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Jun 7, 2004 - Endings and Beginnings

Dear Friends, We don't know where to start so we will start with the fact that we are now in Italy and taking a well deserved rest from the rigors of traveling in the Middle East. Not only do we have hot showers, clean tiled floors, a beautiful view, peace and quiet, friendly people who speak to us, wonderful shops, we also have the satisfaction of knowing we made it. So whoever you are and whatever you think you can't do, forget that line of thinking. Anything is possible. We have snorkeled in the Red Sea, bumped along on the backs of...

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Kandie's Pilgrimage

May 20, 2004 - Taormina

Today we flew over to the Island of Sicily and pleasantly arrived in the towering town of Taormina. It is an oasis from Naples with charming resorts, breathtaking views from all around and a historic center bustling with cafes, shops and wine bars. We love it here. We extended our stay and have been spoiling ourselves with a some poolside siestas! Must go try Rhett's first Cannoli!

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May 13, 2004 - View of Ravello

The Amalfi coast was built under the most amazing of conditions, it is difficult to believe that the hotels and roads actually do cling to the cliffs and even more so that you are surviving the bus drive through it. The most surreal view I have ever experienced is at the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello. A lifetime must see!

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Mar 24, 2004 - Soverato

We are now in Soverato Marina. All the cities along the Calabrian coast have "Marina" in their names. Until just a few years ago, all the cities were in the hills, because the seaside was malaria-infested swamp. When tourist development came, the hillside towns developed seaside annexes. So there are two cities with the same name. It was a beautiful drive. The coast is gorgeous and the ocean is so blue. We got to Soverato around 4 p.m. and were met by Pat's cousin Pietro Corapi. He took us around town, bought us coffee and will take us...

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Sep 6, 2001 - It all started with Kevin on his knee on a Swiss Summit!

Well back in Sept. of 2000, we climbed this mountain called Piz Buin near Tina's village in the Eastern Alps of Switzerland. What she didn't know about was the surprise I was carrying in my pocket! As you know, she said "Yes", and this wild goose-chase for a Visa for Tina, a college degree for me, and life together began. Here we are almost four years later, and the Visa is in hand, I'm three years into the degree, and the wedding is planned for May 29th, 2004. We want to say "Thank You" to all our friends and family who supported us along...

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