Alpert-Shroyer 2010 Bonus World Cruise travel blog

Ah, "Island life is for me!" Blue waters, a coconut & palm...

Port side of Port of Lautoka, Fiji. Haze & humidity filled the...

as we "race by" (our driver had to be a former NASCAR...

Road leading up to the "Land of the Sleeping Giant" orchid "farm"

specimen of orchid the "sleeping giant" looks out for. Those of you...

color in every direction and most in every plant. A lot of...

The white or off white orchids were most enchanting and developed so...

The sleeping giant looks out for all its children, including blondes &...

Our fellow World Cruisers from Charleston, Pat & John Dolven that came...

so fragile, so pretty, such a stark contrast from the green backdrop...

sometimes the background blends with the bloom, this one's flowers have small...

This ducane plant grows like a snake, winding its way around the...

Some friends from Sydney, Australia on vacation, we walked thru the park...

It looked even more spectacular in real life--a photo just can't get...

a petite bird, peeking out from behind the foliage, looking for its...

many varied "paper-looking" orchids were found to thrive in this rain forest-like...

red stalked bambu along the path to the orchid/eco park or back...

self title for the orchid park

the "sleeping giant" ridge line that was named due to the silhouette...

the Westin's cool oceanside pool & facilities

almost a mirror pool, overlooking the Pacific blue waters

Ellie enjoying the cool pool and scenic, resort & beach--she doesn't miss...

a little "bite to eat" before going back to work--that's this fellow's...

"flame" trees line the drive around the resort island area

Sleeping Giant in the background and men's play toys in the hotel...

livin' large & on the water in Fiji, life is good, mon!

blue huts seem to have been the color of the day for...

"gray water" being discharged by a container freighter in the nearby open...


Good Morning, to a day ahead of you in the US (we totally lost January 30, 2010) and other parts of the world (for those of you that are west of us & not in Fiji), it's that international dateline thing that confounds, confuses the best of us in explaining the logic of it but you may think of it when we experience New Year's eve and the parts of the world that celebrate the new year ahead of all others. That is where we are! For all the "rough" sailing we've just gone through, we could also be in a time warp, worm hole, or a "Pacific triangle." When we left Bora Bora, we were supposed to go to Apia, Samoa(a US territory) but was delayed by gale force winds and a "mini-hurricane" (cyclones they call winds over 60 miles an hour in the Pacific-so we had a "mini cyclone"). Because of the delay, the Captain decided to skip our Samoan port of call & proceed to our next destination, Fiji. So, another "paradise" awaits us in this beautiful part of the world, we gain a few hours in our itinerary but loose an anticipated port of call, Apia, Samoa.

We are NOW in the other part of the world that has blue waters, hot, humid & dry temperatures: Fiji! Today, it is hot, dry and so sunny, skin is easily burned without sunscreen or shade!

Anticipation is the best medicine for an enjoyable journal experience (& other things in life), yes?

Again but we hired a driver to take us to several places that are some of the usual tourist "hot spots." "The Garden of the Sleeping Giant" is an environmental, botanical wonderland of orchids, bromiliads, plants, ponds and trees in a spot of hundreds of acres that Raymond Burr (yes, Perry Mason) sponsored, funded and helped make what it is today: beautiful and a good tourist spot in an "independent" (now run by a military dictatorship, since the coop in 2008--not sure how 'independent' that is--the locals seem to like the lack of rampant corruption, though & the "capitalistic" nature of the economy) nation that has sugar refining, alcohol, lumber and tourism as its main industries.

After a couple of hours in the hot humid but rain forest-like environment (Debbie & Ellie did not venture over the acreage of plants but for just a short, beautiful, orchid filled walk & then back to the lodge where it was cooler & had refreshments), we left for a well developed island resort area that featured all the well known worldly hotels, in a spot that afforded access to the voluptuous blue waters (and all the accompanying water activities) of Fiji.

We invited to come along with us, some additional Charlestonians, John & Pat Dolven that are World Cruisers as well. We stopped at the Westin Resort Hotel,after the "Garden of the Sleeping Giant," so we could have access to food, drinks, a pool and beach access. It was simply wonderful and a good "baking" for all of us. After a short few hours (we had to be back to the ship by 17:00 (5 pm or 10 pm, February 1, 2010, your time-see it is confusing) for our sail away at 17:30 (5:30 pm). A wonderful time was had by all and Ellie fulfilled her obligations of making sure the world's beaches were NOT going anywhere. She had a quite delightful excursion, as did we all.

"Our World, Our Way, No Regrets!"



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