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Author Archives: Kathy

Blue Whales and the Straits of Gibraltar

After five monotonous sea days on the cruise ship, Vision of the Seas, we made land in the Azores Islands. We disembarked as quickly as we could…and boarded a smaller boat. The Futirisimo took us on our quest for dolphins and whales. I can’t say it was the best whale watching experience I’ve ever had … Continue reading »

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Through the Kingdom of Neptune

After being at sea between Galveston and San Juan, we were happy to be on land for two days in a row. I fell in love with St. Thomas, to the point I had Curtis checking out flights for a future trip. This would be a great island to spend a few low-key weeks.

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Planning Our Epic Mediterranean Trip

I went to visit my friend Lois last year. Not too long after I walked in the door I said “I want to take a repositioning cruise!” She said ok and that she also wanted to spend a month on the French Riviera. So began our plan for our Mediterranean trip. By the time I … Continue reading »

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Why Would Anyone Want to Go to Croatia?

Our (Much Too Short) Stay on the Istrian Peninsula   I can’t tell you how many times we were asked this question while we were planning our trip to Croatia. I suppose people from the states still associate Croatia with the Yugoslav wars. In reality, there is very little to remind you of the war … Continue reading »

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Border Crossings In The Balkans

Prior to our trip to the Balkans, we had heard some of the border crossings could be difficult and that people had been turned away. We were especially concerned about the crossing entering Bosnia and Herzegovina from Croatia at Neum, just north of Dubrovnik, and again when you cross back into Croatia. Bosnia and Herzegovina … Continue reading »

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Our Low(er) Cost Trip from
London Heathrow to Trieste, Italy

Curtis and I are always looking for ways to travel just a little bit cheaper, without giving up basic comforts. On a recent trip to the Balkans, we decided to try Ryanair. I had first heard about Ryanair, a low-cost airline in Europe, in 2004 and had wanted to try them ever since.   The … Continue reading »

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London Heathrow to Trieste, Italy

These Travelers Went To Market

Curtis and I love to go to markets whenever we travel. The first market we ever went to together was in Athens, Greece, on our honeymoon. We had just spent several hours wandering around the Acropolis and surrounding area and happened upon a flea market. It was block after block of…well, stuff. Old shoes, kitchen … Continue reading »

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I Don’t Like Bugs…
Wow, Those Are Cool Bugs!

I don’t like bugs. OK, let me clarify; I don’t like normal, everyday bugs. June Bugs are nasty. Flies and mosquitos need to be banned from the earth. Beetles are only good for crunching under your shoe. Cockroaches…well, nobody likes cockroaches. And don’t even get me started on brown spiders; I’m scared to death of … Continue reading »

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Wow, Those Are Cool Bugs!

A Trip Down Memory Lane…
Cologne and the Rhine Valley, Germany

Our Trip to Germany and Czech Republic Cologne and the Rhine River Part 2 of the Series   After a great nights’ sleep in Frankfurt, we headed to Cologne (Köln for you German-speakers). We were able to leave most of our luggage at the hotel in Frankfurt and just took what we needed for an … Continue reading »

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Cologne and the Rhine Valley, Germany

A Trip Down Memory Lane…
Frankfurt, Germany

Our Trip to Germany and Czech Republic Part 1 of the Series   We flew from D/FW to Frankfurt, Germany and arrived at 7:30 am.  We took the train from the Frankfurt airport to the Frankfurt Hauptbahnhoff (main station).  From there, we walked to our hotel.  As is our custom when staying in hotels, we … Continue reading »

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Frankfurt, Germany