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Time to say "good-bye" to Calgary, Alberta.  Shake hands and be on my way!
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This is a life-size bronze sculpture on Stephen Avenue downtown depicting two men deep in conversation, possibly striking a deal or debating.
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The piece is entitled, what else but "The Conversation "!
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Time to say "good-bye" to Calgary, Alberta. Shake hands and be on my way! . This is a life-size bronze sculpture on Stephen Avenue downtown depicting two men deep in conversation, possibly striking a deal or debating. . The piece is entitled, what else but "The Conversation "! . #calgary  #alberta  #canada  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram 
Calgary is full of outdoor sculpture artwork!
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This is one of eight steel cut-outs of life size horses in different poses representing past, present and future movement.
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The artwork is located downtown next to the Fourth Avenue rapid transit C-Train station.
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Calgary is full of outdoor sculpture artwork! . This is one of eight steel cut-outs of life size horses in different poses representing past, present and future movement. . The artwork is located downtown next to the Fourth Avenue rapid transit C-Train station. . #calgary  #alberta  #canada  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram 
Off to a work project in another city...over the mountains to Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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There are many forest fires in the province of BC; hence the smoke and haze as you look out the airplane window.  I booked a window seat just to see the extent of the fires.
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Did you know that Calgary is referred to as Cowtown by some and it still has the wild west image?
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Off to a work project in another city...over the mountains to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. . There are many forest fires in the province of BC; hence the smoke and haze as you look out the airplane window. I booked a window seat just to see the extent of the fires. . Did you know that Calgary is referred to as Cowtown by some and it still has the wild west image? . #calgary  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #alberta 
The Century Diamond river cruise concludes in the city of Wuhan.  Thanks everyone for taking an interest in this amazing once-in-a-lifetime journey down the Yangtze!
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Wuhan is a transportation hub with over 10 million people and is referred to as the “Chicago of China” by foreign sources.
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Shown here are “kites for sale” next to a Wuhan riverbank.
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Second photo: a leisurely evening on the promenade.
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Third photo: the daily commute in Wuhan.
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The Century Diamond river cruise concludes in the city of Wuhan.  Thanks everyone for taking an interest in this amazing once-in-a-lifetime journey down the Yangtze! . Wuhan is a transportation hub with over 10 million people and is referred to as the “Chicago of China” by foreign sources. . Shown here are “kites for sale” next to a Wuhan riverbank. . Second photo: a leisurely evening on the promenade. . Third photo: the daily commute in Wuhan. . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #tourism  #tourist  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram 
The Diamond Princess and another companion ship land at Shennv Stream dock in this photo.
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Second photo - board smaller boats to enjoy a closer encounter of the beauty of Shennv Stream (also known as the Goddess Stream), a 15 km narrow gorge with vertical cliffs on either side.
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Third photo - the stream is a tributary of the Yangtze and has nearly 10 km of untraversed primordial gorges and the cruise route is full of twists and surprises.
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The Diamond Princess and another companion ship land at Shennv Stream dock in this photo. . Second photo - board smaller boats to enjoy a closer encounter of the beauty of Shennv Stream (also known as the Goddess Stream), a 15 km narrow gorge with vertical cliffs on either side. . Third photo - the stream is a tributary of the Yangtze and has nearly 10 km of untraversed primordial gorges and the cruise route is full of twists and surprises. . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram 
The Yangtze journey will pass through some of the most spectacular landscapes with misty mountains, sheer gorges and serene riverbanks.
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This is a time to relax or take some photos as the Century Diamond slowly navigates through some stunning backdrops.
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The Yangtze journey will pass through some of the most spectacular landscapes with misty mountains, sheer gorges and serene riverbanks. . This is a time to relax or take some photos as the Century Diamond slowly navigates through some stunning backdrops. . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
The "Tribe of the Three Gorges" entertainment stage.
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This is a re-enactment of a Tujia ethnic Minority group's wedding ceremony where a passenger (the gentleman with the black hat) of the Century Diamond is chosen to play the part of the groom in a wedding play.
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The "Tribe of the Three Gorges" entertainment stage. . This is a re-enactment of a Tujia ethnic Minority group's wedding ceremony where a passenger (the gentleman with the black hat) of the Century Diamond is chosen to play the part of the groom in a wedding play. . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Moored outside the entrance to the "Tribe of the Three Gorges", these boats are for show and not used for any other purpose than decoration for the site...but it is a nice setting!
