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October 30, 2012
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Certainly I enjoyed seeing the lemurs and the beautiful birds....but what captivated me were the amazingly colorful chameleons. Before I visited Madagascar, chameleons, iguanas, and lizards were all in the same grouping..."yucky!" But I became enthralled with the Madagascar's endemic chameleons...they are really beautiful. I saw a lot and learned a great always on a Zegrahm Expedition, Thank You!!

Selinunte, Sicily
June 18, 2012
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Stately Greek temples. Intricate Roman mosaics. Hot sulfurous lava. Cold Italian ices. A verdant green countryside dotted with yellow blossoms bursting from acacia trees. Spring in Sicily is the perfect time to sail its coastline and savor everything about it that delights the senses. Our Zegrahm voyage in 2011 gave us ten perfect days to explore this historic island.

On one of those spectacular, clear, blue-sky days, with cool breezes over the water and warm temperatures on land, we...

James Island, Galapagos Islands
July 10, 2012
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Can't say enough good things about the trip. Jack, Socratese, and Antonio were fantastic guides. They went out of their way to make our experience the best it could possibly have been. Jack and I even did a rendition of Ernie Ford's 16 Tons, though truth be told we may have enjoyed it even more than our audience! We didn't come for the food but it was outstanding, and the snorkeling was out of sight; my wife has never been comfortable snorkeling but she found her groove in the...

Watching gorillas
June 7, 2012
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Last June we joined Zegrahm for a return visit to Uganda—having lived there from 1986-1989. Since that time Dick had had two hip replacements and we knew he would NOT be able to join Betty on the trek through the hills and forests—this was their third visit to the mountain gorillas. BUT thanks to our guide, Larry Weiss, Dick was able to be carried down the steep mountain and then back up. Larry knew how much it meant for us to see the gorillas again and went out of his way to find a solution...

Panama Canal, Panama
March 25, 2008
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Le Levant is in line with 106 other ships to transit the Panama Canal today! Our passage ID is N21X, which means that we are the 21st ship to transit going north on this day, 24 March 2008, and we will be accompanied by an extra ship. Our companion through the Canal is a barge with a bright green tug boat.

We came into Balboa Harbor last night. Imagine the change in scenery from the top deck after days exploring virtually alone on the water, the horizon occasionally altered...

Geographic Harbor, Katmai National Park, Alaska
July 11, 2009
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With the early morning sun illuminating the peaks of the Alaska Peninsula, we gathered out on deck to watch our approach into Geographic Harbor in Katmai National Park. This area is known for its brown bears, so with binoculars in hand we scoured the shoreline and open areas in search of them. The calls of marbled murrelets echoed across the bay as we made our way into the inner harbor.

Low tide attracts bears to the shoreline because of easier access to intertidal creatures like...

Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima
May 27, 2009
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The bus rounded the corner and there it was: one of the most recognizable ruins in the world. Today we were in Hiroshima, standing across from the A-Bomb Dome.

The fractured, skeletal remains of the building stopped us in our tracks. We just stood there, imagining the blast blowing out the windows and peeling the copper off the dome, then the fire consuming the building as the walls and roof collapse.

As we walked through Peace Memorial Park, we came to a memorial standing in...

Kyoto, Japan
May 19, 2009
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After a pleasant international flight from Seattle to Osaka, Japan, I was woken from a gentle slumber in the early evening by the phone. On the other end was a familiar South African voice: "Hi Matt, Lynne here. Would you like to join our group for Shabu Shabu dinner tonight? We are meeting in 30 minutes." Would I—yes! So off we went to Saami Ryotei, a traditional Japanese inn and restaurant built in 1615 on a hill in Maruyama Park. On arrival we had time to walk through...

Rabaul, East New Britain Island
April 11, 2009
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Our day began with everyone out on deck enjoying grand views of Mt. Tavurvur, which has been angrily spewing black dust and white ash since 1994. Some say that the locals treat Tavurvur like a member of the family, talking quietly to it, shouting at it, encouraging it to go to sleep, and assessing its mood each day.

Arriving in the magnificent caldera harbor by 11AM, we had a fabulous day with a variety of excursions to choose from. Options included the volcano’s hot springs viewing...

Luganville, Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu
May 6, 2008
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Our visits this past week to Rano Island, Vanuatu, and Utupua and Santa Ana in the Solomon Islands were truly memorable, both for the incredible array of colorful sights, and for the warmth of our welcome by the villagers. Here are some brief excerpts from emails we’ve received from our staff on our Faces of Melanesia voyage:

...One thing that stands out—and everyone has commented about it—is just how amazing it is that each island is still so different. The dances...