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DestinationsTMBY THE SEA, BY THE SEA,BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEABY JANET STEINBERGALTOUR AMERICAN EXPRESS®MAIN OFFICE702 North Shore Drive Jeffersonville, IN 471301.800.AXP.0644 ALTOUR.comMeetings & Incentives 952.447.1333CALIFORNIANewport Beach – 714.541.3318 Pacific Palisades – 310.459.9891GEORGIAAtlanta – 404.262.7561 ILLINOISOak Brook – 630.574.5050 MASSACHUSETTSBoston – 617.439.4400 NEW JERSEYPrinceton – 609.921.8600 NEW YORKNew York City – 212.693.1100 Garden City – 516.228.2376TEXASPlano – 469.467.0675LIKE us on us on am a self-professed cruise-aholic. Though cruising may not afford me hours of leisure time for people watching or lingering in museums and shops, it has given me a glimpse and taste of the entire world. It has sailed me on seven seas, to all seven continents. Cruise along with me where we will disembark at one of my favorite destinations on each of those seven continents.1. AFRICA:From the port city of Alexandria, let’s go to CAIRO, EGYPT.Chaotic and crowded, noisy and exciting, Cairo is one of themost exotic capitals in the world. The largest city on theAfrican continent, Cairo is so vibrantly alive that even the mostjaded traveler must yield to its magic. Arriving in Cairo is likefalling through the looking glass and ending up in history.Cairo’s over-all flavor is still very much that of the Middle East.Egyptians in their flowing galabeyas and traditional black robesoften make their past seem more vividly alive than their present. The Pyramids of Giza exude an excitement just by the very virtue of being there. They have been considered to be the greatest of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World...that they alone would survive the passing of time. “He who has not seen Cairo,” said a traveler of old, “has not seen the world.”2. ANTARCTICA:ANTARCTICA is the greatest show on ice. I came, I thawed,I conquered. To get to this most eerily beautiful continent on earthI traveled below the Equator and beneath the Tropic of Capricorn.Sailing the dreaded Drake Passage and crossing the AntarcticConvergence, I came to the bottom of the the most hostilecontinent on earth. This barren, white continent, that thrills theimagination and overwhelms the senses, is a continent of superlatives. While it is the most forbidding, most inaccessible land on earth, it is also the most majestic and most pristine.This harshest, most inhospitable land is also the coldest, the windiest, the highest and the driest. Antarctica, a land of endless ice shelves, is truly the greatest show on ice.3. ASIA:Namaste! Welcome to BANGKOK, THAILAND. A doll-like Thai beauty, pressing her palms together in a prayer-like gesture, will give you the traditional Thai greeting. Not your ordinary everyday greeting. But then, nothing is ordinary about Thailand. Not the ancient ruins; not the gilded temples; and, certainly,not the ever-smiling people. Thailand’s capital of Bangkok, the“Venice of the East,” is a potpourri of superlatives. It is the bestand the worst. It is the most beautiful and the most slovenly, themost chaotic and the most serene. It is the classiest and thesleaziest, the most exotic and the most commonplace. What’s a wat? That is the question most often asked in Thailand. A wat (and there are over 23,000 of them in Thailand) is a Buddhist Temple, a monastery where monks reside. The not-to-be-missed wats include: The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Temple of the Dawn; and The Temple of the Golden Buddha. The Klong Show, also known as The Floating Market, is an absolute must to experience. Long-tail boats ply the klongs (canals) and offer sights you will see no other place in the world.4. AUSTRALIA:In Australia, the only country in the world that is also a continent, all roads lead to SYDNEY.You cannot escape the presence of the sea in Sydney, a vibrant sprawling metropolis. The harboris breathtakingly dominated by the gracefully arched Harbour Bridge (“The Coathanger”) and the soaring sails of the Sydney Opera House. The Opera House – a spectacular architectural concept rising from the sea at Bennelong Point – is the only internationally recognized building inThe Pyramids of GizaParadise Bay, AntarcticaThe Klong Show: AKA the Floating Market8

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