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The Greeks and the Ottomans – A history in conflict

The Greeks and the Ottomans – A history in conflict  After we finished our cruise, we stayed in Athens for a few days. Part of our plan was three days in Athens, three days in Istanbul, and then on to Kathmandu. I am writing this post now in the Istanbul Sabiha Airport waiting for our red-eye to Kathmandu. In Athens, I think I was maybe more excited about...

End of the Five Star Living on the High Seas

End of the Five Star Living on the High Seas We are now in Athens, Greece. We have spent the last three weeks living on the MS Rotterdam and allowing the Holland America crew to pamper us and fatten us up quite frankly. We had a great trip and met some amazing people. I guess after spending three weeks with the same people, following the same schedules, eating the...

Cruising the Adriatic and Dalmation Coast

Cruising the Adriatic and Dalmation Coast The rugged backpackers have settled in for a little bit of luxury. About a month ago we were looking to see if we could find a repositioning cruise from New Zealand back to Canada in May or June. I stumbled across this cruise that takes us to places like Israel and Cyprus. We had absolutely no thoughts about taking a cruise...

Thanksgiving with Friends, Geneva and Rome

Thanksgiving with Friends, Geneva and Rome When last I posted we were arriving in Geneva. We went to Geneva to visit with friends who used to live in Fort Smith. Minoo and Bernie Sheehan left Fort Smith maybe six years ago now. They lived in Calgary for a few years and then moved to Geneva almost two years ago now. When we arrived in Geneva we were shocked that there...

Yo hablo espanol mas que antes!!!

Yo hablo espanol mas que antes!!! I am not sure this will be the longest blog entry yet. Mostly because it will reflect my week in Madrid. Hopefully, I can convince Nicola to write something for the blog as well about her week of the Camino de Santiago. We arrived in Madrid on the 3rd of October. If you remember from the last entry, we came from London and visiting...

London, Birmingham and a small English town

London, Birmingham and a small English town In my last post we were heading from Marrakech to London. Now we are en route from London to Madrid after a week in the UK. We stayed with Nicola’s sister and her family: Jenny, Garry, Ruby and Amy. Plus their two new kittens, Pebbles and Hevie (sp?). It was very nice to visit with friendly faces. After two months in...

Morocco… Over and Out

Morocco… Over and Out Our three weeks in Morocco has come to an end and we are now in London, UK. I enjoyed our time in Morocco but in the end I was craving some different food. Too many restaurants in Morocco and eating the same food over and over… couscous, tajine, pastilla. It is good to have some variety which in this case means something more like...

Moroccan Camel Trek… With a good long camel ride

Another Desert Safari… This time with a good camel ride. Last I wrote we were just arriving back in Fez after three days in Chefchaouen. We have been busy since them and without a lot of internet access. Upon arriving in Fez, we immediately sought out a doctor to deal with my digestive issues. I had researched some clinics and doctors in the Nouvelle Ville area...

Morocco… Medinas and Tajine

Morocco… Medinas and Tajine I am writing this post on the bus from Chefchaouen, Morocco to Fez, Morocco. The road is a series of switchbacks as we descend a mountain. I am flailing about as I try to write this. A girl just sat on the floor beside me and began vomiting. A lot of detail I realize but just trying to illustrate how rough this is. We arrived in...

Arabian Nights… and Days

Arabian Nights… and Days From Kenya we were looking at flights to Morocco. All reasonably priced flights either went through Doha (Qatar) or Dubai (United Arab Emirates). So, we booked ourselves a six night stopover in Dubai at no extra cost… to stop there that is. You can actually book four and five star hotels at a decent price in Dubai. We used Hotwire...

Out of Africa… East Africa that is…

Out of Africa… East Africa that is… Our month in East Africa is drawing to a close… as is our first month out of Canada. It has been a good month but I think I can honestly say I am ready for a new experience. We are currently in a suburb of Nairobi, Kenya. When we were booking a flight to Morocco, we noticed that the flights went through Dubai...

Safari Njema… Good Safari

Safari Njema… Good Safari We are now in Nairobi, Kenya… and we have seen lots and done lots since my last post. After my climb, Nicola had booked a safari for us with African Scenic Safaris based out of Moshi. It was us and a couple of girls from Sweden, Kajsa and Anna. For $750 USD, we got a four day, three night safari which included Tarangire National...