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Friday, June 23, 2006

Cruisin...

What a fantastic trip we had! From beginning to end, we had a blast! That's our balcony, where we would spend some time each evening as the ship left shore, heading for the next destination. We would order some wine and yummy nibbles from room service and sit on the balcony talking about how lucky we were to be there. Then we would change clothes and meet up for our nightly four-course dinner in one of the ship's restaurants. The food was excellent and the staff was friendly and very accomodating with my need for gluten free selections. This was my third cruise (and BEST!) but I've always found the staff very accomodating to my need for a gluten free diet. (And, just as a side here, Lufthansa airlines provided the most spectacular gluten free meals I've ever experienced on an airplane.)



Venice, Italy. Everyone had told me I had to visit it at least once in my lifetime and they were right. It's the most unique place on the planet...over 100 small islands connected by bridges and something like 163 churches! Important art is everywhere you turn. We walked into a church and there was Titian's "The Assumption of the Virgin" hanging right before us! Amazing place.



Split, Croatia was tiny, but cute. We took a little tour and were told the people live so close together they not only know everything about everyone else's business, they even jump in and get involved when families argue. It's probably true.



Montenegro. I'll never forget the morning I woke up and opened the curtains as we were pulling into port in this country I'd never even heard of. It was breathtakingly beautiful. It was still very early so the only sound was that of a rooster cock-a-doodle-dooing in the distance and an occasional scooter driving along the road that followed the edge of the sea. Montenegro made me think that this was probably what California used to look like a long time ago - before it got too built up. I loved it.



I had no idea what to expect in Turkey. We booked a tour to "Ephesus," second only to the Acropolis in ancient ruins and it was mind-boggling. This is where the Ephesians lived. These were the people St. Paul sent his letters to, which can be read in the bible. Cleopatra walked these streets and spent her honeymoon there. Absolutely amazing place.



Here's Brian & Connie, and they are the friends who made this trip as fun as it was! We toured together, ate together, danced together and laughed together each and every day. I am so grateful to have them in my life.



Santorini, Greece. It's everything I thought is was going to be. We sat in a cafe overlooking the sea having a bite to eat and were mesmerized by the beauty all around us.



Speaking of food, how's this for a Greek feast? Restaurants were everywhere in Athens and each one of them had a man standing out front trying to lure us in. Sometimes they succeeded, as was the case here. It was delicious.



So now I'm home and my clothes feel a bit snug around the middle, but I'm afraid to step onto the scale. I'll give myself a few more days before facing reality. No need to rush into these things. :)