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2012 - OCEAN PRINCESS - TABLE MOUNTAIN

TO THE TOP OF THE HILL


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STILL NOT TIME FOR THE BOAT RIDE

SO - IT HAS TO BE ANOTHER TRY FOR THE TOP OF TABLE MOUNTAIN

SEE THE LITTLE BIT OF SOMETHING STICKING OUT AT THE TOP RIGHT?

THAT'S THE CABLE CAR STOP......

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NO TAXI THIS TIME.

I HAD FOUND OUT THAT THE BIG RED BUS STOPS AT THE CABLE CAR & THEN CONTINUES ON IT'S LOOP. THIS I A GREAT DEAL.

I MET TWO GIRLS FROM MONTREAL ON MY OTHER BIG RED BUS TRIP & THEY ARE ON THIS ONE AS WELL. QUEL SURPRISE!

THE BIG RED BUS WENDS IT'S WAY THROUGH CAPE TOWN. I THINK THIS IS A PART OF THE CAPE MALAY AREA..

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AND THIS LOOKS FAMILIAR....

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THE CABLE CAR ITSELF, ROTATES AS IT GOES UP. NOW THAT IS A GREAT IDEA. EVERYONE GETS A VIEW.

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RIGHT AT THE TOP & THE CLOUDS ROLL IN. MIGHT BE RAINING TOO OR JUST BECAUSE I AM ACTUALLY IN THE CLOUD.

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I WAS NOT DRESSED FOR THE WEATHER UP THERE, SO I HAD A QUICK STROLL AROUND THE TOP & HEADED FOR THE BUS...

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CAPE TOWN IS RENOWNED FOR IT'S BEAUTIFUL SCENERY BUT THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING GETTING IN THE WAY

I WAS TOLD BY A LOCAL THAT THIS STUFF IS SOME SORT OF ALGAL BLOOM. UGLY & I WOULD NOT WANT TO SWIM IN THAT. WALK ON IT MAYBE....

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AFTER THAT WALK AROUND THE WATERFRONT I DECIDE TO TAKE A SAIL OUT ON THE OCEAN.

THERE WERE ONLY THREE OF US PLUS THREE CREW SO THEY ARE NOT GETTING RICH TODAY.

MORE OF THE ALGEA... THE SEA ALSO HAD A SLIGHT RED TINGE. MORE ALGEA..

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FOR LUNCH I HEAD TO A RESTAURANT I HAD HEARD OF THAT SERVES LOCAL FOOD.

TOO BAD IT DOES NOT OPEN FOR LUNCH.

BUT - THERE IS SOME STAFF THERE & THEY OPEN UP FOR ME....

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AND WONDER OF WONDERS, I AM FINALY ON BOARD MY SHIP - THE OCEAN PRINCESS.

ON HIS KNEES IS STUART WHO IS DESTINED TO BE ON MY DINER TABLE & STANDING IS ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL MEMBERS OF STAFF. THIS BOAT HAS A SURFEIT OF THOSE...

THEY DO LOOK A TRIFLE ODD BUT I THINK THERE IS A BUG ON THE DECK THERE..

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Posted by hasbeen 04:02 Archived in South Africa Tagged table_mountain Comments (0)

2012 - OCEAN PRINCESS - CAPE TOWN & NAMIBIA

LEAVING CAPE TOWN FOR LUDERITZ, NAMIBIA & THE GHOST TOWN AT KOLMANSKOOP


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WELL AND TRULY ON BOARD NOW & AS THE SUN GOES DOWN OVER TABLE MOUNTAIN, WE PASS WHAT I SUSPECT IS THE LIGHTHOUSE ON ROBBEN ISLAND. OR PERHAPS IT'S THE GHOST OF MR NELSON MANDELA. WHO WAS IMPRISONED THERE FOR MANY YEARS.

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MY FIRST EVENING MEAL AND TIME TO MEET MY FELLOW DINNER TABLE OCCUPANTS.

