Lucky, LUCKY Me!

Out of the billions of options on the planet from which to choose, this amazing person picked me to join him on his journey through life almost 21 years ago. Sometimes I still wonder why. It involves every aspect of the word “love.” That’s all I need to know. My friends can legitimately say that I married up! Not offended in the least. No question he’s enjoying our sail around the Aegean Sea. Many wonderful additions have been made to our museum of memories. 

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Talk About Patience! Wow!

Near Kusadasi, Turkey and not far from Ephesus, we were treated to an amazing carpet making demonstration/experience. Each one handmade. The silkworms that feast only on mulberry trees are harvested and their silk made into stunning creations, some taking years. Scores of carpets were rolled out and we were “required” to remove our shoes and walk around, lay down, experience these beautiful creations up close and personal. Tempted, we escaped without making an investment.

Amazing Coffee Spots.

Hard to pick a favorite coffee spot in Greece but it would be nearly impossible to top this one! Bastione Malvazia Cafe is at the upper end of the “Main Street” in the beautiful town of Monemvasia on the east coast of the Peloponnese. And the coffee was also exceptional!

Santorini

As my friends know, I really don’t like beer! When its tag line is “HIP HOPPY KICK ASS ALE” and it’s the pride of Santorini, one should at least give it a taste. I did. Almost finished the whole bottle. Sorry. Still not a fan.

Patmos

Patmos, you created exceptional memories. A sensational sunrise as we docked. Spectacular views, stunning vistas, the delightful whitewashed buildings AND caramelized calamari. And now we’re sailing to Santorini.

Honesty...Best Policy?

I lived in China. These types of items in popular tourist spots are pretty common. I never saw them “advertised” like this in China. I found this above a shop in the tourist trap shops at the entrance to ancient Ephesus. Couldn’t resist.

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This was in a shop in a back alley on Mykonos.

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Ephesus, Turkey

We enjoyed aprivate dinner last evening in the courtyard in front of the Celsus Library among the spectacular ruins of ancient Ephesus, Turkey. I have no recollection of what was on the menu. My plate was clean so I assume it was delicious. Contemplating walking on the same marble and in the footsteps of so many “celebrity” ancients in such a place was seriously magical, unforgettable!

Mykonos

The iconic windmills of Mykonos. We got lost roaming the narrow streets and alleys...it’s the thing to do in Mykonos and we nailed it.

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Wind Star

The Wind Star, a four masted schooner, was our ride around the Aegean Sea. Here she is docked while we were roaming the streets in Nafplio, Greece. Nice ride!

National Railroad Museum

Spent several hours at this cool museum in Green Bay, WI. I'm not much of a train junkie but my cameras loved this place and I had a great time. You can not only walk around the giant machines but you can roam through the inside. If you're in the area, it's worth a stop, especially if you have kids. More in my planes, trains and automobiles gallery.

Oh yes we did!

Yes! We did the touristy gondola ride while in Venice. I mean seriously, did you really think that we wouldn't? It was part of the tour so we felt like we paid for it. I guess we did. Mock us if you want too but don't judge.  We have no idea what's in the jug but are pretty sure it wasn't water.

Confession Time

I must admit that I started this, on purpose. The seagull landed on the ledge near the ancient Spanish Stairs in Rome. I wanted to see if I could create a distraction, draw people away from ancient, spectacular architecture. I never did photograph the disgusting flying rat. I was quickilt joined by several others who did not disappoint. Selfies in ancient Rome with a seagull / flying rat! Apparently it a bucket list item for many tourists. I stood and watched, quietly clicking away at those clicking away at the bird. Mission accomplished!

Beware of my X-T2!

Having survived Canon withdrawal after my 35 year addiction, our two week Italy trip was the first trip with the Fujifilm X-T2. I have no regrets! It's an amazing little camera with some serious lens options and a mind blowing feature set. The blazing fast auto-focus and silent shutter option are two features that let you sit literally right beside someone and click away...it's like having a stealth mode. It's certainly not intended for every scenario however, the silent shutter is awesome for use inside operating houses of worship and other quiet spaces; like inside museums where cameras are unwelcome...where museum security fiddles on their smartphone while you silently, discretely snap away.

Houses of Worship

Italy is home to many of the worlds most spectacular and historic houses of worship.  Check out my houses of worship gallery for more from Italy and other places.

Fun Kids!

I quietly worked myself into a position behind these fun-loving guys who. as you might suspect, were not exactly awed by the Palazzo Vecchio. They were sitting a few feet away from where we would begin our 416 step trek to the top of the tower, feverishly doing "incredibly important things" on their phones. I then walked around in front of them and engaged them. I told them I had a cool image of them from behind, all on their phones and asked them to give me a "pretend like you're having the best time of your life" pose. No hesitation.

The "Streets of Venice

A truly unique city where everything in and out of the city is by boat. A water taxi even took us to the airport.