Before we took off for Europe in September, I posted my nine pre-trip expectations. Let’s check in to see how those expectations worked out.
All posts tagged: Europe Trip 2013
Mt. Etna Erupts, or I Don’t Get to Climb Mt. Etna
We were at the train station in Naples buying train tickets for Taormina. Unbeknownst to us, Mt. Etna was at that moment erupting, coating Taormina in a layer of volcanic ash, sand and rock.
Returning to Rome: Part II
This time, Rome blew my mind. Somehow when I visited 12 years ago, I didn’t appreciate it enough, it didn’t make such a huge impression on me.
A Photo Tour of Meteora – the Coolest Place in Greece You May Not Know About
Before I decided to go to Greece, I had never heard of Meteora. Greece is famous for Athens and the Parthenon, sandy beaches and Santorini sunsets. I didn’t realize the country was so mountainous and full of interesting sights on the mainland.
On Returning to Rome and 9/11
Today, I am going back to Rome. When I went 12-plus years ago, it was the most hectic, chaotic city I’d been to at that time. Although I loved it, I never did quite relax and enjoy it. Now, having been to much crazier places […]
Pamukkale – A Land of Surreal Landscapes and Strange Tourists
We went to Pamukkale for the surreal landscapes and the Roman ruins. Although very beautiful and interesting, we found the tourists to be more entertaining. Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle,” is a white cliff face formed by the calcified deposits of mineral waters that rush from […]
Hiking in Europe, or I think My Wife is on to Me
I think my wife is on to me. This was supposed to be a European vacation, and based up her selection of footwear and the number of dresses she brought, she was expecting museums, operas, cultural events and sidewalk cafes.
Is Symi the Most Beautiful Small Town in the World?
Is Symi, Greece, the most beautiful small town in the world?
12 Photos of Cappadocia – A Magical Land with some Naughty Rock Formations
Here is a recipe for an incredible travel destination: Start with a whimsical, fairy-tale landscape of hoodoos, ravines, valleys, and crazy rock formations. Add in a series of 2000-year-old underground cities, places where Christians took refuge during times of war with the Arabs, Persians and […]
A Photo Tour of Istanbul, or Expect More Negative Posts in the Future
I was on the rooftop lounge of our guesthouse, looking out over a rain-soaked Istanbul, when I put the final touches on a post called On Not Falling in Love With Istanbul. Shortly thereafter, the rain subsided, the sun came out, and the wind changed […]