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Archive for October, 2010

Family Cruise Diary: Istanbul, Turkey and a day at sea

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Tuesday, October 5 – Istanbul, Turkey: Istanbul became my favorite port before we even docked. We didn’t dock until noon so it gave us plenty of time to sleep in and watch us sail through Bosphorus, the Istanbul Strait that connects the Sea of Marmara and the Aegean Sea with the Black Sea. It is the world’s narrowest

Family Cruise Diary: Turkey (Kusadasi) and Greece (Volos, Thessaloniki)

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Our first port off the Holland America Westerdam was Kusadasi, Turkey. We headed to Ephesus, the best-preserved ancient classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. It was founded in the 10th century B.C. and during Roman times was the second largest Roman city, ranking just behind Rome. There were

Family Cruise Diary: Athens, Greece

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Each of the last few years Jay and I have been lucky enough to take a big family vacation with my family. We are spread out across the world and all busy with our jobs, so it feels like a small miracle we’ve been able to make it happen. This year we met up in Athens, Greece for a cruise across the Black Sea visiting cities in Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia. For Jay and I, the vacation started a day

The Gothic Cathedral and Warm Sandy Beach on Spain’s Island of Mallorca

Sunday, October 17th, 2010

Ryan Air, one of Europe’s popular discount airlines, gets a bad reputation for poor customer service and ridiculous fees, but I love them. Even with their outlandish fees (everything from luggage fees to processing and credit card fees), we’ve gotten some amazing deals making short weekend trips affordable.