Transatlantic Cruise Harwich to Boston October 2013

Harwich to Boston Via Ireland, Iceland, etc.
October 2013

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We arrived in London on August 31st, the day before our cruise. Lynda had made an overnight reservation in a very nice - and inexpensive - inn named The Rochester Hotel. As can be seen in the photos below, it was nice, but not fancy, just right for our needs.

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The Rochester Hotel in London
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Our sleeping accommodations
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Having a beer in the lobby of Double Tree Hotel

Our only plans for the day were 1: to walk down to the Double Tree, and 2: Find a restaurant for dinner. The reason for visiting Double Tree was to make sure we knew how to get there on foot the shortest way as that was where we were to catch a shuttle to the port at 8:00 am the next day.

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A nice quiet residential area
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An old-fashioned phone booth!
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Aaargh! How do I eat this?
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We found several suitable restaurants for dinner and decided to go have some Indian food for a change.

Below, we can see Lynda's reaction to the Indian food menu.

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Checking out the menu
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Aha! She found something she liked
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...and then she saw the price!
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Sailing out of Harwich

The next morning (September 1st) the transfer to the Brilliance of The Seas was uneventful and, before we knew it, we were on our way through the port of Harwich to Le Havre in France.

 

We now introduce you to our ship, the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of The Seas.


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Our first port of call was Le Havre, France. Le Havre is considered a port for Paris; however, Paris is 2-1/2 to 3 hours away on a bus, so we opted to skip Paris this time since we have been there a number of times in the past. Instead, we decided to tour a city of Honfleur.

A description of Honfleur in the Wikipedia states:

"Honfleur is a commune in the Calvados department in northwestern France. It is located on the southern bank of the estuary of the Seine across from le Havre and very close to the exit of the Pont de Normandie. Its inhabitants are called Honfleurais.
 
It is especially known for its old, beautiful picturesque port, characterized by its houses with slate-covered frontages, painted many times by artists, including in particular Gustave Courbet, Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet and Johan Jongkind, forming the école de Honfleur (Honfleur school) which contributed to the appearance of the Impressionist movement."

We took a bus ride to Honfleur and all we did was to walk wherever we wanted to go. Below are a few photos we took in Honfleur, in an effort to show that it is a neat city,


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Port of Honfleur
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Port scenery
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Into the town center

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Interesting
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Nice looking city.
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The other side

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Empty street..
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and a crowded one
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A nice cafe
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View from above

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A church
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.. a crowded one at that.
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Interesting

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And then it was wine time
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Lynda ordered white
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What a glass!
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and Pete drinking red