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Our Caribbean Cruise 2020

We had a wonderful time with friends, Sally, Frank, Michelle and Luke on our 2020 Eastern Caribbean Cruise. We visited San Juan Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Samana Dominican Republic and Nassau Bahamas. It was a lovely trip with one unfortunate experience. Have a look at the video to see what it was. Click the picture below.

January 18th to 25th 2020. Eastern Caribbean Cruise aboard the Celebrity Equinox. Click the Picture to see a video of the trip.
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Finally Boarding

Flying a Boeing 767-300.

A little late Boarding do to a stewardess who slept in.

Plane is only about half full. I guess we could have got a cheap last minute ticket if we had the nerve to wait. Oh well. We are on our way.

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Early start to our day.

Three o’clock pick up at the hotel. 15 minute trip to the airport. Two hours to get thru check in and customs. What a pain. Finally at the gate waiting to board.

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Preparing for our next adventure

Packing for a Caribbean cruise.

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Day Eighteen – We’re Home!

After some 6200 KM we have arrived home safe and sound…… and very tired. It was a great experience and a lot of fun. Will we do it again? Hard to say. We will think about it.

In the mean time September is here and with September comes new beginnings in all of our endevours. New season of Squash, New season of Pickleball, new projects and on and on. Who has time to think about another vacation. 🙂

We look forward to sharing our experiences on this trip with all who are interested.

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Day Seventeen – An Early Start

Timmy’s in Woodstock NB

Off to an early start. Breakfast at Timmy’s and then on our way. We hope to make it into Ontario by this evening.

19:10 We are back in Ontario. Not far into it, about 10 KM . We are camping on the shores of The St. Lawrence. A beautiful campground. It’s well worth a return visit during a summer.

Home tomorrow.

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Day Sixteen – On the road home

Our second day on the road and puts us 700 + km closer to home. We left the beaten track to do a little exploring. Susan saw an ad in a travel book about “Train Pie” at a historical Train Station in McAdam NB. It’s a long story and we look forward to telling it in person. Here is a pic.

McAdam Historical Train Station Museum
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Day Fifteen

We are back on mainland Canada. After a 6 hour Ferry ride and a 2 hour drive to an RV park, we are now in Nova Scotia.

More once we again get WiFi.

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Day Fourteen – Waiting for the OK on the Ferry trip

Port aux Brasques has been lucky in avoiding the major hit by Dorian. Some rain, lots of wind but little or no damage. Talking to the locals and they are taking it in stride. Wind is a constant here. So it’s a little harder than usual. No Problem.

What is holding back the Ferry is the waves. Reports of 30 meter waves have been heard. The Ferry people will not take it out till they are much less. That is supposed to be Monday morning. As of 8:00 PM we haven’t heard of a cancellation. Keeping our fingers crossed.

The Angry Atlantic
Wave after wave.

With any luck the waves will be a lot less tomorrow morning and we will be on our way home. Susan is not looking forward to a voyage that involves waves.

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Day Thirteen – Port aux Basques

While waiting to check in to a hotel room to ride out the storm, we ventured about 40 KM east of Port aux Basques along the south coast to a little village of Rose Blanche.  Here there is a Granite lighthouse  originally built in 1873.   It had fallen into disrepair and in 1988 the town folk took it upon themselves to rebuild it and make it a tourist attraction.  Construction started in 1996 using granite from a local quarry and following the original methods of construction.  No power equipment was used in the construction.

On the walk to the Rose Blanche Lighthouse

it’s a lot longer that I had anticipated.

The long walk up.
The Rose Blanche Lighthouse

Back along the coast line to Port aux Basques and to the Hotel to wait out the storm. At last report we will not be leaving Newfoundland until Monday Morning.

Just outside Hotel Port aux Basque