Friday, July 30, 2010

At the Beach!

All of our beach days on our cruise were in Greece.We went to the beach in Mykonos, Katakolon & Corfu. Every island was different and the water, waves and beaches were different. Some good for sandcastle building, some good for shell hunting and some good for critter finding. It was hot (lots of sunscreen), the water was cool and we had a blast! Marissa was definitely in her element. She is a water-loving kiddo.
Beach at Mykonos, Greece.

Boats on the edge of the swimming/beach area.

View from our lounge chairs of the beach.

Marissa building in the sand.

A fish at my foot. :)
Lots of fish, but hard to photograph in the bright sun.

Grandma (Robert's mom) hangin' out in the shade.

Fighter jet flying over the beach.
I assume this was practice. They were flying over for about 30-45 minutes.
Not a bad view for the pilots.

Our pilot boat heading out of port.

Jellyfish in the water all around the ship as we were leaving the port.
Thank goodness none were at the beach we were swimming at. Whew!

View of the beach in Corfu.

Me holding some little clams that were on the beach.
If you kept them wet they stuck their necks out to feel around.
That is what you can see in this photo.
Not sticky or slimy, just kind of a soft tickle. Too cute!

Marissa holding a hermit crab.
Daddy's hand is nearby just in case. ; )
We put him back in the water and he scurried off.

Marissa swimming with no arm floaties. Yay!

Old Town of Corfu.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Random photos from our trip to Venice

These are just some random pics from our trip. I am also listing our itinerary just so you know how many places we visited. It was a trip of a lifetime!! AMAZING!! I can't wait to go back and see and learn even more. And, by the way, cruising on a ship, water taxi's, gondolas and traveling by train are by far my favorite ways to travel. Airplanes and crazy, tiny taxi's in Rome, not so much.

This is the view of Venice around midnight as our cruise ship was pulling in to port.
The bell tower in St. Mark's square is just gorgeous.

Marissa sitting on the steps of the Rialto Bridge.

Fresh seafood at the Rialto Market.
This fresh air market has been in existence since 1097 A.D.

More fruit and veggie vendors at the rialto market.

Some yummy treats in a Venetian bakery window.

Venetian bakers making the days apricot filled croissants. We spent over four hours walking around Venice and saw an open window in a back of a bakery. I asked them if I could take their photos and they just grinned and nodded yes.

I think this is one of the only pics of me on the entire trip. We were in a water taxi on our way to the island of Murano to tour the glass factory. It is in the top ten of most amazing things I have ever seen. Worth every penny for that artistry.

From our trip to the Murano glass factory.
Here is how the piece started.

This is the finished piece. It is a lampshade.

An average street in Venice in the morning.