier of shuttle service into town with a round-trip fare that seems somewhat over priced (this is probably related to the high costContinue reading “The Port of Reykjavik, Iceland”

The RMS Titanic

A Legend That Lives On… In the annals of travel there have been a number of great tragedies. The Hindenburg Disaster The air disaster at Tenerife The Vegas hotel fire The Tsunami at Ao Nang, Thailand Along with a number of ocean liner sinking disasters that include; The Lusitania The Andrea Doria The Costa ConcordiaContinue reading “The RMS Titanic”

Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea

Adventures in Paradise On a cruise of the Pacific recently we spent three days in the French Society Islands. The three major islands being Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea with Tahiti being the largest. These islands are due south of Hawaii on the other side of the equator. Tahiti is part of a volcanic chainContinue reading “Tahiti, Bora Bora and Moorea”

Curacao, Perfect Blend of Two Worlds

Wouldn’t it be great if we could move tropical seas, palm trees and great beaches to Northern Europe? It’s not going to happen, but the next best thing is to move the Netherlands into the Caribbean. Welcome to Curacao. There are a number of European influenced islands in the Caribbean but no place expresses itContinue reading “Curacao, Perfect Blend of Two Worlds”

Visiting Liberty

Get to Know an Old Liberty Ship I admit I have a strong attraction to a specific type of ship that has almost vanished from the planet. Currently there are very few of these historic ships still in existence. My fondness for this ship is because I spent a little over two years serving onContinue reading “Visiting Liberty”