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Best of the 2008 Mediterranean Vacation

View Devin & Erin in the Mediterranean on Erin.Devin's travel map.

As we come to a close on our 2008 Mediterranean Vacation we wanted to share with you our reflections on the highlights of our trip.

The winners are as follows. Feel free to add categories and we will be sure to respond.

Best Hotel Stay

Hotel Empress Zoe in Istanbul, Turkey with her 4 poster beds, wood floor, ceilings, walls and 5 start breakfast that was included (not to mention they had travel guides for Istanbul that we could borrow for our stay)


Best Man Made Site Visited

Devin's pic: the Colloseum in Rome, Italy and really the inspiration for our whole trip. Devin has wanted to see this since she took Latin for 7 years through Middle School and High School. She skipped like a school girl towards it.


Erin's pic: for my family members this may come as a surprise but the Vatican was my top choice. Mostly because of the incredible amount of art and craftmanship concentrated into one space. The Sistine Chapel would make anyone sit and wonder what the heck they are doing with their life.


Best Natural Site Visited

Santorini Volcano and Hot Springs in Santorini, Greece: Who can beat walking on the worlds largest sea cladera and swimming in hot springs off the side of a pirate boat? Not us.


Best food experience

Still Sora Margherita in Rome, Italy. The Roman fried artichoke, meatballs, kiesh, and cheese cake still call our name in the middle of the night.


Best shopping experience

Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey was Devin's shinning moment. She haggaled her way to stardom and to the frustration of many a Turkish men.


Best Overall City

And the winner is...Istanbul, Turkey. The food, the culture, the people, the shopping, and the haggaling all riveled that of a good day in NYC.


Best Transportation

Blue Star Ferries won our hearts at first soft warm blanket and private shower with great water pressure. While we participated in some cool overnight sleeping on trains. No private bathroom really takes it down a start or two.

No pictures to show its awesomeness....unfortunately. It can only live in our memories.

Posted by Erin.Devin 07:13

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Devin & Erin,
Thank you so much for taking me along on this wonderful trip from my lazy-boy-chair at home. It was amazing seeing all of the things that you ate, saw and did. Maybe one day I’ll send back a video of Mom and I on our ATV winding around cliffs so you can hold on to the edge of your chair. Actually I’m really proud of how brave the both of you were to do the things that you did and go to the places that you went to.
Devins Dad

by Devins Dad

Wow, what a amazing trip. I felt that I was there with you- I kept trying to taste the food but couldn't quite manage it (better for my diet that way) Can't wait to hear your voices!!!!

by iles1981

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