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Three Vacations in Six Months

April 2, 2013

The end of 2012 and start of 2013 included a whirlwind of AMAZING vacations for me and Jamie.  And even though the good old US of A was not on the agenda this time, we were still able to meet up with some incredible friends and family members who flew across oceans and continents to meet up with us.

It took a while for me to sort through and upload all the photos, but here they are in a flying three-punch combo attack!!

October 2012- Mediterranean Cruise!

Rob and Jan were incredibly kind to invite us to join them on a 10-day cruise through the Mediterranean Sea.  Our ports of call were Venice, Naples and Rome, Italy; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Corfu, Olympia, Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini, Greece; and Kusadasi/Ephesus, Turkey.  We also ate our weights in cruise food, and I cried (tears of joy) in Naples when I ate the pizza.

(click below to check out the photo album)

Modes of transportation in Santorini, Greece: donkeys and a cruise ship

Modes of transportation in Santorini, Greece: donkeys and a cruise ship

December 2012/January 2013 – Holidays in Morocco!

At one point, we were nine Californians in Morocco.  Not only did we meet up with Tom, Renee and Tina for Christmas and New Year’s in beautiful Morocco, but we accidentally (on purpose) ran into Lianne and Paul, who had Lianne’s parent’s in tow, as well.  We saw the beaches at Essaouira, the snake-charmers in Marrakech, and joined together for a rousing round of “Sally the Camel Has 3 Humps” in the Sahara desert on New Year’s Eve, even though none of our camels were named Sally and none had more than one hump.

(click below to check out the photo album)

Detail of architecture in Marrakech

Detail of architecture in Marrakech

February 2013 – Honeymoon (not ours…) in Botswana and South Africa!

Most recently, we crashed the African portion of Eric and Lisa’s honeymoon (but don’t worry, the newlyweds got 2 whole nights of romantic alone-time before we arrived).  We cheated death on the precipitous edge of Victoria Falls in Zambia, saw a menagerie of wild animals in Chobe park and the Okavango Delta in Botswana, introduced our non-American travel companions to the joy of s’mores around the campfire, and fell deeper in love than ever with the amazing and multi-faceted city of Cape Town in South Africa.

(click below to check out the photo album)

Birthday Sunset in Botswana, Okavango Delta

Birthday Sunset in Botswana, Okavango Delta

Or, for the particularly adventurous, click below for the long version of the southern Africa trip (a full 160 photos instead of a measly 40 in the Facebook album above)

On the edge of Victoria Falls, a 350 foot drop behind us

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