A Travellers Tale

Today was my day off so I thought that my husband and I could go shopping. Hmm… where to go?

I thought hard and then an idea hit me! We jumped in the car and headed off into the distance.

Ninety minutes later we arrived at the dock side.

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It was quiet but we were sure there would be others. I looked down onto the ship and yes, there below were a few other passengers.

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It was a lovely voyage, sea so calm there was hardly a ripple upon the swimming pool.

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It seemed no time at all before we reached our first destination of New Orleans

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A jazz band played as we searched for a place to eat.

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Which really didn’t take long.

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Once refuelled, it was back to the ship and away to our next port. The only thing was that we seemed a little lost.

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It was a jungle out there! Tropical flowers and palm trees!

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But wait! I see shops!

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I had arrived at my destination.

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And so the day wore on and time passed far too quickly.

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We returned to the port to find the ship but found ourselves in an exotic and opulent place…

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Grand marble staircases and ornate balconies

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We found our way to the ship and were soon on our way to our final destination for dinner.

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It was dark by now and the stars were appearing in the sky.

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We passed Dolphins frolicking on the waves

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And, before we knew, we had arrived. The Orient!

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But all too soon, it was time to go home. It was late and the sky was dark

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So we reluctantly returned to the dockside where we began and drove home.

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And there you have it. We travelled the world for our shopping trip in just a few hours and never even left Manchester!

(Trafford Centre Shopping Mall, Manchester, England. January 2015)

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