ON MY LEFT THERE IS A LADY WHOSE NAME I NEVER GOT. SHE LEFT THE TABLE BEFORE THE END OF THE FIRST MEAL & I NEVER SAW HER AGAIN.

THERE IS ALSO STUART, WHO WE JUST MET ON DECK. AN ENGLISHMAN.

BARONESS ?? A GENUINE DUTCH BARONESS.

THE VERY ELEGANT JUDITH FROM CHICAGO.

SANDY FROM NEW JERSEY, WHO THINKS SHE ENCOUNTERED THE FIRST LADY ON A PRIOR CRUISE AND THAT MAYBE THEY DID NOT GET ON. THIS MIGHT EXPLAIN WHY THT LADY LEFT THE TABLE.

JOSH FROM CALIFORNIA, I THINK. SOMETHING TO DO WITH TV AND THE WEATHER.

ANOTHER ENGLISHMAN WHO ONCE WORKED AS A CORRESPONDENT FOR THE BBC.

AND ME.

EIGHT PEOPLE FOR THE NINE O'CLOCK SITTING. I WONDER HOW THIS WILL PAN OUT. THE SAME EIGHT POEPLE TOGETHER FOR THE NEXT MONTH.

WELL - DOWN TO SEVEN NOW!

JOY & LIGHT NO DOUBT.

NEXT DAY WE ARE UP EARLY AND OFF TO THE GHOST TOWN AT KOLMANSKOOP WHICH IS AN OLD MINING SITE, BEING SUBMERGED BY SAND.

THERE IS DIAMOND MINING IN NAMIBIA BUT NOWADAYS DIAMONDS ARE LYING LOOSE ON THE OCEAN BED OFF THE COAST SO THEY JUST VACUUM THEM UP.

PASSING THROUGH TOWN, THESE KIDS ARE ROLLING TIRES. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW A KID IMPROVISE A TOY? A WHILE AGO I SUSPECT.

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WE GET A TOUR OF THE FACILITIES....

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AND OUTSIDE THE SAND IS TAKING OVER THE BUILDINGS

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AND BACK TO TOWN... THIS IS NOT THE GHOST TOWN, IT JUST LOOKS THAT WAY.

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NOT AS EXCITING AS SOME PEOPLE EXPECTED, BUT WHAT DID THEY EXPECT TO SEE - GHOSTS?

I EXPECTED MORE DESERT AND SAND DUNES, BUT NEXT STOP MAYBE.

SUNDOWNER TIME.....

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THE NEXT DAY

WALVIS BAY - NAMIBIA

ON THE WAY TO SEE THOUSANDS OF FLAMINGOS, WE PASS SOME WORKERS, SAME AS WORKERS THE WORLD OVER...

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BUT YOU DON’T SEE SIGNS LIKE THIS EVERY DAY...

AND DO YOU SEE ANY FLAMINGOS? I DON’T SEE ANY FLAMINGOS.

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DID I SAY THOUSANDS OF FLAMINGOS? MAKE THAT TWO - AS IN ONE + ONE = TWO, NOT TWO THOUSAND.
MUST HAVE MIS-READ THE DESCRIPTION.

STILL IT WAS A NICE RIDE.

NOW FOR SOME SAND DUNES...

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OK - ARE YOU OVER THAT YET...?

ONWARDS TO SEE A RARE PLANT...

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PEOPLE COME FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO SEE THIS PLANT.

NO - NOT THIS ONE, ALTHOUGH IT IS RARE. POUR WATER ON IT & THE REACTION IS INSTANTANEOUS.

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AND I MAY HAVE MIS-HEARD BUT I THINK THE GUIDE SAID THIS WAS EDELWEISS, AS IN THE SOUND OF MUSIC. COULD THAT BE TRUE?.

PASSING A MOVIE SCENE. MAD MAX MAYBE.

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AND THIS IS THE PLANT...WELWITSCHIA - VERY SENSITIVE, AND YOU SHOULD NOT STEP TOO CLOSE AS IT COULD CAUSE IT TO DIE.

