The Charms of Old Manila

The Charms of Old Manila

Follow my journey from Hong Kong to Miami during my 70-day cruise on the Oceania Insignia.  Today’s segment continues our city tour of Manila, touching on the milestones of the history of Manila and the Philippines.

We visited Rizal Park which was built in honor of the country’s hero, Dr. José Rizal.  Dr. Rizal was a doctor and novelist who was shot by a firing squad in 1896 on grounds that he was organizing a rebellion against the Spanish government.  Continue reading “The Charms of Old Manila”

The Journey Begins

The Journey Begins

I recently returned from a 70 day “half world” cruise.  Well, it wasn’t exactly half of the full 180-day world cruise that commenced in Miami back in July; but I like to think of it as such.  My husband and I boarded the Oceania Insignia in Hong Kong in October, 2015, and remained on board for 70 days until the cruise ended in Miami on January 4, 2016.  Continue reading “The Journey Begins”

A Bird’s Eye View from the Swallow’s Nest

A Bird’s Eye View from the Swallow’s Nest

The Swallow’s Nest is one of the most visited and photographed sites on the Crimean Peninsula. Located in the extreme southern part of Ukraine and jutting out into the Black Sea, the castle is featured in the film version of Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians.  Many tourists visit the Swallow’s Nest from Yalta, a frequent port of call during Black Sea cruises.  Continue reading “A Bird’s Eye View from the Swallow’s Nest”

The Shanghai Museum

The Shanghai Museum

I’m sure this has happened to everyone at one time or another.  You are visiting a city for only a few days and dear Mother Nature refuses to cooperate.  The skies open up and down comes the rain.  This is what happened during my time in Shanghai.  After my Yuyuan Garden visit was literally a wash out (no pun intended), I referred to my trusty guide-book for some indoor activities. Continue reading “The Shanghai Museum”

Florence Masterpieces

Florence Masterpieces

 

Florence is one of my favorite cities in Italy.  During a recent visit, I finally got to visit the Uffizi Gallery.  The Gallery hosts a magnificent collection of Primitive and Renaissance paintings, including some universally acclaimed masterpieces of all time by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo. Continue reading “Florence Masterpieces”