Best of the Best

The Adventure in Akureyri

The Adventure in Akureyri

During this contract, I was able to do and see some truly incredible things.  Since coming home, I’ve frequently been asked about my favorite places, and I’ve had trouble answering!  There were so many wonderful places, but I liked different ports for different things.  Looking back through my photos, I tried to break down some of the highlights of the past few months.  This is what I came up with…  The Best of the Adventure.

Best Hike

Pulpit Rock

Pulpit Rock

Best Beaches

Paradise

Paradise

Photo doesn't do it justice!

Photo doesn’t do it justice!

Just look at that water

Just look at that water

Best tours

Tuk tuk tour

Tuk tuk tour

Camels at the base

Camels at the base

Magic at the top

Magic at the top

Best Place for Beer

  • Beer Wall in Bruges
    • I made a special category for Bruges, because I had such a great day there!  The beer is fantastic, but the whole city is worth visiting!
Beer Wall

Beer Wall

Favorite Landmarks

Amazing to see

Amazing to see

I could visit every day!

I could visit every day!

Best Museum

  • The Guggenheim Bilbao
    • The architect, Frank Gehry, also designed the Guggenheim Museum that will soon be built in Abu Dhabi.  There was an interesting article in the New York Times about the new museum.
Beautiful Gehry building

Beautiful Gehry building

Favorite City

Las Ramblas

Las Ramblas

Favorite Country

Sunset in Reykjavik

Sunset in Reykjavik

Northern Lights.  Photo by: Daffodaleia Williams

Northern Lights. Photo by: Daffodaleia Williams

I knew the quality of the places I was visiting was pretty astounding, but I just recently added up the quantity!  I’ve now been to 39 countries.  I can’t wait to add more to the list in the New Year!

Casey’s Travel Map

Casey has been to: Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, China, Curacao, Denmark, Fiji, France, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Singapore, Sint Maarten, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, U.S. Virgin Islands, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican, Vietnam.

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Spectacular Stonehenge

Front view

Front view

On our last turnaround day in Southampton, I joined a group of friends for a drive out to Stonehenge. We rented three cars, met early in the morning, and hit the road! My driver was a New Yorker. We lived through the drive, but there were a few scary moments while he was getting used to driving on the other side of the road! About an hour after we left, Stonehenge was in view. It took another 30 minutes to get through the traffic to the parking lot and visitor center.

Tada!

Tada!

We only had about an hour until we needed to head back towards the ship. The mastermind behind the outing pre-booked our tickets, so we were able to get in the line for the shuttle right away. Luckily, a shuttle arrived almost immediately, so we were able to quickly get to the site.

Back view

Back view

There was a short walk from the shuttle stop to the rocks. The sight was amazing. The rocks are huge! It is baffling to think how the original builders were able to lift the stones to the top. It is also a mystery where they found the rocks. It is in the middle of a field. If you turn your back to the monument, there are cows!

Facing away

Facing away

We had to run back to the cars, and had just enough time to grab a bite to eat at McDonald’s before getting back on the ship. It was a rushed day, but was totally worth the effort! I’ve now seen two of the Seven Wonders of the World. I wonder which one is next!

Stonehenge

Stonehenge