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Mark Hooper
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Professional Developer. Amateur Photographer. Keen Skeptic. Eager Traveller.
Professional Developer. Amateur Photographer. Keen Skeptic. Eager Traveller.

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I've never really taken a lot of video when travelling and I've certainly never considered actually editing any of the video I took into something potentially watchable but I've decided it's about time I started to supplement my photo-taking. So, by way of practice I dug out some of the footage captured on our honeymoon cruise back in 2008 on a cheap HD camera, bought a cheap Windows 10 video editing app called Animotica, and spliced together this 8+ minute account covering the three days before our cruise that we spent in Beijing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSk2v2mpgnM

#China #Beijing #TiananmenSquare #TempleOfHeaven #PrincessCruises #GreatWallOfChina #SummerPalace
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Our Lady Of The Rocks, Montenegro

The first stop on our boat ride up the Bay of Kotor was to the artificial island housing a church on it known as Our Lady of the Rocks and it was a fabulously tranquil and beautiful place. While it was incredibly hot (temperature touching 40) the light breeze coming down off the surrounding mountains and across the expanse of water cooled us off to some extent, at least until we got inside the building to explore it and the attached museum.

#Montenegro #PrincessCruises #Kotor #Church
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Bay of Kotor, Boat Trip

After leaving Naples we spent a day at sea rounding Italy on the Royal Princess before waking to find ourselves in the staggeringly gorgeous Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. We would have a chance to look around the medieval city itself a bit later in the day but we'd arranged an excursion early on to take us back up the bay towards the town of Perast and the small island of Our Lady of the Rocks where we would visit the church. The excursion was by boat and this post contains photos from the outbound leg of the trip between our cruise ship and the island.

#Montenegro #Kotor #PrincessCruises
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Herculaneum

At #Naples we had booked an excursion to go see the #ruins of the #Roman city of #Herculaneum. We'd had the option to go see #Pompeii instead but we figured that would be a more popular trip and we'd heard that Herculaneum was a more intact site.

During the eruption of Vesuvius Pompeii had been in downwind so most of the initial debris falling from the sky destroyed the town. Herculaneum lay to the west of the volcano so was only initially coated with a little ash and the place was mostly evacuated. Overnight, however, the pyroclastic surges hit the town which had been on the shore; waves of heat killed people who were left instantly while leaving much of the material such as wood, roofs, bedding, etc. intact, albeit buried. So much ash fell on the town (twenty metres as opposed to Pompeii’s four) that the shoreline advanced considerably and the place was all but forgotten to history until the digging of a well in the 18th century led to the beginning of extensive archaeology. Only a fraction of Herculaneum has been uncovered due to the nearby city buildings and the need to preserve what is there.

#italy #vesuvius
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Herculaneum
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In September 2016 we booked a late cruise on the Royal Princess cruise ship, operated by Princess Cruises. It was a week-long Mediterranean cruise and it was booked mostly to get over the post-cruise blues from our South American cruise earlier in the year.

After flying from London to Rome we then transferred to Civitavecchia before the ship departed for its first stop, #Naples. We'd booked an excursion to see Herculaneum but prior to that we got to see a little of the port of Naples from our balcony. Directly opposite us was a lovely piece of #brutalist #architecture, the impressive but abandoned Casa Del Portuale building (architect: Aldo Loris Rossi). It was originally a social building for the port workers but it wouldn't look out of place in a science fiction movie. I'd have loved to have gotten up close to this structure (and would kill to have gone inside) but the port area was off limits to foot passengers.

#brutalism #italy #abandoned #concrete
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Naples, Italy
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Star Princess, South America, March 2016

The final album in this collection from our South American cruise back in March is a selection of shots of and from onboard the +Princess Cruises ship Star Princess. Expect pictures of decks and pools (including a fair bit of splashing as we transitioned the rough water from the Atlantic to the Pacific) and views from our balcony of Cape Horn and ports and across whichever ocean we were on at the time.

#PrincessCruises #StarPrincess #SouthAmerica #Pacific #Atlantic #CruiseShip
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12/07/2016
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Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas, Chile

After the Osorno Volcano we stopped for a fabulous lunch near Lake Llanquihue (let us not dwell on the fussy American diners who decided that they couldn't possibly eat salmon unless it was Alaskan salmon (twats)) then proceeded to Puerto Varas to explore the shops and view across the lake at our leisure. We picked up the bus and returned to Puerto Montt to reboard the Star Princess where on departing we had an unexpected surprise in the form of the ship having to stop to let a submarine enter port in front of it. Bonus experiences are the best.

#PrincessCruises #StarPrincess #SouthAmerica #Chile #PuertoMontt #PuertoVaras #Submarine
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Osorno Volcano, Chile

The main reason for our tour was the chance to ascend the Osorno Volcano which was the next stop. The bus took quite a while to wind its way up above the cloud cover of the valley below to a point where we could get out and during this journey we were told that we would have enough time if we wanted to take a chairlift ride up even higher. As you can imagine everyone decided to do that because who in their right mind would travel all the way to South America and spend more money on a trip to a volcano then simply spend time at the gift shop and café when the next part of the tour was to a restaurant and town anyway? Right?

Wrong.

Six of us out of fifty took the chairlift. Silence high above the clouds with wonderful views up Osorno itself as well as across to the Calbuco Volcano (which had erupted so spectacularly one year before our visit to the area) was our reward. The serenity of the ride and breathtaking views were a better experience than t-shirts, mugs, and the chance for a cup of coffee. But that's just my opinion.

#PrincessCruises #StarPrincess #SouthAmerica #Chile #Volcano #Osorno #Calbuco
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12/07/2016
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Petrohué River, Chile

Our last stop on the South American cruise was at Puerto Montt in Chile. We had a full day excursion booked and it initially looked bad as we'd arrived under heavy, low cloud cover. However, as our coach wound its way inland through Puerto Varas and onto our first stop that cloud burned off and we found ourselves under gorgeously blue skies.

Petrohué River was the first stop to take a look at its reasonably gentle falls and catch sight of our main tour destination, the Osorno Volcano.

#PrincessCruises #StarPrincess #SouthAmerica #Chile #Petrohue
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12/07/2016
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Amalia Glacier, Chile

The day after Punta Arenas saw us traversing some of the Chilean fjords of Patagonia before reaching the Amalia Glacier. It wasn't the best of photographic conditions, overcast for a lot of it and raining frequently (hence the rainbow shot in the gallery) but the glacier itself was still impressive to see, with some striking blue colours.

#PrincessCruises #StarPrincess #SouthAmerica #Chile #AmaliaGlacier #Glacier
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