22 Jan 2017




Given that Grenada is known as the Spice Island, and even has a nutmeg prominently displayed on its flag, we thought it made sense to take a tour emphasizing spices.

We were greeted by a fun steel band upon arrival that started us out on an upbeat note.



We visited a major farm where spices and herbs are grown and learned what they cure as well as how they taste.



Then we sampled many jams, jellies, spreads and drinks.




Next up was a rum factory. It’s history and rum making going back 250 years was the most interesting. The obligatory tasting of their seven varieties followed.





We visited a small “relics” museum. I must be really getting old seeing a telephone and a typewriter in a museum of relics.




 Alas, there is just so much fun I can take on one tour.

21 Jan 2017

Martinique, French West Indies



It was a beautiful day, today, in Martinique.


We did kayaking through the mangroves. That allowed us to enjoy the weather, get some exercise, and learn a little bit.


Mangroves are salty wetland found in the tropical areas. They are transition zones that protect the coast from ocean aggression as well as protecting animals and fish.


All over the Caribbean human development has raised havoc with mangroves.






The ship prepared a special dinner under the stars for us 26 people who are doing the entire 71 day voyage.


20 Jan 2017

St. Barts, 2017



St. Barts is about as upscale as it gets in the Caribbean. It reminds me of Saint Tropez. Then, of course, they are both French beach resort areas.





Sign of the times - Today when we reboarded, there were 12 people reading books by the pool - all seniors. Yet only one had a print copy. The others were all digital.

18 Jan 2017

Seven Seas Mariner


Hello from Regent’s Seven Seas Mariner, our home for the next two and a half months. It’s been almost eight years since we have stayed in this cabin, one of the best on any cruise ship.

It is particularly fun in that we have half of the front of the ship, immediately below the Captain's bridge.

Today’s highlight was Allyn dropping her phone in the toilet and the stewardess retrieving a bowl of rice almost instantly for drying purposes. It’s too early to tell whether it will work, but previously we read that is how to dry a wet phone.

Good bye Miami.

17 Jan 2017

South America Grand Cruise, 2017



Hi folks. We are in Miami. Tomorrow we board the Regent Seven Seas Mariner for a cruise around South America.

Sorry I have been remiss in my blogging, but I am back.

Because we spent the day flying across the country, exercise was tough today. Not wanting to miss her commitment, Allyn spent the last half hour running around our hotel room so as to achieve her 10,000 Fitbit daily step goal.