A Visit to Santos, Brazil

I am not sure which might be more loved by Brazilians; coffee or football. What better way to dive into the local flavor of the region, than a visit to the Brazilian Coffee Museum. Located in the former Official Coffee Exchange building, the Museu do Café offers exhibits intended to give information about the history of coffee in Brazil. Besides nearly 500 trophies, there are life-size photos, banners, documents, uniforms, and soccer balls, making the Santos Football Museum an interesting stop. Santos Botanical Gardens displays over 100 species of orchids and is home to a few peacocks, iguanas and turtles.

Devil’s Island Today

The beauty of Devil’s Island is offset by its dark history. During the 19th and 20th Century the prison housed thousands of prisoners, mainly French political exiles.

The Splendor of the Sultan

Follow my journey from Hong Kong to Miami during a 70-day partial world cruise on the Oceania Insignia.  Today I experienced the grandeur of Brunei.  Following is a pictorial of a few of the sights.

Brunei is a sovereign state located on the north coast of Borneo, in the South China Sea.  This small country has the largest number of oil fields in Southeast Asia.  With its vast gas and oil reserves, Brunei’s immense wealth is obvious from the opulence depicted in the photos within this post.

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50 Years of “The Love Boat”

Princess Cruises marked its upcoming 50th anniversary in 2015 by using the theme of the old television series The Love Boat during the christening ceremony of its newest ship, The Regal Princess, while the ship was docked in Port Everglades prior to embarking on her maiden season to the Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale.