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.