Sunday, May 27, 2012
5/26/12 I am naming this post "Louisiana" because we recently spent several days there visiting cruise friends, Jim & Jan Sylvester in Denham Springs, near Baton Rouge. But yesterday we left Louisiana and drove to Natchez, where we have been enjoying the hospitality of the Visitor's Center (excellent), and exploring this historic town. I will report on that in my next post a few days from now. We are here to obtain information about the Natchez Trace. Tomorrow we will probably start driving it, since that will be the end of the holiday weekend and we will have a better chance of having less competition to get a spot in the free campgrounds along the way. In Denham Springs we parked behind the WalMart on Range Ave. which turned out to be a great place because there was a little pond near the edge of the parking lot and there were at least 7 turtles in there, swimming around and sunning themselves on the concrete support beam. It felt like we were at a wildlife refuge. Not much traffic back there either so it was a quiet place to stay. Jim & Jan drove over on Thursday evening for Happy Hour and dinner and we were delighted to see them again. We fixed clam linguine, which is always a big hit.
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
5/8/12 Hello Blog Readers from the Red Sea. Today we are docked in Safaga, Egypt which is our last port of call before 6 straight sea days and the end of our cruise May 15 in Dubai. It will be about 91 degrees here today, and we are staying on the ship. The main reason to be here is so cruisers can elect to take a shore excursion to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, which is 137 miles inland from here. In 2006, Elaine and I took a 5 or 6 day Nile cruise, which stopped at all the appropriate places to see antiquities such as these, so we don't feel the need to go back today. Safaga is also a place renown for good scuba diving in the Red Sea. In 2006 we stayed in Hurgada, 33 miles up the coast from here, and did a snorkeling trip in the Red Sea, which helped us realize that there is very good snorkeling and diving here. Previously we had snorkeled in Dahab, over on the Sinai peninsula, and that was a great place too. While we were docked here, a big ferry pulled in during the evening and there was total chaos while all the baggage and cargo was unloaded and piled all over the dock area. Then they entertained us by loading up hand carts REALLY high and one guy pushed them to the waiting vehicles. Here is a picture of part of it:
But the really great day was May 6, our 33rd anniversary. Our friends onboard sent a beautiful flower arrangement.We had a chilled bottle of champagne which Sergio and Reuben had given us before they left the ship in Barcelona, so we chilled that and then shared it with Jack, David and Diane in the Wilson's stateroom where they have a balcony.