Despite it being December 5th, it’s pretty warm here in Andalusia…in fact warm enough at 3pm to take a trip indoors to update the blog. It’s been an amazing year, and I know I have recounted a few bits and pieces from around the world on our extensive travels which have seen visits to all the continent (except the very cold ones!)
The final leg of our ocean travels started in Athens on the Regent Voyager, and we cruised to Rome, doing the usual duties of lectures and shows, and two shows with Blue Weaver, before he and his wife Sigi left us in the eternal city. we carried…or would have but for the big storms that were in danger of wrecking Rome,(where enjoyed a great visit to the inside of the Coliseum and our usual pizza and wine at the restaurant overlooking this amazing building) and certainly closed the port of Livorno and later Monte Carlo. revised itineraries left some guests disgruntled, but mother nature usually wins these arguments. We made it to Ajaccio in Corsica to visit the birthplace of Napoleon and enjoy the atmosphere of this tiny but influential island. Julie left the ship in haste in Marseille to fly to her ill father in Cornwall….and I carried for an 8 days cruise finishing in Barcelona and then for a 12 day trip crossing the Atlantic to Miami. But again Mother Nature came into play and with a big storm we diverted from Funchal and Bermuda, south, to the Canaries and across to St. Maarten in the Caribbean…..many sea days and many lectures and shows. But somehow despite the rolling seas, it was fun. Debarkation in Miami was a tardy joke as the US customs computers broke down….but eventually a flight home to Heathrow…and three days in Rochester, before the sanctuary of our mountain retreat here in Canillas.
The sun is shining and the garden has been weeded, the wine is still cheap and the food good. We are back in the UK for Christmas and the New Year before we head for L.A. on the 2nd January to join in the pre cruise gala fun for the Navigator World Cruise commencing on the 4th…I’ve prepared over 50 different lectures and around 12 music shows…and I’m sure the cruise director will find other things to fill my time….the name King Neptune springs to mind!!