Cruise Review — Costa Fortuna

First of all, I have to point out that we got a very good deal on this cruise. I also have to point out that this is the only reason we booked it. AIDA is sailing the exact same route but is stubbornly three times more expensive. The AIDA cabin would have been without a […]

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Rhodes and AIDA — The Colossus and the Colossal

We’re nearing the end of our cruise of the Aegean and Black Seas. We are all a little weepy. We could go on and on and on with the cruise. We’ve heard rumors of an 80-day cruise, and we’re seriously considering it…until we come to our senses, remembering that we sort of have jobs. There […]

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Samos — Almost Turkey

Our boat from the hills above the Old Town of SamosJust to prove that I have other qualities besides adorableness, I’m going to gloat a bit now about my sense of geography. Or maybe my sense of intuition. You decide. I’ve just come back from the AIDA breakfast buffet with my usual quark and fruit […]

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Y’all ever Heard of Yalta?

The harbor and the buses . . . about ten feet from the ship.After Sochi, where we had to be schlepped into the port in tenders from the cruise ship due to all the 2014 Winter Olympics Potemkin spiffing up, we were pleasantly surprised to get a parking place practically on the promenade in Yalta, […]

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Back from Black

I have washed six loads of clothes, uploaded 799 photos, watered 47 very angry plants, restored two email accounts to working order (after Google decided that I was suspicious)–and my back is killing me. I need vacation. Already my tan is fading. As always, my students will ask me tomorrow night if I’ve been on […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 8

Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín” — the Symbol of Tenerife and the Canary IslandsWe’ve survived the high seas. Overnight, we have sailed into the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where our journey began. We have eaten our last meal on the ship and we have seen our last show. We have trod–now we’re getting […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 7

The Green ‘lake’ at Il Golfo (not a volcano)”Volcanoes,” I say and before Alexander the Pool Shark can ask what I mean by this, I say, “Volcanoes” again. I really want to see an active volcano. I’ve seen lots of volcanoes, and yes obviously–if you’ve noticed my picture in the header of I Must Be […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 6

While I’m fairly certain “Fuerteventura” means “Strong Fortune,” I think it may also mean “Big Piles of Rocks.” Since the bus tour on La Palma was so expensive, Alexander the Pool Shark and I have decided to rent a car to explore the island. “There is only one problem,” he says as we’re setting out […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 4

I don’t usually eat breakfast. I think this habit started 30 years ago when, unaware that I had Celiac Disease, I ate bread for breakfast and then suffered nausea and bloating all day. I’m perfectly happy to have my coffee and then have lunch at around 1:00p.m. I’ve made an exception for the AIDA Sol. […]

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Eight Days in the Canary Islands — Day 3

Our boat is the big one with the pretty lips.Believe it or not, Alexander the Pool Shark and I get up at 7:30 and “train our bodies” until 9:10, at which time I go for my first and last massage on the AIDA Sol–because it turns out to be a lame massage. With all my […]

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