April 30, 2017

I went on a cruise

On March 25th I left Orlando for a 3-week cruise.  Yes, life is hard.

This is how the cruise came about.  On our last cruise, for our 50th anniversary, Bob and I met a great couple, Mark and Rhonda, and ended up spending most of our dinners with them.  Both Bob and Mark were retired policemen, Bob from LAPD and Mark from Western Australian.  We all hit it off and kept in touch.  Last year I decided that I'd be "ready" to go on a cruise this year. I contacted Mark and Rhonda asking that they let me know when they next cruised.  They emailed back almost immediately that they had just booked a cruise and hoped that I would join them and another couple.

Mark, Rhonda, Jan, Verna, and Garry.

So we cruised the Western Carribean, then went up to Bermuda before crossing the Atlantic and stopping in Portugal and ending the cruise in Barcelona.  The five of us stayed in Barcelona for 7 days and had a great time.

One of the highlights of this trip was meeting up with another bookseller, Melissa, from B&N.  Her career has let her see a lot of the world, right now she's in Madrid, and came to Barcelona to have dinner with us.  Such a treat.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my life with me,

April 28, 2017

Savannah, GA ~ I'm playing catch up

In February I flew to Savannah, to attend and volunteer at Quiltcon, the Modern Quilt Guild's convention.  The MQG is a non-profit, so they basically run on volunteers.  Last year I volunteered in Pasadena and I had so much fun that I decided to do it again this year.

Of course I scheduled extra time to see the city.  I hadn't been in Savannah since I was a young girl, so it was really all "new to me".  Here are some of the photos I took of the city.

There were many cobblestone and brick streets.  Sometimes walking was a challenge!

The convention center was on an island.  There was one hotel on the island, but most of us stayed on the "mainland".  That way we were close to all the restruants and shops.  We took the free ferry over the the convention center everyday.

One of the unique shops on the waterfront; I couldn't resist snapping a photo with Bob's name in it!

Savannah has many statues commemorating its varied history.

The moss on the trees was picturesque.

The Vietnam Memorial was very moving.

This is City Hall, the dome is visable all around town.

Another wonderful commemorative statue.

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April 27, 2017

Savannah, GA

I attended a conference in Savannah at the end of February.  It was the modern quilters conference called Quiltcon.  Last year it was in Pasadena, about an hour and a half drive from me.  I volunteered for 4 days and had a great time. I decided to go again this year and volunteer; and wouldn't you know, I had another great time.  I spent plenty of time walking around Old Town Savannah, it's just a lovely town.

One of the first things I did after checking into the hotel was ask one of the staff where to find dinner.  I was directed to River Street. The top photo shows the riverboat, Georgia Queen that I encountered that first night.  The next morning I took some daylight photos, too.

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