Cartagena, Colombia

When we booked our excursion online for Cartagena, we knew nothing about the city. Since we booked a tour of a 16th century Spanish fort, we thought it might be a sleepy little city like Cadiz or Malaga in Spain. Malaga is actually a good size with around 570,000 people but it doesn’t seem large. […]

Photo Gallery: The Fremantle Markets and the Waterfront

The photo above shows the harbor as seen from the outdoor patio at Kailis’ Fish Market Café. Below are some more photos from the waterfront and the Fremantle Markets. One of the craft breweries along Mews Road. The path between the two buildings leads to the boardwalk along the harbor. Inside the craft brewery You […]

Photo Gallery: Places and Buildings Around Fremantle

Fremantle has many interesting places and buildings.  The photo above  shows the Whalers Tunnel and the Round House from the city side. Here are a few more. Bathers Beach The Whalers Tunnel – a plaque says the tunnel was excavated by the Fremantle Whaling Company in 1837 “to facilitate the transport of whale oil and […]

Port of Call: San Francisco

Follow us on Facebook! San Francisco was the first port of call on the very first cruise Janis and I ever took, a repositioning cruise from San Diego to Vancouver. We had driven through San Francisco before, taking one of the highways over the Golden Gate on our first trip to California together. But we […]

Busselton Jetty

Follow us on Facebook! Although Margaret River is actually a small town located on a broad spur sticking out from the southwestern end of Western Australia, that whole region is widely known as Margaret River. It is wine country. It’s also an area of rolling hills, farms, forests and some great surfing beaches. On the north […]

Photo Gallery: Additional Photos of Powell River and the Northern Sunshine Coast

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional pictures in and around Powell River and the northern Sunshine Coast. This sign shows the hulks currently forming the breakwater. Nice closeup of one of the hulks. Photo courtesy Kathy Lowther. Inland Lake Boardwalk along Inland Lake Inland Lake is a western toad habitat. Some of the frogs […]

Photo Gallery: Downtown Perth – 2

Follow us on Facebook! Here is the second part of my downtown Perth photo gallery. This one covers the Stirling Gardens to the waterfront. Janis and Sarah with the statue of Alexander Forrest at the entrance to Stirling Gardens. Brass kangaroo has a drink at the top of the Stirling Gardens My friend the kangaroo and […]

Photo Gallery: Downtown Perth – 1

Follow us on Facebook! Here are some additional photos of downtown Perth. The Murray Street Mall looking toward Barrack Street Elevated walkway along Forrest Place. Shops line this walkway which becomes an overpass to Perth Station. Interesting sculpture at Forrest Place The old Western Australia Museum with children’s aural park in front of it. Close-up of the […]

Old Lisbon

The second port of call on our 2009 trans-Atlantic cruise was Lisbon, Portugal. While had taken a shore excursion on our first stop, Tenerife in the Canary Islands, we opted to check out Lisbon on our own. Upon disembarking, there were free shuttle buses to transport us to the Baixa and surrounding districts which make up the historic […]

The Cats of Cadiz

Follow us on Facebook! Cadiz, Spain was the third port of call on the trans-Atlantic cruise we took in April 2009. It lies along the coast of Spain  on the Atlantic about 150 kilometres from Gibraltar (119 km via the inland route), not quite two thirds of the way from Portugal to Gibraltar. It lies on a […]