We embarked from Southhampton, England on May 1st aboard the Caribbean Princess for a twelve day cruise of the British Isles. Ports of call included Guernsey, Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Kirkwall, Invergordon, Edinburgh and LeHavre. The itinerary was the main reason why we chose the Caribbean Princess. The ship was docked an average of eight hours in each port, which allowed for a good overview of each destination. We used local tour companies for providing excursions rather than booking through the cruise line and all of our tours were booked several months in advance.
When we booked this cruise, our intention was to use the ship as transportation to Europe, where we would continue our travels. The cost was comparable to airline travel, and we had an added bonus of room and board daily, while traveling in luxurious style. Several ships make this voyage each April, but we chose the Eclipse because two of the three ports of call, Bermuda and Portugal interested us. We have been to Bermuda before and looked forward to seeing the beautiful pink sand beaches again, but we had never traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, which seemed interesting. A few years ago, we sailed on the Liberty of the Seas from Miami to Barcelona, so we had an expectation of what it would be like to spend many days at sea, with few ports of call, but beyond that, we were open to an adventure. Read More
Malcolm and I have set sail on a thirteen night Transatlantic cruise to South Hampton, England, aboard the Celebrity Eclipse. This cruise is commonly referred to as a “re-positioning” cruise, which means that there will be lots of sea days and very few ports of call. Most cruise lines re-position some of their ships to Europe in April and bring them back to the US in October each year. Fares on re-positioning cruises are significantly reduced and comparable to the price of a flight, so we took advantage of the opportunity to travel leisurely and economically to England. Read More
Miami is one of my favorite Florida cities. It is culturally diverse, vibrant and constantly evolving. With just a short, two hour drive from our home and affordable (as in free lodging), since our daughter lives there, we visit several times per year.
Thirty years ago, when Malcolm and I lived in Miami things were very different. People lived on Miami Beach, Key Biscayne or in the suburbs and commuted to work downtown. Public transportation was not an option. No one lived downtown and especially not on Brickell Avenue, which was mostly commercial office buildings. My have things changed! Read More
It is festival season in our town and the weather has been perfect for getting out to some of those. We enjoy browsing rows of beautiful artwork while eating something totally indulgent, like funnel cake. Festivals also present a lot of opportunities for taking photographs of people. Street photography is an art form that I know little about, but I do recognize a good opportunity when I see one, so I couldn’t resist asking the young woman below to allow a photo.
What caught my eye was of course, the bright colors. I loved that her hair, makeup and clothing match the colors of the umbrella. Framing the photo in a way that both she and the umbrella compel equal attention combines two focal points that tell a happy story.
Photographs, at least thoughtful ones, should tell a story. I have to admit that both Malcolm and I are fairly single-minded when it comes to our favorite theme. We take pictures of what makes us smile. Likely, it will create that reaction within a few others as well, which makes the effort to get a good photo even more worthwhile. We take a lot of bad photos, in an effort to get “the one,” but we share only our best shots on this blog and Instagram account. The immediate gratification of a good image is addictive and social media promotes an on-going satisfaction through the clicks, likes and comments that follow a post. Why post a so-so image that doesn’t say anything?
The photographs we share on our Instagram page at picture_retirement tell a story also. Each photo represents a special moment or event, but the collective gallery tells the story of this stage of our lives. Grouping the photos by theme and color keeps the story short, to the point and easy on the eye. If I were to classify our retirement story as a genre, I’d have to go with “beach read” at this point in time. Nice story, predictable plot…Enjoy life.
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