Our Adventures in Sri Lanka

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

Our Nile Cruise

Starting in Cairo, we sailed to Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan.

Trouble at Sea: Our Red Sea Dive Trip in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia

The Red Sea is one of the top diving destinations in the world, but Saudi Arabia is a very restrictive country to get into. That alone would have made the trip memorable...but then things went south and the Saudi Coast Guard and a hospital got involved.

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.

Discovering Turkey

We emersed ourselves in Istanbul, explored the white travertines of Pamukkale, and traced history through Laodikeia, Hierolopolis, and Cleopatra's Baths.

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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