August 2017
  • Day60

    Peoria, AZ

    October 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 90 °F

    After traveling 60 days to 42 ports and 12 countries we are back to reality. We have to cook our own food, wash our own clothes, but first conquer the mountain of mail facing us.
    It was a hectic but great trip with a tour a day, but one we will never forget.

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  • Day60

    Philadelphia, PA

    October 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

    Our connecting flight home was through Philadelphia International Airport. While waiting we wanted to sample this city's food speciality: Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches. Another great unhealthy food.

  • Day59

    Montreal, Canada, (Day 2)

    September 30, 2017 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 50 °F

    Our primary objective was food: We wanted to sample Montreal’s specialities of Poutine and Smoked Meat. We had read about Schwartz’s and Reuben’s Deli. Our Concierage told us that Reuben’s was walking distance from the hotel. When we arrived every table was filled and people were waiting. The food was terrific! The portions were so large we did not eat dinner.Read more

  • Day58

    Montreal, Canada

    September 29, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 54 °F

    We had a private full day of touring Montreal with an excellent guide. We visited all 12 of our must see sights including Notre-Dame Basilica, Parc of Mount Royal, Westmount, St. Helene’s and Notre-Dame Islands, the Underground City and the Bagg Street Shul.
    We walked through several neighborhoods admiring the different ethnic and period architecture.
    As two East Coast natives we were both excited and skeptical about the famous Montreal bagels. Our guide took us to her favorite bagel shop. WOW! We became believers as we watched them hand roll and bake us the delicious bagels.
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  • Day56

    Quebec City, Canada

    September 27, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 57 °F

    Our full day tour included all the highlights of the upper and lower city of Quebec.
    We visited the beautiful 1893 Le Chateau Frontenac which is on the highest point in old town and is now a Fairmont Hotel.
    We drove across the bridge to Ile D’Orleans and explored the island. Our lunch was at a French Inn from the 1800’s.
    The next stop was Montmorency Falls which is 1.5 times higher than Niagara Falls. We ended the day with a walking tour of the lower town.
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  • Day55

    Saguenay, Quebec, Canada

    September 26, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 68 °F

    Our ship slowly sailed along the the Saguenay River and through one of the worlds most beautiful fjords. As we passed a tall Statue of the Virgin Mary the ship played "Ave Maria".
    We had a half day Best of Saguenay tour. We visited the Fjord Museum and had an up close glass blowing demonstration by its glass-maker and sculptor. We went to the home of the barber-painter Arthur Villeneuve, who covered every inch of his home with his painting. We ended at a goat farm that produces goat mohair wool.Read more

  • Day53

    Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

    September 24, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 66 °F

    Today we visited Prince Edward Island (PEI) which is the smallest Canadian province. We docked in Charlottetown, which is the birthplace of modern Canada. It is PEI’s oldest and largest city.
    We spoke to the local representative on board, got a map and were on our way. We walked through historic Charlottetown following the “Fathers of Confederation” route (a painted line on the sidewalk). We viewed wonderful examples of Victorian architecture, quaint boutiques and Province House (the provincial legislature since 1847).Read more

  • Day52

    Sidney, Nova Scotia, Canada

    September 23, 2017 in Canada ⋅ 🌙 48 °F

    Sydney is the only city on the island of Nova Scotia. We were welcomed into the port by “The Big Ceilidh Fiddle” which was created to recognize the pre-eminence of fiddle music. This music is a major part of the Scottish and Irish heritage of Cape Breton.
    Our walking tour was through the colonial part of Sydney. Our guide was dressed in a period costume and took us to some of the oldest remaining homes and churches. We were told stories about these furnished restored homes by volunteers also in costume.Read more

  • Day51

    St. Pierre & Miquelon

    September 22, 2017 in Saint Pierre and Miquelon ⋅ 🌙 48 °F

    St. Pierre is the smallest French overseas territory.
    Our St. Pierre walking tour was very interesting. We walked the Old Town, learned about its history and viewed its colorful homes.
    We visited the local museum and saw St. Pierre’s claim to fame: A guillotine that was the only one ever used in North America.Read more

  • Day50

    St John's, Newfoundland

    September 21, 2017 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 55 °F

    Today we toured St. John’s, the capital of Newfoundland, whose harbor was the center of cod fishing and trading. We drove to Cape Spear, the most easterly point in North America, with magnificent views of the city and coastline.
    Along the way we stopped at Petty Harbor, one of the oldest fishing harbors in North America.
    Signal Hill was our next stop and is referred to as “The Lookout”. It was also where Marconi received the first wireless transatlantic signal in 1901.
    Now we have been on the most westerly point in Europe and the most easterly point in North America.
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