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Valletta to Trieste

I had a frustrating couple of weeks roasting in a hot boat. The effects of having a boat unused for a few pandemic years were becoming clear. A corroded fuel pump, a leaky engine oil pan, a bacteria clogged fuel tank and seized up seacocks. Maybe more to come. All are turning into very expensive …

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Adriatic Again

I had another break from boat repairing with a cruise from Corfu starting 19.06.2021 and up the Adriatic to Trieste . Then south to Zadar, Croatia, then Kotor, Montenego, on to Dubrovnik then across to Bari, Italy and back to Corfu the following Sunday 26.06.2021. A ferry ride to Igoumenitsa on the mainland and a …

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Minoan Culture

H returned to Corfu in late May and I needed a break from boat-repairing in Preveza so I jumped back on board H’s ship for a week’s cruise into the Aegean Sea, calling at Santorini, Chania, Kusadasi, Piraeus/Athens and back to Corfu. The archaeological museum on Santorini, where they keep the famous Minoan frescos, was …

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Return to the Ionian Sea

30.04-02.05.2022 Berlin, Corfu, Preveza I flew to Corfu with H from BER and stayed overnight at the Corfu Holiday Palace near the airport. The next day H got a transfer to the port to join her ship. I rented a car at the airport. For dinner, I had the inevitable ouzo, Greek salad, and moussaka …

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Invasion of England

In late March my old dad had a fall and was carted off to hospital and my old mum was in a state about it so we set off from Frankfurt to help. Normally, flying is the way we travel there but this time we needed a car for an unspecified time and car-rentals out …

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Zanzibar

19.03-27.03.2022 Frankfurt-Zanzibar-Frankfurt. After a fairly bleak winter, where my father-in-law died and Covid was causing travel irritations, we finally had the chance to get back on the road. We wanted a bit of sunshine without too much of a time-zone hassle and decided on somewhere in Africa. The Canaries, Cape Verdes, Maldives, Morocco, Egypt, Eritrea, …

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Baltic Sea Cruising

The pandemic would seem to be in its final stages as I have at last been able to return to my old job as a stowaway on cruise ships. This is a more important role than you might think as I do an alternative ship’s navigation from my cabin using the bow camera on the …

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Spreewald Kahnfahrten

For mein Schviegervater Roland’s 87th birthday H organized a trip to places where he grew up to the south of Berlin in the Spreewald area. Retha’s daughter, Freddie, came from London for the celebrations. We used the old and moated Schlosshotel Fürstlich Drehna as a base for three nights. Roland’s childhood home was above his …

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Our Man in Havana

This Cuba trip was a long time in the planning. It could have been weeks compared to our usual days or hours. We had some classic pre-trip chaotic moments. Twelve days before travelling, Hurricane/Tropical Storm Elsa roared across Cuba near Havana and hinted at disruption to electricity, roads, and food supplies. Six days before travelling …

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Up & Down the Rhine

2021.06.12 Berlin to Düsseldorf. We collected my Schwiegervater Roland, drove from Berlin to Düsseldorf and checked in to the Steigenberger Parkhotel. Very fancy. We walked to the Altstadt part of town for dinner and were completely surprised by the huge number of people out for a Saturday night on the town jostling mask-less in the …

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Driving Armenia

This was a short trip to sightsee Armenia in a window without quarantine restrictions for us at either end of the trip. We have visited the Caucasus area before. I had a business trip to Azerbaijan many years ago and H and I visited Georgia in 2018. 2021.05.28 Frankfurt to Yerevan We had taken care …

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Mallorca Break

This was a long-weekend Wedding Anniversary trip for us. We discovered that the German exclave of Mallorca could be visited with the correct QR-codes and tests and with no quarantine either end. Unfortunately, it looked as though everyone else in Germany was also going. Friday 30.04.2021 We were staying in our apartment in Oberursel, so …