Four days in Rome. Hit all the highlights. Rented a car for our fifth and final day. Now, where to go! Our last night in the city, we went to Hard Rock Cafe. Our server was excellent. We talked about Rome, Orlando, and then the conversation turned to "What's a good place to visit when you have a car and only one day?" Our server's response, "Castel Gandolfo!"
"Let's go to the beach tomorrow." That's what I told my daughter in between her two 12-hr. night shifts as an E.R. nurse, Friday and Saturday. She wasn't scheduled to work Sunday or Monday, so I decided we'd also spend the night. Now, where to go? That was easy--Lido Key! It's only a 2.5-hr. ride from Orlando; I prefer the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean any day!
The Green and Blue Island. That’s what the Biopolitics International Organisation (B.I.O.) named Skopelos in 1997. When I was scouring the internet in 2012, looking for a peaceful island to spend a week alone, I stumbled across this hidden gem in Greece. Since Skopelos has no airport, I flew first to nearby Skiathos island from Athens, and then took a ferry to Loutraki/Glossa, the quieter of the two ports on Skopelos. I didn't take or rent a car, so I explored the island by bus!
1991. The summer my son learned to swim. I remember clearly the afternoon on the small beach (pictured above) at Myrties on Kalymnos island in Greece. No, I don't remember the moment when I learned to swim, or even when my daughter, who's 1.5 years younger than my son learned to swim, but that day on the beach in Kalymnos will be forever etched in my memory.
Canals. Last week there were lots of pics of them on Instagram from Nomad Women, who was visiting Amsterdam. Canals. I started thinking of all of the places I’d visited that had these interesting bodies of water (remember, this week’s theme is H2O). Canals. I found photos I had taken of canals in 8 different North American and European cities. It’s a matching game for today’s Where Oh Where Wednesday! Can you match the locale to the canal for all 8? (Oh, by the way, the one above doesn't count--the writing on the boat kind of gives it away! Too easy!)
Tuesday morning, 7:30 a.m. Looking through my Facebook feed. Pearls and Passports (who I follow) shared a great post via Not a Ballerina (who I NOW follow) who shared a link to a Travel Blog Directory created by Gary Arndt of Everything Everywhere. Following so far?!
I clicked and WOW, an alphabetized list of travel bloggers. Many, many thanks to Gary Arndt for completing such a daunting task with such an awesome list. Not a Ballerina explained that the list was just “updated yesterday so every link works”! I tried a few of my favorites; so far, so good.
But wait, some of my favorite bloggers who I've been following since January when I launched my blog weren’t on the list, so I decided to make an Addendum for my Tech Tidbits Tuesday!
Monday morning, 8:30 a.m. Looking through my Instagram feed. First photo was from @mattiasklumofficial. Great photo of frigate birds and orcas. Read the description, and it begins with “Happy #WorldOceanDay!”
I’m extremely flexible, so I tossed my idea for this week’s theme into the future, and decided to go with water—oceans, canals, bays, gulfs, straits, lagoons, rivers, seas and falls! Water was prominent in many of my vacation photos from both North America and Europe. I selected my 15 favorites of the 'flowing stuff' for your enjoyment today, including the one above of the Atlantic Ocean at Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral, Florida in the United States!
Graduations, whether high school, undergrad or graduate, are rites of passage from one stage of life to another. I wanted to share my graduations with as many people as possible.
In Rick Steves' Pocket Rome, it's called "Rome's most famous gelateria." As we approached it on a rainy Saturday in May, there was quite a crowd both inside and out. But I was determined; my friend Rene, when she gave me the travel guide, showed me her star and circle around Giolitti's description--meaning, I must go there! So we headed inside, ready for our first gelato in Rome!
Athens, Greece. 1983. First trip overseas. Alone. I wanted a picture of myself in Athens. So, using a mirror in my hotel room, I took a selfie! Wait, rewind. No such term existed back then, and I forgot I even had this selfie, until I was searching through photos to use for today's Throwback Thursday post! But selfie is a common place word now, and I admit, I've taken a few more since my first one here! It got me to thinking, who WAS the first person to say, "Let me take a selfie!"
Mrs. T.--lifelong learner, traveler, teacher, voracious reader, and food, wine and chocolate lover!