8/24/08 - 8/24/08
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.
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.