I THINK WE GOT HERE JUST AFTER SOMEONE GOT TOO CLOSE...

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STILL IT WAS A NICE RIDE, A BIT BUMPY BUT NICE.

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A BIT TOO BUMPY FOR SOME AS SOMETHING IS BROKEN ON THIS CAR..

STOPPED FOR LUNCH AT A SPRING FED PLACE WHERE THERE WERE A FEW BUTTERFLY & PRETTY FLOWERS...PRETTIER THAN THE WELWITSCHIA I THINK YOU WILL AGREE.

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WE THEN HEAD TO SWAKOPMUND & A SHOP FOR THE SHOPPERS AMONG US.

BACK TO THE COAST AND PASSED THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DUNES WE SAW EARLIER & SO BACK TO THE SHIP.

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NOT THE BEST EXCURSION I HEAVE EVER BEEN ON, BUT A NICE RIDE.

OUR DRIVER WAS A YOUNG GIRL WHO WAS INTENT ON NOT TALKING AS SHE WAS NOT A GUIDE & ONLY BROUGHT IN FOR THE DAY.

I DID GET HER TALKING THOUGH, ON THE WAY BACK, ABOUT THE WHITE & BLACK POPULATION AROUND HERE AND THAT THE BLACK GUYS PREFER TO LIVE IN SQUALOR RATHER THAN THE NICE WHITE COMMUNITIES.

SHE GOT SO ENGROSSED THAT SHE BECAME A LITTLE LOST & HAD A BIT OF TROUBLE FINDING THE SHIP.

AT DINNER THAT NIGHT THE RESIDENT RACONTEUR ON OUR TABLE, THE BBC GUY, REGALED US WITH HIS EXCURSION.

WENT ON A SMALL BOAT THROUGH LOTS OF SEALS, ONE OF WHICH JUMPED ON TO THE BOAT TO BE FED.
AT SOME POINT THEY WERE ON LAND & THE GUIDE TOOK OUT A HAMPER OF GOODIES & CHAMPAGNE.

WHICH REMINDS ME OF THE RULE THAT THE BEST EXCURSION TO GO ON IS -THE OTHER ONE.

IF I GET HERE AGAIN I AM GOING TO ETOSHA. IT WAS A BIT TOO FAR NORTH OF WHERE WE STOPPED TO GET TO THIS TIME.

BENIN UP NEXT.

I KNOW, YOU HAVE NEVER HEARD OF IT. WELL, YOU WILL JUST HAVE TO LOOK IT UP.

Posted by hasbeen 04:01 Archived in Namibia Comments (0)

2012 - OCEAN PRINCESS - BENIN


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COTONOU - BENIN - STILL NOT WITH ME?

NEXT DOOR TO NIGERIA IN WEST AFRICA.

WITH ME NOW?

OK - NEVER MIND - LOOK IT UP LATER,

GETTING REVED UP & IN WE GO....

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IT WILL PROBABLY BE AS BORING AS A SAND DUNE BUT WHAT THE HAY, WE ARE HERE NOW...

WE WERE GREETED BY THE VILLAGE CHIEF & THERE WAS A SMALL CEREMONY OF GREETING WHICH INCLUDED A SPRINKLING OF WATER & MAYBE FLOUR OR SALT ON THE GROUND..

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CLOSE YOUR EYES NOW LADIES...NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART.

I SAID - CLOSE YOUR EYES NOW LADIES...OH, NEVER MIND.

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THEY'VE SEEN IT ALL BEFORE.....

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THE CHIEF AND HIS LADIES ,,,,

THIS GUY CANNOT MAKE OUT WHAT ALL THESE WHITE FOLKS ARE UP TO OR MAYBE HE RECKONS THE CHUBBY ONE WOULD GO WELL WITH A NICE CHIANTI.

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THE CHIEF AGAIN - NOTE THE SNAKE ON THE WALL. ANOTHER GOOD REASON TO HAVE A ZOOM CAMERA.

