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One More Sleep!

Monday, May 13, 2013

I am off on my next holiday in about 11 hours. Almost ready for bed and tomorrow after breakfast our DS is taking us to the airport and we fly to Istanbul via Brunei and Dubai.

We are having 2 days in Istanbul before the cruise. emoticon

It's a 33 day cruise around the Mediterranean visiting Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete, Athens, Santorini, Corfu and Katakolon in Greece, Kusadasi in Turkey, Port Said and Alexandria in Egypt, Venice, Rome, Naples, Livorno and Palermo in Italy, Tunis in Tunisia, Calvi and Marseille in France, Monte Carlo and finish in Barcelona, Spain!

We then stay an extra 4 days to really get to know Barcelona.

I know it's gonna be very busy, we are at port 26 days and only 7 days at sea.
I won't get much gym time but at least lots of walking around and sightseeing! emoticon

Not sure whether I'll get much internet time while cruising to log on to SP but I'll be taking lots of photos.

See you all in 6 weeks, my friends. emoticon emoticon

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PHEBESS 5/14/2013 12:47AM

    I know you two will have a wonderful time!!!!

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L*I*T*A* 5/13/2013 12:11PM

    enjoy...........any room in your suitcase!!!
what an awesome cruise!!!
looking forward to the photos......

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LAILA07 5/13/2013 8:57AM

    Wow....sounds exciting. Have fun and look forward to the photos! emoticon

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GOANNA2 5/13/2013 8:40AM

    Have a fantastic time. Say hello to my wonderful
birthplace - Rhodes. Can't wait to see the photos. emoticon

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WALLINMW 5/13/2013 8:32AM

  Stay motivated!

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Selecting a new bathing suit.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

When I was a child in the 1950s, the bathing suit for the mature figure was-boned, trussed and reinforced, not so much sewn as engineered. They were built to hold back and uplift, and they did a good job.

Today's stretch fabrics are designed for the prepubescent girl with a figure carved from a potato chip.

The mature woman has a choice, she can either go up front to the maternity department and try on a floral suit with a skirt, coming away looking like a hippopotamus that escaped from Disney's Fantasia, or she can wander around every run-of-the-mill department store trying to make a sensible choice from what amounts to a designer range of fluorescent rubber bands.

What choice did I have? I wandered around, made my sensible choice and entered the chamber of horrors known as the fitting room. The first thing I noticed was the extraordinary tensile strength of the stretch material. The Lycra used in bathing costumes was developed, I believe, by NASA to launch small rockets from a slingshot, which gives the added bonus that if you manage to actually lever yourself into one, you would be protected from shark attacks. Any shark taking a swipe at your passing midriff would immediately suffer whiplash.

I fought my way into the bathing suit, but as I twanged the shoulder strap in place I gasped in horror, my boobs had disappeared!

Eventually, I found one boob cowering under my left armpit. It took a while to find the other. At last I located it flattened beside my seventh rib.

The problem is that modern bathing suits have no bra cups. The mature woman is now meant to wear her boobs spread across her chest like a speed bump. I realigned my speed bump and lurched toward the mirror to take a full view assessment.

The bathing suit fit all right, but unfortunately it only fitted those bits of me willing to stay inside it. The rest of me oozed out rebelliously from top, bottom and sides. I looked like a lump of Playdoh wearing undersized cling wrap.

As I tried to work out where all those extra bits had come from, the prepubescent sales girl popped her head through the curtain, "Oh, there you are," she said, admiring the bathing suit.

I replied that I wasn't so sure and asked what else she had to show me. I tried on a cream crinkled one that made me look like a lump of masking tape, and a floral two-piece that gave the appearance of an oversized napkin in a serving ring.

I struggled into a pair of leopard-skin bathers with ragged frills and came out looking like Tarzan's Jane, pregnant with triplets and having a rough day.

I tried on a black number with a midriff fringe and looked like a jellyfish in mourning.

I tried on a bright pink pair with such a high cut leg I thought I would have to wax my eyebrows to wear them.

Finally, I found a suit that fit, it was a two-piece affair with a shorts-style bottom and a loose blouse-type top. It was cheap, comfortable, and bulge-friendly, so I bought it. My ridiculous search had a successful outcome, I figured.

When I got it home, I found a label that read, "Material might become transparent in water."

So, if you happen to be on the beach or near any other body of water this year and I'm there too, I'll be the one in cut-off jeans and a T-shirt!


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FITKAT62 4/30/2013 4:51PM

    I can certainly relate to the speed bump issue. Being short and rather busty I have the issue of there being too much material between my arm pits and shoulders, so support is non-existent. I also have to worry about my straps sliding off my shoulders when a wave hits me. Luckily, I mostly swim in far off lands where nobody knows me, lol.

