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The Art of Weaving Fine Turkish Carpets

October 29, 2015 // 1 Comment

I love textile arts and was delighted to stumble upon an artisan weaving a Turkish carpet in Istanbul the other day. I don’t know much about Oriental carpets — just enough to realize you could study the subject for a lifetime and not know everything. But I do admire crafts artistry and [read more]

How You Can Help Syrian Refugees

October 29, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Conflict In early 2011, a civil uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began a bloody civil war which has displaced more than 12 million people…and there’s no end in sight. Four years later, the plight of Syrians is the worst humanitarian crisis the world has faced since [read more]

Ballooning Over Cappadocia, Turkey

October 23, 2015 // 2 Comments

We spent several days in Cappadocia experiencing the fairy tale landscape of that region of Turkey.  Cappadocia is rich with attractions: Great food and wonderful Turkish hospitality Cave Hotels: we stayed in Azure Cave Suites and later Fairyland Cave Hotel, where our rooms were carved from rock [read more]

Blue Grotto in Megisti Kastellorizo Greece

October 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

While we were in Kas, we made a day trip by ferry to the island of Megisti, Greece. Megisti means “big” in Greek, which is ironic because this island is the smallest in the Dodocanese. Evidently the name refers to the fact that it’s the largest island in its smaller group of [read more]

Serene Delos, Greece

October 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

 No visit to the Cyclades in Greece would be complete without a trip to Delos, the literal and figurative center of these islands.  The name Cyclades comes from the Greek word kyklos, meaning circle, and the rest of the Cycladic islands encircle sacred Delos. The ruins of all Delos’ [read more]

A Day In Daylan, Turkey

October 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

We took a river boat up the Daylan River this weekend and visited ruins, turtles, mud baths and found some Mexican food too.  Our Daylan Turkey day in pictures: our riverboat captain’s Turkish music inspired us to dance on the foredeck of the riverboat We left Golden Glow at anchor [read more]

Extreme Weather in this El Niño Year

October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

What a difference a few months makes! When we sailed in Sardinia in July, the weather conditions were calm with light to moderate breezes and sunny skies. Then, just two months later, a rare Cyclone ripped apart this beautiful area of Italy, causing death and destruction.  Our heartfelt prayers [read more]

Do you have a Refugee Plan?

September 24, 2015 // 2 Comments

How dangerous or miserable must life be in your homeland to instead choose a risky paddle across an open sea in an overloaded, inflatable raft to an uncertain future in a country where you don’t speak the language? Life vests, but very low in the water. Ellen and I sailed last night from [read more]

Extreme Mooring – the Paxos Challenge

September 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

If you read Rand’s sweet “Nautical Bad-Ass” tribute inspired by my anchoring/mooring assistance, you might be interested to know where this (in)famous episode occurred: Paxos. Paxos is a beautiful island in the Ionian archipelago in the northwest of Greece. Cruiser friends told us [read more]
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