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2013 in review and Happy New Year!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 14,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 5 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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A Taste Of Europe with Katakalon, Greece and Dubrovnik, Croatia

I have been ever so busy lately, but that is now the story of my life.  I had to take a few minutes and escape into my dreams back to a trip in 2006 while on the MSC Musica.  We stopped at Katakalon in Greece – this place is ever so colorful – it reminds me of Cefalu in Sicily – oh, how I’d like to get my hands on some of the pictures I took there and then scan them onto my computer.  Until, then….Katakalon is a nice diversification.

Well, here is Katakalon – just a few pictures – we only had a few hours here.

Katakalon, Greece

Katakalon, Greece

That’s me in 2006 in Katakalon

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Katakalon, Greece

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Katakalon, Greece

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Katakalon, Greece

Now, would you like to take a trip to Dubrovnik in Croatia?  This place is stunning and deserves more than a few hours of your time.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

Well, that’s it for today.  Just thought I’d escape to Europe for a while and share some of my pictures with you.  Hope you are all doing well.

The Magic of MSC Musica

Our cruise on the MSC Musica was magical.  Perhaps it was because we traveled in a big group.  I will always remember that cruise.  Here are more pictures of the MSC Musica.  Let’s just say this cruise line is definitely worth your consideration.

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

In the evening, there’s spectacular entertainment, here are the performers after one show

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

Did you know MSC Cruise Lines have cruises out of Florida now?  One of their new ships is the MSC Divina and the reason I am mentioning this is that I have a picture shown below with that very name on it.  I don’t know why I took it at the time (during the MSC Musica cruise, and I believe in Turkey)  – perhaps because it has a little resemblance to my own name?  Anyway, here’s the picture.

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Here’s me on the MSC Musica

Davinder on the MSC Musica

Davinder on the MSC Musica

Here’s my son (looking out to the swimming pool) and daughter all dressed up for an Indian function on the ship – we were part of a big Indian group on the cruise – we enjoyed Bollywood, Bhangra and more – danced to it, and ate Indian food.

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

Here’s a picture taken of one of their lounges.

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

Of course MSC Cruise Lines also depart from many other places throughout the world, including Europe, where we took our cruise from lovely Venice, Italy.  I think my next post might have to be on Venice.  I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Just Some More Turkish Delight

Our visit to Istanbul during the MSC Cruise (on the MSC Musica) was packed with shopping, and savoring Turkish flavors – whether it was Turkish coffee or kebabs.  Turkey is delightful, and so colorful.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

The first few pictures (below) were actually taken in Izmir, I could only tell since I looked back at my pictures, and saw some pictures of the cruise in the evening.  I will include those here, so that you can see the sequence of events.  The cruise stopped in Izmir first, and then we had our evening onboard, and the next day we got off at Istanbul.

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey

Here are a few pictures taken back on the cruise ship that night.

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MSC Musica

MSC Musica

MSC Musica

Now let’s venture into Istanbul, and to the Grand Bazaar!  Many people come to the bazaars of Turkey to get great bargains – you can find tea-sets, glassware, ornaments, clothes, handbags, and many other items.  These bazaars also tantalize you with their aromas and Turkish treats.  Don’t forget to try the Turkish coffee!

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Time for some Turkish Coffee at Red Cafe

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

Grand Bazaar, Istanbul, Turkey

We left the Grand Bazaar, and ventured into the streets…..I must have asked this man if I could have a picture taken with him.

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

I think this is also called the Blue Mosque, but this is of course in Istanbul

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Here’s the Mosque from a different angle

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Here are the last pictures of Istanbul:

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

 

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

Well, I hope you think Turkey is as delightful as I do.  I have only showed you some pictures of Izmir, the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, and some of the surrounding streets.  I’m sure Turkey has many other hidden delights.

Just A Little Bit Of Turkish Delight

Turkey delighted me when I visited that mysterious country in 2006.  We were on a cruise with MSC Musica from Venice, Italy, and visited several ports in Europe.  One of our stops was in Izmir and another one in Istanbul.  I had to get out of our taxi which we took from the cruise port to the Mosque to actually venture closer and even go in the Mosque.  Nobody else in the car wanted to go into the Mosque, but I could not let such beauty and magnificence pass me by.

Here are some pictures of the Blue Mosque in Izmir, Turkey:

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Izmir, Turkey - near the Blue Mosque

Izmir, Turkey – near the Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

This was taken inside the Mosque

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Last look at the Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Izmir, Turkey

Then it was time to get back to the MSC Musica

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MSC Musica

Turkey is an incredibly beautiful country that I have to explore much more on a future visit.  The amount of time that you get while on a cruise port of visit is not adequate enough when visiting a land that is full of cultural mystique and glory as Turkey is.  My next post will include more pictures taken in Istanbul.

2012 in review

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.

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Want a Free Calendar? It Makes For A Nice Holiday Present!

CruiseOne Calendar for 2013  from your Cruise Agent Davinder Kaur

CruiseOne Calendar for 2013 from your Cruise Agent Davinder Kaur

Davinder Kaur - San Diego Travel Agent

Davinder Kaur – San Diego Travel Agent

I have a new calendar to keep you on track in 2013.  If you are like me, you’ll want to be organized and always know what today’s date is.  You can be the owner of one of these calendar’s by doing just a few simple things.

What You Have To Do:

1) Like my page on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/luchaniktravelandcruises (if you haven’t already done so).

Why am I encouraging you to like my page?  Simple answer…..I need more likes!

2) Get another four more people to like the page too.

When there is a total of five (you and another four) – you’ve hit the jackpot!  That is the jackpot for my calendar.

3) Send me a Facebook message or an email to dkaur@cruiseone.com and let me know that you are the referrer of a total of five likes on my page, and mention who you referred, and include your address.

What I Will Do:

I will send you my calendar for 2013 (one calendar only per five likes on my page once you’ve met the criteria described under What You Have To Do).

What Can You Do With My Calendar?

1) Use it for yourself

2) Give it away as a holiday present!

What Pictures Does It Contain for Each Month?

This is the exciting part!  I can’t show you all the pictures here, but some of these places are included: Australia & New Zealand; Cozumel & Yucatan, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; Venice, Italy; The Greek Isles; Alaska; The Hawaiian Islands; Curacao; Rhine River of Europe; Islands of French Polynesia; and Hong Kong.  Where Do You Wanna Go?

Deadline for Giveaway:

You and the four you refer must like my page (http://www.facebook.com/luchaniktravelandcruises) by December 24th, 2012, it only takes a second or so to do this.

Why Would You Not Want To Do This?

Beats me – it’s free, it won’t hurt you, and remember – no one will come knocking on your door asking you why you liked my page (at least they shouldn’t)!

So go ahead, and do it right now, don’t stress it out….press that like button, you’ve done it so many times before…..it’s easy.  A calendar might be heading your way, and then you can decide “Where Do You Wanna Go?”

I wish you Happy Holidays, and also…..an early Happy 2013!