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ENTRIES

FULL LOG

Safaga,  Egypt
5/22/00

Israel
4/12/00

Red Sea Rising
4/12/00

A Trip to Cairo
3/28/00

Safaga to Port Suez
3/26-28/00

Safaga, Egypt
3/22/00

Red Sea Rising
3/14/00

To Safaga
3/13/00

Ethiopia
3/6-10/00

Djibouti
3/3-13/00

Arrival in Djibouti
3/4/00

 Birthday
2/25/00

Boat Cooking
2/23/00

 Bear off!, bear off!
2/29/00

"No speak English"
2/27/00

Arabian Sea
2/23/00

Bananas!
4/17-18/00

Valentine's
2/16/00

Leg to Djibouti
2/15/00

Laguna Beach
2/8/00

Maldives
2/5/00

Island of Male
1/28/00

More Sri Lanka
1/26/00

Impressions
1/21/00

Sandra Dale Cook
1/15/00

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SEA GEM LOG
September 12, 1999

CAIRNS CITY

CairnsThe City of Cairns is the most popular entry point for yachts coming in from the South Pacific.  The fact that it has an excellent airport with connections from all over the world makes it also a convenient place for crew changes.  The boat repair facilities are excellent in Cairns as are the stores to re-provision a destination with all the accompanying amenities.  There are a multitude of restaurants as varied in fare and price as the population that runs them, and the people who patronized them.  Fast photo developing shops are everywhere as are the increasingly popular "Hot Mail Cafes".

Cairns The downtown area of Cairns caters to the senses in every way.  The streets are geared for pedestrian traffic, as well as vehicular.  For the pedestrian there are wide sidewalks and convenient crossing areas.  For automobiles there is parking on both sides of the street as well as in the median.  Trees have been planted for shade as well as beauty.  Round-A-Bouts slow the traffic so that even drivers that are not accustomed to driving on the left hand side of the road have a sporting chance.  Some streets are totally closed to cars and have been converted into brick paved, shady malls, with benches strategically placed for the stroller or shopper to sit and rest.  Add to this many sidewalk cafes serving all manners of treats: pastries and coffee, ethnic dishes and, of course, beer and wine.

CairnsWe plan on leaving Cairns and Yorkeys Knob Marina tomorrow, but each time we come to town we enjoy it so much we delay again.  We will see what tomorrow brings.  From Yorkeys Knob in Cairns, Australia, until later...