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Trip Planning

Cocktails - Queen Mary II! Virginia suggested we fly to Dubai for my 80th birthday as that is one country I haven't been to, and take a cruise through the Indian Ocean. And to celebrate my birthday somewhere on the cruise.

We could also visit several other countries that would help me complete my world map of areas I have traveled to.

We would go to Dubai first, then sail to Oman, India, and Sri Lanka. We would finish the cruise to Phuket Thailand and Singapore. I have visited Thailand and Singapore a few years ago and were on my bucket list of countries to visit.

Here we are celebrating our cruise on the Queen Mary II from Southhampton to New York City in May of 2019.

View from Chuck's apartment, overlooking the City by the Bay

I have been living in San Francisco since the autumn of 1963 when I was drafted and sent to the Presidio of San Francisco to run the computer center for the Army. I served for two years and then continued my career in the computer industry. Starting in 1959 and still doing web development in 2020!

Chucks San Francisco View at Sunrise

Chuck's view from his Living Room and Bed Room with a Morning Sun Rise!

Chucks San Francisco View in the Day Time

Chuck's view from his Living Room and Bed Room during the Day Time!

Chucks San Francisco View at Night!

Chuck's view from his Living Room and Bed Room at Night!

Map of California Fox Plaza Apartments

Charles W. Buntjer lives on the 28th floor of Fox Plaza, overlooking the City and the entire East Bay.

He has a one bedroom apartment in the middle of the Civic Center and within walking distance to all the perks that the City has to offer!

Fox Plaza is a 29-story building located at 1390 Market Street in the Civic Center area of San Francisco. Built in 1966, the tower stands 354 ft (108 m) on the site of the former historic Fox Theatre at 1350 Market, which was opened in June 1929 and demolished in 1963. The first twelve floors contain office space. Unlike many buildings, Fox Plaza has a 13th floor actually labeled "13", although this floor is the service floor and is not rented out. The 14th floor contains laundry facilities as well as apartments, while floors 15 through 29 are exclusively rental apartments. The ground floor contains a gymnasium for residents. There is a corner low rise retail component housing a Credit Union, Gym, offices, Starbucks, and a US Post Office.

The white building on the left is a copy of the city hall in Florence containing city offices and theatres. In the top middle of the photo is a new 35 story apartment building, The 100 Van Ness Apartments. To the right is the Louise M. DaviesSymphony Hall, the War Memorial Opera House & Ballet and finally the War Memorial Verterans Building where the original United Nations Charter was signed. And next is the San Francisco City Hall with the fifth largest dome in the world, the California State Offices, the Opera Plaza Condos, a new San Francisco Superior Court House and an older U.S. Federal Building!

Aerial View of the Civic Center

The tall white building on the left is an office building, now being used by Weworks and Uber. Next is a new 35 story tower, NEMA with a second 20 story building opposite the roof top terrace. Next to NEMA and across the street from my apartment is Twitter! Then Essex Fox Plaza, now almost 60 years old. Lower middle is the Bill Graham Auditorium and behind Fox Plaza are two new apartment buildings 15 stories tall and a new Conservatory of Music apartments for students. Then Dollby Labs and countless office and apartment buildings along Market Street.

What a location to live in! Around City Hall is the symphony, opera, ballet, Asian Art Museum and the City Main Library. The NCTC Theatre, the ACT Strand Theatre, the Herbst Theatre, the Orpheum Theatre and the Golden Gate Theatre are also just a few blocks away!

Hallway to the Living Room and Bed Room

Hallway to the Living Room

Living   Room

Hallway to the Bed Room

Hallway to the Living Room and Bed Room

Living Room

Living Room View

Living Room View



Living Room Flowers

Fresh Flowers Weekly

Living Room Succulents



Dining Area

Dining Area

Fine Dining with Chuck!

Kitchen Area

Chuck Loves to Cook!


Kitchen is Small but Serviceable.

Bed Room

Bed Room


Bed Room View

Balcony Plantings

North Balcony - Climbing Vines/Succulents

Balcony Plantings

South Balcony - Plantings!

Birthdays around the World

I have been celebrating my birthdays all over the world and we though perhaps Dubai for my 80th birthday would be a treat. Or depending on the cruise dates, it could be Oman or India but we believe Sri Lanka would be too late!