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Moored outside the entrance to the "Tribe of the Three Gorges", these boats are for show and not used for any other purpose than decoration for the site...but it is a nice setting! . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Optional Yangtze Cruise excursion to the "Tribe of the Three Gorges"
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On this optional tour (which means one pays extra), you embark on a boat to an area rated as the most beautiful natural landscape in the three gorges area.  It features a great diversity of Chinese ancient cultural elements and Minority customs.
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Optional Yangtze Cruise excursion to the "Tribe of the Three Gorges" . On this optional tour (which means one pays extra), you embark on a boat to an area rated as the most beautiful natural landscape in the three gorges area.  It features a great diversity of Chinese ancient cultural elements and Minority customs. . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Meanwhile back on the Yangtze Cruise aboard the Century Diamond riverboat.  Morning Tai Chi class on the upper deck.

A typical day as the boat slowly cruises the river would be morning exercise followed by breakfast, morning and/or afternoon on-shore excursions, lunch, a documentary movie or lecture and finally dinner. 
One thing about river boat cruising... with only a couple of hundred passengers, sooner than later, you will get to know everybody on board!

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Meanwhile back on the Yangtze Cruise aboard the Century Diamond riverboat.  Morning Tai Chi class on the upper deck. A typical day as the boat slowly cruises the river would be morning exercise followed by breakfast, morning and/or afternoon on-shore excursions, lunch, a documentary movie or lecture and finally dinner. One thing about river boat cruising... with only a couple of hundred passengers, sooner than later, you will get to know everybody on board! #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
This is the view of the Century Diamond Riverboat after climbing to the top of Shibaozhai Pavillion.
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Note that there are two boats.  This is done all the time when there is limited dock space.  The Century Diamond is on the right which mean you have to pass through the lobby of the other ship to get ashore.
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#yangtzeriver #yangtze #china #river #rivercruise #3gorges #shanghai #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
This is the view of the Century Diamond Riverboat after climbing to the top of Shibaozhai Pavillion. . Note that there are two boats. This is done all the time when there is limited dock space. The Century Diamond is on the right which mean you have to pass through the lobby of the other ship to get ashore. . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Day 2 - Shibaozhai Pavilion
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First stop downstream the Yangtze is Shibaozhai, literally "Precious Stone Forest", which is a hill along the river bank.  On the river side is a red pavilion of nine floors which leans against the side of the hill providing a walkway to a three story temple at the top of the hill.
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The structure was built in 1650, and legend has it that the higher you ascend, the more your prayers will be answered. It's also worth clambering up the steep steps for the panoramic views over the river and surrounding countryside.
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Did you know that the first nine floors of the pavilion was built without using any nails?
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Day 2 - Shibaozhai Pavilion . First stop downstream the Yangtze is Shibaozhai, literally "Precious Stone Forest", which is a hill along the river bank.  On the river side is a red pavilion of nine floors which leans against the side of the hill providing a walkway to a three story temple at the top of the hill. . The structure was built in 1650, and legend has it that the higher you ascend, the more your prayers will be answered. It's also worth clambering up the steep steps for the panoramic views over the river and surrounding countryside. . Did you know that the first nine floors of the pavilion was built without using any nails? . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
The journey begins by boarding the riverboat, Century Diamond, which is designed and decorated as a floating international 5-star hotel.  Launched in 2008, the Century Diamond has 132 cabins accommodating up to 264 passengers, serviced by 138 crew members.
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The sheer size of the Yangtze River means it doesn't have many of the same restrictions found on European rivers, such as low bridges or significant changes in water levels that can affect itineraries. This means ships are generally larger than European river vessels and can accommodate extra amenities, such as stateroom balconies, shops, spas, gyms and/or Internet cafes.
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Did you know that China began to develop its tourism industry in the late 1970s, and to many outsiders it's still a land shrouded in mystery, making it an exciting and fascinating destination for even the most seasoned travelers?
