Planes and Boats and Trains . . .

          . . .and taxis, bikes, shuttles busses, and limos, too.  This is the end of the never-ending cruise story series!  But, before I get to the wrap up, I do want to thank everyone who has been reading these blog posts and taking the journey with us.  For sure it was a memorable and fun trip, […]

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Day 15 – Venice, Italy                  

            Thursday, June 27:   VENEZIA!             “If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you’ve imagined.                          Venice is — Venice is better.”   [Fran Lebowitz] I totally agree.  And judging by the passenger comments we overheard from all those who were gathered on the upper deck as our ship cruised into port this […]

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Day 14- Dubrovnik, Croatia      

 Wednesday, June 26 Croatia is where again?“I’m sorry; could you repeat what you just said?”  For a minute, I thought I heard husband say he wanted to go mountain biking in Croatia but he must have said ‘I want to go mountain hiking’ in Croatia.  Yes, surely that’s what he said.  A nice leisurely stroll […]

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Day 13 – Kotor, Montenegro

   Tuesday, June 25: Kotor, Montenegro   Surprise!  It’s Both Old and New Here’s a true confession:  Prior to our cruise, I really had no idea where this country was, nor did I know anything about it.  In fact, I actually mistakenly thought that Montenegro was a city, not a country.  And even though we had […]

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DAY 12 – Corfu, Greece

Monday, June 24: Corfu, Greece   OOPA! Even though we were first-timers to Greece, I can’t really say that there were any surprises on this stop. It looked like all the pictures we had ever seen of any one of the Greek Islands, only much, much more spectacular.  Turquoise waters splashing up against rocky coves, brilliantly […]

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Day 11 – Sicily    

  Sunday, June 23:  Sicily – Non di Corsa             Not in a hurry.  Piú piano.  Slower! When I think back to our day spent on the island of Sicily I remember the relaxed, leisurely pace of it all.  Very reminiscent of ‘old Italy’, the kind we see portrayed in movies where there’s action but […]

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16 Stories – Sorrento & Capri         

  DAY 10 – Saturday, June 22:  Sorrento/CAPRI where  Lemons= Limoncello=Happiness           First of all, let’s all get a piccolo glass of limoncello in our hands as we read this little story because as world-savvy travelers, you do know that this area around Naples, specifically Sorrento and the Island of Capri, is where that luscious-lemony-liquid […]

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Day #9 – When In Rome. . .         

This picture of the Vatican was NOT taken on this trip because, well, remember when I told you we are sight-skippers? Yes we are, and yes, we did.  Friday, June 21:  Civitavecchia/Rome Big decision for us today, and the contemplation actually had begun several days earlier.  You see on a cruise, one has to make […]

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Day #8 – Tuscany       

  Thursday, June 20 –  Lovely Lucca! Have you ever pictured yourself enjoying a leisurely afternoon in Tuscany, perhaps shopping and sipping wine?  Well, did that vision ever include you riding a bicycle?  Up until today, I must confess, mine did not, but all of a sudden here we were getting sized up for our […]

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Day #7 – Bongiorno, Italy!   

Day 7 – Wednesday, June 19 – First Stop:  Portofino, Italy With our cruise ship anchored in Portofino Bay, we took our breakfast dining al fresco alongside the incredibly alluring panorama of coastal scenery, and I simply couldn’t get Andre Bocelli off my mind.  You see, back at home just a few short months earlier […]

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16 Stories – All Aboard!             

Day 6 – Tuesday, June 18 – Regent Cruise Lines, Seven Seas Mariner               What’s not to love about starting the day with an endless breakfast buffet in a gorgeous European hotel venue and meeting interesting new acquaintances as you size them up for ‘worthiness’ as potential travel companions prior to boarding your Mediterranean […]

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16 Stories – Paris and Monte Carlo             

DAY 5 – Monday, June 17   Are we there yet??             Waking up on our final morning in Paris to the sounds of a heavy rainstorm including loud, rolling booms of thunder, I couldn’t help but think of my favorite French word that I would finally get to use today.              “Ou est mon […]

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Paris – Where All Roads Lead to Baseball      

DAYS 3 & 4 – June 15/16 – PARIS from the continuing story of  How I spent My Summer Vacation of 2013 Day three actually began in London where we – and our rolling luggage – walked across the street from our fabulous hotel into St. Pancras International Train Station (www.stpancras.com) which appeared to be […]

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16 Stories from 18 Days – #3 London          

Just one of the many sites we skipped in London! DAY 2 Friday, June 14 – London – Seeing London as a Site Skipper                Yes, you read that right.  We are officially ‘site skippers’.  But no worries, we still have a great time traveling no matter what we do or don’t do on the journey.  […]

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16 Stories – Departure Day                 

Happy 35th Wedding Anniversary to us – let’s get this party started! Funny Things that Happened on the way to Europe First there was this whole dialogue about the impracticality of traveling with linen clothes, starting with the day husband finally did some pre-cruise shopping which was, no joke, one week before the trip.  He […]

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Ready for a Mediterranean Cruise?    

It’s summer, so why not take a little trip?  Here’s the catch – you’ll be traveling with me (also husband, but mostly me, okay?).  You see, I’ve penned a little travel narrative about the Mediterranean Cruise we took in the summer of 2013 to celebrate our, gulp, 35th wedding anniversary.  Yep!  35 years together, and […]

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