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Confession

Everyone knows that Rome is filled with catholic churches, and people come from all over to visit those churches. It is also know that catholics have confession, where they tell their sins to a priest who eventually gives them a penance, absolution and a blessing…. Has anyone ever considered the problem of language barriers…to discuss […]

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A taste of Rome

I have recently returned from a great trip around the Mediterranean. As I prepare the text and arrange the photos, I have come across a few that I feel would fit better in the blog. The trip started in Rome. After a long overnight flight we were met at the airport, as hoped, by our […]

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Mediterranean Cruise – Amalfi Coast

Here starts the last chapter of our trip. I had booked a one-night two days excursion to the Amalfi coast.  The sights were nice of course but the organization left much to be desired, especially after being so pampered by the cruise ship.  It started with an early pick up at our hotel (so early […]

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Mediterranean Cruise – Sicily

Arriving in Sicily was a lovely surprise. The landscape is completely different from any of the previous stops. This island is green and lush…and somehow you can feel you are in Italy, by the architecture, the aesthetics, the flowers, the shop windows, the way people dress… Our tour started with a walk through Taormina. This […]

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Mediterranean Cruise – Malta

After a day at sea we reached Malta. We arrived as the sun was rising and it bathed the landscape in a golden light that reminded me of Venice. Throughout much of its history, Malta has been considered a crucial strategic location due in large part to its position in the Mediterranean Sea just south […]

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Mediterranean Cruise – Ephesus (Turkey)

The next stop was a thrill for me even if I had visited it before: Kusadasi and Ephesus in Turkey. Everyone who knows me knows that I love Turkey and this second visit was again very pleasurable. I was surprised later that night to hear our dinner companions say that they had not enjoyed their […]

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Mediterranean Cruise – Santorini

After the “serious” archeological stop of Olympia, Santorini is somewhat lightweight. It is a very pretty island, but like a starlet, it has little more to offer than its good looks…yet that can be reason enough to love it… This is one of the islands that cannot allow ships to dock so we dropped anchor […]

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Mediterranean Cruise – Olympia

After Corfu we set sail for Katakolon, which is the port closest to Ancient Olympia, the cradle of the Olympic games. We only had half a day here and for some reason I did not take a lot of photographs, not even one pretending to be at the starting block of the racing stadium… This […]

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Mediterranean Cruise – Corfu

After Croatia, Greece!! Our first stop in Greece is Corfu. This is a beautiful island and a somewhat confusing town. There is a medieval looking fortress with a Greek or roman looking temple…but of course when visiting the Mediterranean you cannot expect any place to be frozen in time with everything in the same style […]

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Mediterranean Cruise- Dubrovnik

After sailing down and around the tip of the Italian boot we headed back northwest into the Adriatic Sea. Our first port of call was Dubrovnik in Croatia. We started with a tour of the Croatian “Riviera” and saved the walled city for last. We visited Cavtat a picturesque seashore village. The water was unbelievably […]