The Living Journey
This week, nine residents of The World experienced a hugely entertaining and enlightening adventure with a behind-the-scenes tour of the largest aquarium in Europe, Oceanogràfic in Valencia, Spain.
The magnificent home of Oceanografic
After a 3-month hiatus, we returned to The World in Nice/Ville Franche, too late for major exploration, but in time to see our Ship’s bow serve as the start line for UltiMed, a race of giant trimaran sailboats that will continue around the Med to decide the victor,
Because of its strategic location and safe harbor, Cartagena has been a major seaport throughout history, being occupied by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Moors, and Barbary Coast pirates. Today the population is about 220,000 and the city, along with the rest of Spain,
The Blue City of Chefchaouen, Morocco
A pleasing blend of Moroccan and Andalusian influences, the Blue City of Chefchaouen is nestled in the Rif Mountains about two hours south of Tangier. Named for the brilliant hue adorning most of its buildings (originally chosen by Sephardic Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition),
We were at sea for part of the day arriving in Natal around 1:00 pm. The sail-in was beautiful with a magnificent bridge, beautiful skyline, and simply incredible sand dunes.
Magnificent bridge at the entrance to the port in Natal.
From a distance, the main island of the Fernando de Noronha archipelago, about 354 kilometers (220 miles) off Brazil’s northeast coast, is recognizable by its largest volcanic peak, Pico Mount, viewed here from the west
Fernando de Noronha,
Early in the morning, we weighed anchor and headed back in the direction of Rio de Janeiro to Cabo Frio, a resort community of about 200,000. This town is less than 100 miles from Rio and is a mecca for those who want to escape the big city for the beach.
Búzios, Brazil, is a Brazilian resort set on an ocean peninsula east of Rio de Janeiro, known as an upscale vacation destination with numerous beaches
A sleepy fishing village propelled into the spotlight by a vacationing Brigitte Bardot,
When we sat down at the Oasis restaurant, São Conrado, Brazil, we were immediately presented with a number of snacks and meat accompaniments, the first being some Portuguese empanadas filled with cheese
On our afternoon visit to the Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of São Conrado,
We had an uneventful but long journey to Rio. The time difference to California was 5 hours, now 4 since the US changed to Daylight Savings time. Not too challenging for jetlag, but still present.
We arrived and were shocked by the difference from our last visit in Rio two years ago.
Pâté Of Louisiana Rabbit & Chicken Livers, perfumed with truffles, country bread croutons, Luke, New Orleans, Louisiana
After a morning walk of more than 10,000 steps in the French Quarter, we then headed off to eat brunch at Luke (restaurant),