Dear Shireen . . . wish you were here.

Day 12 Transiting the Red Sea – Every noon Commodore Rynd broadcasts from the bridge. It’s all very stiff upper lip. Here’s today’s report. It’s four minutes and starts with a couple of blasts from the ship. It ends with – what else? – a security update. Those pirates again.

And yes, Shireen, that is your trusty bag relaxing on Queen Mary’s sun deck.
In other ship-board news, Diarmuid is trying to book for the Dubai/Hong Kong leg but so far it’s fully booked with a waiting list. His best hope is if something untoward happens to someone. We can always hope.


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Today’s Egyptian Weather Forecast: 75, sunny and dry. With a chance of Champagne.

kikikarnakDay 11 Safaga, Egypt – Saw King Tut, a funny little mummy. Plus Luxor, Karnak, and Valley of the Kings. When we returned our crew met us dockside with champagne.

You are so funny, Stew. And once again, you don’t miss a trick. That shot of the sound gun was taken while we were transiting the Suez Canal. We emerged from the canal at the southern end, berthed at Sokhna, and drove two hours to Cairo to see the pyramids. And belly dancing.

If you haven’t posted it yet, that Cairo dateline should actually be Giza.

Thanks for the weather report. It’s 75 here. Same for the water. I’m going to try to send you an audio of the commodore’s veddy Brit noontime update from the bridge. As an old navy hand, you might enjoy it. He talks about the weather, position, depth, etc.

egyptianchampagneYes! London got dumped on, didn’t it? Diarmuid got pix from my cousin Ann.


Stew note: Just for context: Here in Siberia, I mean, Maine, it is zero degrees, plus or minus, with a chance of wind chill at minus twenty. Go Egypt. Way to score the weather.

Back off, Blackbeard

suezsoundbarrier1Day 9 Transiting the Suez Canal – If pirates get too close this sound gun shatters their ear drums. So there.


Stew note: Yike. Don’t mess with Queen Mary. Guess she can make really loud noises. Hope they’ve got that aimed the right direction. But if any of the pirates have teen agers or have traveled with a band, they are probably use to this level of sound. Can’t believe Kiki’s left the Mediterranean behind already and is on the whole other side of Africa.

Lights around the world

Complimenti, complimenti, Paulo.

We are one hour ahead of you in Italy and six hours ahead of Maine. Everyone – Turinas, Stew, Midge and me, too – have a drink tonight to toast the Turinas! And wherever everyone is, remember you Turinas need to talk loudly about your new home in Umbria.

We can see the lights of Egypt tonight – while you’re seeing the lights of Trasimeno, Paul, and Stew and Midge and Betty are seeing the lights of Portland.

Love to all,
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