Category Archives: Mark Twain

Innocents Abroad

Watch This On Youtube.com. Watch This On Youtube.com.The Great Pleasure Excursion of 1867 was “chatted about in newspapers everywhere in America…” Participants “were to sail away in a great steamship with flags flying and cannon pealing, and take a royal … Continue reading

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Setting Off On 18-Day Mediterranean Cruise

Brothers aboard the Grand Princess. This ship model is made of sugar. My two sons, Matthew,  25, Alex, 12, and I wheeled our suitcases out of our apartment complex in Kayseri, Turkey, headed for our version of Mark Twain’s Innocents … Continue reading

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Thrilling Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Princess Ship

Up around 7:00 am the next morning for our 18-day cruise. Matthew left our hotel room in Chevekechia, Italy, a charming port outside Rome, to take the crew bus to the Grand Princess and begin his next eight-month contract. Alex and I walked around Chevekechia for … Continue reading

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Italy: Vatican, Coliseum and Italian Wine Are Awesome, But Rome Is Really Expensive and Service Sector Seemed Surly, Inefficient

I tweet:  Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I have only 24 hours to see it. I have read that there is sadness in the heart of every Italian because he knows that whatever he and his countrymen do, … Continue reading

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