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Madrid with my parents: Costume Museum, San Francisco Basilica and a day in Toledo

Friday, November 12th, 2010

After our cruise, my Mom and Dad made their way back to Madrid with us to see the city and what life was like for us living here. It was tight quarters in our small studio apartment for four of us, but we had lots of fun. It was hard for them to imagine how Jay and I could live together in one room for so long without getting in each

Family Cruise Diary: Sinop, Turkey and Sevastopol, Ukraine and a final day at sea

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Sunday, October 10 – Sinop, Turkey: Our day in Sinop was another low-key day, but it was one of the most enjoyable to me. The weather was absolutely perfect and sunny. We walked all around town and along their long sea front. It offered pretty views of our cruise ship, which was docked alone and dominated the town’s

Family Cruise Diary: Sochi, Russia and Trabzon, Turkey

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Friday, October 8 – Sochi, Russia: We spent the day in the 2014 Winter Olympics city – Sochi, Russia. Usually tourists need visas to visit Russia, but on a one-day cruise stop, you just need to be part of a Russian-authorized tour group. The cruise companies like to scare people and tell them they can’t get off unless they are

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

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