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Having passed through well over forty different countries I’ve have found something to awe, impress, excite, fascinate or calm me in every single one. But I’d never found a place to which I thought I’d be content to return every single year…at least until I met Grenada.
The only region in the Caribbean that has a completely intact major coral reef eco-system is the Jardines de la Reina (Queen’s Gardens) coral reef off Cuba’s south coast.
The 270 passengers on our ship, Aegean Odyssey, were among the first in many years to be welcomed to Burma (also known as Myanmar), now that the military/civilian regime has finally opened itself to democratic reforms. Part of that openness is the realization that tourists bring dollars and should be encouraged to visit.
While there are several underlying causes for the decline of coral reefs world-wide, a serious contributor to the degradation of coral reefs in popular tourist regions are the swarms of scuba divers brought out daily to the reefs by scuba tour operators, like locusts on a wheat field.
We’ve always wanted to experience the culture and cuisine of Southern France and friends recommended a river cruise with Tauck, a touring company that’s been in business since 1925. The “French Waterways and Vineyards” itinerary along the Rhone sounded ideal.