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  • Cruise Excursions in Norway
    looking for scenic historic and adventuresome You ll find plenty of active boomer travel ideas on cruise excursions in Norway Read our first hand accounts to choose the right adventure for you Hiking Plateau Mountain If your cruise ship stops in Longyearbyen Norway take the hike to Plateau Mountain Read about our cruise excursion experience by clicking on Hiking Plateau Mountain Spend an Active Day in Bergen When your ship stops in Bergen Norway follow this itinerary for an active day Book the experience as a cruise excursion or do it on your own Want to learn more Click on Spend an active day in Bergen Riding the Rails in Norway When Alan and I signed up for a ride the Flam Railway excursion we expected spectacular scenery filled with sunshine wildflowers and waterfalls but we had no such luck Read more about our experience by clicking on Riding the rails in Norway on a cruise excursion gone wrong Discover Fjords Waterfalls and Goat Farms On our Norway cruise we took a very active overland tour to Geiranger that included a four hour hike a ride on the Flam Railway and a 2 5 hour hike in the mountains Read

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  • Koala photograph from Brisbane, Australia
    travel Australia Oceania See What a sleeping beauty This koala in Brisbane Australia looks so cute and cuddly but beware of those claws Alan and I visited this sleeping beauty at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane Australia as part of a Seabourn Odyssey cruise excursion The lethargic marsupials they sleep as much as 19 hours a day made excellent photographic subjects No worries about sudden movements here Have you visited these furry creatures in Brisbane or other parts of Australia Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email to ask a question or share your experience You may also like to read Discover Waterton Lakes with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies Sunrise on Maui s Haleakala National Park A Glimpse of Modern Portugal in Medieval Guimaraes Dubrovnik and Split Hiking Guide A Winter Trip to Glacier National Park About Donna Hull A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet she is also the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure and Coloring the West An Adult Coloring Book for Travelers View

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2012/03/03/koala-brisbane-australia/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Panama Canal Transit on Silver Cloud
    sea where motors idle as captains wait for the pilot boat to lead their vessel through the locks Donna takes a photo of our next door neighbor As Silver Cloud follows the pilot boat to the neon green arrow pointing to her lane in the locks the sounds bring back memories of our last Panama Canal experience Ring ring a bell trills Clang Something heavy and mechanical thuds to a close Squeak The wheels of a locomotive squeal on the track as a ding ding ding signals its approach This is the language of the canal all bells whistles and the mechanical groans of heavy equipment From the balcony Alan and I watch a freighter ease into the lane next to us Her crew is standing at the rail watching us as we watch them Cameras are pointed from both sides along with waves and smiles The mule keeps Silver Cloud straight in the Miraflores Locks Men in rowboats attach lines from locomotive engines known as mules to each side of Silver Cloud The locomotives run along tracks on each side of the canal lane keeping the ship centered in the water Creak A gate shuts behind us and water begins to fill the chamber The mules work in tandem pulling up an incline on each side of the canal lane Ding ding ding Once we are at the proper water level two doors hinge open in front of us and our journey continues Cruise guests watch the action from the top deck Up on the top deck cruise guests crowd the rails for photographs while over the loudspeaker a local expert explains the intricacies of the canal She points out the construction of the new lane scheduled for a 2014 completion which will double the Panama Canal s capacity as well as allow today s larger ships to pass through Are you planning a cruise Use our Luxury Cruise Travel Planning Guide to begin your research Before joining Alan in the crowd at the rail I accept a mimosa from the bartender who s set up shop on the top deck Silver Cloud knows how to make this a festive occasion Eggs benedict on the balcony There s a special breakfast on the pool deck with cooked to order eggs accompanied by a selection of pastries that will require many laps around the jogging track for working off calories However Alan and I have another plan We ve called ahead to order a room service breakfast on the balcony of our cabin where our eggs benedict will be accompanied by a close up view of the action It s a steamy day as Silver Cloud sails along Lake Gatun on the way to the Gatun Locks According to the facts that we learned from Captain Larry Rudner s guest lectures about the Panama Canal s history 27 500 workers died during its construction The jungle landscape that we see on the lake s shore is evidence to why so

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  • Reviews for Asia Cruise Excursions
    Nagasaki Japan is a poignant reminder of the perils of war Read about our Regent Seven Seas experience in Nagasaki by clicking on Nagasaki cruise excursion Cruise Ship Excursion to the Mekong Delta Alan and I visited the Mekong Delta while on a cruise shore excursion purchased through Regent Seven Seas Read about our experience by clicking on Cruise Ship Excursion to the Mekong Delta Learning to paint in Kota Kinabalu Alan and I visited Kota Kinabalu is a city in Sabah on the island of Borneo on a Regent cruise when we sailed from Sydney Australia to Hong Kong Click on Learning to paint in Kota Kinabalu to learn about our experience Shopping for Dinner in Hong Kong On our second cruise to Hong Kong Alan and I skipped the organized cruise excursions for a walking tour of our own down the streets of Kowloon Read more about our experience by clicking on Shopping for Dinner in Hong Kong Exploring Siberia s Smoking Volcanoes The Kamchatka Peninsula in far eastern Russia is a beautiful land of smoking volcanoes and abundant wildlife and I ll never forget our experience there Read more by clicking on Exploring Siberia s Smoking Volcanoes

