Monthly Archives: March 2011

Arrivederc​i, Baby

My final day in Florence was unstructured. I hung around the Villa Carlotta until checkout time, then left my bag and went out to kill eleven hours until my train left for Paris at 10: 12 pm. Another sensational Spring … Continue reading

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Ancona to Florence

The ferry from Patras put me in Ancona, Italy and there isn’t too much to say about that town. It is a small seaport with and 2 other ferries tied up at the docks. The ferries are quite large but … Continue reading

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More Atatürk

Before I forget, here are two more busts of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. His image is everywhere in Turkey, in restaurants, the Grand Bazaar, government offices and museums.

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Disco Boat

The Superfast VI is a hybrid – part car ferry, part entry-level cruise ship. The garage portion of the ship as it is called carries semi trucks hauling trailers and passengers cars, mostly the former.  Then there are passenger cabins … Continue reading

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St. Andrew’s Basilica, Patras

I’m on the Superfast VI ferry travelling between Patras and Ancona, Italy on the Adriatic. I booked a four-berth outside cabin and have lucked out as there are no other passengers in it. Having the four passenger cabin to myself … Continue reading

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No One Wants Vietnamese Currency

I left Vietnam with several hundred thousand in that country’s currency, the dong, tucked in my bag. At $4.80 per 100,000 dong, this is no big deal but I have periodically tried to unload it, without success. Most recently the … Continue reading

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