Author Archives: Jan

Germany Car Tour

Road Trip in Germany, (8/21-24) A great 5 day road trip with our friends Shaun (for his 50th birthday) and Bryan (the tour operator) through the Bavarian countryside. [Show as slideshow] 1 2 … 4 ►  

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Seville, Spain

We took a break from Cloud 9 to take a two day (7/16-18) trip to Seville from Cadiz.  Seville is a beautiful, historical city with a dozen things to see, but we went there specifically to visit the Seville Cathedral (Catedral … Continue reading

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Gibraltar

We spent a week in Gibraltar catching up with some of our cruising friends that we had not seen since the winter in London in 2011. The “Rock” is an interesting small piece of the UK with a little Spanish flair. … Continue reading

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PORTO: the town, the wine and the Rio Douro

Our first stop in Portugal was the beautiful and historic city of Porto. We docked Cloud 9 at the Douro Marina, a new facility on the south side of Porto in Gaia. When we arrived, the area was getting ready for the Festival … Continue reading

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Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela and the Tower of Hercules.

One June 18, we took a train from A Coruna to visit the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela . The original church was built in 829 AD and it is reputed to be the  burial-place of Saint James the Greater, one of the apostles of Jesus … Continue reading

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Balbao, Spain

After a 24 hour sail from L’ile d’Yeu on the coast of France, we arrived in the marina of Getxo to spend several days in Bilbao. Initially when we left France, there was no wind so we motored for most of … Continue reading

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Sailing from Southampton, UK to Brittany, France

After returning to the boat in Southampton, we spent several weeks getting Cloud 9 ready to sail to the Mediterranean via France, Portugal and the Atlantic coast of Spain. The first step was from Humble River to Brittany with stops … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Transatlantic Cruise (April 13-30, 2013)

Starting in Galveston, Texas, we sailed across the Atlantic to Southampton, England. The 17 day trip was a wonderful, peaceful crossing and the ship was only two-thirds full of passengers so it was not crowded at all. After our first  stop … Continue reading

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Sailing North through the Norwegian fjords.

After leaving the Caledonian Canal, we left Inverness in Scotland to Norway. The crossing was calm with no wind and after motoring for 46 hours we arrived at our first port, Tananger near Stavanger. We sailed north from there, stopping off … Continue reading

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Motoring through the Caledonian Canal

On July 24, we entered into the Caledonian Canal near Fort Williams on the west coast of Scotland to take a short cut and to avoid the sometimes treacherous trip across the northern coast. The canal, with its 29 locks and … Continue reading

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