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Wedding in San Fran

We all went to the wedding in San Fran, so there's really no point in going into it. It was a very nice ceremony..with the bride trying to hold in her emotions, but alas, could not. We took a lot of pictures during the ceremony and banquet, which I'll eventually put up. I realized that although the Cybershot is a very nice camera, with its touchscreen options, the quality of pictures is horrendous! When I say horrendous, I mean, there's a reason why they made the outside look nice. Wow, I took a lot of pictures, and half of them came out crappy. Sony should just stick to making Playstations.


Awesome Cruise… and I ain’t talking ’bout Tom!

The Disney cruise was a great experience and fun was had by all who went. The kiddies chose not to do any of the children's activities (those rats) and decided to stick to my side like glue the entire time. We had way too much family together-ness and I think I am all Mickeyed out, like some kind of Disney junkie who has OD'ed on mermaids and chipmunks and princesses.

Top 5 things about Disney cruises you should know before going:

5. There is sometimes a pervasive scent of poopie diapers. There are 2200 guests on board, and I am guessing that over 1200 of them are kids. The percentage of non-potty trained children is high and therefore you have poopie diapers, ergo poopie diaper smell.

4. The staff and crew are some of the nicest people in the world. They are always smiling, no matter if it's 12 noon or 12 midnight. People who are way too happy and way too helpful scare me, and this cruise definitely has plenty of both. It can't be natural.

3. Cleanliness is definitely next to something, because the ship was always spotless. There are constantly people cleaning and wiping down, followed by more cleaning and wiping. The public restrooms were as clean as the ones in the cabins. Not to mention the hordes of people who walk around handing out disinfectant wipes to the guests - in front of restaurants, after coming on board, before leaving the pool area, everywhere.

2. There is way too much food. Basically it's a 24 hour a day smorgasborg. There are buffets, restaurants, and room service - all included with the cruise price already. Don't forget the open air restaurants by the pool, serving fries, burgers, hot dogs, and chicken fingers. The kids got the hang of ordering real quick. Dip in the pool, come out, get fries, eat, back in the pool. All without having to bother Mom.

1. The entertainment is amazing. Musicals every night - the kids even loved them. A huge movie theater showing the latest Disney movies. Disney cartoons and movies on 15 out of 20 channels in the staterooms. Planned social activities and outings - way too much going on. The Disney activities, music, and movies all put me into a trance. Next thing I knew, I was ringing up purchases in the onboard Disney store.



Greece Pix

Click this link for Greece pix <---- Click that. You've all seen these pictures, but since I have them, I decided to put them up. Start off with Crete. Continue onto Santorini. Finally, end with Athens.

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Dada in Barcelona?

Dada in Barcelona   Dada Gifts in Barcelona

We saw these signs in Barcelona and had to take pictures of them.

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Back from Greece

I'm sad to be back. Greece was gorgeous. It didn't feel like a vacation because we did a lot of hiking, climbing, driving, and walking. We also spent a few hours at the beaches (1 hour at one beach and 3 hours at another). I spent about half an hour at one pool, too. In Crete and Santorini, there's always something to do. We drove from one end of Crete to the other, with several stops in between. We even ended up driving up to a plateau. Very scary and exciting at the same time. (On a side note: we remembered too late that there are no automatic cars in Greece. Steve had to learn how to drive stick shift because I wasnt going to. He learned pretty quickly. It only took a few days, and by the time he mastered it, we had to return it. It was fun, though.) The views are breathtaking. It's scary, especially if you're like me and is afraid of heights and it's getting darker and there are barely any lights and you're driving on a mountain side with no rails and only tiny little weeds that's lining the edges.

In Santorini, we rented an ATV. Now THAT was fun! I drove that up up up and then down down down. A bus drove me off the lane though...that bastard. In Crete and Santorini (in some areas), to get around the guy in front of you, you have to drive around him. Yes, that means that sometimes you'll go into the other lane where cars are coming towards you. Most of the time, however, everyone in your lane will move over, giving you room to move. That's how it's supposed to be. Of course, because we were in an ATV and going no faster than 40 km, I was driving on the shoulder.

We also did a tour where we hiked up and down a volcano, swam (or almost drowned in my case) in the hot springs around the volcano in the Aegean Sea, and then hiked up (or rode a donkey) to the top of a mountain to watch the sunset. We could never get a good sunset because it was always cloudy. All the hiking was insane. The volcano had no steps and it's not a great place for flip-flops. The mountain had steps but it was never ending. I don't know if I had a picture of the steps, but it was insane. It was fun though.

Then back in Athens, we walked all over. Up hills, down hills, up to the Acropolis, down to the other archaeological sites. We didnt take the metro unless it was absolutely necessary, which was only 3 times (to & from airport, and one other time). There are so many. Man, we're exhausted! We need a vacation after this vacation.

Going to Greece is definitely not for the lazy person. You better be prepared to hike and climb and hike and climb. Oh yeah, and know how to drive stick shift. Or maybe know how to ride a vespa. If you want to swim in the hot springs after the volcano tour, I suggest you get advanced swimming lessons. Advanced, man, advanced.

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