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#yangtzeriver #yangtze #china #river #rivercruise #3gorges #shanghai #traqtravel #traveling #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igvel
The journey begins by boarding the riverboat, Century Diamond, which is designed and decorated as a floating international 5-star hotel.  Launched in 2008, the Century Diamond has 132 cabins accommodating up to 264 passengers, serviced by 138 crew members. . The sheer size of the Yangtze River means it doesn't have many of the same restrictions found on European rivers, such as low bridges or significant changes in water levels that can affect itineraries. This means ships are generally larger than European river vessels and can accommodate extra amenities, such as stateroom balconies, shops, spas, gyms and/or Internet cafes. . Did you know that China began to develop its tourism industry in the late 1970s, and to many outsiders it's still a land shrouded in mystery, making it an exciting and fascinating destination for even the most seasoned travelers? . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Chongqing City by the Yangtze.
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The journey down the Yangtze River starts in Chongqing , a major city in southwest China, and heads downstream towards Shanghai.
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Formerly known a Chungking, it is one of the most populous Chinese municipality and was created in 1997 to help the Three Gorges Dam migration.  The city now serves as the economic centre of upstream Yangtze basin and is a major manufacturing centre and transportation hub.
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Summer temperature and humidity can reach 35 Deg C and 74% respectively.  Spring and fall are the best periods to visit Chongqing.
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Did you know that Chongqing's population is over 35 million?  That is almost the entire population of Canada (37 million in 2015).
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Chongqing City by the Yangtze. . The journey down the Yangtze River starts in Chongqing , a major city in southwest China, and heads downstream towards Shanghai. . Formerly known a Chungking, it is one of the most populous Chinese municipality and was created in 1997 to help the Three Gorges Dam migration.  The city now serves as the economic centre of upstream Yangtze basin and is a major manufacturing centre and transportation hub. . Summer temperature and humidity can reach 35 Deg C and 74% respectively.  Spring and fall are the best periods to visit Chongqing. . Did you know that Chongqing's population is over 35 million?  That is almost the entire population of Canada (37 million in 2015). . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Welcome to a journey down the Yangtze River from Chongqing to Wuhan, China.  The Yangtze (sometimes called the "yellow river” or, to be politically correct, the “golden River”) is China’s lifeline.
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With its mainstream and tributaries it runs through 18 provinces and cities and is regarded as dividing China roughly into north and south. From its source in the plateaus of the northern Tibetan highlands, it flows past the river cruise port of Chongqing, then through the plains of Jiangsu and Shanghai to the East China Sea.  Note the color of the water, hence the name.
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Did you know that the Yangtze is the world’s third-longest river, which stretches 6,300 km (3,900 miles) from Shanghai through China’s heartland?
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Welcome to a journey down the Yangtze River from Chongqing to Wuhan, China.  The Yangtze (sometimes called the "yellow river” or, to be politically correct, the “golden River”) is China’s lifeline. . With its mainstream and tributaries it runs through 18 provinces and cities and is regarded as dividing China roughly into north and south. From its source in the plateaus of the northern Tibetan highlands, it flows past the river cruise port of Chongqing, then through the plains of Jiangsu and Shanghai to the East China Sea.  Note the color of the water, hence the name. . Did you know that the Yangtze is the world’s third-longest river, which stretches 6,300 km (3,900 miles) from Shanghai through China’s heartland? . #yangtzeriver  #yangtze  #china  #river  #rivercruise  #3gorges  #shanghai  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
We bid farewell to the Panama Canal as the MS Veendam leaves the 3 chamber Gatun Locks and sails into the Carribean.  This is the last post in this Canal series.
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Did you know that east is west and west is east in the canal?  Seriously.  Due to the curvature of the isthmus, one must travel west to get to the Atlantic Ocean, and go east to get to the Pacific side.
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Next week...a journey down the Yangtze River in China!
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We bid farewell to the Panama Canal as the MS Veendam leaves the 3 chamber Gatun Locks and sails into the Carribean. This is the last post in this Canal series. . Did you know that east is west and west is east in the canal? Seriously. Due to the curvature of the isthmus, one must travel west to get to the Atlantic Ocean, and go east to get to the Pacific side. . Next week...a journey down the Yangtze River in China! . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Panamax.  A term for mid-sized cargo ships that are capable of passing through the lock chambers of the old Panama Canal.  Max ship width is less than 110 feet.
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Shown here is the Grand Pioneer Cargo Ship as we pass each other in Gatun Lake.  Note the flat walls optimized to handle as much cargo as possible.  Very different than those sleek cruise ships!
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The width of the new Panama Canal is 180 feet!
