Cruising

Cruising

It’s a guaranteed way of both relaxing and adding another element to any adventure – jump on a boat and go for a cruise. The Nile flows through parched Egyptian lands like a miracle – we spent a few days floating past ancient temples and lush riverbanks, the arid interior stretching out beyond. Days passed in a mixture of cultural exploration and woozy hours lying on deck watching fishermen cast their nets and the riverscape pass me by – bliss! The Nile has long been Egypt’s highway, so I was really keen to explorer quieter waterways as well. A couple of days in Kerala, southern India, is definitely recommended for anyone who’s after tranquillity! The whole area is a patchwork of lagoons and rivers, with timeless scenes of farming and rural family life. There are so many waterways that you often don’t see another soul for hours – we drifted along areas that were almost spookily quiet, the whole world around you silent. A magical experience. I love how close to the elements you feel on a cruise – the smell of the flowers from the overhanging trees of Kerala, the grand limestone landscapes of the Yangtze towering above. But there’s one destination where nature isn’t just around you, it positively demands your attention – the Galapagos. It’s a place that’s almost comical or absurd in its abundance of wildlife and the animals’ behaviour: pelicans parading down the main town’s street, sea lions playfully biting your fins, iguanas doing their wiggling swim, frigatebirds puffing their pouches, blue boobies waggling their feet. Everything seems designed to amaze, and you can only really appreciate the Galapagos on a cruise– you can’t get to some of the islands any other way. You need overnight voyages to experience the archipelago’s most remote, most spectacular moments. I hope I’ll be back. But even if I don’t manage that, there are plenty of other places, plenty of other rivers and seas, to explore!

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