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Creating A Travel Guide With WikiPedia

April 3, 2016

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An original version of  this post was published in January 2013, but I thought it was worth updating and re-posting, having just created a travel guide for our forthcoming cruise from Miami to San Francisco, via the Panama Canal. A much-overlooked but useful feature of Wikipedia is the “Create A BooK” tool. This enables you to […]

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Queen Mary 2 – a taste of luxury

December 18, 2015

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Lynda (wife) and I made a conscious decision early in our cruising career to opt for smaller ships, e.g. less than 1,500 passengers, because we preferred a more personal experience. I guess the foundation for this ‘cruising template’ was established from our very first cruise, on the Royal Clipper, which had a complement of 227 […]

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St Barts – Caribbean 2015

October 21, 2015

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Our recent visit to the Caribbean took in the tiny island of St Barthélemy – more commonly known at St Barts. This is the smallest of the fours islands that make up the French West Indies. We arrived at the main town – Gustavia – by tender from our cruise ship early on Sunday morning, […]

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Caribbean Cruise Jan-Feb 2015

January 25, 2015

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Yes, we’re off on our travels again, mainly in the hope of missing the worst of the UK winter, but I know that’s not guaranteed, given we’ve had snow as late as April these past couple of years. This time it’s the Caribbean, and though we’ve been there a few times before, it never loses […]

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Broome, 28th February 2014

May 7, 2014

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Day 32 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at Broome. This is our last stop before we arrive back at our starting point – Fremantle, and a journey of 9,040 nautical miles. We arrived at Broome at 10am, after an overnight sail from Komodo. Broome is a pearling and tourist town in the Kimberley region […]

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Lombok and Komodo 25th/26th February 2014

April 30, 2014

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Day 29 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at Lombok Lombok is an island in West Nusa Tenggara province, Indonesia. It forms part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. We only […]

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Bali, Indonesia. 24th February 2014

April 24, 2014

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Day 28 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at Bali. The highlight of our visit to Bali was the tour of the Taro Elephant Safari Park, north of Ubud. Our bus trip took in the views of coffee, cacao, banana and spice plantations, little villages with alang-alang thatched roofs and the green terraced hillsides full […]

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Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef, 16th February 2014

April 13, 2014

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Day 20 of our cruise. Cairns is located about 1,700 km (1,056 mi) from Brisbane, and about 2,700 km (1,678 mi) from Sydney by road. It is a popular travel destination because of its tropical climate and serves as a starting point for people wanting to visit the Great Barrier Reef. During World War II, […]

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Brisbane, 13th February 2014

April 13, 2014

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Day 17 of our cruise and we arrive at Brisbane. Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia with a population of 2.2 million. It was also the home of Ingrid Burkett, who I had only ‘met’ though social media channels […]

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Sydney, 11th February 2014

April 8, 2014

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Day 15 of our cruise and we’ve arrived at Sydney – the cultural capital of Australia? Melbourne-ites will argue differently! Sydney is the site of the first British colony in Australia, established in 1788 at Sydney Cove by Captain Arthur Phillip, of the First Fleet.  The city is built on hills surrounding Port Jackson, which […]

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