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JOSH & SANDY.

ENERGETIC DANCERS.

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ONE OF THE CREW WITH US WAS HANDING OUT SOME MAKE-UP TO THE LADIES. THAT WENT DOWN WELL UNTIL SHE HAD NO MORE & THERE WERE LADIES LEFT WITHOUT.

WE LEAVE THE LITTLE VILLAGE & HEAD TO A SMALL TOWN...

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MARY IN BLUE & JOSH...LOTS OF LOCALS...

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WE ARE TAKEN INTO A SMALL ENCLOSED YARD...

THIS IS A SNAKE PLACE...BLOOD ON THE FLOOR...

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SANDY WITH WADE LURKING OVER HER SHOULDER. DON’T GET TOO CLOSE WADE, SHE BITES...

SANDY AGAIN WITH MARY OVER HER OTHER SHOULDER...

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NO IDEA WHO THESE TWO ARE...

INSIDE A LITTLE ROOM & LOTS OF SNAKES ON THE FLOOR..

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OK - BREATH NOW...

FILLING BOTTLES WITH GAS FOR SALE....

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LADIES CARRY ALL SORTS ON THEIR HEADS...

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SANDY INSIDE A SMALL MUSEUM..WHICH MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT HAVE BEEN A PEE BREAK.

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MORE LOCALS.

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THEN WE HIT THE BEACH FOR LUNCH ...

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BACK IN THE BUS IT IS A TAD WARM ... 50 DEGREES CENTIGRADE WARM ... THEY KEPT THE DOOR OPEN TO GIVE US A BREEZE IN LIEU OF A/C.

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NOW WE ARE GOING FOR A LITTLE BOAT RIDE...

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LOTS OF COLOUR. LOTS OF BUSTLE..

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ARMED SECURITY ON SHORE & HE CAME WITH US ON THE BOAT.

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..... A BARCELONA SUPPORTER

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PEOPLE HERE LIVE OVER THE LAKE IN HOUSES ON STILTS.

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THEY MUST GET SICK OF TOURISTS COMING OUT TO GAWP AT THEM. AND SINCE WE DON’T EVEN GET OFF THE BOAT, THEY DERIVE NO INCOME FROM US.

THE INEVITABLE BLIGHT OF THE COCA COLA SIGN,

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..... HEADING BACK THROUGH TOWN, THERE WAS A TREMENDOUS COMMOTION ON TOP OF THIS BUILDING. PEOPLE RUNNING & SHOUTING. I WONDERED IF WE HAD WANDERED INTO A RIOT BUT THE DRIVER JUST DROVE PLACIDLY BY.

IT MAY HAVE BEEN THE UNIVERSITY WITH THE STUDENTS DOING SOMETHING.

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AND THAT’S IT FOR BENIN - I LIKE IT.

I WANT TO GO ROUND AGAIN.

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Posted by hasbeen 04:00 Archived in Benin Comments (0)

2012 - OCEAN PRINCESS - TOGO


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LOME IN TOGO...

DON’T TELL ME YOU KNOW WHERE THIS IS. BUT YOU COULD GUESS AT NEXT DOOR TO BENIN & BE RIGHT.

AND TODAY WE ARE OFF TO JUST YOUR COMMON, EVERYDAY, AVERAGE ....

FETISH MARKET.

YES - YOU HEARD

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JUST LIKE THAT, WE STEP INTO A FETISH MARKET.

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THERES SANDY, CLICKING AWAY LIKE CRAZY.

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ALL THAT STUFF IS FOR SALE & IT CANNOT BE TOURISTS BUYING IT. THEY WOULD NEVER GET IT HOME. SO IT MUST BE THE LOCALS & THERE SEEMS TO BE BUYERS..

ANYWAY - WE ARE OUT OF THERE AND THERE IS AN AMAZING VARIETY OF STUFF FOR SALE ALONG THE ROAD.

