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The Fountain At Carini

Have you ever thought what it would be like without a fountain? I’m sure you haven’t if your fountain is not a life saver. Some fountains are. The fountain in Carini, Sicily is a life saver in my opinion as it’s a necessity. You may think there is not a water shortage in places in Europe, but you may have to rethink your opinion.

Unless there has been a significant improvement since I was last in Carini which was approximately 2006, Carini did not have plentiful water coming out of the taps whenever the faucets were turned on. Long story short – the fountain was where you had to go to fill up your containers in case your water ran out. People would walk, drive or go on their motor bikes to get the water they needed to drink, bathe in and do the dishes. Most residences had to instal a water storage tank on their rooftops to maintain a steady supply of water. Here is a picture of the fountain in Carini. I am supplying two as one is better than the other as it shows a wider area as in my original print.

Carini Plaza Fountain

By the way, Carini is a wonderful place.  I have been there at least five times, and have stayed there for 5 weeks one time, another two times I was there for three weeks each time, and the other two times, just a couple of weeks.

I had this picture enlarged and in a frame.  It was hanging in an Italian restaurant for at least ten years, and then it went missing.  Good job I still have the prints.  I took pictures of my picture to bring you these images.  I hope you enjoyed seeing a little bit of Carini.

Don’t ever forget to be thankful when you turn on your tap, and you are lucky enough to get running water.  Be grateful that you don’t have to go to a local fountain (even if it’s a beautiful fountain) to get your supply of water.

Also, sorry I haven’t written in such a long time, life has been so very busy.  Does it ever get less busy?  Until next time.

Sometime – You Have To See The Amazing Antalya

Hadrian's Gate, Antalya

Sometimes, you have to see the amazing Antalya, you have to sightsee and you will see things you would never see back home.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you have to take a second look, and think well, that looks like something I have seen at home.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you have to turn a corner in this new place, and you will see things you know you can’t see at home.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you have to wonder, and say is this Turkey or is it Rome?  For parts of it are so similar to other places in Europe – don’t forget Turkey is partly in Asia, and partly in Europe.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you’ll have to question – is this Ireland or England? I see a pub!  Then, you have to remember you are in a place that wants to cater to tourists and make you feel at home.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you will see what you will normally see in public, and it could be anywhere in the world.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes you will again think is this England, perhaps it is?  But again, if you recollect and rack your brains, you will remember where you are and be happy to be in Antalya.

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, well let’s stop with the sometimes and give it a break while you look at more pictures

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you will wonder about the time, and this will give you an indication of the difference in hours of the places mentioned in the picture below

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you will want to believe that this is your home – isn’t it cozy?  This is one of the small hotels near Hadrian’s Gate

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you might want to wish you have a rug like this.  After all, aren’t Turkish rugs some of the best?

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Old City, Antalya

Sometimes, you should be reminded of Hadrian’s Gate again…..

Haidan's Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Hadrian’s Gate, Antalya, Turkey

Sometimes, you have to watch my video of Antalya…..perhaps now – would be a good time?!!

Sometime, you will have to see the amazing Antalya.

Blast From The Past – Copenhagen & The Little Mermaid

I had a blast from the past, and my gosh – it was fast!  There was just one picture from this place – Copenhagen in Denmark.  I lived there for one and a half years, but don’t think I took too many pictures while I was there.  That’s really too bad.  Anyway, here is one that I have with me in it – visiting the statue of The Little Mermaid.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Can you tell that it looks cold?  Do you see the ice?  I can still remember how cold it was and the constant snow.  However, Copenhagen is a very pretty place.  I wish I had taken more pictures.  Perhaps I might have more that may show up – I hope so.

Want to know something?  I can never forget Denmark!  I can remember the main street in Copenhagen – Vesterbrogade – and Tivoli – the touristy amusement and visitor park, opposite Burger King.  I can remember going to the train station on Sunday morning to get a freshly fried doughnut – filled with jam, and a piping hot cup of coffee that would warm me up from the cold that I had escaped outside.  I would read a British newspaper that I bought in the train station.  I remember the smell of freshly made waffle cones, and the delicious Danish ice-cream.

I remember Danish!  Jeg hedder Davinder, hvad hedder du?  Jeg kommer fra England, and jeg boed i Danmark hal et ar.  Excuse my basic Danish, but I still remember more of it than I do of French that I took for a year in England at school.  I guess it helped because I lived there and spoke it, and listened to it every day.

Denmark, you will always have a special place in my heart, but I can say one thing…..I’m glad I escaped the cold!

Some Turkish Delight in Antalya

I must continue writing and sharing my pictures of Antalya.  I was only in Antalya for 7 days, but have so many pictures that I took, and I was only in the Old City for about 4 hours, but also took more than enough pictures.  But, can you ever get enough pictures?  When you are into taking pictures, it’s never enough!

You might want to take a picture of a big beautiful boat (perhaps it’s a barge) like this, surrounded by other boats with the gorgeous backdrop of the Sea in Antalya.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Then, you need to get the rocks centralized, and still get the boats in the picture.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Then, perhaps find an angle with buildings that will blend in and still give you a picture that has boats and the Sea in it.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Now, you get all that I described above in one picture.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Okay, and there I will stop.  You get the picture, you just have to take lots of pictures as you don’t know when you might go back – if ever.  The wish always of course is when you are there, that you will return.  However, life gets in the way many a time, and return visits to certain places is not as possible as perhaps a visit to other places that you just have to go to because either a piece of your heart is there, like mine is in London, or because you have family there and that is somewhere you must go back to or you will lose yourself if you erase that part completely.  I will never erase England from my memory, nor do I want to.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

However, this post is about Turkey, and I feel that I have connected somewhat to Turkey – after all – I have vacationed here for a week this time, and been to Istanbul before (for about 8 hours only on a port visit during a cruise), and to Izmir (during the same cruise – but on a different day).  Who knows, it seems like Turkey is part of my destiny in some ways – I feel I will return here again.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

I love these colors, bright red against the green – with the splash of blue in the background – very pretty!

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The picture below reminds me a little of Seaport Village in San Diego.  Why am I seeing so much similarity or drifting off to other places during this post?  Please forgive me.  If you do view the San Diego post, I’m sure you will see some water with exactly the same color as in this one with the fountain.

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

Look at this, don’t you just love the Turkish teapots?

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

I really love this picture below and love that barge – yes I’m going to barge right in, and call it a barge!

The Old City, Antalya

The Old City, Antalya

One more thing, I was thinking about the title of this post and since I linked to other pieces that I wrote with Turkish Delight in the titles, I figured why not use these words again, and this time give you a picture or two of Turkish Delight since now I have more than enough pictures of this delicious Turkish treat.  So, these two are just for you!  By the way, they were delicious!

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

Well, I hope you enjoyed my pictures of Antalya.  Next time, I might bring you more pictures of Antalya or more of London…..we’ll see.  Until then, I hope you all have a terrific weekend, and for those of you in the USA – happy three day weekend!

A World Class Resort At The Delphin Imperial, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

When you are thinking of all-inclusive resort destinations – you may think of the Caribbean if you are from the USA, perhaps somewhere like Jamaica or the Bahamas, or perhaps even Aruba – but I bet you’ll never think of Turkey as a destination for vacation.  Why are we all so different when it comes to our ideas of vacations (or holidays as we like to call our time off in the UK and other parts of Europe)?  Turkey is such a popular place with the Brits, and with people from all around Europe, but I hardly saw one American there at the Delphin Imperial Resort, in Antalya, while there last summer.  Is it because we don’t think Turkey is a place capable of providing world-class resorts and relaxation?  Well, I have news for all of you in the USA – Turkey is a fabulous place to have your vacation at.  Americans will have to catch on sometime soon, and I might as well be the one to provide you with the information.

When we first got to the Delphin Imperial Resort, we were awestruck at how majestic it looked – like a palace!  Both inside and outside – it was fabulous to look at!