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Panamax. A term for mid-sized cargo ships that are capable of passing through the lock chambers of the old Panama Canal. Max ship width is less than 110 feet. . Shown here is the Grand Pioneer Cargo Ship as we pass each other in Gatun Lake. Note the flat walls optimized to handle as much cargo as possible. Very different than those sleek cruise ships! . The width of the new Panama Canal is 180 feet! . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
About 9 hours after entering the first Panama Canal lock and 47 km later, the MS Veendam finally reaches Gatun Lock which will lower the ship 85 feet (26 m) down to the Atlantic Ocean.  It will take another 2 hours to go through the 3 chambers of Gatun Locks.  This is a busy lock.
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You can see here that 2 ships are ahead of the MS Veendam.  And suddenly this tugboat decides to jump the queue and sneak a position in front of us...I guess they can do that because it is a Canal tugboat! We will ride the waters together in the same chamber going down.
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Did you know that military vessels of the Republic of Panama and the United States have priority over all other vessels going though the canal?
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About 9 hours after entering the first Panama Canal lock and 47 km later, the MS Veendam finally reaches Gatun Lock which will lower the ship 85 feet (26 m) down to the Atlantic Ocean.  It will take another 2 hours to go through the 3 chambers of Gatun Locks.  This is a busy lock. . You can see here that 2 ships are ahead of the MS Veendam.  And suddenly this tugboat decides to jump the queue and sneak a position in front of us...I guess they can do that because it is a Canal tugboat! We will ride the waters together in the same chamber going down. . Did you know that military vessels of the Republic of Panama and the United States have priority over all other vessels going though the canal? . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Continuing the journey on the Panama Canal...
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About 4 hours after entering the first Panama Canal lock, the MS Veendam leaves Pedro Miguel Lock and travels through a narrow 13 km artificial valley called the Culebra Cut (formerly Gaillard Cut). The construction of the cut was one of the great engineering feats of its time.  Note how close the ships travelling in the opposite direction comes to the cruise ship, requiring the pilots of each vessel to be on constant alert.
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Most passengers will have gone for breakfast by now; but there are still some fascinating sights to see on deck because the ship is so close to shoreline.  See the terraced side-hills? It is to prevent landslides.  When the cut was first excavated, water infiltration weakened the walls and some eventually collapsed.  The slides were described as tropical glaciers made of mud instead of ice.
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Did you know that a Panama Canal pilot comes aboard each major vessel and becomes the "captain" for the duration of the transit?
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Continuing the journey on the Panama Canal... . About 4 hours after entering the first Panama Canal lock, the MS Veendam leaves Pedro Miguel Lock and travels through a narrow 13 km artificial valley called the Culebra Cut (formerly Gaillard Cut). The construction of the cut was one of the great engineering feats of its time.  Note how close the ships travelling in the opposite direction comes to the cruise ship, requiring the pilots of each vessel to be on constant alert. . Most passengers will have gone for breakfast by now; but there are still some fascinating sights to see on deck because the ship is so close to shoreline.  See the terraced side-hills? It is to prevent landslides.  When the cut was first excavated, water infiltration weakened the walls and some eventually collapsed.  The slides were described as tropical glaciers made of mud instead of ice. . Did you know that a Panama Canal pilot comes aboard each major vessel and becomes the "captain" for the duration of the transit? . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
It is a holiday (for most people) in Canada today!  Took the Seabus this morning that transfers you from downtown Vancouver to the North Vancouver.
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You can see there are 2 cruise ships in dock (the Norweign Sea and Crystal Serenity) ready for sailing to Alaska.
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If you are planning a trip soon to Vancouver or the west coast and are looking for any information, just msg me and I can try to help out!
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It is a holiday (for most people) in Canada today! Took the Seabus this morning that transfers you from downtown Vancouver to the North Vancouver. . You can see there are 2 cruise ships in dock (the Norweign Sea and Crystal Serenity) ready for sailing to Alaska. . If you are planning a trip soon to Vancouver or the west coast and are looking for any information, just msg me and I can try to help out! . #vancouver  #cruises  #cruiseship  #canada  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Entering Pedro Miguel Lock!  The single chamber will lift the MS Veendam from Miraflores Lake about 30 feet up to Gatun Lake which is 85 feet above sea level.
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Did you know that the Panama Canal was actually the brainchild of King Charles V of Spain in the early 1500, even though it was first attempted by the French, and then later completed by the Americans?
