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#248985 - 09/26/17 06:16 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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Great day yesterday. To start with a perfect lamb roast, medium rare it was fantastic. I will admit to having five serving I could not pass it up. One of the courses was my desert course.

Then we went on a tour to Chateau de Roquetaillade. I looked it up on the internet and did not look that impressive but we decided to go and we really liked it. Great history and now a private home that has been in the family for over 300 years. A lot of renovation was done to change it from a Fortress into a Chateau in the early 1800's. Most of that is still there and very well preserved.

The guides are what made the trip. The bus guide was funny, did not understand everything she said but she laughed all the time with cute little exclamations, just adorable. The chateau guide bought the whole chateaux alive with his stories and in particular the kitchen and modern bathroom (for the 1800's). The kitchen must have had 100 copper pots, a center island stove that was unique to that time period. All types of "machines" for food preparation. The bedroom had a LARGE bathroom with a large copper water heater that emptied into a bathtub. He talked quickly, kept it moving but you wanted to hear every word. He was so knowledge and so intelligent a cut above most guides you meet.

Once we were back on the bus the bus guide told us he was the owner of the Chateau from the same family that has been in the Chateaux for 300 years. It made me realize he did not dwell on the portraits or much detail of the family but on the innovate design and furnishings for the time period.

Today we had a day at sea which was nice and relaxing. Tonight we heard at dinner that we would not be able to tender in the port of St. Jean-de-Luz. The swells would be too high. So the Captain is heading straight to our next port of call Bilbao and we will get there at 11.00 am so we will have an extra afternoon and stay over night and then a full day in Bilbao. A good move making the decision early and setting course for Bilbao. They are creating new shore excursions now for tomorrow afternoon.

Life is good on the Explorer though our trivia team is not as intimidating. Because of tours we have not been at full strength, usually just four of us, and we were today but missed being in the tokens by one point.


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#248987 - 09/27/17 03:21 AM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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What a very cool day!


Kim
#248993 - 09/28/17 01:10 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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First day in Bilbao we took the shuttle and spent a couple of hours walking the area around the Guggenheim museum. Beautiful sunny day. Back to ship and third in trivia. Wonderful dinner Sette Mari last night. They had a grilled veal chop that was really juicy we both loved it.

Today we took a tour that was all around the area with short stops at various places. Nothing was too long in the bus. Bilbao has some stunning old buildigs. I really enjoyed it like a hop pin hop off bus.

Ken will get around to pictures. Lots of things going n so he has not been able to get to his pictures.


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#249010 - 09/30/17 08:27 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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Food continues to be great. The veal chop in Prime 7 was great as well never had that before. Will not take the place of my love for lamb but a close second.

Today we went to the medieval town of Guimardes. Tour was fine, great guide with a sense of humor. The highlight was the free time. Two coffees and two local yummy pastry treats for a total of 3 euros! We went into a church and encountered a mass featuring children. They had the children at the front and they sang to a guitar with a lot of vigor. One child about 10 did a lot of the service. Other parents came in with their youngsters definitely a celebration of children. So much fun to see local celebration in a small time. I also love coming across weddings.

While waiting for the bus I went into a local clothing store that was at the bus stop. I could not believe the prices. Four Euros for almost everything. I touched the fabric - really soft. Combination of cotton, polyester and a stretch fabric. I had about 15 minutes. So I raced into the changing room and bought two tops and some pants. Ken found a few things and at the back were a bunch of shirts with TWO pockets. He loves two pockets and it is hard to find but we did not have time to check those out and purchase. All in all a good day.

Finished it off with dinner with Nicki the GM and Daniela the F&B. It was delightful they are both such lovely ladies.

Ken promises to post some pictures tomorrow I have no idea where the time goes!

Tonight we are going to the show. We seldom do that. But we really like the cruise director, Andi and his wife Tammy who is the social hostess. Trivia has been fantastic. He does all his own questions and no repeats. Last two days we have come in second and only four of us so we think that is pretty good.


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#249013 - 10/01/17 06:45 AM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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St. Malo, France:

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Enjoying a seafood lunch.
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The priest is inviting in the wedding party.

#249014 - 10/01/17 07:05 AM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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Bordeaux, France - Chateau de Roquetaillade:

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Chateau de Roquetaillade. It is still privately owned by the Roquetaillade family who have been resident here since 1306.
We were not allowed to take photos inside the castle.
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On the far right is Andy our CD and next to him is our guide and we found out later the owner of the chateau.
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The chapel.
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The Bordeaux night life on the river.
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The Regent Explorer on the Garonne River.

#249015 - 10/01/17 01:28 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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We dock in Bordeaux this evening on the Navigator with 4 other KLT couples. Ngaire, Please say Hi to Nikki and Andy & Tami for us. BTW, Andy is a WWII buff.
Jim & Pat

#249017 - 10/01/17 03:08 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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Will do Jim. I have really enjoyed him he does a fantastic trivia. They did a very nice show last night both sing very well. John Barron joined the cruise today as well. I guess Andi and Tami are about to go on vacation. Shame we were not in port at the same time! That would have been fun.


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#249039 - 10/05/17 01:36 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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Bilbao, Spain & Guggenheim Museum:

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The Vizcaya Bridge was built in 1893 to connect the two banks of the Nervion River.
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A cold mist was laying on top of the water.

#249041 - 10/05/17 03:30 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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Porto, Portugal:

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A seed shop.
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The city was very clean, this is a way to get people to put their cigarette butts in this container instead of on the street.
The writing on the container says "Have you smiled today"? There are 2 holes to put your cigarette butt into, the left side
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Our coffee and tea break. These Custard Tarts called Pastel de Nata and are very tasty.
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Ngaire with the Cathedral of the Assumption of Our Lady in the background.
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Ngaire found some bargains at shops near the cathedral.

#249043 - 10/05/17 08:21 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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Mmmm, those custard pastries in Portugal are sooo good. Thanks for the pix, Ken
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#249044 - 10/05/17 11:55 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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A sculpture in front of Compass Rose on the Explorer.

#249045 - 10/06/17 01:01 AM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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Ngaire, you look absolutely gorgeous!
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Helen

#249046 - 10/06/17 05:01 AM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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Wow, Ngaire should hire that hairdresser full time! Beautiful Lady!

#249047 - 10/06/17 02:14 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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I did the hair. You know those moments when your hair is the perfect length that only last one day. That was the day. What you can't see in that picture is the body. I am going on a diet the second I hit home. Been traveling so much since the safari started in May just crept up on me. Ken was taking pictures and I said face only. That sculpture was the perfect spot


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#249048 - 10/06/17 02:22 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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You look beautiful....happy, healthy and ageless!


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#249050 - 10/06/17 03:01 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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you look beautiful. But I know what you mean about safari weight gain. I never gain weight on cruises because I walk so much, but I gained 5 lbs on the safari, and it took me 2 years to get it off.

#249051 - 10/06/17 04:13 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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Fortunately I can lose weight fairly quickly I have great self control. Should be good in about a four to six weeks. Ken has gained too he does not lose as easily as I do he likes the sweet stuff too much.


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#249052 - 10/06/17 08:25 PM Re: Beatles Cruise [Re: Ngaire]  
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It’s Bert, Mitch showed me your picture and you look “marvelous”! Your hair looks great and you do too! Looking forward to seeing y’all soon. Regards to All !😍🍸


Mitch

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