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This is Crete (Greece)

Having visited Mykonos I fancied myself well versed on the Greek Islands (not really), but I was surprised to discover that Crete was very different than what I was expecting. So Mykonos reminded me of every picture I had ever seen of Santorini, with it’s white washed buildings and pristine beaches, so it was a surprise […]

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Mykonos In Pictures

Most of the pictures you see of the Greek Islands are of Santorini, but Mykonos was no less beautiful.  Almost all of the homes were whitewash and had blue or red doors and shutters. They were close together opening directly onto the cobbled streets. It is a place where you walk, as the streets are […]

Blue Mosque at Sunset

The Blue Mosque (Turkey)

The Blue Mosque was built in the early 1600’s by Sultan Ahmed I on the site that the palaces of the Byzantine Emperors used to occupy. These palaces were demolished to make room for the mosque, which is a little unbelievable to me as people now wouldn’t dream of destroying a monument to build something else. Can […]

Me at the entrance to the harem. Do you think I would have made the cut?

Ottoman Byzantine (Turkey)

 I went to Turkey! It was pretty awesome. The people are respectful and  friendly and the food is good, you usually can’t ask for much more than that, but the sites are pretty incredible as well.  Turkey is one of the few countries that finds itself occupying territory on more than one continent (Iceland is another),  Europe (which […]

Olympus - Home of the gods

Picture This…Athens (Greece)

“We Greeks are the lovers of the beautiful, yet simple in our taste…” – Thucydides A Day of Exploring: Ακρόπολη Αθηνών (The Acropolis)       The Acropolis was constructed sometime after the 5th century BC, which amazes me that there are things this old still surviving today. Being a coastal city Athens got a lot […]

The Parthenon

It’s All Greek to Me (Greece)

My Mediterranean cruising began in Athens. I landed at the airport and immediately felt like I was at a freak show, but instead of being in the audience, I was the main attraction. I had never been stared at so boldly and unapologetically in my life.  Have I been observed in other countries before? Absolutely, […]

The Cruise Ship

RX for a Chill Pill…

…Take a Cruise!      I love active vacations. I am usually the one going somewhere I’ve never been and doing my best to explore every nook and cranny of the new and interesting place. I like nothing better than to see all of the tourist attractions, get off the beaten path, people watch in […]

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The Blue Lagoon (Iceland)

The most surprising thing you learn is that the Blue Lagoon was not formed completely by nature, but was created in the 1970’s by a power plant (if only every power plant could have such useful byproducts). The water and mud are purported to have healing properties, and have the active ingredients of geothermal seawater, minerals, […]

I stood on a glacier! Which freaked me out as I had visions of falling through (ridiculous, I know)

Natural Beauty of Iceland

As mentioned in a previous post, Iceland has an incredible amount of natural beauty. Much of the country is still wild and unpopulated. You get the sense that the natural environment fights back against the invading humans and is winning. I imagine this is how America must have looked before people began moving west, but […]

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Funky Cool Street Art (Iceland)

    And a few things that didn’t really fit anywhere else.        

Hallgrimskirkja Church in Reykjavik

Chasing Aurora (Iceland)

I went to Iceland for one reason and one reason alone, to see Aurora. I have seen countless pictures of her writhing across the night sky with her undulating luminescence. She is like a burlesque dancer displaying her feathers, teasing all that sees her with the promise of splendor.  I thought that I would easily see […]

Lobster Soup at Saegraefinn

Best Thing I Ever Ate: Abroad (Iceland)

Food is essential to life, therefore make it good. -S. Truett Cathay I saw this quote recently in a Chick-fil-A (don’t judge me!), and as I thoroughly enjoyed my chicken sandwich I started to think what constitutes good food to me. When I am on a road trip Chick-fil-A is a guilty pleasure, but when […]

Friends and I in Siena

Picture This…Tuscany

To love this quote is possibly the ultimate in clichés, but I still do. It is very much a truth for me. “Where you are is who you are.  The further inside you the place moves, the more your identity is intertwined with it.  Never casual, the choice of place is the choice of something […]

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…And Then There Was Tuscany

So as you can tell from my earlier entry, Rome was everything that I ever dreamed it would be and then some. I really thought that Tuscany was going to be the red-headed step cousin that I would still like, but not really love. So much to my surprise, just barely out of the city […]

Vatican Gardens - Coat of Arms

The World’s Smallest Country

    So there is this country within the city limits of Rome, you may have heard of it, the Vatican City. At 0.2 square miles the Vatican is the smallest country on the planet. I am not sure how this was accomplished, but somehow the Catholic church corporate headquarters (for lack of a better term) […]

Temple of Antonius & Foustinas

Rome was a Ruin…

So Rome pays serious homage to its rich and varied past. In most cases the old architecture of the ruins are incorporated into the modern buildings in and around the city. But what I most admire is that instead of tearing down and replacing the old, Rome honors it and give the aged a place […]

Rome

Nostalgia: My First Time…(Italy)

I always think of Italy as “he”, probably because he is bold, soulful, passionate, and confident (just like I like my men). So it was serendipitous that my first time was Italy. I was nervous. I had never done anything like this before; I had never been so far away from the familiar. I had […]

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