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Partying Like a Rockstar with Rockstars at Jackie O’ Mykonos

June 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

We have always said we like to explore, embrace the native culture and live like locals as we travel the world.  Well, on Mykonos, an island in the middle of the Cyclades Islands, we discovered that the culture is glamour and nonstop partying. Sure, we’re game…for a few days at least. [read more]

Venice – Venezia

June 5, 2016 // 0 Comments

One of the best reasons to sail around the Mediterranean is the wealth of history, antiquity and culture in this “cradle of civilization.”  There is a lot to see near the coast, but there are many treasures inland too. In Italy especially, it’s worth getting off the boat and [read more]

Turkey’s Underground Cities

May 16, 2016 // 0 Comments

if you can make it out, there are ruins of ancient buildings along the coast that were completely protected except from the sea because of the steep rocky hillside behind them What do you do if battles are raging where you live, foreigners are invading, or the rulers of your land want to annihilate [read more]

Pamukkale Turkey

May 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

Pamukkale Thermal Pools Pamukkale, which means “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a World Heritage Site located inland north of Kas and east of Kusadasi. It is notable for its white landscape of travertine terraces made of a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. After [read more]

Amorgos in the Little Cyclades, Greece

February 9, 2016 // 0 Comments

After leaving picturesque but crowded and touristy Santorini, we sailed northeast through the Little Cyclades, to the island Amorgos. The contrast was startling between Santorini and laid-back Amorgos, where we stayed for over a week and met almost no one who was not Greek. The main [read more]

The World’s Best Waterfall

December 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

On a trip we made from Buenos Aires, Argentina to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we flew to Iguazu for a stopover to visit the falls. Rand and I are huge waterfall enthusiasts. As we travel the world, if there is a tempting waterfall anywhere nearby, we’ll go to great lengths to get there and [read more]

Mustique in the Grenadines – a “Fantasy Island” Fit for Royals

December 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

We often swam to Brittania Bay’s shore from Golden Glow (seen behind us on the left) one of the megayachts in Brittania Bay was so large it blocked the sun setting Mustique is a gorgeous island in the Grenadines in the southern Caribbean. We sailed there from Bequia after dropping off our [read more]

Istanbul – The Old City and the Blue Mosque

November 5, 2015 // 2 Comments

The 12 million people of Istanbul shared their city with Ellen and me. We love Turkey. The people are warm, humorous and kind. The countryside was diverse and the cities were clean and interesting.  We have been able to see the southern coast from Bodrum to Antalya as well as some interior regions [read more]

The Art of Weaving Fine Turkish Carpets

October 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

I love textile arts and was delighted to stumble upon an artisan weaving a Turkish carpet in Istanbul the other day. I don’t know much about Oriental carpets — just enough to realize you could study the subject for a lifetime and not know everything. But I do admire crafts artistry and [read more]
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