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

Upon entering, food and refreshments were already within arms reach of the entrance

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

That’s me above with some Turkish Delight, oh, how I loved it.  Also, you will see a picture of a sign that shows all the A La Carte Restaurants available.

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The next morning, I took pictures looking out from my hotel window – this is Turkey!  I’ve been before to Istanbul and Izmir while on a cruise, but have never been to Antalya before, and now I actually am staying overnight – in fact – seven nights!  The Delphin Imperial is part of a large group of hotels, which include the Delphin Palace, and the Delphin Diva.  They are all very close to one another, but I believe the Delphin Imperial might just be one of the best.

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

As you can see from the pictures above, the interior is akin to that of what you can imagine a palace to look like.  I included some pictures of the main restaurant, which is where we ate breakfast, lunch and dinner most of the time.  In fact, since it’s an all-inclusive, many times we had to skip lunch as we were so full from breakfast!  You wouldn’t believe this place, there was a coffee shop that had chocolates and pastries that you could order as much as you wanted to at no extra cost.  I can give you an example of some all-inclusives that aren’t all truly-inclusive like when you are on a cruise ship – such as their specialty shops or restaurants.  However, at the Delphin Imperial – it was all included, except for things from the gift shop, or services such as the hairdressers or beauty salon.  There were even smoothies, which is a big thing for kids – which kid doesn’t like smoothies?

There were also kebabs available by the pool at lunch-time that were so delicious,and pizza that you could have made to order.  You could have an entire pizza made and carry it to your seat by the pool.  Let’s just say, there was no shortage of food.  As far as drinks, you could order alcohol, including cocktails or cappuccino as well as Turkish coffee for no extra price too.

If you want a glimpse at the pools, here are some pictures:

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

The Delphin Imperial Resort, Antalya

Well, that’s it from Antalya at the moment.  I will share more pictures soon.  Don’t forget, if you are thinking of all-inclusive, consider the Delphin Imperial in Antalya.  It’s a world class resort.

Italy is Entrenched in Culture – You’ve Got to Love It!

There is a place that I could go to again and again, and never get bored of visiting, and that is Italy.  I have been there numerous times.  On this occasion, back in 2006, it was right after the MSC Musica cruise.  The cruise started in Venice and finished in Venice, but a trip to Italy is not complete without visiting some of it’s other beautiful cities.  We chose Pisa, and were not disappointed.  We also went to Florence, and San Gimignano, but I can’t remember if some of these pictures were taken there or not.  I have decided to label most of the other pictures Tuscany, Italy just to be on the safe side.

First, the most famous place in Pisa – the Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

and here, it looks like it’s not leaning so much, but it’s just a different angle

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Then here are an assortment of pictures taken in Tuscany which is the region where Pisa is.

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Tuscany, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Pisa, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

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Tuscany, Italy

 

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany, Italy

What can I say about Italy other than I  love the architecture, the fashion, the language, the food, the place and the people.  Italy, it has it all, and you can get a big taste of what Italy is about just in Pisa.

A Taste Of Europe with Katakalon, Greece and Dubrovnik, Croatia

I have been ever so busy lately, but that is now the story of my life.  I had to take a few minutes and escape into my dreams back to a trip in 2006 while on the MSC Musica.  We stopped at Katakalon in Greece – this place is ever so colorful – it reminds me of Cefalu in Sicily – oh, how I’d like to get my hands on some of the pictures I took there and then scan them onto my computer.  Until, then….Katakalon is a nice diversification.

Well, here is Katakalon – just a few pictures – we only had a few hours here.

Katakalon, Greece

Katakalon, Greece

That’s me in 2006 in Katakalon

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Katakalon, Greece

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Katakalon, Greece

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Katakalon, Greece

Now, would you like to take a trip to Dubrovnik in Croatia?  This place is stunning and deserves more than a few hours of your time.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

Well, that’s it for today.  Just thought I’d escape to Europe for a while and share some of my pictures with you.  Hope you are all doing well.