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  • janihudi
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    Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
    radar hamburg:
    all ships live in the harbour
    http://www.hamburg.de/schiffsradar/
    Freihafen Hamburg,my God what did i hate that port in the beginning of my trucking carreer.
    after some time i know the rules there about the customs ,and it became my favorite place to come.


    Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
    Fram is in Leith.
    yep ,you're right,according the Hamburg schiffsradar, Fram is moored in Leith.

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  • Ralf__
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    Fram is in Leith. Just have a look at this weather!



    Tomorrow will be a sea day and Fram is heading to Hamburg.
    Since yesterday and until Sunday they are celebrating the harbour birthday in Hambur with lots of events, happenings and old ships.

    You can watch the scenery on a live - webcam here:

    https://www.hamburg.de/livecam-hafen/

    a pdf of the sundays program:
    http://www.hamburg.de/contentblob/39...y-download.pdf

    radar hamburg:
    all ships live in the harbour
    http://www.hamburg.de/schiffsradar/

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  • Ralf__
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    Fridays stop will bei Leith/Edinburgh:

    Checklist for Cecilia

    - empty the postbox
    - carry out the greeting cards for the friends (to save the stamps)
    - clean the house
    - wash and dry the clothes
    - mow the grass in the garden
    - cut the roses
    - check Outlook mails

    ...return right at time to the ship to head out to Hamburg!!

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  • Seagull
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    Very quick hello from Portree where I have only a few minutes Internet before setting out on an excursion to the northern part of the island. Once again Fram is here with Le Boreal!

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  • Ralf__
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    Signal disappeared again in the port and the webcam picture does not show something special. There is also no webcam in Portree.

    Tomorrow they will arrive at the Orkneys and in Kirkwall.

    Perhaps Cecilia will taste some razor clams or spoots, how the Orkneys call them.

    http://www.channel4.com/programmes/h...es/razor-clams

    Maybe she will also visit the Highland Park Destillery, where they produce some very special Single Malt.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=Boj33DVSILQ

    Worth a visit would also be Ruth's snack van "Teas and Tabnabs", which won the price for the best snack offer on the Orkneys.

    http://www.orkney.com/b/Teas%20&%20T...%20Snack%20Van

    And yes, there you can do the world's shortest regular flight from Westray to Papa Westray. Distance 2,8km, durance 2 minutes. You will get a certificate for this.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAC-9obbJYk

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  • Ralf__
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    Fram is approaching Portree and her signal returned to marinetraffic.com. I will check her webcam picture later on and post it, if it is attractive.
    There are some raindrops on the camera, but the weather still looks fine. This is wonderful weather, the whole week or am i wrong?

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  • Ralf__
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    The Fram webcam is showing nothing spectacular today, but fine weather.
    So i guess, Cecilia has a nice photo walk on Iona and Staffa.

    Tomorrow they will visit Portree on the Isle of Skye, a place we will also visit in early August this year. There is nothing said about the offered excursions, but for sure Portree is well prepared for visitors, has lot's of nice shops and pittoresque buildings. The right place to find souvenirs. The question is: which Scottish souvenir is attractive for a lady living in Scotland?
    A lot of handicraft is offered and famous is the sheep's wool, tinted with plant-based colors.

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  • Ralf__
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    Fair weather now in the afternoon on the Isle of Man.

    Here is the Douglas harbour webcam showing Fram:

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  • Ralf__
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    Same you could say about the Americans.... or the Germans.... it is the fate of countries, which are or were the home of some silly people who are talking of "world's leading nations"....

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  • PoloUK
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    Originally posted by Ralf__ View Post
    We are all here to learn and so i promise i never again will mix up the proud Manx folk with the English occupants .
    Hee hee! The thing about being English is that one finds out just how many people are proud not to be!!

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  • Ralf__
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    No nice sight. Fram waiting in grey Douglas harbour.