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Entering Pedro Miguel Lock! The single chamber will lift the MS Veendam from Miraflores Lake about 30 feet up to Gatun Lake which is 85 feet above sea level. . Did you know that the Panama Canal was actually the brainchild of King Charles V of Spain in the early 1500, even though it was first attempted by the French, and then later completed by the Americans? . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
As the MS Veendam leaves Mirafloras Lock and the huge gates close, you can see the Panama Canal workers quickly crossing to the other side to take up position or change work shifts.  See how narrow the walkway is...and how the one worker, both hands loaded with equipment, stops and looks at the gap before stepping over to the other gate!  Would you venture to take that step without holding on to a railing? I certainly would not!
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The journey on Miraflores Lake is short and the ship will soon approach the next set of chambers, the Pedro Miguel Lock.
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Did you know the old Panama Canal still use 40 original gates over a 100 years old and each the weight of 300 elephants?
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As the MS Veendam leaves Mirafloras Lock and the huge gates close, you can see the Panama Canal workers quickly crossing to the other side to take up position or change work shifts.  See how narrow the walkway is...and how the one worker, both hands loaded with equipment, stops and looks at the gap before stepping over to the other gate!  Would you venture to take that step without holding on to a railing? I certainly would not! . The journey on Miraflores Lake is short and the ship will soon approach the next set of chambers, the Pedro Miguel Lock. . Did you know the old Panama Canal still use 40 original gates over a 100 years old and each the weight of 300 elephants? . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
It takes less than 2 hours to pass though the first canal lock of 3 chambers.  The freighter on the left is already entering Miraflores Lake.  Once the MS Veendam reaches the lake, it will be 54 feet above the Pacific Ocean.
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It's past 7 AM breakfast time and see nobody is giving up their position on the deck bow as they watch the electric mules and gate opening.
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Did you know by 1936 the Queen Mary was the first ship too big for the canal?
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It takes less than 2 hours to pass though the first canal lock of 3 chambers. The freighter on the left is already entering Miraflores Lake. Once the MS Veendam reaches the lake, it will be 54 feet above the Pacific Ocean. . It's past 7 AM breakfast time and see nobody is giving up their position on the deck bow as they watch the electric mules and gate opening. . Did you know by 1936 the Queen Mary was the first ship too big for the canal? . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Large ships have little room to spare on either side of the Panama Canal chambers.  Electric locomotives called "Mules" are tethered to each side of the ship to control lateral movement and in some cases, used to pull the ships into the chambers.  Up to eight Mules may be needed for some larger ships.  Did you know it may cost up to $150,000 for some larger ships to cross the Canal?
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Large ships have little room to spare on either side of the Panama Canal chambers. Electric locomotives called "Mules" are tethered to each side of the ship to control lateral movement and in some cases, used to pull the ships into the chambers. Up to eight Mules may be needed for some larger ships. Did you know it may cost up to $150,000 for some larger ships to cross the Canal? . . #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #cruising  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Preparing to enter the Panama Canal.  It's still dark out there. Everybody on the MS Veendam is staking their position on deck to experience the moment.  Some have been waiting since 4 AM...kind of like lining up on the first day of an iPhone sale.  The ship crew is already on deck to serve coffee and croissants.  A bit of rain to dampen the moment.
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Preparing to enter the Panama Canal. It's still dark out there. Everybody on the MS Veendam is staking their position on deck to experience the moment. Some have been waiting since 4 AM...kind of like lining up on the first day of an iPhone sale. The ship crew is already on deck to serve coffee and croissants. A bit of rain to dampen the moment. . . #panama  #panamacanal  #cruise  #cruiseship  #hollandamerica  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
For the rich but don't necessary have to be famous (although it helps), there is the Prestige Class on Via Rail Canada.  They have their own private sleeper car, dining car and shown here their own private dome car that is also the last "caboose" car.  The attendent was kind enough to let me look around (thank you)! This is the last photo in my Jasper Rocky Mountain adventure!
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For the rich but don't necessary have to be famous (although it helps), there is the Prestige Class on Via Rail Canada. They have their own private sleeper car, dining car and shown here their own private dome car that is also the last "caboose" car. The attendent was kind enough to let me look around (thank you)! This is the last photo in my Jasper Rocky Mountain adventure! . #viarail  #train  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Just to show you the second type of "dome" car on the Via Rail Canada train that you can take across most of Canada.  You do not have to climb upstairs to get a panoramic view.  The larger glass gives you a more spacious feel and much more room to move around.  Not many people in this car on this day!
