The short but sweet 5-day cruise took us from Venice, Italy (actually Trieste) down the Adriatic Sea into countries to the east of Italy; like Croatia, Montenegro, and Greece. As per my previous blog we had spent a few nights in Venice and made the 2-hour train ride to Trieste to catch our cruise ship, … More NCL Gem Cruise into the Adriatic
After a good night’s rest and breakfast buffet (very vegetarian) at the Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem, we board our mini bus for the 1 hour drive to Dead Sea. We end up using a seaside resort by the name of Kalia Beach for access to the Dead Sea. From the parking lot it is … More Israel—Day/Part 2
On my cruise in 2013 to Istanbul, Turkey, I was on a day tour to Ephesus to see the ruins. Along the way the tour guide makes us stop at a Turkish Carpet store, supposedly to just see how these quality carpets are made. Yea, right! We entered the show room area which was just … More My Turkish Carpet Buying Experience!
Here I am again in self quarantine going out only as the work and food shopping necessitates. I work on my blogs and post some of them from many years ago and I start to realize what large crowds one encounters on many of these tours, trips, and outings. Now the world talks about social … More Musings
Our 2013 Mediterranean Cruise allows us to enjoy Istanbul, Turkey for a few days. As I said in my previous blog, we were not sure if the ship would dock at this fabulous port of call because of recent demonstrations and unrest here. Just a few days before, the captain confirmed that we were able … More Istanbul, Turkey 2013
Aboard the Celebrity Reflection cruise ship, I begin one of my first long cruises with my friend Jane and her friends, Novella and Barbara. We embark in the town of Civitavecchia, the port to Rome located about 45 minutes via train away from the Roma Termini main train station. It is a bit of a … More 2013 Cruise from Rome, Italy to Istanbul, Turkey
After much convincing and talk, I decided to accompany a friend Jane on a cruise from Rome, Italy to Istanbul, Turkey and back to Rome back in the summer of 2013. She was a world traveler and was intrigued by this cruise that provided 3 days in Istanbul, so plenty of time for her to … More 2013 Rome,Italy