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  • Cruise Excursion to Walvis Bay, Namibia
    of Swakopmund birding tours township and diamond mine visits or flight seeing along the Skeleton Coast to view the many shipwrecks Exploring the moon like landscape of Namib Nukluft Park When Alan and I stopped in Walvis Bay on our cruise from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro we chose the Treasures of the Namib Desert excursion The trip took us into the lunar looking landscape of Namib Nukluft Park We soon realized that we had made the wrong choice The hot dusty ride was scenic in a stark sort of way but nothing new to Arizona desert dwellers A stop for a cold glass of champagne was our reward And we did enjoy the visit to Dune 7 where Alan and I photographed as our fellow passengers climbed the dune Next time we ll choose Living Desert by Off Road Vehicle with the chance to go 4 wheel drive surfing down the dunes Arriving by camel for dinner in the desert Many cruises such as ours include dinner in the desert amidst the dunes The event comes with camel rides dancing girls and local foods served inside a billowing tent Cruise ships are a rare occurrence in Walvis Bay so tourism infrastructure is tenuous at best If you go adjust your expectations Your tour guide has probably been recruited for the occasion Did your take a cruise excursion to Walvis Bay Namibia Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email to ask a question or share your experience You may also like to read Seven Off the Beaten Path National Parks to Avoid the Crowds Montreal City Guide On Our Own in Cartagena Spain A Glimpse of Modern Portugal in Medieval Guimaraes Falling In Love With The Village of Favaios

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2009/09/29/cruising-walvis-bay-namibia/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Touring St. Helena in the South Atlantic
    Brazil We lucked out with calm seas which allowed the ship to tender passengers to the dock at Jamestown the one and only town on St Helena Skipping the ship s excursion choices we tried our luck at hiring a taxi sharing it with another couple from the ship Donna meets a tortoise The taxi driver drove an old black Jaguar that had once been the governor general s car Leaving town the Jag negotiated narrow steep roads before depositing us near the path to Napoleon s tomb The pleasant grassy walk led downhill to the tomb area where a multi colored flower garden provided a peaceful setting Only Napoleon isn t really there His body was returned to France in 1840 Later we toured Longwood House Napoleon s home on St Helena More flower gardens surrounded the nine room house which holds memorabilia from Napoleon s stay At the Governor General s home we made friends with the giant tortoises that roamed the front lawn before returning to Jamestown Of course we could have hiked the more than 200 steps up Jacob s ladder a steep set of stairs that start in the town ending at the top of a hill Our choice Peeking over the edge from a rest area at the top We passed on climbing Jacob s ladder and you can see why St Helena turned out to be green scenic and filled with flowers that belong in a country garden If your ship travels to St Helena take the tender Tour the countryside Then imagine what it s like to live in an isolated island in the South Atlantic Have you been to St Helena Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email to ask a

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  • Tips for a Mt Cargill Walk in Dunedin, New Zealand
    s what they call hikes in Kiwi country to Mount Cargill and The Organ Pipes begins when Silver Spirit docks in Port Chalmers the port for Dunedin Adventure company Wild Earth Adventures meets participants at the Silver Spirit there are 10 of us including staff for the short drive in a mini van through Port Chalmers and into the hills north of Dunedin the hike s starting point Got my hiking pole and I m ready to go We haven t even started on the trail but the view s already outstanding Before getting out on the trail the guide offers hiking poles insect repellant and sunscreen to anyone needing them Of course I take her up on the offer of hiking poles The beginning of the Mt Cargill walk travels through lush second growth forest The Mount Cargill walkway ambles through dense second growth forest that introduces us to tree fuchsia pepperwood mountain cedar and lush ferns Although the trail is marked as 1 86 miles round trip it seems a bit longer to me In the beginning this New Zealand walk is an uphill unpaved climb that includes occasional stairs before reaching a long level section of trail A boomer with knee or hip problems might find the journey a bit challenging on the hilly portion although hiking poles help alleviate shock on the joints The Organ Pipes basalt formation is one of the highlights of a Mt Cargill walk It isn t long before we arrive at the Organ Pipes basalt columns created by volcanic activity approximately 10 000 years ago Most of our group scrambles around on the rocks poses for photos and enjoys the view I find it a little too steep for my comfort preferring to hang back on the trail to watch the fun From Buttars Peak the Dunedin area is a patchwork of color Soon the hike continues through native bush that becomes increasingly sparse which opens up the view After scrambling over a short rocky section we arrive at Buttars Peak 2 000 ft above sea level Large rocks provide a place to sit rest and take in the expansive views of Otago Harbour Mount Kettle Blueskin Bay Mihiwaka and the Silver Peaks Our guide offers refreshments of coffee tea water and snacks before the return trip down the same path A Mt Cargill walk leaves plenty of time to return to Dunedin to explore the city on your own before the ship leaves Port Chalmers in the afternoon The Mt Cargill walk is a welcome change from life at sea and the nature break that Alan and I need There are plenty of things to do in Dunedin including active travel experiences like kayaking guided walks rafting and jet boating We ll definitely be back for more New Zealand travel adventure Did you enjoy a Mt Cargill walk while visiting Dunedin Or do you have more New Zealand hiking adventures to share Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel

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  • Silver Cloud Panama Canal Cruise
    a Panama Canal transit It was also the first time that we sailed over Christmas and New Year s and we had an amazing experience Cruising on the Cloud Sometimes great things do come in small packages and our cruise experience on the 296 passenger Silver Cloud certainly proved that to be true To read more click on Cruising on the Cloud Four Hours in Cartagena Silver Cloud s four hour cruise excursion in Cartagena gave us a taste of what to expect in this colonial city that was founded in 1533 To read about our experience click on Four Hours in Cartagena Cruising Through the Panama Canal again Some baby boomer travel experiences are worth repeating That s certainly true of our cruise through the Panama Canal Click on Cruising Through the Panama Canal again to read about our experience Welcome to the Miraflores Locks When Silver Cloud entered the Miraflores Locks from the Pacific Ocean Alan and I experienced our second boomer adventure cruising through the Panama Canal Read more by clicking on Welcome to the Miraflores Locks Celebrating New Year s Eve at Sea New Year s Eve 2011 I finally checked that travel goal off my

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