Sailing The Seas *Open Thread*

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As I continue along our cruise, I must say, I was remiss. I meant to post this photo from Cartegena as our van was taking us back to the ship:

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And I just have to put in another one of our gorgeous ship as we were returning after Cartegena:

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Oh, I do love this ship!

Our next stop was in Aruba. We have been there a number of times since our timeshare has a resort there. But one place to which we had never gone, but about which we have heard, is De Palm Island. So that is where we went while in port. Here is a link to see what it looks like, De Palm Island. We snorkeled some, read our books, looked at fish in the water from the dock, and just relaxed. It was a picture perfect day to boot, so we had a lovely time.

Next up was Curacao. Neither one of us had been there before, so this was really fun. While Suzy went on a two-tank dive (from the shore) on another side of the island, I took a little trolley tour of the old part of town. Again, the tour guide was very good. Here are some shots from Philipsburg, Curacao beginning with the pilot boat bringing the harbor pilot on board:

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These markets are called “floating markets” because the vendors live in boats. Every morning, they get up at 4:00 am, put out their wares, or fruits and vegetables, then take it all down each night, and sleep on their boats. Cool, right?

And now more of the area:

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This place is the most photographed house in Curaco. It is called the “Wedding Cake House”:

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You’ll notice that one of the gates had a Star of David in it. Curaco claims to have the oldest continuous synagogue in the Western Hemisphere. I think Charleston and Savannah might have something to say about that (Charleston was the center for Judaism in this country, and is where Reformed Judaism began).

And then we went to the main cathedral in Philipsburg:

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The cathedral was a lovely place, able to hold 800 people for high holy days. While Curacao does have other faith traditions, Catholicism is the dominant religion.

Clearly, I need another day to post photos of our trip! Next will be St. Maarten, the towel animals, and some shots of things that appealed to me.

Once again, this is an Open Thread. Feel free to just look, comment on the trip, or what is going on with Obamacare, and the state of the nation. All yours now!

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37 Responses to “Sailing The Seas *Open Thread*”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/03/house-judiciary-holding-hearings-today-on-obama-failure-to-uphold-the-law/

    house judiciary holding hearings today on backtrack’s failure to uphold the law.

    think anything will come of this or will it be another look good for the camera but do nothing waste of time?

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Sadly, it is probably another waste of time the way things have been going.

      Also today is the closed hearing with CIA members who were present at Benghazi. Wonder when we will ever learn what THEY had to say?

  2. helenk3 Says:

    your pictures are beautiful. sometimes we forget just how many beautiful places there are in the world. Thank you for sharing them.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, thank you, Helen! And yes, it is a good reminder that there is such beauty in the world. Honestly, just looking at the beautiful water as we were sailing through was just mesmerizing. It is a beautiful world, indeed…

  3. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2013/12/white-house-blames-consumers-for-obamacare-enrollment-errors.php

    backtrack bunch blames consumers for obamacare errors.

    ok so far it has been

    the republicans

    the insurance companies

    now it is the consumers

  4. helenk3 Says:

    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/12/03/intelligence-chairman-quick-code-fixes-to-healthcare-gov-lack-of-monitoring-have-made-website-less-secure/

    quick code fixes to healthcare.gov lack of monitoring have made website LESS secure

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What a HUGE surprise, huh?? Like the security experts weren’t already calling this site a nightmare? What a HUGE waste of our money from the get-go…

  5. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/guardian-we-have-published-1-pct-of-snowden-leak/2013/12/03/55d5a4f4-5c31-11e3-8d24-31c016b976b2_story.html

    per Guardian—we have published 1% of Snowden leak.

  6. helenk3 Says:

    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/59627#.Up360oJfdFQ.twitter

    debunking the backtrack bunch excuses for obamacare fail

  7. helenk3 Says:

    just because

    http://www.wimp.com/singsanthem/

  8. helenk3 Says:

    http://nation.foxnews.com/2013/12/03/expert-testifies-congress-obama%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%98ignoring-laws%E2%80%99-could-lead-overthrow-government

    backtrack ignoring laws could lead to overthrow of the government

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      HOLY SMOKES, that is something, Helen. I think he is right. Obama’s continued subversion of our laws is dangerous indeed…

  9. helenk3 Says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/03/girl-11-banned-from-selling-mistletoe-at-market-to-raise-for-her-braces-told-to-beg-instead/

    WTH from lemonaide stands to a kid trying to earn money the government seems to want to stop all incentive

  10. helenk3 Says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/03/carney-on-healthcare-gov-americans-dont-want-an-effective-website/

    per carney—-Americans don’t want an effective website.

    GEE that should tell the backtrack bunch something. Get the hell out of the healthcare business

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What in the sam hill is WRONG with this man?!? He is insane. Absolutely insane.

      And so is this party if they truly believe this kind of astonishing assertion.

  11. mcnorman Says:

    Oh gosh, do I wish I was on that boat right now…Barry is about to speak. UGH

  12. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/12/it-begins-dem-activist-says-obamas-lies-are-acceptable-because-he-has-our-best-interest-in-mind-video/

    all kidding aside=====there is a sickness going on in this country

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You are so right – it IS a sickness, Helen. The lengths, the depths, the extents, of which people will go to defend, excuse, permit, and blithely accept what Obama says or does. A sickness wraps it up nicely…

  13. helenk3 Says:

    Announced on Megyn Kelly show: Obama administration has quietly told insurance companies—-since the back-end of website hasn’t been created where info/payments are made to the companies for enrollees—–to just ESTIMATE how much they are owed and the government will send them a check.

  14. helenk3 Says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/03/presidents-claim-that-he-never-met-uncle-contradicted-by-uncle-and-landlord/

    backtrack is a pathological liar. he lies when it not necessary to lie.

    claims he never met illegal alien uncle.

    uncle and landlord say he stayed with uncle while at Harvard

  15. helenk3 Says:

    I like this kid

    http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/12/03/11-year-old-banned-selling-mistletoe-told-she-can-beg-instead

  16. helenk3 Says:

    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/12/03/walmart-1-billion-page-views-on-cyber-monday-healthcare-gov-dies-under-50k/

    walmart 1BILLION page views on cyber Monday. healthcare.gov dies under 50,000

  17. helenk3 Says:

    the Irish do know how to throw a Welcome Party

  18. helenk3 Says:

    what Santa is bringing this year

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