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Herculaneum

Pretty much everyone has heard of Pompeii, which was destroyed in an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Not so many know about the nearby town of Herculaneum. At our port stop in Naples on Carnival Vista we took … Continue reading

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Sydney, Nova Scotia

Sydney seems to be a popular thing to name a city.  There’s Sydney, Australia of course, and on the west coast of Canada, Sidney B.C. on Vancouver Island.  Maybe Canada has a thing for Sydney on islands because they also … Continue reading

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Walking Boston’s Freedom Trail

If you have a day to spend exploring Boston, walking the freedom trail brings you to a lot of historical sites and unless you choose to go inside any that have a fee or donation box it doesn’t cost anything.  … Continue reading

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Boston Trolley Tour and River Cruise

Boston, the largest city in New England and one of the oldest in the USA, was founded by Puritan settlers from England. The city had a key role in the American Revolution, which of course means it now has historical … Continue reading

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Port Arthur, Tasmania

On our cruise to Tasmania, Carnival Legend made its first stop at Port Arthur on a gray cloudy day.  Normally it costs money to see the historic buildings there, but the ship’s tenders brought us right to the dock in … Continue reading

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Port Townsend

At the northern tip of the eastern end of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula sits a quaint little town called Port Townsend. Victorian architecture dominates the waterfront district, on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.  Nearby Fort Worden, now a … Continue reading

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Craigdarroch Castle, Victoria

Ever since a brief evening stop in Victoria on the way back to Seattle from an Alaskan cruise on Holland America’s Westerdam, my sister, Aunt, and I wanted to go back for a longer visit.  We decided to set up … Continue reading

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Port Angeles Underground

  I always thought Seattle was unique in having raised the level of the city’s streets in the past and that the  Seattle Underground Tour was the only tour of the historic underground that once upon a time was the … Continue reading

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Fort Casey Inn

In the not-so-distant past, most civilizations situated anywhere near large bodies of water viewed their biggest threats as coming from the sea.  The invention of the airplane made many large forts built in formerly strategic locations around the world obsolete.  … Continue reading

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Leavenworth Washington – Bavaria in America

Many cruises leave from Seattle to Alaska during the summer.  Anyone who has a little extra time to spend in the area will find that Seattle has a lot to see.  With time to venture a bit farther away, there’s … Continue reading

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