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Just to show you the second type of "dome" car on the Via Rail Canada train that you can take across most of Canada. You do not have to climb upstairs to get a panoramic view. The larger glass gives you a more spacious feel and much more room to move around. Not many people in this car on this day! . #viarail  #train  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
The Crowfoot Glacier is located in Banff National Park 30 km north of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada.  It can be seen off the Icefields Parkway Highway between Banff and Jasper.  The glacier's runoff feeds the Bow River which flows through the City of Calgary and eventually finds it way into the Atlantic Ocean.
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The Crowfoot Glacier is located in Banff National Park 30 km north of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. It can be seen off the Icefields Parkway Highway between Banff and Jasper. The glacier's runoff feeds the Bow River which flows through the City of Calgary and eventually finds it way into the Atlantic Ocean. . . #banff  #jasper  #alberta  #canada  #glacier  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Maligne Lake is a lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.  It is famed for the colour of its water, the surrounding peaks and glaciers.
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The Dining Car on Via Rail Canada generated some interest in my last post...so here is a fine dining meal on white table cloth.  I wasn't going to post this...but here it is..Rack of Lamb!
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The Dining Car.  If you book the Sleeper Plus Class on the Via Rail Train to travel across Canada, meals are included.  Fine dining on the go. Chances are you will meet a lot of interesting people from everywhere over a meal! .
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The Dining Car. If you book the Sleeper Plus Class on the Via Rail Train to travel across Canada, meals are included. Fine dining on the go. Chances are you will meet a lot of interesting people from everywhere over a meal! . #viarail  #train  #finedining  #food  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Mistaya Lake, looking southeast.  Located off the Icefield Parkway Highway between Banff and Jasper.  Notice the drone flying over the lake...there are stiff fines for flying leisure drones in the national parks. Fortunately the owner was warned because a Park Ranger drove by a few minutes later.
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Mistaya Lake, looking southeast. Located off the Icefield Parkway Highway between Banff and Jasper. Notice the drone flying over the lake...there are stiff fines for flying leisure drones in the national parks. Fortunately the owner was warned because a Park Ranger drove by a few minutes later. . #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel  #jasper  #alberta  #canada  #icefieldparkway 
All good things must come to an end! Getting ready to leave the town of Jasper.  Here come my train now.  Travel is on Via Rail Canada which is the passenger service across eight Canadian provinces between Quebec and British Columbia.
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All good things must come to an end! Getting ready to leave the town of Jasper. Here come my train now. Travel is on Via Rail Canada which is the passenger service across eight Canadian provinces between Quebec and British Columbia. . #viarail  #jasper  #alberta  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
Remember D-Day June 6, 1944.  The walls of Utah Beach, Normandy, France.  Allied forces scaled this incredible mountainside after landing on the beach.  The Utah Beach Museum is nearby.
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If you travel the highway between Banff and Jasper, then you must visit the Columbia Icefield.  You can access the Athabasca Glacier shown here in the distance by those huge red "Ice Explorer" monster transports.  Runoff from this glacier eventually reaches the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans!
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If you travel the highway between Banff and Jasper, then you must visit the Columbia Icefield. You can access the Athabasca Glacier shown here in the distance by those huge red "Ice Explorer" monster transports. Runoff from this glacier eventually reaches the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans! . #Banff  #jasper  #columbiaicefield  #glacier  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
The glass-bottom Glacier Skywalk in Jasper National Park.  280 metres above a rushing river and 30 metres out from the cliff face, it is not for the faint of hearts.  Kids seem to have no fear; adults...a bit more tentative!
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The glass-bottom Glacier Skywalk in Jasper National Park. 280 metres above a rushing river and 30 metres out from the cliff face, it is not for the faint of hearts. Kids seem to have no fear; adults...a bit more tentative! . #jasper  #alberta  #canada  #skywalk  #mountain  #valley  #traqtravel  #traveling  #vacation  #visiting  #instatravel  #instago  #instagood  #trip  #holiday  #photooftheday  #fun  #travelling  #tourism  #tourist  #instapassport  #instatraveling  #mytravelgram  #travelgram  #travelingram  #igvel 
"Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley" - Theodore Roethke.
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The glass-bottom Glacier Skywalk in Jasper National Park stands 280 metres above the river floor.
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