Heading Out Into An Uncertain World

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April 4th 2016
Published: April 4th 2016
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We fly today from Seattle to Heathrow and then on to Istanbul, arriving tomorrow afternoon. We are staying in a beautiful apartment near the Goleta Tower. The recent acts of terrorism have taken a bit of the excitement away from this trip, but Istanbul awaits, with its history spanning so much of modern times, and its unique position straddling Europe and Asia. The original plan was to take a cruise ship (a first for us...) from Istanbul to Venice, but the cruise company cancelled the Istanbul portion, so we are flying from Istanbul to Athens to pick up the ship and continue through the Greek Isles, to Croatia, and then to Venice. We next travel in Italy and Sicily for 3 weeks....and then to Connecticut to celebrate my mom's 85th birthday...

We leave behind our beautiful valley and the now calm Skagit Bay...but we're looking forward to this exciting trip!

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At the airport...ready to go!At the airport...ready to go!
At the airport...ready to go!

Nine hours to London, 4 hour lay-over, and four more to Istanbul....

5th April 2016

Heading Out
You're still following us! We were in Turkey in 2012. Loved Istanbul and all its treasures. Hope you will see more of Turkey…perhaps get the chance to fly over Cappadocia in a balloon! We also just got back from our first cruise (Fort Lauderdale to Sydney, Australia) in February. Cruising is an acquired taste -- and we didn't acquire it. Not enough time in the ports. Glad you will have more time to explore Italy on land. Looking forward to your blogs. Best, Carol and Martin
9th April 2016

We are doubtful that we will like cruising, but on this cruise, we are off the boat every day, so we'll see...

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