Chucks Birthdays in Various Locations

So as far as the itinerary is concerned, my birthday will be on the Celebrity Constellation as we cruise from Oman to India. A birthday on the Arabian Sea perhaps!

Chucks Itinerary

This trip will take me around the entire world, about 24,000 miles and counting!

Lufthansa Airlines - San Francisco to Frankfurt Germany
5,672 Miles
Frankfurt Germany to Dubai
3,952 Miles
Dubai to Oman
0,300 Miles
Oman to Munbai (Bombay) India
1,000 Miles
Mumbai India to Columbo Sri Lanka
1,475 Miles
Sri Lanka to Phuket Thailand
1,275 Miles
Thailand to Singapore
0,600 Miles
United Airlines - Singapore to San Francisco
8,434 Miles

Countries I Have Visited Around the World

As you can see, I have so far traveled to many countries and places around the globe. Until this trip, a wide open area on the map was the Middle East, India and Sri Lanka. These will be filled in after this trip from the o to the o ! I still have other places I would like to visit such as Japan, South Korea, Napal, Columbia, Austrailia and Croatia. Perhaps diving in the seas by the Pacific Islands with the huge manta rays! There are many places in the U.S.A. to visit and as I get older, I probably will do more travels in the country as it becomes harder to get around. But cruising on ships and bus tours are easy to use.

Chucks World Trips

80th Birthday on the Celebrity Constellation!

Celebrity Constellation

Affectionately known as "Connie" by its fans, the 2,034-­passenger Celebrity Constellation debuted in 2002 as the fourth and final ship in Celebrity Cruises' Millennium Class. Over the years, the ship has developed a host of admirers and repeat cruisers who are drawn to its value, comfort, above-average food and drink offerings, friendly crew, spotless facilities and intriguing itineraries.

Constellation, and the Celebrity line as a whole, attract older cruisers looking for an experience that offers value and a bit of luxury. In both price, quality of food and service, and general ambience, Connie strives to balance the intimacy offered by smaller ships and the leisure, entertainment and dining perks offered by bigger ships. Passengers have access to nine bars and lounges; French, Italian and sushi alternative restaurants; a large casino and nightly Vegas-styled entertainment.

The staff is friendly and helpful, and senior officers, including the captain, are very visible and accessible. All go out of their way to chat with passengers on their frequent walks through the ship and at shipboard events.

GTS Celebrity Constellation is a Millennium-class cruise ship of Celebrity Cruises. She was originally named Constellation, but renamed in May 2007. Her three sister ships are the Celebrity Infinity, Summit, and Millennium.

She was built at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in St. Nazaire, France. The ship is powered by a COGAS power plant of gas turbines and a steam turbine providing up to 60 megawatts for the electric systems and two 19 MW Rolls-Royce/Alstom MerMaid azimuth thrusters for propulsion. In 2007, an additional diesel engine was fitted as a fuel-saving measure. The ship can run on any combination of the gas turbines or diesel. In port, she generates electrical power from the diesel.

In 2007, Condé Nast Publications reported that Constellation had come top of their Traveler Cruise Poll six times in seven years. During the summer period the ship sails to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean (winter).

Sailing on the Persian Gulf from Dubai to Oman

Persan Gulf The Persian Gulf is a mediterranean sea in Western Asia. The body of water is an extension of the Indian Ocean (Gulf of Oman) through the Strait of Hormuz and lies between Iran to the northeast and the Arabian Peninsula to the southwest. The Shatt al-Arab river delta forms the northwest shoreline.

The body of water is historically and internationally known as the "Persian Gulf". Some Arab governments refer to it as the "Arabian Gulf" but the term isn't recognized globally. The name "Gulf of Iran (Persian Gulf)" is used by the International Hydrographic Organization.

The Persian Gulf was a battlefield of the 1980–1988 Iran–Iraq War, in which each side attacked the other's oil tankers. It is the namesake of the 1991 Gulf War, the largely air- and land-based conflict that followed Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.

The Persian Gulf has many fishing grounds, extensive reefs (mostly rocky, but also coral), and abundant pearl oysters, but its ecology has been damaged by industrialization and oil spills.

The Persian Gulf is in the Persian Gulf Basin, which is of Cenozoic origin and related to the subduction of the Arabian Plate under the Zagros Mountains The current flooding of the basin started 15,000 years ago due to rising sea levels of the Holocene glacial retreat.

