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St. Vincent and Bequia

sunny 80 °F

The stop this morning was at Kingstown, St. Vincent mostly for the shore excursion to the Botanical Garden. The town itself is not much to write home about, but walking around you can get a sense of how life in the town is. The modern capital was founded by French settlers shortly after 1722, although Saint Vincent had 196 years of British rule before its independence. The botanical garden, conceived in 1765, is one of the oldest in the Western hemisphere. William Bligh, made famous from the Mutiny on the Bounty, brought seed of the breadfruit tree here for planting, c.‚ÄČ1793.


During lunch we made the short sail to the wonderful little island of Bequia. My brother had been here a number of times, and the highlight was heading to Mac's Pizza and Kitchen for some local beer and a shrimp and garlic pizza.

Bequia is the second-largest island in the Grenadines at 7 square miles (18 km2). It is part of the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and is approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) from the nation's capital, Kingstown, on the main island, Saint Vincent. Bequia means "island of the clouds" in the ancient Arawak. The island's name was also 'Becouya' as part of the Grenadines.

Bequia has a history of whaling which may have brought in by the Yankee whalers in the 19th century. Its people are only allowed to catch up to four humpback whales per year using traditional hunting methods, however these methods are regularly abused using harpoon guns and speedboats to surround the whales. The limit is rarely met, with no catch some years.


After dinner we hoisted sails and set off for Dominica.


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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock on...

sunny 78 °F

Today's excursion was to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, established in 1983 and located in Cleveland, Ohio, United States, is dedicated to recording the history of some of the best-known and most influential musicians, bands, producers, and others that have in some major way influenced the music industry, particularly in the area of rock and roll.[1] Originally, there were four categories of induction: performers, non-performers, early influences, and lifetime achievement. In 2000, "sidemen" was introduced as a category.

The only category that has seen new inductees every single year is the performers category. Artists become eligible for induction in that category 25 years after the release of their first record.[2] In order to be inducted, an artist must be nominated by a committee that selects a number of candidates, the highest being 16 for the 2020 class. Ballots are then sent to more than 1,000 "rock experts" who evaluate the candidates and vote on who should be inducted. The performers that receive the highest number of votes are inducted.


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Christmas Markets along the Danube

Passau and Vishofen

rain 39 °F

We started the day in the beautiful village of Passau in the heart of Bavaria. Passau was an ancient Roman colony of ancient Noricum called Batavis, Latin for "for the Batavi." During the second half of the 5th century, St. Severinus established a monastery here. The site was subject to repeated raids by the Alemanni. In 739, an English monk called Boniface founded the diocese of Passau, which for many years was the largest diocese of the German Kingdom/Holy Roman Empire, covering territory in southern Bavaria and most of what is now Upper and Lower Austria. From the 10th century the bishops of Passau also exercised secular authority as Prince-Bishops in the immediate area around Passau. In the Treaty of Passau (1552), Archduke Ferdinand I, representing Emperor Charles V, secured the agreement of the Protestant princes to submit the religious question to a diet. This led to the Peace of Augsburg in 1555. During the Renaissance and early modern period, Passau was one of the most prolific centres of sword and bladed weapon manufacture in Germany (after Solingen). Passau smiths stamped their blades with the Passau wolf, usually a rather simplified rendering of the wolf on the city's coat-of-arms.

The village is perfect for a quiet walk through its streets and to visit the Cathedral and Christmas market.


During our on board Bavarian lunch, we cast off the lines and headed for our final stop Vishofen. As a final send-off, nature gifted us a wonderful rainbow just as the sun set.


We arrived at Vilshofen an der Donau about 5:00pm. Upon docking we jumped on four buses and headed off to the Schweiklberg Abbey where we were treated to a "Decemberfest", hosted by the Vishofen Beer Queen. There was great beer, pretzels and entertainment. We returned to the ship, walking through the center of town and its Christmas market. A great way to end our adventure. Tomorrow we leave at 6:00am for the 2 hour bus ride to the Munich Airport and the flights home.


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North to Alaska - Crystal Symphony

Photo Album

My photo album of this trip is up and running click Alaska 2019

Click the first picture to enlarge, and then you can scroll through using the arrow on the right hand side!


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North to Alaska - Crystal Symphony

Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier

sunny 60 °F

Our voyage north in the inland passage continues this morning. We again had two enrichment lectures.

First up was Rob Caskie describing the incredible building of the Alaska Canada Highway during the early stages of World War 2. It was a truly remarkable effort is some of the worst conditions possible.


Following Rob, Dr Jay Wolff continued his stories of the history of Alaska and its personalities with a talk titled "Dangerous Dan, A Dog Name Balto and the Rest of the Story". Jay is an amazing storyteller of history and he entertained all as we learned some rather obscure history.


After lunch we spent the rest of the afternoon transiting Endicott Arm to get to Dawes Glacier. We were blessed with great weather and spectacular views. Dawes Glacier was named in 1891 by U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey for Henry Laurens Dawes, lawyer and statesman from Massachusetts. The glacier was originally called "Young Glacier" in 1880 by John Muir for Reverend S. Hall Young, his companion.


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