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Greek Island Hopping

Greek Island Hopping

When first outlining our Itinerary we were planning to be in India in early to mid August. We thought the monsoon would be over with for the most part, especially in the south, where we were hoping to get started. However, while we were in Istanbul we had some time to plan our trip. While looking the weather over, we decided that it’d be wise to delay India by a few weeks. More on India in a future post, but, where would we go?

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Turkish Cuisine

Turkish Cuisine

I was really looking forward to having a great kebab. So much so, I actually tried to have one every day that we were in Turkey – over three weeks. (Un?)Fortunately, I couldn’t keep up for more than a week… mostly because it turns out that they have other great food too.

In the US, people love Mexican food, with burritos being a tasty favorite. The parallel in Europe is the famous Turkish kebab. There are a few distinctions present in Turkey that a lot of people seem to be unaware of. If you just stroll into a restaurant and order a kebab you will get a plate, often with a salad and the kebab meat served with a little flatbread and a tomato sauce. While very good, it’s a sit-down version of what you probably have in mind:

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Obtaining a Visa to India

Obtaining a Visa to India

We were planning to go directly to India from Istanbul. However, a slight change in plans had us going to the Greek Islands instead. We would be island-hopping and there would be no time to obtain a visa in Greece. We had three weeks in Istanbul, which would be plenty of time to obtain the visa and we were staying within walking distance of the Consulate General of India in Istanbul.

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Capture the Colors

Capture the Colors

We were nominated to take part in Travel Supermarket‘s Capture the Colors Contest by Caroline and Josh at Traveling 9 to 5. Since we’ve been on our Round the World trip starting in early May 2012, we’ve taken over 7500 pictures, many of which are on Flickr. It took some time to go through and select the best of the best, but it was great going back to relive our memories. Enjoy!

White

The Greek Islands are a photographer’s dream. The mountains, the Agean Sea, and the traditional white buildings are a recipe for great shots. The most photographed village in Santorini is Oia, which, coincidently, also has the most beautiful sunsets.

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Georgian Cuisine and Culture of Eating

Georgian Cuisine and Culture of Eating

We had a unique perspective on the food in Georgia. We were staying with a family in the mountains outside of Kobuleti. Only the father, Gela, was working. Hatuna, the mother was taking care of the house and cooking all the time. Grandma and grandpa were tending to their land – they had three cows, about 10-12 chickens, and loads of fruit trees. They also grow their own veggies and even tea!

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UKR Ferry Ticket Gauntlet

UKR Ferry Ticket Gauntlet

One of the things we wanted to try on this trip is traveling by ferry. Based on our itinerary, we had a couple good options – either from Iceland to Scotland or somewhere on the Black Sea. We didn’t have any luck on the Northern Atlantic, so the Black Sea it was.

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