Off the West coast of Africa in the Atlantic Ocean, São Vicente is located within the archipelago of Cape Verde Islands. Continue reading São Vicente, Cape Verde
Bora Bora. Just its name alone exudes romance. Sandy beaches lined with swaying palms and azure blue waters of the deep contrast the turquoise waters of the lagoon. Continue reading Bora Bora
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. Continue reading A Visit to Santos, Brazil
I took a day trip to Chioggia during a recent trip to Venice. The town of Chioggia is located on a small island at the southern entrance to the Venice Lagoon. Continue reading “Chioggia…A Gem in Northern Italy”
During a recent cruise, I had an opportunity to take a day trip to Devil’s Island. The island is a famous French penal colony in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of French Guiana. 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. Wandering through the ruins, one can only imagine the atrocities that once took place there not so long ago. Continue reading “Devil’s Island Today”
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.
Follow my journey from Hong Kong to Miami during a 70-day cruise on the Oceania Insignia. Today’s adventure took us to Mount Kinabalu Park to hike the Silau Silau Nature trail. Continue reading “Majestic Kinabalu”
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”