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Oct 18, 2011 - The city of the gods!

ATHENS! We’ve been looking forward to this stop for a long time. We were not disappointed. We pre-arranged a tour online with a private company before leaving the US. The port is quite large with people everywhere. I was not feeling confident about ever finding Mikos in the crowd but, before long, we saw a man holding a sign with my name. Thank goodness. Everyone else was boarding the tour buses and we weren’t sure what we’d do if we couldn’t find our guide. As it turned out, it was a perfect day. Takis, our driver, was another entertaining...

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Oct 17, 2011 - Scenes for a Movie

Rough waters! Whew! Woke up in the night to rocking and rolling. Then, moving to the upper deck and the back of the boat for the breakfast buffet, the boat was really moving. We relocated to a lower deck and a central location as soon as possible. 56 degrees kept us inside and hoping for better weather before an afternoon arrival in Santorina. Unfortunately, the weather did not improve but we still had a wonderful day and Santorina is now our favorite port. This was our first tender ride in so we stood in some long lines and took a bumpy...

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Oct 16, 2011 - Who has heard of Korfu?

Our 8:00 wake up call came early. We were determined not to miss breakfast this time. We went to the rather empty dining room. It seems most people must be eating at the buffet. After breakfast, Shelly and Rey shared with us their secret place they found yesterday while we were in the hot tub. On the back of deck 9 (where we are staying), there is a small place, not so windy and very private. We wet up deck chairs, took our Kindles and cameras and relaxed there as we approached our first stop in Greece. Great scenery along the way! After a...

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Oct 15, 2011 - Our first port of call

We are accustomed to having food available 24/7 but not exactly true with MSC. We slept in and then took our time going to breakfast. The four of us arrived eager to eat a quick bite before going into town on our first stop. Sadly, when we arrived at 9:30 restaurant and the buffet were both closed. We were able to grab some yogurt and fruit but that was about it. Our first stop was Ancona, Italy. We decided to explore the old town instead of opting for a shore excursion. The tourist information desk just inside the port provided us with...

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Oct 14, 2011 - Stay Tuned

We are pushed for time so details will follow. We had a great day yesterday traveling from Berlin to Venice. We traveled by taxi, plane, train, water taxi and then by foot to reach our 800 years old hotel. We spent the evening walking around Venice enjoying the sites, the sounds, and the food. We'll do the same this morning, then make our way to the MSC cruise point for 7 days in the Greek Isles. We'll take lots of pics but may not have the opportunity to post them until we leave the ship.

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Oct 13, 2011 - Walking the Wall

October 12, 2011 We had a leisurely breakfast at home before heading out. While Shelly and I worked at the computer, George and Rey went out to buy some coffee. They returned, of all things, with Starbucks coffee and chai tea. They said you could only buy coffee by the kilo at the grocery store so Starbucks was the better deal. Mid-morning we left the apartment, found the subway, successfully purchased a day-long group ticket and made our way to Check Point Charlie, the Berlin wall, and the Topography of Terror Museum. WOW! Quickly, we...

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Oct 11, 2011 - Sachsenhausen

After a breakfast of meats, local bread, fruits, yogurt and granola (our purchases from the grocer yesterday), we left in search of the English-speaking tour group headed for Sachsenhausen. Our experience reinforced something we already knew but neglected to do. Never leave home without a map unless it is somewhere you've traveled many times. Again, we walked many miles before arriving at the correct place. Luck was on our side this time, though, and Jessica, our tour guide was still there. We bought tickets, and some sandwiches as she...

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Oct 10, 2011 - Berlin- the Rainy City

I'm told it doesn't rain much in Berlin but I'm not a believer yet. We left clear skies behind for dreary Berlin but we are told we brought the rain with us. Exiting the airport was a breeze--not even any paperwork. Using the telephone was our first challenge. We were instructed to call the rental agency upon arrival via skype or local phone. Sounds easy? Well, let me just say---WRONG! Finally, a German gentleman agreed to call the number on his cell phone and we were able to make the connection. After a fight with the ATM machine, a fight...

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Oct 9, 2011 - Across the pond!

Since we didn't need to leave for the airport until afternoon, we decided to take a stroll through Central Park. We ate breakfast there in a restaurant sitting right in the park. New Yorkers, taking advantage of Indian summer, were out in mass. We avoided the mess on 5th Avenue--maybe a Columbus Day parade--and walked to Rockefeller Center. From there, we flagged a taxi to the Empire State Building. As it turned out, the VIP passes that Mike had for us were unavailable so we stopped by Penn Station, Madison Garden, and the huge post office...

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Oct 8, 2011 - NY vs CT

Friday, we were typical tourists. We mastered the subway, ate lunch in a great little restaurant, and then began our conquest. The new 911 memorial was quite touching. I didn't realize there were two identical memorials until I arrived. The tree that somehow survived the attack is alive and well. Amazing! Then, there was the Staten Island Ferry to get a great view of Lady Liberty, a visit to the bull on Wall Street, a stroll past the protesters in the area, an awesome walk over Brooklyn Bridge at sunset, the required Time Square visit...

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Oct 7, 2011 - A Drive it Was!

Why fly when you can drive? On Thursday, we rented a car in Myrtle Beach and made our way to I - 95. DC traffic was rough but not horrid. We found the Mt. Vernon hotel in Baltimore with ease. The hotel, a former YMCA, now a historic building, was in an interesting neighborhood within walking distance of the harbor. We ate in a fun little neighborhood restaurant called Maisey's. Yesterday morning we walked and walked and walked all over Baltimore. The harbor was beautiful and filled with many historic ships, lots of tourist shops, hotels and...

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Oct 3, 2011 - The Frantic Rush

Trip to GA, check! Visit with parents, check. Dinner with children, check. Goodbyes to Maggie, check. (Sorry, Josh and KB). Family reunion in TN, check. One last drive by the cabin, check. Visit bank, stop mail, cancel car insurance, pay bills in advance, suspend internet and tv service, check. Complete SMAC business, check. Schedule yard service, check. Stop mail, check. Buy an electrical converter, check. Call the banks and have them assure us the debit cards will work this time (yep, had bad experiences with that in the past). Find maps,...

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