Rome

July 29, 2012 in Troy, Vacations - 2 Comments

We woke up bright and early on day two in Rome. We had a lot of ground to cover and only one day to hit it all. We had an early reservation at the Borghese Gallery, and we weren’t sure how long the transportation would take. We ended up being…

The Vatican

July 27, 2012 in Tanner Family, Vacations - 2 Comments

Our final destination was Rome. We spent our first day at the Vatican. The circle leading up to the Basillica has hundreds of statues (saints and martyrs) and it is magnificent. It was pretty surreal overlooking a site that we have seen in countless movies. The second I stepped foot…

Istanbul not Constantinople

July 18, 2012 in Tanner Family, Vacations - 3 Comments

When we arrived in Istanbul, Turkey, I immediately noticed how modern it was. I was not expecting such an advanced and clean city. It was fascinating to see hundreds of minarets lining the sky. Since Turkey is a Muslim country, five times a day, assigned chanters recite prayers that blaze over loudspeakers…

At Sea

Sailing days were among my favorites. We liked to get up and go to the gym, lay by the pool and read, eat way too much food, tune in to the European Cup games (in German) and get more sleep than we ever would at home. We had a few…

Athens

July 12, 2012 in Vacations - 2 Comments

In Athens, we went to the Parthenon. The Parthenon is kind of like a beacon for Greece – it stands on a high mountain and can be seen almost anywhere from the city below. We hiked up the mountain until this was revealed: Seeing the amphitheater next to the Parthenon brought back all…

Ancient Ruins

July 11, 2012 in Vacations - 2 Comments

Before visiting the Greek Isles and Athens, we spent some time walking around ancient ruins. It was in Olympia that, according to legend, the gods of Olympus inaugurated the first Olympic games. Only remnants of pillars remain from a stadium that once held 40,000 people. We also spent a day at the…

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