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IKACEY 4/18/2013 3:31AM

    emoticon emoticon What a hilarious and unfortunately accurate blog. I laughed all the way through it and some humor is a great up lifter. I also noticed that you were aware, in a very positive way, that the problem was with the suit designs and not with your body. Kudos for that! Keep up the positive body image thoughts and that great sense of humor! emoticon
IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

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MARYELLEN301 4/17/2013 8:41AM

    I have a swim suit that I LOVE. I happened to buy it about 35 years ago! I actually still wear it, though every time I do, I live in fear that the elastic in it will choose that particular day to give up the ghost! I have another one that I bought out of necessity when I went to Disney World and forgot to take it with me. It's similar in color but it's not "my" suit. I actually wore the ancient one when I did my Polar Plunge in Antarctica and it (and I!) survived. My roommate was going on to Iguassu but had not taken a suit, so I loaned it to her with the caveat that it could flat line at any moment. Well, it survived her soaking and she mailed it back to me in fine shape. As i put her away (the suit, not the roommate!) I saw the "other one" and decided the next time I needed a swim suit, I would take both of them, just in case!

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PHEBESS 4/17/2013 7:37AM

    So true!!!!! Swimsuits just haven't kept up with our bodies!

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GAYLLYNNE 4/17/2013 7:02AM

    LOL - hilarious and oh so accurate!!!

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MILLYMOUSE1 4/17/2013 4:56AM

    Me to Not a good look these days

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GOANNA2 4/17/2013 4:46AM

    I can so relate. I haven't been swimming for two
years for that reason, lol. emoticon emoticon

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'Post Turtles'

Thursday, April 04, 2013

While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75 year old farmer, whose hand was caught in the squeeze gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man.
Eventually the topic got around to Politicians and their role as our leaders.

The old rancher said, "Well, you know, most Politicians are 'Post Turtles'.''

Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him, what a 'post turtle' was.

The old rancher said, "When you're driving down a country road and you come across a
fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that's a post turtle."

The old rancher saw the puzzled look on the doctor's face so he continued to explain. "You know he didn't get up there by himself, he doesn't belong up there, he doesn't know what to do while he's up there, he's elevated beyond his ability to function, and you just wonder what kind of dumb *ss put him up there to begin with."

Best explanation I've heard yet!

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    OMG!!! I love this!

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Genuine complaints!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

From Thomas Cook Holidays - listing some genuine guests' complaints:

1. "It should be explained in the brochure that the local store does not sell proper biscuits like custard creams or ginger nuts."

2. "It's lazy of the local shopkeepers to close in the afternoons. I often needed to buy things
during 'siesta' time - this should be banned."

3. "On my holiday to Goa in India , I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all."

4. "We booked an excursion to a water park but no-one told us we had to bring our swimming costumes and towels."

7. "The beach was too sandy."

8. "We found the sand was not like the sand in the brochure. Your brochure shows the sand as yellow but it was white."

10. "Topless sunbathing on the beach should be banned. The holiday was ruined as my husband spent all day looking at other women."

12. "No-one told us there would be fish in the sea. The children were startled."

13. "There was no egg slicer in the apartment..."

14. "We went on holiday to Spain and had a problem with the taxi drivers as they were all Spanish."

15. "The roads were uneven.."

16. "It took us nine hours to fly home from Jamaica to England it only took the Americans three hours to get home."

17. "I compared the size of our one-bedroom apartment to our friends' three-bedroom
apartment and ours was significantly smaller.."

18. "The brochure stated: 'No hairdressers at the accommodation'. We're trained
hairdressers - will we be OK staying there?"

19. "There are too many Spanish people in Spain. The receptionist speaks Spanish.
The food is Spanish. Too many foreigners now live abroad."

20. "We had to queue outside of our hotel with no air conditioning."

21. "It is your duty as a tour operator to advise us of noisy or unruly guests before we

22. "I was bitten by a mosquito, no-one said mosquitos could bite."

23. "My fiance and I booked a twin-bedded room but we were placed in a double-bedded
room. We now hold you responsible for the fact that I find myself pregnant. This
would not have happened if you had put us in the room that we booked."

Be afraid, be very afraid....'they' are living and walking amongst us - and have the vote!

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KRISTYTROGERS 3/14/2013 7:54PM

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AUSSIEJAN2 2/13/2013 1:38PM

    Oh I love it! You gave me a good laugh. Not one legitimate complaint among them. Some spoilt people out there.

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SUECHRIS50 1/22/2013 2:43PM

    You mean you werent blamed for the weather too? emoticon

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LITTLEWIND53 1/16/2013 1:59PM

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INFLATED 1/16/2013 4:07AM

    LOL at these.

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OPALMOON 1/15/2013 8:40PM

    I've seen this one a few times before but it's always good for a chuckle!


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MARYELLEN301 1/15/2013 11:05AM

    Working in the Airline industry, we had a name for these people. We called them "Bus People"!!!

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FITKAT62 1/15/2013 9:28AM

    I just loved # 16.

I travel a lot and have heard my share of stupid complaints. It boggles my mind that people that stupid can survive in this world.

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ILOVEROSES 1/15/2013 7:18AM

    I agree Phebe.

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GOANNA2 1/15/2013 6:24AM

    Some people eh! How was your holiday and when did
you get back? Are you going to post some pictures?

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PHEBESS 1/15/2013 5:52AM

    Sometimes people scare me - really, how can these people get dressed, go to work, feed themselves, raise children??????