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CAN YOU IMAGINE THE PATTER OF THE SALESMAN.

CAN I INTEREST YOU IN A NICE COFFIN TODAY SIR? WE HAVE A NICE ONE HERE GOING CHEAP, MIGHT FIT THE MOTHER-IN-LAW.

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WE ARE A BUS LOAD OF PEOPLE, FORTY MAYBE, WITH AT LEAST ONE OTHER BUS.

WE STOP FOR A PEE BREAK. WANDER THROUGH ONE BUILDING, ACROSS AN OPEN SPACE.

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SEE THESE KIDS & THE DRAGONFLY. NOTE HOW WHITE THE BABIES CLOTHES ARE. HOW DO THEY KEEP EVERYTHING SO CLEAN? EVERYWHERE YOU GO IT'S LIKE THAT. A TOTAL MYSTERY TO ME.

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& REACH THE ONE TOILET AVAILABLE PER SEX.

THE LONGEST PEE BREAK. THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS PEE BREAK.

GAVE US SOME TIME TO TAKE IN THE STREET LIFE THOUGH & FOR THE STREET LIFE TO TAKE STOCK OF US.

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A STOWAWAY BUTTERFLY...

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HOPE THIS GIRL MADE SOME SERIOUS CASH HAVING HER PHOTO TAKEN.

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THERE SHE GOES, PUTTING SOME MONEY AWAY.. ENTERPRISING LADY

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THEN WE ARE OFF AGAIN TO VISIT A VILLAGE

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& SEE SOME LADIES SPINNING CLOTH..

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IS THAT A MAN WITH SOMETHING ON HIS HEAD? VERY RARE...

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AND MORE DRIVING AND A PLACE TO SHOP AND LUNCH...CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE EUGENE...

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MORE DRIVING AND INTO ANOTHER VILLAGE, A BIT BIGGER THAN THE ONE IN BENIN BUT STILL THE WELCOMING CEREMONY WITH THE WATER & SALT ON THE FLOOR.

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KIDS, FASCINATED BY ALL THESE CRAZY WHITE FOLKS.

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LADIES DANCING.

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MEN DRUMMING.

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I GOT THESE KIDS TO TAKE THEIR OWN PHOTOS AND GIGGLE OVER THE RESULT...

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AND MORE STREET SALES...

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WITH A DRIVE ALONG THE BEACH AND BACK TO THE SHIP.

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TOGO - ANOTHER GREAT PLACE TO VISIT.

I WONDER IF ANYONE BOUGHT AT THE FETISH MARKET:

WHICH IS A SUPERMARKET SELLING STUFF FOR VOODOO RITUALS,

BUT YOU KNEW THAT - RIGHT?

Posted by hasbeen 03:50 Archived in Togo Comments (0)

2012 - OCEAN PRINCESS - GHANA & SENEGAL

BUT NOT A LOT OF SENEGAL


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GHANA - RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO TOGO...

WE GET THE BIG RECEPTION, FROM THE GHANA NATIONAL THEATER PEOPLE NO LESS. OR SOMETHING CLOSE.

VERY IMPRESSIVE. LOTS OF NOISE & MOTION...

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A QUICK DRIVE FROM THE PORT

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THEN IT’S TIME TO MEET THE BIG CHIEF. THE BIGGEST WE HAVE MET. THE FIRST WAS A VILLAGE CHIEF. THE SECOND WAS A TOWN CHIEF.

THIS MAN IS CHIEF OF MILLIONS..

SOME OF THE LADIES OF HIS COURT.

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AND COURTIERS..

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AND THE CHIEF HIMSELF.

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THE CEREMONY WAS QUITE LONG & VERY ELABORATE BUT I DO NOT RECALL ANY WATER & SALT THIS TIME

THE PURPOSE OF THE CEREMONY, AS I UNDERSTAND IT, IS TO GIVE US PERMISSION TO BE HERE.

