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Old 04-17-2013, 05:02 PM   #921
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But we will be mostly relying on hand gestures and big smiles instead!
I recall reading a comment, (many, many years ago), by Louis Armstrong in response to being asked how he got along overseas.....his reply, IIRC, was "I'm the pointingest cat you ever did see".

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Old 05-09-2013, 06:05 AM   #922
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In June I'm taking my 10 1/2 year old grandaughter on a 7 day cruise in the Caribbean...her first cruise and first time out of the country. I can't wait to see everything again but through her eyes!

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At the airport headed for Venice, Italy. We're taking a cruise on Celebrity...this time tomorrow we'll be checking into the Gritti Palace for a night of pampering before we board the ship.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:46 AM   #924
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We took that Celebrity cruise back in 2005. We did shore excursions independently using fellow travelers we met on Cruise Critic. Rented a car in Barcelona and spent 3 weeks in eastern/southern Spain, flying back from Malaga.

The best decision was to take the hydrofoil from Naples to Sorrento to meet our van driver. It enabled us to do the Amalfi Coast and visit Pompeii in one day.
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In June I'm taking my 10 1/2 year old grandaughter on a 7 day cruise in the Caribbean...her first cruise and first time out of the country. I can't wait to see everything again but through her eyes!
I'd be happy to see anything without prescription lenses with bifocals...
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:19 AM   #926
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Cab to the airport later this PM to fly to Paris. Going on a bike and barge trip south of the city.
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Just purchased tickets for six weeks in the Western Balkans during May and June. I'll fly to Zagreb and recover from jet lag on the coast of Croatia's Istria peninsula. Next stop is Venice where I'll stay until I run out of 'Wow!'s or bust the budget, whichever comes first. Backtrack to Slovenia for a few days. Ease on over to the Croatian coast and follow it south, island hopping at the speed of whim. Repeat for coastal Montenegro. Turn left to inland Montenegro then return to Zagreb by train via Belgrade, Serbia.
It's day 5 of the trip. Want a bit of vicarious travel enjoyment? Each day I'm posting 1 or 2 photos and occasionally a paragraph on a tumblr created just for this trip: Traveling at the Speed of Whim.
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Old 05-16-2013, 05:39 AM   #928
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Nice photos! Especially like the laundry shot! Thanks!
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Enjoyed the pictures and reading some of your blog!
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:05 PM   #931
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Got 2 weeks in Asheville NC this Sept then 2 weeks on St John USVI come April, life is good.
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:12 PM   #932
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My cousin and I have booked a tour of Scotland...two weeks in early August. I will also visit another cousin for a week in July at her home on Cape Cod.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:11 PM   #933
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Originally Posted by padlin00
Got 2 weeks in Asheville NC this Sept then 2 weeks on St John USVI come April, life is good.
Can't go wrong with St. John. My favorite place, the one location I lose track what day it is. Going in November, also.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:37 PM   #934
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I have signed up for my first Road Scholar program: the Oregon Festival of American Music, in August. This is within drivable distance and I plan to spend a few days before and after exploring Washington and Oregon. I want to do the Boeing tour, amongst other things. Should be fun!

I have also booked a week at a nice resort on the Mayan Riviera in December. Booked the accommodation using points from my fractional ownership.
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Old 05-25-2013, 02:34 PM   #935
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Got back last night from a road trip to NM, CO and WY.

In no particular order...

Animals...a kitty fell asleep on my derriere (we stayed the first night with a friend and his cat took a shine to me). We saw herds of cattle, horses, bison, antelope, deer, elk, longhorn sheep, a coyote and various bird species. My favorite bird was the Raven...I swear they look as if they are on steroids., warm, cool, cold, dust devils, dust storms, sprinkles of rain, periods of fog and 'thundersnow'.

Food...lots of biscuits and gravy, green chili cheeseburgers (made my eyes water), bison burgers, prime rib, cheesecake, homemade pasta, etc...

Drink...lots of water, iced tea, coffee, various types of beer, wine, Jack Daniels and Bailey's Irish Cream (for my coffee don't ya know)

Lodging...Holiday Inn Express, Super 8 , Best Western and Old Faithful Inn.

'Scenery'...deserts, oil rigs, cemetery signs, tumbleweeds, hills, mountains, canyons, rivers, creeks, lakes, Old Faithful, of all kinds. Bikers (both m/c and bikes), hitchhikers, back packers (some had enjoyed the rocky mountain high in CO for too long...).

We made no reservations nor did we have any commitments or time schedules. We did not watch the news on tv, listen to news on the radio, log on the internet or read a newspaper. During most of our trip, we saw very few vehicles...every road seemed to be there just for us. Not one scratch on our new car...just a few bug splatters. Everything fell into place....

It was a perfect that was needed badly.

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Old 05-26-2013, 02:57 AM   #936
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Looks like you had a fantastic break.
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Old 05-26-2013, 08:41 AM   #937
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BbbamI, looks like a wonderful get away!
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BbbamI, looks like a wonderful get away!
+1. Love the photos--more, please?
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Old 05-26-2013, 10:12 AM   #939
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Just back from 10 days in Europe. Regent Seven Seas cruise from Rome to Barcelona. First Med cruise in 40 years. (Ship much nicer than big grey boat I first traveled on.) DW's first visit to Europe. First big vacation in 5 year retirement; really, really had a great time.

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Seeing if I can attach a picture:



Florence and then Rome (reverse order that we visited them).


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