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ILOVEROSES 1/15/2013 5:29AM

    emoticon I just noticed that a "t" is missing in the title. emoticon

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One more sleep!!!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

In just over 12 hours we will be going to the airport to fly to Prague, Czech Republic for the start of our Magical European White Christmas Tour!
Today was a hot day here, 38 deg.C/ 100F! Wonder how cold it's gonna be on Christmas Day when we arrive in Prague?
I think I have enough warm clothes, hopefully. It never gets below 3-5 deg C in the morning here in the middle of winter.

We are spending 3 days in Prague. Never been there, so will enjoy uncovering the rich history of this beautiful city. Will be seeing the 1000 year old Prague Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square and the Astronomical clock, once the envy of all Europe. In the evening we attend the stunning Prague State Opera to enjoy Verdi's Aida.
And that's just Day 1!
Next day we have a 2 hour cruise on Vltava river in the morning and in the evening we go to Black Light Theatre.

We then drive through the scenic Bohemian countryside to the medieval town of Cesky Krumlov in South Bohemia. We spend 2 days in this stunning village where 82% of the buildings are officially registered as cultural monuments.

From there we travel through the farming Czech country into Hungary and on to Budapest. We'll spend 5 nights at the luxury Spa Hotel Thermal located in the heart of Budapest, on Margaret Island on the river Danube.
In the evening we have a traditional Hungarian New Year's Eve Gala Dinner with entertainment. emoticon
Next day at noon we enjoy New Year's Day concert. The day will end with 1 hour spectacular Danube cruise with emoticonon the famous Danube River.
Next day we'll take an excursion into Hungary's history. We will also be indulging in a spa treatment & relaxing in the thermal pool.

On Fri 4th Jan we cross the border into Poland and visit the medieval city of Krakow dating back to 7th century. It was country's capital for over 500 years and birthplace of Pope John Paul II. Saturday is our free day so I invited my cousin who lives in Warsaw to come and see us. We'll be spending the day with her and after dinner she'll get back on the train and go home. I saw her last year in August when her niece was married, so it will be fun to see her again. Don't know when we get another chance!

On Mon 7th Jan we travel across the border to Slovakia's capital, the historic Bratislava, which was also capital of the Hungarian Empire for 200 years. After dinner we go to Bratislava Opera to see Bizet's Carmen! emoticon

After 2 days in Bratislava we depart for Vienna, where we spend another 3 full days!

This is really a luxury tour. Daily breakfasts and dinners included, sighseeing tours in each city, 2 river cruises with champagne & wine plus 2 operas, theatre and concerts in Krakow, Vienna and Budapest!

I am really looking forward to having lots of fun!

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INFLATED 1/10/2013 3:29PM

    I have never been out of the United States. This sounds wonderful!!!!!

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MARYELLEN301 1/8/2013 7:43PM

    I missed that you were on the road again. Your trip sounds wonderful! Hope you enjoyed the visit with your cousin in Poland. I just love Poland! And Vienna is where I walked my feet off! Wished I had had a pedometer back then! Enjoy your trip. You'll need a vacation to recover from the itinerary! That's my favorite kind of trip. I can rest when I get back home. When I'm traveling I want to see it all!

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    Nice, what a gorgeous trip! Happy New Year

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WALLAHALLA 1/5/2013 8:48PM

    emoticon I hope you post details and photos afterwards! I love to travel vicariously through others. emoticon

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GOANNA2 12/27/2012 8:41AM

    I am waiting to hea all about it and photos. You are so
lucky to have such a wonderful trip. Enjoy. emoticon

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JHOPPER 12/24/2012 7:20AM

    OH MY GOODNESS Ania - what a spectacular trip this is!!! Can't wait to hear all about it when you've done it all. It just sounds magical! Enjoy every moment! Hugs, Joyce

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NUMD97 12/24/2012 6:58AM

    What a trip! Hope you get your beauty sleep in before you go, because it sounds like you're not going to sleep for about two weeks.

Enjoy and Happy New Year!


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LIBBYL1 12/24/2012 12:09AM

  it sounds like a magical trip...

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PHEBESS 12/23/2012 9:56PM

    Sounds absolutely wonderful!!!!! Have a great time!!!!

(And if it's really cold, you could do what we did on Guy Fawkes Day - just wear EVERYTHING you brought on the trip!)

See you next year!

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L*I*T*A* 12/23/2012 12:18PM

    what a wonderful holiday!!!
enjoy !! enjoy!!!
is there room in your suitcase for one more????
blessings and hugs.......lita

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FITKAT62 12/23/2012 10:47AM

    Your vacation sounds wonderful. I love discovering new places and experiencing different cultures.


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OPALMOON 12/23/2012 6:08AM

    That sounds like a wonderful way to spend Christmas and beyond. I think it would be lovely to experience a white Christmas - and very different to our heat (42 degrees here today in Adelaide!!) I hope you have a wonderful time and safe travels, Ania. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and happy New Year and 2013!
Hugs and blessings, Nattacia

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LITTLEWIND53 12/23/2012 5:56AM

    Wow, what an event packed itenary. Have FUN!

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