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  • Europe 2010: Santorini

    Posted on July 23rd, 2010 Jeff Keller 3 comments

    Finally feeling somewhat better (but staying away from food),  today I ventured to Santorini, Greece. It’s not the first time I’ve been here — I’ve got a ton of photos from my visit in 2006 on this very blog.  Just getting to the island is an adventure:  first you take a tender boat to the base of the island. From there you can either wait an hour to take a tram to the top of the hill, or a donkey.  We had recently heard that the donkeys were not treated well, so we were going to take the tram. Then we saw the line.  So, we took the donkeys again, which is totally crazy.

    Here are a few of my favorite photos from today:

  • Europe 2010: Mykonos

    Posted on July 23rd, 2010 Jeff Keller No comments

    The day started out pleasantly enough: we went to Paradise Beach for some swimming. Later, we strolled through the narrow, colorful streets of Mykonos town. Unfortunately for me, I came down with some kind of stomach bug that afternoon, which put me out of commission for the rest of the evening, and all of the next day, so I have no pictures of the three ancient cities near Ephesus that I would’ve visited.tutorial android

    Here’s what I do have from Mykonos:

  • Europe 2010: Istanbul

    Posted on July 20th, 2010 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    Istanbul is a bustling city of over 15 million people that straddles Europe and Asia (no, there’s no spot where you can have one foot in each).  Aside from the call to prayer that is heard six times a day, it’s a pretty westernized place.  Our ship spent a total of 25 hours in Istanbul, and I spent about 12 of those exploring the city.  Check out the photos:

  • Europe 2010: Athens

    Posted on July 18th, 2010 Jeff Keller No comments

    We got a break from the hot weather in Athens — it was only about 93 today, with low humidity and a nice breeze. Most of Athens was unexciting (which is what I’ve always heard), with the highlight being none other than the Acropolis.  Here are my photos from the city:

  • Europe 2010: Split, Croatia

    Posted on July 16th, 2010 Jeff Keller No comments

    While it was a cute little town, Split was a bit underwhelming. There wasn’t a whole lot to see (that we could walk to, at least), and the heat didn’t help matters. Needless to say, we only spent about 2 hours there.  Here are some photos from the city and surrounding area:

  • Europe 2010: ms Nieuw Amsterdam

    Posted on July 15th, 2010 Jeff Keller No comments

    Our cruise ship has been sailing for just 10 days. It’s the newest member of the Holland America fleet, and it’s beautiful. Unfortunately, it’s also under a “code yellow” warning for Norovirus, so nobody can serve their own food (which makes for longer lines).

    Here’s my collection of photos of the ship. It will grow as the cruise progresses.

    Friday update: The code yellow is lifted, so we can serve our own food again. Yay!

  • Europe 2010: Venice

    Posted on July 14th, 2010 Jeff Keller 2 comments

    After a long, sleepless flight from SF to Frankfurt — and a short connecting flight — we arrived in Venice. The heat and humidity are stifling, especially for those of us used to a coastal California climate.  In other words, we didn’t wait in any outdoor lines, so we didn’t go into the main tourist attractions (though I’ve done that before).

    Here’s my full collection of Venice photos: