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Sandro Botticelli—Renaissance Man

ITALY | Saturday, 25 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [4]

ONE PAYS A PRICE TO VISIT THE UFFIZI—and the €20 ticket cost is only the beginning. Now you have your temperature scanned and show your Covid “Green Card” followed by an airline-like security check. After making your way through ... Read more >

To Buy Or Not To Buy . . .

ITALY | Thursday, 23 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [21]

THAT IS THE QUESTION. With individual tickets starting at €8, purchasing a multi-day pass not only saves money, you don’t have to wait in line. But which pass is right, a 3-day Florence City Pass for €70 or the 3-day Uffizi Pass for €... Read more >

Florence in the Sunshine

ITALY | Wednesday, 22 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [20]

FIRENZE LOOKS MUCH DIFFERENT in “shoulder season” than on our visit ten years ago in the dead of winter. While the weather then was molto freddo —Italian for “freakin’ freezing—we had the city pretty much to ourselves.... Read more >

Benvenuto in Italia

ITALY | Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [27]

EVEN WITH ALL OF OUR FLIGHTS departing and arriving on time it took twenty-one hours to go from Omaha to Atlanta to Paris to Florence. And it almost didn’t happen!                        ... Read more >

Photos: Florence

ITALY | Monday, 20 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Aruba, Curaçao and the DR

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Sunday, 12 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [45]

MY FIRST CRUISE WAS TEN YEARS AGO—the Atlantic crossing that started these journals. I had no idea what to expect and Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas became the standard comparison for other cruise lines. This is the first time we ... Read more >

Sailing into the Sunset

USA | Saturday, 4 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [36]

WE WILL BE OUT OF TOUCH for the next week or so. We are taking a cruise to Aruba, Curacao and the Dominican Republic on the Carnival Horizon . One of the ways cruise lines remain profitable in spite of the low fares is the amount they charge for extras—... Read more >

Photos: Netherlands Antilles and Dominican Republic

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES | Friday, 3 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery

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Final Exams

MEXICO | Thursday, 2 Sep 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [36]

I COULD TELL BY THE PARADIDDLE OF STAMPING feet that Connie was having her nose swabbed for the Covid test. The administrator admonished her for squinching up her face on the first try and it was only a tantrum-like stomping that got her through. Well, ... Read more >

Room With A View

MEXICO | Sunday, 29 Aug 2021 | By graynomadsusa | Views [43]

WE MIGHT STILL BE IN MEXICO but we'e been plotting out the next couple of months. It wasn't easy but finally made some long-range reservations. We leave for Cancun on Tuesday after our Covid tests and fly to Miami on Wednesday. Assuming we test negative ... Read more >