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S: Queen Mary 2, January 13-February 5, 2011

FC: Queen Mary 2, NYC to Cape Town January 13-February 5, 2011

1: Bow promenade | Spare blades stored on the bow

2: My Cabin, Deck 5

3: Promenade from the bow, My favorite spot, Deck chairs.

4: Salvador de Bahia- colonial building, view down to All Saint's Bay | Palacio Rio Branco, Elevador Lacerda (1930), plaza vendors

5: Capoeira demonstration | Church of the Clergy | Terreiro de Jesus & me | Soledad de Medicine (1895)

6: Church of St. Francis (18th C.) | Plaque | Inner courtyard | hand-painted azulejos (tiles)

7: Heavily gilded interiors & carved Jacaranda wood

8: My first table, Terri (Las Vegas) Yvonne, Shak, Isaiah, w/William & Malcolm (Wales)

9: Isaiah with my binoculars | Everyone on the ship who met him loved him | With the cars I gave him

10: Montevideo Republic Bank | View from inside the market | Deco apartment house | Taranco Palace

11: Main Building of the National Post Office, built in the colonial period

12: Gate of the original Citadel of Montevideo

13: Palacio Salvo was South America's tallest structure when built in the 1920's. It remains the tallest building in Montevideo.

14: Teatro Solis - the mid-19th century theatre is named in honor of Juan Diaz de Solis, leader of the first Spanish expedition in 1516.

17: Palacio Estevez was the national government headquarters until 1985. | It is still used for official ceremonial events. | The State carriage.

18: Inaccessible Island The Captain took us off course to see Inaccessible Island and Tristan da Cuhna, both of which are extremely remote. TdC has 700 residents. This was also the last time the "once-a-year" mail boat came.

19: Atlas map | Approaching TdC | The dark areas are from the volcanic eruption in the 1960's. | To prove I was there

20: Everyone was on deck for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. An island representative carried on the tradition of coming on board to exchange gifts with the Captain.

21: In Cape Town harbor. | Table Mtn., Lion's Head, Signal Hill.

22: DUTCH MANOR ANTIQUE HOTEL (1815) Room 6 | Breakfast area, room service, The Great Hall, w/lounge at the front.

23: Typical Bo-Kapp colorful houses. Nurul Islam Mosque (1844) is the oldest mosque in Cape Town.

24: St. George's Cathedral (1901)

25: Girls after school, old Dutch church on Government Avenue | Houses of Parliament

26: On the mountain drive to Inverdoorn (4) My cottage (2)

27: Springbok | Eland | Cape Buffalo | White rhino & calf (corruption of the Dutch word for white) | Oryx | Wildebeest

28: "Wild" cheetah with no fear of humans run freely on the reserve and are fed around 5pm from a truck.

29: Giraffe | Safari truck

30: The 3 hour return drive from Inverdoorn to Cape Town was on mountain roads and highways

31: Holiday Inn room on the 14th floor. Views of Table Mtn. & Lion's Head from my room.

32: Saturday is the day the township children come to town to perform and get money for necessities and costumes. | They seem to take it very seriously but still have a lot of fun. They were getting only coins in the hat so I put in paper money and then others did, which made me very happy.

33: Gray's Cafe on Greenmarket Square. Chicken and avocado wrap, raspberry soda, a view and free music for 40R.

34: Victoria Falls airport | Caution sign for wildlife | Most villagers walk, even for long distances

35: Illala Lodge-drive up | Entrance | Room #27 (2)

36: Plush beds, private terrace, aircon, so fan was for atmosphere.

37: Beautiful grounds, great service. Enormous delicious buffet breakfast. Tables set with linens, china, stemware & silverware.

38: Zambezi river cruisers | A hippopotamus decides to give us a show | Perfect sunset | And so the river cruise ends.......

39: No printed maps, so i had to photograph it. | Dancers heading for the entertainment area.

43: The spray is so dense and active at this time of year (Feb.) that it can hide the falls completely and also produce drenching showers. You can lose track of where you are, so it can be dangerous.

44: Elephant Wallow Conservancy Contains 18 elephants of different families, so there can be friction. Only morning and afternoon walks are permitted so as not to tire the elephants. They are free to roam the compound when not working or learning new skills.

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