It's amazing how much you actually pack into a cruise. Last week I wrote about the first few days of a week-long trip, taking in Miami, Puerto Rico and St Thomas - one great city and two very different and beautiful tropical islands. But there's even more to see. Leaving the capital of St Thomas, Charlotte Amalie, it's only a short overnight hop to Philipsburg, the corresponding capital of the next island.
By the time you get to the top of the Montana Redonda - the round mountain - your heart is already pumping, and that's before you experience the spectacular panoramic views of this beautiful little corner of the Dominican Republic.
For more than 600 years, the Ottoman empire was one of the true global powers. At its centre, Turkey became the focal point of a cultural cocktail, and remains so to this day. It draws tourists from far and wide with its natural wonders, its splendid architecture, and the archaeological footprint of its great empire.
The grizzly bear cub rears up on his hind legs to full height and lets out a high-pitched squeal that echoes down the river and through the forest. He's with his mother, who has been fishing for salmon in the fast-flowing river.
We boarded the train at 9am on the promise of gorgeous scenery and a journey flanked by volcanoes. But by 9.05am the party on El Tren Crucero was in full swing and we ended up missing the volcanic mountains completely; there was too much entertainment on board to even consider looking out the window.
With a presidential impeachment, a divided Congress and Twitter wars between a partisan public, it's easy to believe that American politics has never been so brutal. But one of its darkest day of modern times took place 56 years ago in Texas.
Given that the country is twice the size of France, it's probably not surprising that most visitors go to the Western Cape, and no further, in South Africa. The beautiful setting of Cape Town, the buzz of the waterfront nightlife, a trip down the Garden Route to the wine region, and then home, country seen.
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