On the high seas from Ghana to Lisbon - April 2018

16 nights aboard the Silver Cloud , followed by 2 nights in Lisbon

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Business Class from Madrid to London, then London to Accra: we could get used to this! But maybe a more dignified
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way of boarding the plane? A night in the Labadi Beach Hotel, Accra before the TRUE holiday began

16 days and nights of being pampered and super well fed- surprising that we had any time to explore ashore!

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Our first lunch up on deck was perfect, & well pleased with Suite 640, with butler, Daneesh, above , when we accessed it later
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The padre was somewhat partial to afternoon tea. The dinner we had with the Cruise Consultant, Emily & mum Jude, just sent him to sleep!
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Hot Rocks dining got colder as we sailed north. And were we proud of that certificate received from Captain Adam - free washing & all!
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Enjoyed our meals with Victoria and Claire - though La Dama was a rip off!
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And even had a few games of bridge . Alphonso & Snitzhana kept us well entertained on the piano, & all the waiters were whizz

 

 

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First port of call was Takoradi, to visit two Cape Coast Slave castles, but we first stopped to see fish being smoked & then visited a school

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The usual police escort (to facilitate our progress or to keep tabs on us bears?). The 2 castles visited were impressive, but sinister with all their history
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Found some friends at lunch, before being fascinated by Pablo's drone - later saw its impressive shots!

Next day we went ashore in the Ivory Coast.

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Once more the police escort- & 3 of our super expedition team. Grand Bassam was past its heyday! , but hey, look how it once looked!
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Then onto Sierra Leone

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We defied the waves to get ashore at Tokeh in a zodiac but got drenched on the return voyage!
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Decided eating the cake was better than fire

Next day we went ashore in Freetown and drove to the Chimp Sanctuary

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After a colourful show on the quay, we were driven to a football match for amputees before heading to what was, really, a zoo!
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After lunch in the hills, a quick visit to the National Museum and then, what fun, the Railway Museum
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On to a "Thomo's" tour of the Gambia- only the final fishing beach we visited was really worth seeing

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A lorry made a change from a coach, and no police escort! The school was begging, but the primitive beach cafe was authentic. Loos in a nondescript museum
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We then arrived in Senegal and had a half day tour of Dakar- hardly Silversea expedition worthy!

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But the sand painting was fascinating and the North Korean Bronze monument..well...bizarre

 

But this was followed by an afternoon on Goree Island- with its colonial architecture, just made for the padres !

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The ferry parked alongside the Silver Cloud to transport us across- got to know its captain en route! Then we detatched ourselves from the guides & had a
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super explore of dilapidated buildings, guns, castle.. The dinner was a shambles & we were missing when they brought the return ferry forward 'Not our fault'!

Still in Senegal, next day we journeyed down to the shell island at Joal Fadiout

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Walked the long way round, but then dithered too long about taking a canoe back: that did for the madre's ribs-ouch!!
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A beer to recover, a visit to a primitive village & then we were suspected of being terrorists yet again!-all we wanted was lunch

Thence to the Spanish Sahara, well . . Morocco calls it the Western Sahara, and we were well tagged by the Moroccan Stazi!

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Trips in the desert on 2 successive days was not good planning , & those poor camels . . .
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And finally to Marrakech, a near 3 hour drive from the port of Safi

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The Bahia Palace had wondrous ceilings, but too many visitors- even in April. Lunch was peppered with music & belly dancers
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The visit to the Majorelle Gardens- Yves St Laurent- was a highlight, even in the rain. And the medina seemed less aggresive than in the 1980s!

End of the road ( or rather the sea!) Lisbon

Boyzz Life in 2018