I WISH NOW I HAD BROUGHT THE CHIEF A BOTTLE OF SCOTCH, OR ANYTHING REALLY.
VERY RUDE NOT TOO & I DON’T THINK ANYONE ELSE DID EITHER.

BUT HE GRANTED US PERMISSION ANYWAY.

TIRING WORK....

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TO FINALISE PROCEEDINGS WE WERE ASKED FOR FIVE REPRESENTATIVES TO SIGN THE BOOK AND TO RECEIVE GIFTS FROM THE CHIEF.

FIVE LADIES JUMPED UP BEFORE YOU COULD SAY BOO.

THIS ONE IS SIGNING THE BOOK..

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THEY EACH RECEIVED A SCARF & I ASKED HER IF I COULD HAVE MY SLICE FROM THE BOTTOM AS SHE WAS JUST A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GROUP.

WELL - GOOD LUCK WITH THAT...

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ONE LADY WAS WAY TOO SLOW OUT THE BLOCKS BUT SHE WAS WEARING A SCARF WHEN SHE GOT ON THE BUS...& LOOKING PRETTY PLEASED WITH HERSELF TOO...

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I ASKED HER HOW SHE GOT IT & SHE TOLD ME THE CHIEF HAD HANDED HER ONE AND SAID ‘WELCOME HOME’.

AUDIENCE OVER - WE GO TO SCHOOL.

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AND LO & BEHOLD, THE CHIEF TURNS UP.

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I DOUBT THE KIDS WERE TOO DELIGHTED BY THAT.

THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PERFORM IN FRONT OF HIM - & US.

MUST HAVE BEEN NERVE JANGLING FOR THEM.

FIRST A SONG, IN FRENCH WHICH WAS A SURPRISE.

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IT SAYS ROLL CALL ON THE BLACKBOARD BUT THE CHIEF WAS PROBABLY CALLING FOR A PIZZA, HOLD THE ANTELOPE..

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THEN A PLAY

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WHICH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN ABOUT BABY JESUS...

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A COUPLE MORE CONTESTANTS IN THE SUPERMODEL COMPETITION....

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AFTER TOTALLY DISRUPTING THEIR SCHOOL DAY, WE HEAD OFF PAST MORE STREET LIFE..

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EVER OPTIMISTIC...

TO A SHANTY TOWN BY THE OCEAN WHERE WE WILL SEE FISH PREPARATION ....

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....SHE LOOKS A LITTLE LEFT OUT OF THINGS OR A BIT WISTFUL PERHAPS..

AND THE PREPARATION OF SOME STAPLES. MANIOC MAYBE...

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.......FUTURE SUPERMODELS

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THIS LITTLE ONE HAS THE THING THAT HELPS KEEP THE STUFF ON THE LADIES HEADS.

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WHAT A LOVELY LITTLE SHOP....

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MORE STREET LIFE..

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....VERY FRIENDLY. LOTS OF WAVES...

FOR OUR SHIP TO ROLL OUT ON....

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TIME FOR A BIRTHDAY DINNER FOR THE BARONESS, WITH JOSH

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AND THE END OF A DELIGHTFUL DAY.

NEXT UP IS SENEGAL & I FORGET WHY, NOT FEELING WELL OR JUST TIRED MAYBE, BUT I DID NOT GET OFF HERE OR EVEN TAKE A PHOTO FROM THE SHIP.

PEOPLE WHO DID TOLD ME IT WAS A HORRIBLE PLACE TO VISIT. DIRTY & VERY POOR. THE ADVERTISED PINK LAKE WAS NOT EVEN PINK.
NO ONE I SPOKE TO LIKED IT.

SORRY I DID NOT GET OFF NOW..

BUT THAT IS IT FOR THIS STRETCH OF AFRICA & I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT. NOT EVERYONE DID OR WOULD. IT’S VERY DIFFERENT.

EASY TO SEE HOW PEOPLE WOULD GET CULTURE SHOCK VISITING HERE BUT THAT IS ONE OF THE JOYS OF CRUISING.

