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Celebrating 50 years (plus)

Who are these kids from the 60's?

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So, as many of you know, we are on another great adventure. This one started quite a few years ago !!!
Now it's time to celebrate 50 years (plus) ...
We actually met in 1967 in our Jr. year in high school. Here we are Prom at Greenfield High School.

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Here we are a few years later ... probably 1970 or so ...

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Jeff still says ... where are my nice pants that I had back then (Goodwill, I imagine!)

After graduation from GHS we separated briefly - Barb to Univ. of Wi Madison, Jeff to Michigan State ...
although we traveled back and forth to see one another (can you believe we sold our blood to afford the cost of travel? Yes, it's true.
but don't let Jeff know .. Barb's blood was slightly worth more ;)

But we didn't marry until 1973 (so do we count the extra years... Jeff says "YES" !
Anyway, next Friday is the "BIG DAY" January 13th 1973 ... Here's the Happy Couple in Jeff's 68 Cutlass (wish we'd kept it) at least we're still going strong, not sure where the car is....

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Right now we're in LA waiting for our flight Sydney, Australia ... what's a few hours ...

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15 .. more or less .. if you've already spent over 50 years together? We hope you'll enjoy the continued journey with us in the land down under!

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2 Kinds of People .... So True!

Who's partner one & who fits partner two?!

I saw this quote recently and nothing could be more true... only my partner usually says "what do I have to pack"?

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Cartagena - a "2 for"

"2 for" means first and last!

Cartagena really looked like a beautiful spot upon arrival. All the buildings were unexpectedly tall and white and stood out against the perfect backdrop of a blue sea. It looked a little like LegoLand made with all white blocks.

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We were greeted by the ladies that were in their native costume. For me, it was memories of the past. When I was a little girl my grandparents gave me a doll with the basket of fruit on top of her head. Not sure if it was from Columbia but it sure reminded me of it when I saw these ladies dance with the tourists. Afterwards, we walked to the Old Town of Cartagena, past a fortress and an old church.

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The problem was all the street vendors who would not let up no matter how many times you said no. The worst part was that our guide left us off near a park to "browse" for an hour and all that happened was a swarm of locals trying to sell sunglasses, wallets, shirts, belts, ... you name it!. We finally "escaped" into a local Starbucks!
(I think the guide got a cut of the action). Never again. She tried to convince us of how wonderful Cartagena was .. without drugs, etc. but for us it was definitely a "2 for".

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The angle of Repose for sand is between 15 and 30 degree

- The Tower of Pisa leans 5.5 degrees on a sandy base

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I bet you know where we were off to today - Yes, the Town of Pisa. Famous for its leaning tower. On the way to Pisa, Italy we passed many typical towns built into the upper hillsides and an interesting site you don't see every day. We passed a mountain that appeared to have a landslide but actually it was where marble excavation was taking place. So if you're wondering where your marble counter top might be - perhaps it's amongst these slabs waiting to be shipped!

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Our destination, he Miracle Square in Pisa, was built at about the same time as St. Mark's Square in Venice. The leaning tower of Pisa within the square is the freestanding bell tower of the cathedral. Famous for its unintended tilt, the 56m tower took nearly 200 years to build. Work started in 1173 and five years later it started tilting, In 1990 Italy closed the tower to offer further support of the tower. It is in very impressive surroundings.

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After checking out the tower, we strolled through the streets, enjoyed some really great gelato and bought a patch for Beka's collection and started a key chain collection for Jason. A fun day but again so incredibly hot we couldn't wait to get back to our ship to celebrate Beka's 17th birthday. Another fantastic day day together making great memories!

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Next stop - Marseille

The oldest city in France!

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Rather than taking another tour, today we opted to take a short shuttle ride from the ship into Marseille. At the drop off point we took a short walk along the seaside to the spot where we purchased tickets to ride the Le Petit Train. It's a small train that takes you through the narrow streets of Marseille, by the seaside all the way to the top of the hill where the Basilca of Notre-Dame is located.

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We also walked past the Roman Catholic cathedral said to have been erected in the first century by St. Lazarus, the young man mentioned in the Gospels who had been raised from the dead by Jesus Christ himself. And we passed the arch which was built as a memorial to those who fought and died in WWI. And in the distance there was a castle on an island that looked just like the sand castle you make on the beach as a kid!

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It was extremely hot once again so our visit was interesting but short enough that we could get back to the ship and enjoy the pools, slides and (at least for the adults) some refreshing long island Iced Teas! Oh, and just to give you an idea of how impressive our ship is - here's a photo of the Wonder of the Seas docked in Marseille, France (Notice it's size compared to the cargo ships and car ferries to the right) - plenty to see and do once we return onboard. Can't wait to get into the air conditioning!!

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