American Southwest Family Vacation

We followed historic Route 66 on our way to see the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, plus much more in New Mexico and Arizona.

End of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Here are our stories from two and a half years of living in Saudi Arabia while exploring the region.

Excursions to Oman

On two different trips, we strolled Muscat, hiked Wadi Shab, and sailed a dhow through the fjords of Musandam.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

Safaris to spot leopards and elephants, swimming in the Indian Ocean, sipping tea in the mountains, and several more!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A great welcome back...

We arrived back at the origin of our cruise, Amsterdam.

Remember that parking situation at the beginning of the cruise? Turns out to have cost us 440 Euro...or something like $600. That's more than it would have cost to go with any other transportation option, even last minute. Lesson learned? Plan ahead.


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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Port of Call: Copenhagen, Denmark

Since we're time-limited on today's visit to Copenhagen, we...?








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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Port of Call: Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn's a pretty small city and our ship docked within walking distance of the downtown. And it was a lovely stroll through ancient streets.


I added this guy, Vana Toomas (Old Thomas) to my trinket collection


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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Port of Call: Saint Petersburg, Russia (Day 2)

Today we visited Pushkin and took a tour around St. Petersburg.




I really like the Cyrillic font




























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End Of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

We spent two and a half years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on our second tour in the Foreign Service with the US Department of State. As you migh...

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