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    #31
    Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post

    PS For Sandra, I have only visited Livorno once but I liked it and would happily return. Naples is another Italian port which is like Marmite but I love it too.
    We think alike!

    I too loved Naples, and liked the way it wasn't sanitised.

    Livorno too. Sometimes we go on to Pisa, but we have also stayed in Livorno several times. It has some lovely buildings if you take time to discover them. We also enjoyed taking the short funicular ride up to the Sanctuary of Montenero.

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      #32
      Originally posted by Garfield, Waterlooville View Post
      Which port....

      Taylor's of course..I have a 25 year old bottle that we'll savour at some point.

      Garf
      So I guess Porto would be the port for you

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        #33
        Originally posted by Garfield, Waterlooville View Post
        Which port....

        Taylor's of course..I have a 25 year old bottle that we'll savour at some point.

        Garf
        Don't hesitate Garf. If it matches your expectations - get another........

        LMM


        Lawnmowerman

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          #34
          Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post

          I confess to not experiencing any hassle whilst wandering around the souks/bazaars on my own in any Egyptian location. My trips were a decade apart - yes Luxor had expanded JMO horrendously during that period but no issues.

          Yes these cities are not clinically clean but neither is any jungle.

          Annie

          PS For Sandra, I have only visited Livorno once but I liked it and would happily return. Naples is another Italian port which is like Marmite but I love it too.
          I have this vision of Annie out-begging and out-bartering the natives. I envision her wearing the Gorbals chic of a wean (child) in the fifties.

          Anyone else??

          LMM


          Lawnmowerman

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            #35
            Our worst port was in Tunisia on our first cruise in 2002, sorry I cannot remember the name. It was in the middle of nowhere, filthy and 40degrees at 10am. We were off the ship for 45mins and we only stayed that long as my friend wanted to barter for dishes in the one and only shop. Mind you I still have those 3 dishes.

            now what can I say about Naples? It’s a hellhole. We’ve been there three times, first time walked round the city and found it dirty and oppressive. Second time we took the HOHO bus, one route was along the coast which was lovely but the other route we just spent it in a car exhaust fulled traffic jam, third time we just took the boat over to Sorrento.

            St Petersburg exceeded my expectations. Mind you my expectations were high but it lived up to them and more.
            Last edited by Issyalex, Glasgow; 17th January 2021, 05:51 PM.
            don't want to work, just want to cruise.

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              #36
              Originally posted by Lawnmowerman, Tain View Post

              I have this vision of Annie out-begging and out-bartering the natives. I envision her wearing the Gorbals chic of a wean (child) in the fifties.

              Anyone else??'

              LMM
              Moi??

              I was in the Nile Valley when terrorists attacked tourists in Egypt in 1997. We were flown home in the evening.

              I returned to the office and someone quipped - 'they missed'. There was a retort - they wouldn't even try.

              Oddly enough I have not returned to Egypt

              Annie

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                #37
                Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post

                I confess to not experiencing any hassle whilst wandering around the souks/bazaars on my own in any Egyptian location. My trips were a decade apart - yes Luxor had expanded JMO horrendously during that period but no issues.

                Yes these cities are not clinically clean but neither is any jungle.

                Annie

                PS For Sandra, I have only visited Livorno once but I liked it and would happily return. Naples is another Italian port which is like Marmite but I love it too.
                Many people on our trip complained about being hassled at the Pyramids, but my motto is to say no firmly and keep walking. It usually works. The only problem we had was when I took a photo of a policeman on a camel. I knew that the costumed camel drivers expected money for photos, but was surprised when a snap of a passing policeman elicited a request for cash. I didn't give him any and wasn't arrested. I think he was just trying it on.
                Sheila

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                  #38
                  For a hassle free port experience go to Japan.

                  The locals are polite, charming and very helpful.

                  Tipping is offensive to them.

                  Annie

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                    #39
                    Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post
                    For a hassle free port experience go to Japan.

                    The locals are polite, charming and very helpful.

                    Tipping is offensive to them.

                    Annie
                    I agree 100%. We had many good interactions with locals in Japan, starting with a couple who spoke no English but saw us looking at a map in Tokyo. We showed them the name of our hotel and they walked us right to the door. In Kyoto some students met us at the entrance to a shrine and offered to guide us "No cost, no tip". They gave us a guided tour with lots of information about rituals and customs, just to speak English. At the end they thanked us and went on their way. The helpful locals made Japan a very easy country to explore independently, although people we met on the cruise thought we were crazy to go it alone. I made sure to have all our planned destinations printed in Japanese, courtesy of TripAdvisor, and we only got lost once. but that is another story.

                    Sheila

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