• Travelogue — Reflection #1

    Okay, 16 days in Europe, a lot of places and things seen, a lot of places and things without enough time to see.  You come back flooded with impressions. So, do they just drift away, or do they become part of you, either adding to you, or changing the way you view the world?  Or […]

  • Travelogue — Day 16 Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    Debarkation Day of Cruise — Venice Well, waking up at 4 a.m. starts the day off long.  Went to Raffles for breakfast at 5:30  a.m. and got off the boat at 6 and paid 80 EUR for the taxi to the Marco Polo Airport. When we got there, the check-in desk wasn’t open for another […]

  • Travelogue — Day 15 Tuesday, July 9, 2013

    Twelfth Day of Cruise — Venice Last day on the high seas. Started this morning with a swim around 8:30 a.m., Found a pair of earbuds on the bottom of the pool. How somebody could lose those there I am not quite sure… And then came back to the room for showers and breakfast at […]

  • Travelogue — Day 14 Monday, July 8, 2013

    Eleventh Day of Cruise — Second Sea Day Did a time-change last night.  Got up just before 7 a.m., after going to bed about 10 p.m..  With the time change it was 10 hours of sleep.  I went to the pool and it was drained.  I checked the daily sheet and found it was supposed […]

  • Travelogue — Day 13 Sunday, July 7, 2013

    Tenth Day of Cruise — Athens/Piraeus Got up at 7 a.m. this morning, and took a swim in the pool while Nathan started his shower.  I swam 10 freestyle laps, 10 breaststroke, and 10 combos of backstroke down and butterfly return. The pool was all my own the whole time. From there I returned to […]

  • Travelogue — Day 12 Saturday, July 6, 2013

    Ninth Day of Cruise — Ephesus/Izmir Today we don’t get into Ephesus (port city is Izmir), until 11:30 a.m., so everyone is sleeping in.  We all got to bed about 10 p.m., and I got up just before 7 a.m. and headed to the pool for a swim.  It was a good quiet time at […]

  • Travelogue — Day 11 Friday, July 5, 2013

    Eighth Day of Cruise — Istanbul Today we leave the EUR zone, and have to pick up a lot of Turkish Lira to be able to tour sites.  Elsewhere we have been spending EUR on transport, but seeing the sites for free. Here we will be getting around for free (walking) but spending Turkish Lira […]

  • Travelogue — Day 10 Thursday, July 4, 2013

    Seventh Day of Cruise — Mykonos We got up early (5 a.m.) so we could shower, eat breakfast, and be ready for the first tenders heading to shore.  They started passing out tender tickets at 6:45 and we ended up on tender #3 around 7:30, getting to shore around 7:45. The tour book was right […]

  • Travelogue — Day 9 Wednesday, July 3, 2013

    Sixth Day of Cruise — At Sea The cruise goes through two time zones — one for Spain, France and Italy, and the other for Greece and Turkey. Today is the first sea day (no port, at sea all day), and it falls between Naples, Italy, and Mykonos, Greece. So they had us shift our […]

  • Travelogue — Day 8 Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    Fifth Day of Cruise, Port of Naples and Pompeii Another Raffles breakfast, so we can get off the cruise ship at 8 a.m. when we are docked and cleared. While eating breakfast we noticed the ship on the other side of the post terminal we were pulling into: The Norwegian Epic, younger sister of our […]