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Cyprus, that small island with a long history and a rich culture that spans 10000 years, is one of the oldest civilisations in the Mediterranean

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Transiting the Suez Canal today onboard the QM2, connecting the Red Sea with the Mediterranean. Then setting a course for our next port of call in Cyprus. Africa officially severed from Asia.



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The Dead Sea – bordering Israel, the West Bank and Jordan – is a salt lake whose banks are more than 400m below sea level, the lowest point on dry land. Its famously hypersaline water makes floating easy, and its mineral-rich black mud is used for therapeutic and mud  treatments.

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We docked this afternoon, then took a shuttle to The Dubai Mall,  visiting The Aquarium  and staying for The Burj Khalifa Water Show
In the afternoon, we went to the Dubai Yacht club to watch the sun go down.

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Land of spices and tea. I took a tuk tuk taxi lesson and got a crash course. Roll video...





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Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, has a long history as a port on ancient east-west trade routes, ruled  by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. That heritage is reflected in its its  colonial architecture. Here are a few photos of our day there.

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Shaken Not Stirred

Khao Phing Kan or Ko Khao Phing Kan is an island in Thailand, in Phang Nga Bay a 1.5 hour bus ride from our ship in Phuket. The islands are limestone tower karsts and are a part of Ao Phang Nga National Park.




Since 1974, when it was featured in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun, it is popularly called James Bond Island.

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Here comes the sun.
Langkawi is an archipelago made up of 99 islands on Malaysia's west coast. Surrounded by turquoise sea it has a unique charm all its own.





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Took a tram up Penang Hill for a nice view of the city. After a walk around the botanical gardens I found a colonial era abandoned home and explored.

Then it was off to a Buddhist temple which had Thai and Chinese influences as well.










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The capital of Malaysia KL, has so many  highrise buildings that dot the modern skyline. The 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers, a pair of glass-and-steel-clad skyscrapers with Islamic motifs, is the 900 lb. Gorilla that rules the skyscrapers.

We only had 8 hours in this port and opted for the KL Tower and went up to the observertion  deck with a 360 view of all that KL had to offer from above.





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Often copied, the original and world's largest infinity pool islocated on the 57th floor of the Marina
From Zerox To Infinity
Visually stunning and always located on amazing locations.



Bay Sands hotel, is the Rolls Royce of zero edge pools. Amazing to always see these.Here is a trip report on past sightings: Infinity Pools that blow your mind
The Rolls Royce of the
 Swimming Pool Universe
Found the God Molecule in Curacao. in this Zero Edge optical illusion of seemingly endless water.Visually stunning and always located on amazing locations, Infinity pools are surely the most beautiful man-made pools in existence. They take their inspiration from the island of Bali-where you can see  the dramatic effect created by the ubiquitous terraced rice paddies.


Bamboo Cotton T Shirts-Why Pay Less?

Some Incredible Views-From Zero To Infinity

Bora Bora With Bob Reif

US Virgin Islands Frenchman's Reef
 
Barbados

 Waikiki, Hawaii

 

 

 Singapore



Santorini 

 

St Lucia

Los Cabos




Bali

 



Maldives

 


Burma


 

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