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Gail Graham
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The Golden Age and the Idle Rich
We joined the history walk that leaves twice a week from the Glorietta Bay Inn's Music Room. But before we set off, our guide Nancy told us a bit about San Diego's short -- but rather astonishing -- history. It begins with America's so-called Golden Age (18...
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Dogs on Cruise Ships: A Billion Dollar Market
So why can't everybody take their dog on a cruise ship? This question crossed my mind again and again during our trip. Most of the passengers aboard the Azamara Quest loved Xingxing, and went out of their way to approach us, strike up conversations and even...
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Disembarkation: Lessons Learned
And now our Adriatic Idyll is over.  When we wake up this morning, we're already moored at Rome's port. We'll disembark and then we'll board a bus for the longish ride to the Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport where we'll catch our flight back to the U...
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Last Stop, Sorrento
Actually, it was supposed to be Capri.  But there was some sort of dispute about tenders. Azamara Quest has its own tenders, but the people in Capri were apparently insisting upon using their tenders, which the Azamara people did not feel were sufficiently ...
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Amalfi and Pompeii
Amalfi is gorgeous. The little hotels clinging to the sides of the cliffs, the clear, blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the sunshine … I want to rent one of these villas and spend the whole day on my veranda, sipping Italian wine and watching the sea. I...
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Next Stop: Naxos and Mt. Etna
Parga and Naxos are both tender ports, and getting on and off the tender is a bit complicated. Xingxing balks as soon as he sees the space between the tender and the dock. Someone has to pick him up and deposit him on the far side, and someone else has to h...
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Beyond Parga: Black Rocks and Baklava
Parga is a pretty little Greek port and I would have loved to explore it, but we're booked on a tour to Dodona, the site of the oldest oracle in Greece. It's even older than the Delphi Oracle, dedicated to the worship of Zeus Dodonaios and mentioned in the ...
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A Pause in Pennsylvania
Traveling straight through from Phoenix to Venice -- a four-hour flight followed by a nine-hour flight -- would have been too much for Xingxing, not to mention me!  So we overnighted in Philadelphia, at a cute "concept" hotel near the airport called Aloft. ...
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For our previous trips to Mexico, Canada, the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Haiti, the only documentation Xingxing needed was a little pink slip, signed by our veterinarian. One copy was sent to the USDA office in Albuquerque, New Mexico (we don't have a ...
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Getting Ready for the European Adventure
We're all set.  In less than 24 hours, the European Adventure begins. We'll fly to Philadelphia, and stay overnight. The next day, we'll fly to Venice.  We'll have three days in Venice before boarding our Azamara Club cruise.  Quite an adventure for a littl...
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