O'Dawn and we have a wake up at 5:30am so we check out and have a driver waiting to take us to Ataturk Airport; at 6am there is no traffic, the water is almost calm on the Bosphorus and the sun is bright and there isn't a second when Istanbul isn't buildings and ancient walls and all sizes of cargo ships and fishing boats anchored in the straight as we drive to the airport. No problems checking in and the flight is ok except for 2 children who never stop crying . . . !
Through Frankfurt airport and onto the train to Fulda without any difficulty. One hour later, Martin and Claudia meet us at the station and we drive to their beautiful home "in the country" as we'd call it. It isn't too long before we're on bikes and we take a tour of the town which was built in the 600's for a monastery. Once again we are told we've brought nice weather with us.
Martin and Claudia make a nice dinner and we talk about Greece, the EU, the US Open Golf but most importantly and Europe Cup 2012 which has
we're having the time of our life. as much as we love our home, the desire to visit new and old places has burned within us since we were in college. only a few states in the US that we haven't visited and many that we want to revisit. during Craig's career importing hardwood lumber, he traveled to Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, E and W Malaysia, Taiwan and Indonesia. before she met Craig, Toni traveled every summer to Europe, Mexico and Southeast Asia. we've visited every Hawaiian island except Lanai and Molokai and driven to Mulege in Baja, Mexico. Craig surfed near Zihautenejo... full info