2011 3rd Segment

Dubai, UAE (Day 2)

On our second day in Dubai, March 28, 2016, the sand dust was not as bad and there was more blue sky, as can be seen by the skyline view taken from our ship. We started our day traveling down the Sheikh Zayed Road, the 16 lane highway that is home to most of Dubai’s skyscrapers which line both sides of the road. The red line of the metro also follows this route.  We then went over to get views of the Burj Al Arab, one of the worlds most expensive hotels that is shaped like a sailboat and has its own helipad. It was then on to the Atlantis Hotel on Palm Island to see the Lost Chambers...

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Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

We arrived in Funchal after 1 day at sea. Today we took the shuttle bus into town and proceeded to the cable car on the other side of town. We took the cable car up to the town of Monte where we went into the church and explored the different vistas along the trails. We then returned to Funchal in the cable car and started to explore the streets when we found out that the annual street flower festival began that day.   Booths at the festival Finished flower design Setting up Forms used in set up Setting up Setting up Setting up Funchal Flower Festival Funchal Funchal Funchal Flower...

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Cadiz, Spain

Due to inclement weather in the Mediterranean we by passed Motril, Spain passed thru the Strait of Gibraltar and arrived in Cadiz in the evening the day before we were supposed to dock. After our overnight in port we set out to explore Cadiz in the morning. In the afternoon we went to the Jerez de la Frontera and the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art for a performance. After the visit to the school we went to Gonzalez Byass Cellars for a tour and Sherry tasting. Sherry tasting Gonzales Byass Cellars Gonzales Byass Cellars Gonzales Byass Cellars Carthusian horse Tack room Carthusian...

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Barumini (Cagliari), Sardinia, Italy

We docked in Cagliari in the rain. Today we donned our ponchos and went to The Nuraghic Complex in Barumini. This central settlement ( A UNESCO World Heritage Site) dates back to 1100 B.C. and thrived up until the Phoenician and Punic Ages. When we got there the rain eased a bit so we were able to walk into the complex and climb  down into the central tower. Despite the rain the trip was picturesque and enjoyable.   View from Barumini Leaving the Main Tower Nuraghic Complex In the Main Tower Nuraghic Complex In the Main Tower Nuraghic Complex In the Main Tower Nuraghic Complex Entering...

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Sirince, Turkey

Today we ventured to Sirince Village, a synthesis of Greek & Turkish culture in the hills above Kusadasi where we docked. Once there we explored the town, had some fresh Pomegranate juice. later we went to have some coffee at a restaurant and have the grounds left in the cup read by a local fortune teller. After coffee we went to a local home for lunch.   Inside Sirince home Sirince home Coffee Restaurant in Sirince Village In Sirince Village Streets of Sirince Village Streets of Sirince Village Streets of Sirince Village Going to Sirince Sirince...

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Bodrum, Turkey

Docking in Bodrum is on the opposite side of the harbor from the town. To get to town we took a water shuttle into the marina. Once in town we explored Saint Peter’s Castle which was a tribute to the Knights of Saint John. The castle housed the Museum of Underwater Archaeology which exhibited many relics from sunken Egyptian barges. After leaving the castle we walked to the ruins of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus ( One of the seven wonders of the ancient world). We then returned back to the marina area before retuning to the ship. As we left the harbor we saw the ancient Roman theater...

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