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Machu Picchu (day 2)

After an obscenely early lobby departure (3:15) and a ride to the airport we departed for Cusco. At one point, Cusco was the main capital of the Incan empire but most of the dwellings were destroyed by the Spanish invaders centuries ago. For us, it was the beginnings of a plane, bus, train, and bus […]

Lima – Day 1 (arrival & more)

Today is the first real day of our Machu Picchu/Galapagos bucket list trip. We arrived last night (Monday) at the Lima airport at about 11:00 PM (which is in the central time zone). It was a long day considering we started from our Hotel at SFO at 4:30AM (pacific time). Lima is larger than I […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 9-10 (Istanbul)

Fifteen million inhabitants is a lot of people. We were told that the density here is second only to Shanghai. I don’t doubt that for a minute (but wikipedia differs). We arrrived early Saturday morning and left for the airport Sunday early (2:45 AM). I never saw a road that wasn’t clogged. We sailed up […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 8 (Ephesus)

We left Izmir early for our trip to Ephesus. It is an amazingly preserved piece of history. There are active excavations happening every day as they learn more about this ancient city. I’ll post a link to more images later since there is so much happening there. This first image below is the main shopping […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 7 (Santorini)

Today we visited the incredibly overcrowded but beautiful Santorini. Shipboard connectivity is strained today. I’ll redo this post (and images) later. Here is my favorite. P.S. Tomorrow we get to visit Ephesus. I am totally psyched!! UPDATES: After leaving hte parking lot and entering the main square, this is the first thing that grabs yoiur […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 6 (Sparta and Mystras)

Today we visited Gythion the major port city on the Peloponnese peninsula of the Greek mainland. It is home to about ~12,000 people but still strategically important. It was the major port of the region in Roman times and the port for the key city of Sparta. While there is a lot of tourism and […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 5 (Argostoli)

Argostoli (Αργοστόλι) was our port of call today. We decided to do a self guided walk of town rather than a scheduled tour. It is a rather plain port, nothing too exciting. It is the main port for the island so while there is a fair amount of tourism, there is more commerce than anything. […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 4 (Taormina)

Taormina Sicily – I was here for work (a NATO ASI project through 3M) 32 years ago. I was anxious to return to see what time had done to a wonderful little village. For me there are three things in (and or near) Taormina that I remember and that I wanted to see. Mt. Etna, […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 3 (Amalfi)

We woke up this morning as we pulled into Amalfi. It is a very charming town. While we enjoyed the Isle of Capri, I dont think we’d return (too many tourists. :-)). Amalfi on the other hand is great. Beautiful beach, lovely town square, amazing emerald grotto. I have taken quite a few shots and […]

Rome to Istanbul – Day 2 (Sorrento and Capri)

On our second day we anchored just off Sorrento which is about an hour south of Naples by car. In this shot you can see Vesuvius in the background. We came ashore via tender into the main harbor. Quite quaint. Not sure how they built these (especially years ago). From there we took a ferry […]