07.27.08

Back from Europe

Posted in mediterranean 2008 at 9:25 pm by wingerz

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cinque terre, italy

We are back from our whirlwind tour of the Mediterranean. Jen planned an incredible trip, starting off with an 8-day cruise and wrapping up with almost a week in Italy. Our destinations:

  • Cruise, leaving from Venice, Italy
    • Split, Croatia
    • Crete, Greece
    • Kusadasi, Turkey
    • Santorini, Greece
    • Corfu, Greece
  • Italy
    • Venice
    • Florence
    • Siena
    • Cinque Terre

The number of destinations made the trip feel much longer than it actually was and a bit more tiring than we anticipated. We kept up the frenetic pace up to the very end, cramming in one last bit of sightseeing into our evening in Milan before spending the night at the airport to catch our 6am flight.

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paleokastritsa, corfu, greece

I was enamored by all of the narrow pedestrian-only streets, lined with small shops and colorful buildings, accented by flowerbeds of geraniums and other brightly-colored blossoms. The local food was fantastic – fresh fish, olive oil, tomatoes, and olives made frequent appearances along the way. The clear, turquoise waters of the Mediterranean were always inviting (and photogenic). Along the way we were lucky to make new friends on our cruise and meet up with Jay and his brother in Florence.

Fortunately the summer heat and crowds were never too burdensome. I’ve become acclimated to heat and humidity of New England summers, and quiet alleyways were only steps away from the hub-bub of major pedestrian arteries. Rick Steves’ travel guides, lent to us by Jess and Cy, were invaluable in helping us to avoid long waits at attractions.

More photos to come, mixed in with additional tales from Africa. We’ve been very spoiled travel-wise this year.

07.07.08

Africa Day 7: Waiting for School

Posted in africa 2008, travel at 12:04 am by wingerz

Day 7: March 21, morning

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This morning as one of the cars stopped to change a tire, I was approached by two young boys. One of them asked me to take his picture. After I took his picture, he asked for something in exchange. I gave him one of my pens, and Mark gave him some chocolate and cranberries, which he shared with his companion. I wish we had brought extra school supplies for sharing with the children that we encountered.

The boys were waiting for school to start; the simple schoolhouse was down the road a bit.

07.05.08

Independence Day

Posted in photos at 12:15 am by wingerz

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Enjoyed a phenomenal day – caught up with good friends at the Feigenbaum barbecue and enjoyed the fireworks from our office (which meant good seats despite rolling in around 10pm for the 1030pm start). The wind didn’t cooperate as I tried to get some photos of the fireworks.