    Tomorrow they proceed to the Inner Hebrides and will visit the islands Iona and Staffa. Baile mór, the village on Iona seems to be a good place for a photo-safari. Lots of motifs there to present the typical island looks. Cecilia has to imagine herself as a tour guide to watch out for things, which for her are "normal", but for us something special. I guess, Hurtigruten will offer a guided tour to the birds and the Abbeys and i believe this will be the only opportunity to see Staffa. I don't think, they will use the polar circle boats here. It will be interesting to see how this day will turn out in real. I wish you a better weather than today!!

    A musical feeling of the Hebrides can be found here: The Vatersay Boys from Barra at the Outer Hebrides:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VfoxVGO-mk

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  • Ralf__
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    Originally posted by PoloUK View Post
    Oops - careful! Think that the Manx folk would disagree with the 'sailing over to England' thing![/URL].
    I am sorry! And i hope that all Manx people will accept the excuse that I took this term right out of a voyage description, which has it's origin by Hurtigruten. "Von Irland nimmt die MS Fram ihren Weg wieder zurück nach England. Die Isle of Man besticht ....."

    We are all here to learn and so i promise i never again will mix up the proud Manx folk with the English occupants .

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  • Tommi
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    Hi Cecilia, can I order a picture or two:
    how does the promenade deck (5) look like outside the staircase, it seems like there's some doors there or what?

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  • PoloUK
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    Oops - careful! Think that the Manx folk would disagree with the 'sailing over to England' thing!

    Any Thomas the Tank Engine fans may also be interested to know that the Isle of Man sits in the Diocese of Sodor and Man, part of the Church of England (yes, I know what I just said, but this sort of thing gets complicated!). When the Rev Awdry needed somewhere for his trains to live, he chose Sodor to be a fictitious island in the Irish Sea. More here.
    Last edited by PoloUK; May 5th, 2013, 20:44.

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  • Ralf__
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    The webcam picture shows a cloudy Dublin, but the ship is still in the harbour.



    Of course a Guinness would be also for me first choice during a visit to Ireland.

    Tomorrow they will sail over to England again. The stop will be on the Isle of Man, Douglas. For train lovers this could be a highlight of the trip:

    There is the Snaefell Mountain Railway:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snaefell_Mountain_Railway

    You can take the steam train to Castletown:
    http://www.iomsrsa.com/

    Or a combination of two trains.

    Victorian Railways & Snaefell
    Hop aboard two vintage railways and travel through what may well be the Isle of Man's most picturesque areas, including Snaefell Mountain, the island's highest point.
    It's a quick transfer from the pier to the Derby Castle Terminus, where you will board the historic Manx Electric Railway for an amazingly scenic ride. The longest of Britain's vintage narrow-gauge lines, the railway is nearly 120 years old and still uses its original Victorian and Edwardian technology. Your route will travel through leafy glens and hollows and atop precipitous cliffs with spectacular views of the coastline. Finally, passing over the Glen Roy viaduct, you will disembark in Laxey and transfer to the Snaefell Mountain Railway, which is nearly as old and venerated as the Manx Electric Railway.
    Climbing out of Laxey, the landscape changes dramatically as you reach the 2,036-foot summit of Snaefell. There is no higher point on the island, and the views of the coast and even the giant, manmade Laxey Water Wheel are simply stunning. Stopping at the summit of Snaefell, whose name derives from the Norse word for Snow Mountain, you will enjoy some free time to wander about, taking in the majestic scenery.
    After re-boarding the train and descending part way down the mountain, you will hop off and transfer to a motor coach for the leisurely drive back to the pier.
    Please note: This tour includes approximately limited walking, mainly at the guests' discretion during the stop a Snaefell. Guests must be able to make their own way on and off the train which requires climbing a few high steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Warm, weather-proof clothing and sturdy, flat walking shoes are recommended.

    ... i am curious, what we will get to see from this day ...

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