Cities We Visited

Since my retirement my wife and I have taken planes, trains, and cruise ships to explore many cities around the world. In most we only got a small taste of the city, staying less than a day. In others, we have had longer stays.

European Union

Barcelona [2016]
Barcelona was our cruise's departure port. And, even though the ship overnights in there - we really didn't have time to explore the city. Barcelona is near the top of my 'Must Visit Again' list
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Corfu [2016]
Since we were travelling during the off season, we hadn't prepared for such beautiful weather. Some of the tourist vendors had closed for the season, still there were many places to shop.
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Dublin
With Brexit due to take place at the end of October, we decided to give London a pass and fly to Europe via Dublin and return from Paris. Westjet has a limited number of flights from Calgary to both locations. We were able to arrange our trip to meet their flight schedule.
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Dubrovnik
If you just want to visit Dubrovnik to see where 'Game of Thrones' and 'Star Wars The Last Jedi' you are in for a surprise - Dubrovnik has much more to offer. We visited there as part of a Mediterranean cruise and we are looking forward to going back.
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Florence [2016]
Our tour gave us about 2 hours of free time in Florence. Just enough time to know we would be coming back.
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Kotor [2016]
In one way, Kotor was the high point of our trip. At over 280M above sea level the hike to the Fortress of St John (Sveti Ivan fortress) was a challenge I had been eagerly anticipating.
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Malaga [2019]
Flying over central Spain it was easy to imagine Don Quixote and Sancho riding across the sun baked land below. I wondered what he would have made of these modern ‘giants’ (wind mills) lining the ridge tops. The day started like one of Don Quixote’s adventures - things weren’t what they seemed.
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Monte Carlo [2016]
Monte Carlo covers most of Monaco, in the world’s second smallest country. It is a sea of multi story apartments.
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Naples [2016]
I won't say another word about the beauties of the city and its situation, which have been described and praised often. As they say here, "Vedi Napoli e poi muori! "See Naples and die!"
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
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Paris [2019]
It was mid October, and the weather was blah - but we were in Paris We had three days — I had a shopping list of places to explore. Like all my previous plans, it was soon laid to rest. Instead of rushing to see as many sites as possible, we just relaxed and enjoyed a few choice locations.
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Paris [2016]
We planned for two nights in Paris on our return to the UK. Clearly not enough time to see such a beautiful city - but it was all the time we had. Even the small area we managed to see was amazing. We will be back.
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Pompeii
We were looking forward to our visit to Pompeii - but things don't always turn out the way you want. The weather was great the place was amazing - the tour guide was a putz.
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Rome [2016]
From the dome of St. Peter's one can see every notable object in Rome. He can see a panorama that is varied, extensive, beautiful to the eye, and more illustrious in history than any other in Europe.
-Mark Twain
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Toulon
We visited the Farmer's Market - picking up some souvenirs.
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Venice [2014]
"Venice, it's temples and palaces did seem like fabrics of enchantment piled to heaven."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
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United Kingdom

Bournemouth
Bournemouth wouldn't be everyone's first choice as the starting point for a seven city tour of the UK. Hardly an internationally famous tourist spot —  I was there to see my cousin whom I hadn't seen in over 60 years. I didn't expect to find a world class tourist attraction - I was wrong.
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Edinburgh
We were told to be prepared for rain in Edinburgh. Unfortunately we were not prepared for the deluge that greeted us on our fist day there. With less than 24 hours before we had to leave, we did our best to see some of the sights along Edinburgh's Royal Mile
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London 2014/2016

"Why, Sir, you find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; "
— Samuel Johnson


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Oxford in A Day
Oxford is the setting for two of my favourite detective series - 'Morse' and 'Lewis'. In the short time we were there we were able to see some of the locations. We even stumbled on the place where one of the new episodes of 'Lewis' was being shot.
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South East Asia

Penang (George Town) [2018]
The cruise ships dock at Georgetown - the historical section of Penang. While the cruise ship offered a number of tours of Penang and the surrounding area, we decided to explore Georgetown on our own.
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Taipei [2018]
Transiting through Taipei on our way back to Vancouver, a two night layover was 'no brainer'. With so little time we barely scratch the surface of what Taipei has to offer.
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