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Lil

It sounds like a fabulous trip! I've never been to any of these places, except in my imagination, but I'd love to visit them all. Although I think I'd skip the road with the hairpin turns. I don't deal well with heights. :-)

Mary Jo Putney

Lil--yes, it was great fun, and during the hairpin turns it was all four wheels on the road so it felt secure. Really. *G*

Mary M.

Mary Jo, I did one of those hairpin turn things in the Canary Islands, only moderately nervous (becauses the guide announced that the driver had just gotten his license the week before--don't know if she was serious or joking). The week after I got home from the trip, I read in the news that a bus like ours had fallen off the cliff and killed most of the tourists in it!

I still would have done your tour in the 4-wheel, though.

Annette N

Thanks for the wonderful trip you shared with us. It sounds like each place you visited was exactly what it should be to be a great destination.
I especially liked riding in the tiny car.
Hope everyone is well.

Laura Lee Hall

Thanks for sharing!! t least I visit places I've always wanted to vicariously. Have you been to Scotland or the Galapagos islands or Australia or New Zealand... or anywhere else you'd like to share?

Kareni

Thank you for a wonderful post, Mary Jo.

I don't think I'd do well on those twisty roads due to car sickness, but I'm happy to hear you had a great time. Your pictures are much appreciated!

Mary Jo Putney

Yikes about the Canary Islands coach disaster, Mary M. There but for the grace of God...

Luckily our journey up the mountain in Corfu didn't have too many drop offs on the side. Most places there were trees and shrubs so not as scary.

Mary Jo Putney

Annette, the tiny car made me very glad that I regularly do stretching exercises! And that I'm short. The contortions were totally worth it, though.

Mary Jo Putney

Laura, I've done LOTS of journeys, and I always blog about them. Here's a North Atlantic islands blog:

https://wordwenches.typepad.com/word_wenches/2017/10/islands-of-ice-and-fire.html?cid=6a00d8341c84c753ef01b7c9286857970b#comment-6a00d8341c84c753ef01b7c9286857970b

Mary Jo Putney

Kareni, I just added more pictures since Typepad was more cooperative today! I always take lots of pictures and I can only use a few of them.

Karin

It was wonderful to revisit Corfu through your eyes. I spent a week there when I did my post-college backpacking trip through Europe. It was idyllic; I stayed at a little family run hotel on the opposite side of the island from the town. It was more of a hostel actually, very basic and cheap. Other than the place I was staying, that area was completely undeveloped. After seeing many of the major capitals of Europe, I was suffering from museum overdose, and it was wonderful to just laze on the beach all day. I remember eating freshly caught squid for dinner, and picking the most delicious figs off the tree, and one night a fabulous feast of roasted lamb cooked outside on a spit. Unfortunately I never made it to Crete or Rhodes.

Kareni

Thanks for sharing the additional pictures!

Mary Jo Putney

Kareni, you're welcome! I'm glad that today I was easily able to add more pictures. It's rare for Typepad to be temperamental, so I'm glad the hissy fit was short lived. *G*

Mary Jo Putney

Karin, it sounds like your time on Corfu was idyllic! (Except for maybe the squid. *G*) I agree about the museum overload one acquires when doing a great cities tour. Relaxing and enjoying peace and nature was clearly a wonderful change of pace.

Sara Stamey

Thanks for the lovely trip photos and description! I've been to Crete and Rhodes and many other Greek locales, and always ready for more! Did you make it over to Turkey? That's on my list, but not sure of political conditions at the moment.

Mary Jo Putney

Sara, the last several stops of our cruise were in Turkey and we flew home from Istanbul. I will blog about our Turkish experiences but won't be able to until July. We had no politically related problems at all--we enjoyed Turkey greatly.

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