A return to Kobe, a new cabin and the third sector of our cruise begins – to Kochi, Busan, and Nagasaki. Only 1400 Japanese passengers this time.
Like seasoned travellers this time, we found our way into and around Kobe without any bother, and walked on to the ship easily.
We walked to City Hall for a foggy view from the 24th Floor, then through Hageshi-Yuenchi Park towards the Flame of Hope commemorating the Great Hanshin Earthquake.
Then on to the Tokyo Pearl Museum where we met the Executive Director of the Japan Pearl Exporters’ Association. He told us about fake Kobe Beef (there are only three legitimate outlets), the world rankings of baguettes, the Japanese 5 cent coin which commemorates the contribution of the pearl industry in particular, food in Kobe being the most westernised, where pearls are found, where Kobe beef cattle are and so on …
We returned to the Sannomiya Centre Gai Shopping Street, and headed towards the Ikuta Road Shopping Street for a rest break and the train back to the Diamond.
During the night there was a lot of fog, judging by the repeated blasts on the ship’s horn. An eerie sound in the depth of the night.
And so it was we found ourselves anchored at Nynashamn about 60km south of Stockholm. Nynashamn’s main claim to fame – other than what we were doing – is that it was the host for the sailing events at the 1912 (?) Summer Olympics.
So gone was our scenic sailing up the archipelago and the return journey at 2pm. And we hadn’t tendered this cruise so far! So a slow exit (somewhat later than the planned excursion time) and a long bus ride to and from Stockholm. We missed out on a photo opportunity but otherwise our excursion was mostly as planned.
The highlights of our tour was the visit to City Hall (where the annual awards – other than the Peace Prize which is presented in Oslo – are given at a gala dinner in the Blue Room, and to the Nobel Prize Museum in Gamla Stan, or the Old Town.
A great day in Stockholm – a place to re-visit and spend some more time.
Our last formal night and ‘What a Swell Party’.
Tomorrow is cruising at sea towards Copenhagen where we disembark on Sunday morning and head for home.
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