Sailing on the Strait of Hormuz from Dubai to Oman

The Strait of Hormuz is a strait between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It provides the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean and is one of the world's most strategically important choke points. On the north coast lies Iran, and on the south coast the United Arab Emirates and Musandam, an exclave of Oman. The strait is about 90 nautical miles (167 km) long, with a width varying from about 52 nautical miles (96 km) to 21 nautical miles (39 km).

Note: A third of the world’s liquefied natural gas and almost 25% of total global oil consumption passes through the strait, making it a highly important strategic location for international trade.

Strait of Hormuz

The opening to the Persian Gulf was described, but not given a name, in the Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, a 1st-century mariner's guide:

At the upper end of these Calaei islands is a range of mountains called Calon, and there follows not far beyond, the mouth of the Persian Gulf, where there is much diving for the pearl-mussel. To the left of the straits are great mountains called Asabon and to the right there rises in full view another round and high mountain called Semiramis; between them the passage across the strait is about six hundred stadia; beyond which that very great and broad sea, the Persian Gulf, reaches far into the interior. At the upper end of this gulf there is a market-town designated by law called Apologus, situated near Charaex Spasini and the River Euphrates.

—?Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, Chapter 35

In the 10th–17th centuries AD, the Kingdom of Ormus, which seems to have given the strait its name, was located here. Scholars, historians and linguists derive the name "Ormuz" from the local Persian word Hur-mogh meaning date palm. In the local dialects of Hurmoz and Minab this strait is still called Hurmogh and has the aforementioned meaning. The resemblance of this word with the name of the Zoroastrian god Hormoz (a variant of Ahura Mazda) has resulted in the popular belief that these words are related.

Birthday While Sailing on the Arabian Sea

Arabian Sea The Arabian Sea is a region of the northern Indian Ocean bounded on the north by Pakistan and Iran, on the west by the Gulf of Aden, Guardafui Channel and the Arabian Peninsula, on the southeast by the Laccadive Sea, on the southwest by the Somali Sea, and on the east by India.

Its total area is 3,862,000 km (1,491,000 sq mi) and its maximum depth is 4,652 metres (15,262 ft). The Gulf of Aden in the west connects the Arabian Sea to the Red Sea through the strait of Bab-el-Mandeb, and the Gulf of Oman is in the northwest, connecting it to the Persian Gulf.

The Arabian Sea has been crossed by many important marine trade routes since the third or second millennium BCE. Major seaports include Kandla Port, Okha Port, Mumbai Port, Nhava Sheva Port (Navi Mumbai), Mormugão Port (Goa), New Mangalore Port and Kochi Port in India, the Port of Karachi, Port Qasim, and the Gwadar Port in Pakistan, Chabahar Port in Iran and the Port of Salalah in Salalah, Oman.

The largest islands in the Arabian Sea include Socotra (Yemen), Masirah Island (Oman), Lakshadweep (India) and Astola Island (Pakistan).


Cruise Ships Virgiina and I have traveled on around the world!

Ships Virginia and I have sailed on over the last few years!

Ships We Have Sailed On!

    Chucks travels on Water Ways

Here are some of the various water ways such as rivers, oceans, straits, lakes, I have traveled on! I have been on the longest river in the world, the Nile, the longest in the world, the Amazon, biggest in the world, the Yangtze, third largest in the world, the saltiest on the Dead Sea, the Indian Ocean, Lake Ladoga in Russia, the Singapore Strait, the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey and many other interesting water ways!

Water Ways I have Traveled on........

    My Personal Travel Agent - Setting up trips to Morocco, Portugal, Sicily and many other destinations. A top Travel Consultant.

I met Viviane in 1999, sailing from Southern Chile to Southern Argentina and visiting Patagonia in April. We celebrated the Millenium New Year in Vienna in 2000 and the actual New Year of 2001 in Morocco! She can plan great trips for you with years of unique travels under her belt!

Personnal Travel Agent........

Chuck's 80th Birthday on the Arabian Sea

February 4th, 2020"

    Day 4 - February 04th - Sailing to India - Chuck's 80th Birthday Party

Cruisng to India


Cruisng to India


Cruisng to India


Cruisng to India


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