This trip marked over 40 years of traveling with my father. This was his last trip, and fittingly enough to a spot he (and my mother) had enjoyed more than 30 times over the course of many years - THE TIDES INN in Irvington, Virginia. He turned 90 the day before we headed south from Baltimore...
Starting in Edinburgh for a couple of days, we then set off northwards to Perthshire and the 9,000 acre Kinnaird Estate where we'd rented a house for a week . . . Finishing up at the end of the trip with a great day in Stirling!
With the celebration of Hogmanay . . . ringing out 2003 and welcoming 2004 . . . we spent time exploring Glasgow, up through the Highlands to The Carnegie Club at Skibo Castle, then down through Perthshire and finishing up in the beautiful city of Edinburgh.
In the midst of the Indian Ocean, off the southwestern coast of India, is an independent country comprise of an atoll chain of 1,200+ islands and land spits. The highest point of land in all of the islands is just 5 feet above sea level -- this country will be the first to disappear with global warming and the rising of the sea! We spent eight fabulous days in October/November 2003 exploring this remote part of our globe.
The challenge . . . getting to the Maldives via the UAE (United Arab Emirates) and Malaysia!
While there are more direct routes, this proved a great chance to explore other spots . . . leaving Newark on a non-stop 13.5 hour flight to Dubai, then I opted for a layover of 8-daylight hours to re-explore Dubai (I'd originally ventured there in 1986). Then that evening, the flight was 8 hours to Kuala Lumpur arriving early morning. Spent 2 days and 1 night in a hotel before the final 5 hour flight to the Maldives . . . The homebound journey included briefer visits to both KL and Dubai, plus stopovers in Colombo, Sir Lanka and Karachi, Pakistan. >>Jump direct to these photos>>
A spectacular cruise on SilverSeas M.V. Silver Whisper sailing in August 2003 from London-Tilbury to the Isle of Wight, Penzance in Cornwall, Dublin Ireland, north to Portree on the Isle of Skye in Scotland . . . then out into the North Atlantic to Denmark's Faeroe Islands and finally around Iceland.
Exploration in June 2003 was to parts of the country that typically close down to tourists outside of the summer season . . . Co. Sligo, Donegal, Mayo, and a return again to Co. Clare. Plus a short drive into Northern Ireland for the first time to visit Co. Fermanagh and the incomparable Florence Court, now part of the National Trust.
Sailing in August 2001 aboard the Sea Cloud II from Copenhagen Denmark to Visby Gotland Sweden, Stockholm Sweden, Turku Finland, Tallinn Estonia, Helsinki Finland and finishing in St. Petersburg Russia.
Havana - A post card of the Bacardi building (right). February 2001 offered the amazing opportunity to join with 18 other members of the Apollo Circle of the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a journey to this forbidden island.
The following are countries visited, cruises taken, and airlines flown . . .
* denotes photos found on this web site + denotes countries that were just flight stopovers
As of January 2010 - a total of 62 countries have been visited.
Brazil Cambodia *
England, United Kingdom *
Faroe Islands, Denmark *
Gibraltar, United Kingdom
Gotland Island, Sweden *
Hong Kong, United Kingdom (pre China)
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, France (their only remaining territory in North America)*
Scotland, United Kingdom *
Sri Lanka +
United Arab Emirates *
USSR - Union of Soviet Socialist Republics
Wales, United Kingdom
United States of America including Arizona, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut , Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Island’s of St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas
Voyages and cruises . . .
Actief - Abercombie & Kent
C. Columbus - Hapag-Lloyd
Four Seasons Explorer - Four Seasons Hotels *
GTS Millennium - Celebrity Cruises
Nordic Prince - Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Illiria - Travel Dynamics
Cunard Crown Jewel - Cunard Crown Line
Atlantic - Home Lines
Century - Celebrity Cruises
Seven Seas Navigator - Radisson Seven Seas Cruises *
Silver Whispher - Silver Seas Cruises *
Safari Quest - American Safari Cruises
River Cloud II - Sea Cloud Cruises *
RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 - Cunard Line
Sea Cloud II - Sea Cloud Cruises *
Veendam (x Argentina) - Holland America Line
Argentina - Moore-McCormack Lines
Star Clipper - Clipper Cruise Line * Star Flyer - Clipper Cruise Line
Edinburgh Castle - Manhattan Cruises
And have flown . . .
Round the World 2010 (Singapore Airlines) Round the World 2006 (United Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Gulf Air, MaxJet)
Round the World 2000 (Delta Air Lines, Singapore Airlines, Swissair, Iberia, Delta)