Eyes

Had my second eye done 2 days ago. I am amazed at the change. Not only has my distance vision been restored, but everything has changed colour. I see whites instead of grudgy old yellow-grey images. Wonderful.

Stayed in Vancouver with our old friends Bill and Linda Popovic. Carol, Linda and me had all go to high school together in the 60s. For many years we were out of contain but then reconnect and for the past 9 years we have got together a few time most years in Palm Desert. Since we sold the desert oasis, we will see them in Vancouver in the future.

It was a fitting end to a fabulous vacation/50 wedding anniversay. Linda and Carol stood up with each other 50 years ago, so the timing was perfect.

Katchikan

We signed up for a Katchikan photo shoot today and travelled around town with a local showing us the sights. This is not a bad way to get a tour and make certain you see the photo worthy bits. 1 2 3

The return trip from Alaska visits some of the same landmarks as the journey to Alaska, so today we are in Glacier Bay again. I had photographed the glaciers to death during the 1st visit so I gave the camera a rest.

We had dinner in a specialty restaurant and shared a bottle of Brut gifted to the evening by Bronwen and Glenn. It was a wonderful evening helped along by the Brut. Thank you B&G.

After deciding that I could do without more photographs I had to dash to the cabin to get a camera for a really nice sunset. Glacier Bay Sunset

The Hubbard Glacier is reported to be six miles wide and tower about 300 feet above the water. Our cruise ship got in very close, so close that the entire glacier could not be captured in one shot from an extremely wide-angle lens.

This 1st photo of the Hubbard was taken as multiple shots taken while panning across the face of the glacier. I could only get this unobstructed view from the back deck of the ship after it had turned to leave the glacier face. I was lucky that I know some nooks and crannies of the ship that are never over populated so that I could swing the camera in one smooth motion. Hubbard Pan Hubbard Detail Yakutat Bay Island

Glacier Bay

Beautiful

1 2 This photo shows the ship and its passengers interacting with the Margerie Glacier, our first glacier. The ship was brought far closer to the face of the glacier then I believed possible. People lined the rails of the ship while rangers from Glacier Bay National Park discussed the history and potential future of this glacier. It was quite breathtaking. 3

Started the day at an original saloon and brothel. They served a lovely breakfast of scrambled eggs and sausage - apparently typical of breakfast in a brothel during the gold rush. Then a visit to the local museum and a short bus ride to the original cemetery. But well done. Finally a walk abut town and a saunter back to the boat.

A good day 1 2 3

Juneau Alaska

Out to view the famous glacier (I cannot remember its name at this moment but will update as soon as possible (or never)).

Carol was not willing to turn her back to the bears so she did not get photographed. 1

Victoria

Certainly one of the most beautiful cities that I have visited. A good percentage of our time was spent in the best pubs of Victoria but we did find some time to tour the museum and the Butchart Gardens. Both spectacular. When I have some time to flesh out this entry I will give my opinion on the current state of museums. Spoiler - they are great. 1 2

Seattle

Ken and Carol fed us, hosted us, showed us around town and generally treated Carol and I like Royalty. Bruno seemed to remember Carol and if not he made a good job of pretending that he did. Their home is a beautiful tree-house and full of the sentiments expressed in their front lawn sign. Spiritual sisters and brothers to Carol and I.

Boat houses. Think Sleepless in Seattle.

That tall lime green plant is actually blown glass as are the blue spikes. An amazing blown glass show by one of the masters. Seattle-blown-glass, look it up. 1 2 3 4 5

For those interested in our plans for Portugal in January and February I am posting the following information:

  • Booking Website: www.homeaway.ca I think that it is important that you use the Canadian site so that you consistently get Canadian dollars for the search.
  • Town where I have been looking: Carvoeiro, Algarve
  • Price Range: $60 - $90 per night Canadian
  • The unit that I have booked: I have included this so that you can see what you get for what you give. Regardless of what price is showing on this page, I paid $83 Canadian per night. Our landlord is a PremierPartner which is similar to an AirBNB SuperHost. We stayed with a SuperHost for several months in 2017-2018 in Toronto. I suspect that SuperHosts and PremierPartners try harder.

    Our Unit The unit occupies three floors - 1st, living room, kitchen, 2nd bed and bath, roof top terrace.

  • Billing Details: So that you can see a sample of the final cost calculation here is the quote for our unit.

    Billing Details

I am currently looking for a 2nd month but I am taking a couple of days off to clear what I have seen from my head.

I intend to use the flight application titled "Hopper" to plan and book airlines. They have a unique algorithm that suggest to you not only what flight to take, but when to book it to get the best rates. Speaking of flights, I have not figured out the flights (Faro or Lisbon) and how to actually get to Corvoeiro (bus, mule, train).