Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Home again....



It is a statement on a vacation when you are as happy as I am this morning to be home again! My DH and I took a cruise around the med this past week. Between the rough seas, canceled excursions, not so great food (on an Italian ship!!!), and a missed flight home it wasn't the vacation we though it would be!

We did have some good days though! We visited Patmos and toured the cave where St John was exiled. The photo of me at the top of this post was taken outside the cave. That evening we had a great meal in Mykonos.

I really liked the tour of Ephesus in Turkey. The ruins were amazing and the tourguides very organized and able to handle the crowds well. The cats or course were very well photographed. They may require a post all their own! My DH was getting a bit aggravated with me since I stopped every time I glimpsed a feline...which in the ruins is often!

OK, I added just one of the many cat photos. This kitten looked so much like my Brownie that I couldn't help but slip her a few treats. (After Patmos I thought to wrap up some fish from breakfast in a plastic bag so I had something to give the cats...DH claims that is why they followed me all around the site...could be right!)

After Izmir the weather turned nasty. Really nasty! Fortunately I travel with a small pharmacy in my bag so I was able to stay ahead of the sea sickness! The dining room was half empty the next two evenings so I think I was one of the lucky ones!


We arrived at our final port in Rome about an hour late. It was the worst disembarkation I have ever experienced on a cruise! No information and it took forever. We ended up missing out flight home by about 20 minutes! We couldn't get on another flight until the next day so we got a hotel and took the metro into the city. We did a bit of sight-seeing and got a really good Italian meal (finally!) We were both tired though and by the next day we were happy to be home!

While on vacation I finished The Interpretation of Murder by Jed Rubenfeld. It was a very interesting read. The first 50 pages or so are rough but once you get into the story it holds up well. It is a murder mystery set in New York circa 1909 and uses Sigmund Freud as a central character. If you like any of E.L. Doctorow's novels or Devil in the White City (can't remember the author) then you would like this book.

Today I get back to quilting. It will feel good!

12 comments:

KCQuilter said...

So sorry to hear of the vacation woes. Seems like every trip we take anymore has those!!! Love the kitty photo. He looks just like my Rocky too--except that Rocky is about three times bigger!! Welcome home and enjoy your quilting.

Dawn said...

Sorry to hear you had some bad experiences, but it looks like you had a few good things to! Wow, because doesn't a cruise around the med sound so wonderful.

Dawn said...

forgot - I have to send you something about cruises I got in email today... it is funny....

Gypsy Quilter said...

Glad you are home safely. Sorry to hear the trip was not everything you had hoped for. You got some lovely photos though. It's always nice seeing other countries.

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

love kitty pic. fish in your pocket? hmmm yeah, that's why you'd have cats following you around. and all the humans avoiding you ;-)

ooh, pretty blue sky, sorry it didn't last. the rough seas sound miserable - would have done me in. and lousy food. phoeey - cruise ships are supposed to be all about the food. oh yeah, and the historical stuff.

yes, they're on strike here. again. are you guys finally getting your mail?

McIrish Annie said...

sorry about your vacation but your pictures are lovely! and it is always good to get home, even when your vacation is smooth.

Clare said...

Sorry to read you had a pretty "rough" time of it. That photo of the ruins at Ephesus is gorgeous and beautiful puddy chat looks like my Magic.

Happy quilting.

anne bebbington said...

we missed you - hope it wasn't all bad - you;ve certainly come back to a definite cold spell (by UK standards anyway)

Grazia said...

Sorry you had a bad experience with your trip!!!:(:(
Next time you'll come back to Italy I can cook for you:):):)...and then we'll enjoy quilting together!! :):)

Grazia (Rome-Italy)

mereth said...

East, west, home's best! The kitten photo was lovely, please post more. I would have been stopping as often as you did, I think travel photos with animals included are much more interesting.

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

Nothing better than a little bit of routine and comfort in quilting to add to your homecoming.

So sorry about the vacation, sometimes the anticipation is way better than the doing..whatever...

atet said...

I loved Devil in the White City -- thanks for the recommendation! Sorry the cruise wasn't everything you hoped, but the photos are beautiful!