My trip around the world recorded October 1, 2009 through November 6, 2009.
00:13 Toronto, Canada – Air Canada flight #31 nonstop to Beijing, China.
00:47 Beijing, China – During my 3 night stay in Beijing I visit Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, The Summer Palace and The Temple of Heaven.
04:34 Xingang, China – Board the Diamond Princess for my 16-day Asia cruise.
05:42 Yellow Sea – During our two sea days in the Yellow Sea Captain Dino Sagani hosted the formal Welcome Reception.
06:52 Shanghai, China – I visit the Jin Mao Tower and got an impressive view of Shanghai. I also visited People’s Square and took a walk around the Huangpu district.
08:51 Okinawa, Japan – During my short half day in the country I visited Shikinaen Gardens and Ryukyu Mura.
11:43 Taipei, Taiwan – Our tour started with a photo stop at Taipei 101. We then visited the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the Grand Hotel, National Revolutionary Martyrs’ Shrine, DiHua Street and Lungshan Temple before returning to Keelung to sail away.
15:19 Hong Kong – My sampan ride in Aberdeen Harbour was followed by a visit to Stanley Market. Next there we spectacular views of Hong Kong from Victoria Peak. Next I took the renowned Star Ferry into bustling downtown for a wlk around the city. The day ended as the Diamond Princess sailed through Victoria Harbour during the Symphony of Lights.
18:40 Lantau Island – During my second day in Hong Kong I took a trip out to Lantau Island where I visited a fishing village, the Tian Tan Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.
20:13 Nha Trang, Vietnam – After visiting the Cham Towers of Po Nagar I took a cruise down the Cai River where we stopped at various places to experience the way the Vietnamese live here.
25:19 Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – During our second day in Vietnam we visited the Reunification Palace, the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the main Post Office, Thien Hau Pagoda and the Rex Hotel. The most mezmerizing part of the day was watching the traffic on Ho Chi Minh’s busy streets.
30:01 Singapore – While in Singapore I visited Mount Faber Park, Sri Mariamman Temple, Chinatown, the National Orchid Garden and Orchard Street.
33:40 Gulf of Thailand – As we were sailing north through the Gulf of Thailand the Captain hosted the Farewell Party and Champagne Waterfall. This ended my 16 nights on the beautiful Diamond Princess.
35:38 Bangkok, Thailand – I visited the very impressive Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, took a cruise on the Chao Phraya River where we passed the Temple of Dawn and concluded my day with a midnight flight to Athens, Greece.
37:51 Athens, Greece – During my two days and one night in the city I visited Syntagma (Constitution) Square, the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis.
39:14 Piraeus Greece – I began my 12-day Holy Land cruise on the Royal Princess.
40:23 Santorini, Greece – I spent the day visiting the picturesque towns of Oia and Fira.
44:27 Patmos, Greece – Spent the day touring this very small Greek Island.
46:26 Kusadasi, Turkey – My tour of ancient Ephesus was the highlight of my stay in this Turkish resort town.
49:53 Haifa, Israel – I had a long day of touring after docking in Haifa. I visited the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, the River Jordan and Nazareth.
54:04 Ashdod, Israel – It was another long day of touring on our second day in Israel. We spent a lot of the day in Jerusalem where we visited the Mount of Olives, the Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Next we journeyed into Palestine and visted the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
1:01:00 Cairo, Egypt – After docking in Port Said it was a 3 hour drive into Cairo. I visted the Saladin Citadel & Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Next I checked into the beautiful five star Sofitel Hotel on and island in the middle of the Nile River. That evening I enjoyed the famous Soung & Light Show at the Pyramids. On my second day in Cairo we took a breakfast cruise on the Nile before visiting the Pyramid of Djoser, or step pyramid. Then it was on to the magnificent Great Pyramids of Giza. The day ended when we sailed away from Alexandria, Egypt.
1:08:56 Mediterranean & Adriatic Seas – We spent three days sailing north.
1:09:57 Venice, Italy – I spent the last two days of the trip exploring the canals of Venice. The Rialto Bridge and St. Marks Square were my favorite stops in the city.
Follow this link to see my four week trip to South America & Antarctica in Febraury of 2009: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwdU5sGldPA