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I'm Back (European trip report)

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I'm a baaad blogger.

It's been a while, sorry 'bout that.  We were on vacation 'til the 5th, then I got massively jetlagged (which was weird, because I didn't have any jet lag issues on the trip to Istanbul, usually I have problems going west to east, not east to west).

 

Anyway, we had a great time on the vacation - there were 11 of us traveling (the 4 West Coast Ostermans, 3 of my 4 siblings, my younger brothers girlfriend, my step-mom, our "adopted grandparents"), so we were quite the pack.  We started in Istanbul, staying at the Four Seasons (I HIGHLY recommend it - it's in the Sultanamhet, literally steps away from the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque,and Topkapi Palace.  The Hagia Sofia:

 

We then moved to the Greek Isles. Visiting Santorini, we hiked up to the top of the remnants of the old Thera volcano - it's still active (if not very).  I kinda went a bit overboard taking pictures of Bougainvillea, for whatever reason, I just find it picturesque.  This is a house I ran into in Oia (2nd largest city on Santorini):

Next on to Naphtlion.  We visited the ruins of Mycenia, and had an awesome lunch in a small cafe in the harbor.  We left early in the evening, so I was able to get a couple of evening pictures (an unnamed fort in the harbor):

After Naphtlion, came the city of Itea, which is where the Oracle at Delph is (a rock wall at the oracle):

Then to Corphu (where they offer bowling at their casino):

 and Korkula (in Croatia).  At Korkula, we went swimming in the Aegean sea, the water was WONDERFUL.

 

We finally ended up in Venice (on a water taxi ride to the island of Morano):

This was the view from our hotel:

And, for my sister Edie, a laundry picture (she collects them):

I'm a bit annoyed at the cruise line (Seabourn), but except for the issues we had with the cruise, the trip really was magical.  I ended up taking close to a thousand pictures, of which we're likely to print up and frame a dozen or so.

The reason there are so many Venice pictures here was simply because the city is so unbelievably photogenic.  I really was blown away by it - the color palate there is different than any other city to which I've been.

 

 

Anyway, after we got back and I recovered from jet lag, I got dropped into an insanely high priority project that only finished up on Tuesday, I spent today recovering from that project.

But I'm back, and ready to resume blogging.  For real this time :)

 

  • Nice to have you back (online).

    The island in Croatia is Korcula not Korkula. And the sea around it is Adriatic sea.

    Marko (European from Slovenia :)

  • Welcome back Larry. I've missed your blogging. Good to here you had a great trip. Thanks for sharing some of the moments with us.  You may have just missed the heatwave we are now having - I am in Germany near Heidelberg and it was 37 C yesterday.
  • Funny thing is that I always have had the same problem with jet travel. Everytime I fly from the US to Asia or the far east, no problem. It's just a really long day. Get on a plane, chase the sun, stay up late, no worries at all.

    Everytime I fly home from the Far East, I'm a piece of garbage for a week. Can't go to sleep on time, can't stay awake during the day because I didn't sleep the night before.

    Bottom line, travel sucks.
  • Good to know you're back safe. And to know that the Osterman Several Weeks' Vacation wasn't some Peckinpah sequel. Nice eye candy, btw.
    ;-)
  • Nice pics! :)

    I'd like to recommend you do a cruise in Norway the next time! You take the "Hurtigruten" from Bergen and all the way up north to "Nordkapp" (Northcape). It's absolutly wonderful!
    (http://www.hurtigruten.com/en/default.aspx)

    Or you can join one of the many cruiseliners that stop by in Norwegian Fjords!
    (http://www.cruisenorway.com/index.html)
    (http://www.scantours.com/norwegian_cruise.htm)

    I'd personally like to go on a roadtrip to the US... Or back down-under on a "Walkabout". :)
  • > Sofia

    When I was there, they were doing repair work on the inside of the dome.

    Counting the stairs... 11 stories up.

    And this in a ~1500 year old building.

    Incredable.
  • Those are some pretty nicely shot photos. I have a feeling you took a Photography 101 class at some stage.
  • Richard, they're STILL doing repair work on the dome.

    And BobTurbo, No, no photography courses, except for a couple in high school.  But I've been taking photos since I was 13.  In addition, I'm having a great deal of fun with my DSLR.

    Marko, thanks - I'll fix it.
  • Larry-- I notice that you put the laundry shot in the prominant last place (star of the show) position... laundry beats bougainvillea every time :)  The pics here are just great.

    And, I'd like a copy when you get a chance. I'm off to see Andrew in an hour.
    Edie
  • Larry-- I notice that you put the laundry shot in the prominant last place (star of the show) position... laundry beats bougainvillea every time :)  The pics here are just great.

    And, I'd like a copy when you get a chance. I'm off to see Andrew in an hour.
    Edie
  • Woo-hoo!  Over there on the far left of the first photo, vertically around the center: is that Larry cloud-surfing?  I think it is!
  • Hi Larry and welcome back.

    Question though on the one shot of the Venice Taxi (3rd picture from the bottom) I notice just a couple small hands there? You throw one of the siblings overboard? ;-)

    Also why did the bowling at the Casino suprise you? They have bowling at several Casino's in Las Vegas.
  • Jeff, if I remember, one of the hands is my brother Andrew's, the other's his girlfriend Amanda's.  But I'm not sure.

    They're both 21, I believe (Andrew is (today!), I'm not sure about Amanda), so the hands aren't THAT small :)

    And I've been to Vegas many times and I've never noticed any casinos that offer bowling as an attraction.

    Star Trek?  Yes.
    Jousting? Yes.
    Shopping? Yes.
    Magic Shows? Yes.
    Circuses? Yes.
    Roller Coasters? Yes.
    Amusement Parks? Yes. (the MGM Grand used to have one behind the hotel)
    Nekkid Ladies? Yes.

    But I don't think I've ever seen bowling.  Learn something every day.
  • Ahh the Orleans Casino has a huge bowling alley, movie theater arcade, etc on the second floor and then on the strip I ran into another one, they are usually like a second floor attraction. Off the Casino floor. Then again some of those Casino's you can get lost in for hours.
  • Nice pictures and post! Trip around Europe is cool! From all named countries I visited Santorini and Istanbul. I can't forget my Santorini holidays! And I also stayed at Four Seasons. It's a really fantastic hotel, the same as <a href="http://www.cyprushotelsguide.net/four_seasons.shtml">Four Seasons</a> in Cyprus! Both hotels are with high quality service!
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