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Thank you so much for taking the time to visit. Hope you enjoy your stay. I blog here whenever I feel the need. This blog was created at the time my memoir came out, in February, 2009. Its motto was: creating a life of inner peace and self-acceptance from the depths of despair. Now, my focus is sharing this journey we call life.

“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

We're back...

Well,  after multiple delays and mechanical problems on planes, I'm home safe and sound and incredibly jet-lagged. Got home Friday around noon and just can't seem to get back into this time zone. I had tickets to see Lily Tomlin Saturday night (purchased months and months ago) and was so excited to see her in person and I only heard about half of what she said - I kept nodding off.
Here are some pics from our Mediterranean cruise. They're actually in reverse order of how we did our trip. We flew into Venice, then got on cruise ship the next day. We went to Ravenna, Italy, Ibiza, Spain, Valencia, Spain, Mallorca de la Palma, Spain, Montenegro, Dubrovnik, Croatia, and ended in Barcelona, Spain. The trip was a mixture of good and bad, but on balance, good. Torrential downpours in three of the port stops were challenging, but still okay.
 Hope you are all doing well.
Blessings,
Karen

























































































































13 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Welcome home! Sorry you slept through half of the show. Despite the rain, looks like you saw some amazing places.

Karen Walker said...

We did, Alex. I especially loved Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen - looks amazing and what a great trip to have taken ... lots of places seen - such history ... I'd love to get to Dubrovnik at some stage ... cheers and welcome back - Hilary

Karen Walker said...

Thanks, Hilary. Dubrovnik was definitely the highlight, although it's extremely crowded now because folks are traveling there instead of Turkey.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I'm sorry such a beautiful trip had to be marred by anything bad. I'd take rain. When we went to Scotland, it snowed and I about froze to death.

Isn't it good to be home?

Karen Walker said...

Diane,I don't mind rain, but this was torrential monsoon rain. My shoes never dried out. Yes,it is so good to be home.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you're home safe. Awesome that you even tried to stay awake to see Lily Tomlin. I'd love to see her too.

nashvillecats2 said...

Welcome back Karen and thanks for sharing those wonderful pictures.

Yvonne.

Patricia Stoltey said...

Great photos, Karen. It looks like you had a wonderful time in spite of the rains.

Jacqui Murray said...

What a fun trip! I hope international flights are nicer than American ones. I'm heading back East tomorrow and not looking forward to it.

Sharon Lippincott said...

Awesome pictures. I especially love the ones with red tile roofs. Sounds like a great cruise. What line? Your report on Transylvania was spot on, and we already have Dubrovnik on our bucket list. Thanks for the additional recommendation.

Karen Walker said...

Natalie, hope you do get to see her - she's hilarious
yvonne, thanks, you're welcome
Patricia, we did have a lovely trip
Jacqui, I wish you luck - our biggest problem was here in states getting from Charlotte NC to Phoenix
Sharon, That's wonderful - glad it was useful

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