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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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 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 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 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 morning, […]

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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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Is NOLA the New Orlando?                  

On a recent business trip to New Orleans I heard something shocking, and I’m quoting it here verbatim:  “New Orleans is the #1 tourist destination in the world now!” Huh?  Pretty sure that would be news to our Orlando CVB, who’ve spent the last year playing host to a record 55 million visitors, +- a few thousand or […]

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Waking Up In the City That Never Sleeps      

So I’ve just returned from another visit to New York City, and even though I’ve been there about 100 times (+- a few), I always learn some things and come away with a slightly different perspective on life when I leave. Case in point.  When I left Orlando, there was a huge controversy brewing here […]

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Do You ‘SEA’ Salt?                       

Have you ever seen a ‘salt shaker’ like this? When you’re on a cruise, you become accustomed to being ‘wowed’ at meal time.  Sometimes it’s the food that excites your taste buds in ways they have never appreciated before.  Other times it’s the exceptional service that just makes you smile and want to pack up that special […]

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