Mykonos, Greece

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The flag of Greece is one of the most recognizable flags among all nations of the world.  The white cross represents the Greek Orthodox religion of the nation, while the blue and white colours symbolize the surrounding seas and white waves.  The nine stripes represent the nine letters in the Greek word for freedom. A Day inRead more

Santorini

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The flag of Greece is one of the most recognizable flags among all nations of the world.  The white cross represents the Greek Orthodox religion of the nation, while the blue and white colours symbolize the surrounding seas and white waves.  The nine stripes represent the nine letters in the Greek word for freedom. Incredible Santorini! — TheRead more

Almaty, Kazakhstan

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The flag of Kazakhstan is quite unique and beautiful.  It features the sun and a golden steppe eagle soaring on a sky blue background.  Also featured is an ornamental ribbon on the left that depicts rams’ horns.  The blue represents the endless Kazakh sky, as well as ethnic unity.  The sun has 32 rays shapedRead more

Hobbiton (movie set), New Zealand

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A Day in The Shire — One of the highlights of our New Zealand cruise was an excursion to Matamata on New Zealand’s North Island to visit Hobbiton, the movie set for ‘The Shire’ featured in Peter Jackson’s epic Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films.  So here’s me, a relatively conservative 50-something professional man, ridiculously excitedRead more

Phuket, Thailand

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The national flag of Thailand has a simple design with much symbolism.  The red stripes symbolize the blood of life, the white stripes represent purity of the Buddhist faith, and the double-wide blue stripe represents the monarchy.  The blue and white stripes were added to the flag during World War I to express Thailand’s solidarityRead more

Flintshire, Wales

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The flag of Wales is one of the most unique flags in all of Europe with a red dragon on a green and white background.  The red dragon has been a Welsh heraldic standard for hundreds of years.  The exact meaning of the red dragon in unknown (officially) but is predominantly regarded as the ancient WelshRead more

Tulum, Mexico

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The ancient Mayan city of Tulum — Tulum is a remarkable walled Mayan city located along the east coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula (see map below).  Tulum was, at its height, a thriving city from the 13th century through the 15th century.  It is one of the better preserved coastal Mayan cities in Mexico.  It wasRead more

Berlin, Germany

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A day in Berlin (via Warnemunde) — One of the ports of call on our Baltic Sea cruise was the lovely port town Warnemunde where we took a train to Berlin. Berlin — We arrived at the modern train station in Berlin (Hauptbahnhof), obtained a city map from a street vendor, and started walking aboutRead more

Milford Sound, New Zealand

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Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park — The first stop along our Australia-New Zealand cruise was Milford Sound in the southwestern portion of New Zealand’s South Island (see map below).  Crossing the Tasman Sea from Sydney was quite a two-day adventure.  The sea was very rough and the cruise ship was crashing into theRead more

Cyprus

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A Cypriot Holiday —  Cyprus is an ancient island in the eastern portion of the Mediterranean Sea (see map below) and is a popular holiday for many Europeans and Russians.  Nina and I stayed in a lovely resort in Larnaca of the east side of Cyprus on Princess Beach.  We soaked up the sun on Larnaca’sRead more

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