WE SPEND A DAY ON SHORE THEN BACK TO NORMAL ON BOARD. ALTHOUGH THERE IS NOTHING REALLY NORMAL ABOUT LIFE ON BOARD EITHER.

UNREAL REALLY

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2012 - OCEAN PRINCESS - CAPE VERDE


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MINDELO, CAPE VERDE

I EXPECTED THIS TO BE A BIT OF AN ANTI-CLIMAX AFTER WEST AFRICA, & IT WAS SOMEWHAT.

BUT COLOURFUL NEVERTHELESS....

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LADIES HERE CARRY STUFF ON THEIR HEADS TOO.

I WONDER IF THERE IS A STUDY OF WHERE IN THE WORLD THIS IS USED.

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BUT MAYBE WE SHOULD LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE...

IS THIS WHERE THE EXPRESSION ‘NET INCOME’ COMES FROM?

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AND DON'T PUT THE CAT AMONG THE FISH.

ANOTHER STRANGE THING, WHY WOULD CATS LIKE FISH SO MUCH?
DOGS DON’T, DO THEY?

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THIS MAN SURE HAS A LOAD TO CARRY..

WE CLIMB OUT OF TOWN ON THIS, LAID BY HAND, ROAD, FOR A GREAT VIEW AROUND THE ISLAND..

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AND BACK DOWN THE MOUNTAIN TO THE COAST

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AND BACK TO THE SHIP

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A GENTLE STOP. NOTHING MUCH TO RECOMMEND MY RETURNING EXCEPT SOME NICE PEOPLE & GREAT WEATHER.

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2012 - OCEAN PRINCESS - CANARY ISLANDS


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AS I TOOK THIS PHOTO SO A SMUDGE STARTED TO APPEAR IN EVERY PHOTO. I HAVE TRIED TO ZOOM & CROP AROUND IT BUT YOU WILL SEE IT SOMETIMES.

SOMETHING ON THE SENSOR - NEVER DID GO AWAY, SO I BOUGHT A NEW CAMERA..

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I HAD NEVER THOUGHT OF THE CANARY ISLANDS AS BEING HILLY, BUT HERE WE GO, CLIMBING, UP & UP...

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GREAT LOOKING CACTUS...

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TERRACED HILLSIDES ALWAYS LOOK GOOD. HARD TO BELIEVE PEOPLE CAN FARM WHERE IT'S SO STEEP, BUT THEY DO..

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AND WHAT GOES UP, MUST COME DOWN & HERE WE ARE AT THE BEACH...LOOKING VERY BROWN...

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I NEARLY MISSED THE BUS HERE, STEPPING INTO A BAR FOR A QUICK COFFEE...

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WE STOPPED AT A VILLAGE SQUARE WHERE PEOPLE WERE TAKING PART IN GAMES...

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NOW YOU PROBABLY THINK THAT THE CANARIES WERE NAMED FOR BIRDS, OR VISE VERSA, BUT THERE MAY BE CANARYS HERE & THEY MAY BE NAMED FOR THE ISLANDS, BUT THE ISLANDS ARE NAMED FOR DOGS.

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NOT THAT DOG THOUGH - IT SHOULD BE IN DALMATIA

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SOME LOVELY OLD BUILDINGS

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AND THAT'S JUDITH. ON HER WAY TO OR FROM THE HOP ON HOP OFF SHE TOOK WITH JOSH. SHE HAS A FUNNY STORY ABOUT THAT BUT I CANNOT REMEMBER IT..
THEY SAY TO DRESS DOWN WHERN GOING ASHORE - I GUESS JUDITH DID NOT GET THE MAIL.

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NOT A FANTASTIC TOUR.
A BIT TOO MUCH DRIVING & NOT ENOUGH WALKING FOR ME.

A BIT RAINY IN THE HILLS WHERE WE WERE IN CLOUD, BUT IT DID NOT LAST LONG & LOVELY WEATHER IN THE CANARIES AND GREAT LOOKING BEACHES..

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