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  1. Thanks so much for the detailed descriptions!
  2. Could you share some details on your Viator excursions? Which sights on which Islands? Anything a newbie to Greece should know about them? (planning for Edge Italy, Greece and Turkey next year) - thanks!!
  3. Thank you all for the suggestions - this is great information! I will be looking to our roll call to see if others are interested in joining, and I do remember seeing some mention on these boards about tour guides who use the tram to get to Sultanahmet - I definitely don't want to spend my time waiting in traffic. And absolutely not interested in carpet shops or obligatory lunch as part of a tour. @cruisemom42, you had me at kofte! I'll definitely consider that place. I was thinking my dining on those days would be street food, but getting off my feet in a cafe is probably a good idea. Well, you all have given me plenty to think about over the next year, LOL. I'm so looking forward to this trip! Thanks again!
  4. I'll be in Istanbul next year on a Celebrity cruise - the ship docs at 11 am Saturday and departs at 1 pm Sunday. This will be my first time in Istanbul, so I want to see the "must-see" sites - Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, maybe Topkapi palace. I've read many threads on here suggesting this should be easy to do on my own, without a tour. But I'm looking for advice around timing. Which places would be best to cover early in the morning - putting them on the second day's itinerary? On day 1 if I'm starting mid-day, is everything going to be super crowded (relative to early morning or late afternoon)? I'd like to get the most out of my time there, and don't mind paying for a tour if that will help me do that. Thanks in advance!! Andrea
  5. SOOOO looking forward to my sea days (only 2 😞) on our upcoming Alaska cruise! Morning walk around the track top-side, breakfast on the balcony, second breakfast outside the OVC, bloody mary-fueled trivia or other morning activities, spend a little time in the solarium, Aspen coffee drink either top-side looking at glaciers or in Cafe al Bacio, attending Brent Nixon presentations, post-day-drinking nap on the balcony, then enjoy dinner and the evening activities! 95 days til we leave!!!!
  6. I posted a review of my December cruise on AmaWaterways Iconic Christmas Markets cruise on AmaLea (Budapest to Nuremberg). What a wonderful trip! Happy to answer any questions (as so many on these boards have done for me)! https://www.cruisecritic.com/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=673665
  7. Looking for info from anyone who has used the Ama Waterways app to send e-postcards. The app says to load in all your email addresses before departing. So far, so good. My question is, once you're on board, can you choose to send a postcard to only one person on your list, or does the app always send to the entire list? I realize this seems like a dumb question, but there are people who have told me, "send me a picture!" who I know don't want to see one from every port! I don't want to add people to my list only to have them flag my emails as spam. Ah, first world problems. But, if anyone has a quick answer, it would be most appreciated! Leaving in 2 days, can't wait!!!!! Andrea
  8. Arriving one day prior to cruise departing Budapest (transfers already purchased). Departure day and following day are Budapest excursions. Should $100 worth be enough, assuming purchases by credit card wherever possible? The remainder of the cruise is in Euroland, also assuming purchases by card whenever possible - thinking $300 worth. Does that sound reasonable? Thanks for any feedback - I'm 20 days away from my cruise - so excited!!
  9. Hi, everyone! I cannot believe it's October already - sure doesn't feel like it here in NC. 99 degrees yesterday. 99 - what the heck?! I am still at my recent high of 215. I don't know what to say, but, I am determined to get myself back on track! I've not been tracking on MFP, so got back to that today. And I've started back on checking my blood sugar daily. Constant struggle. But I've still got two months till my cruise, and that should be enough time to drop a few pounds. Online check-in is done. Now just need to plan for what to wear, and what I'm going to pack it all in. Belle, hope you're having a great time on your cruise! I love the part of your poem about candy and cakes - don't make! My sister and I have canceled our usual cookie-baking weekend in early December (mostly due to scheduling, but I think it might be time to retire that tradition). Jan, congratulations to your daughter, and to you for not gaining through all the celebrations. Ilovecruisingtoo, I'm right there with you on finding the determination - we can do this!! When is your cruise? I leave Dec. 4th for mine. pacruise804, great loss! And congratulations to your son on his first goal! winewanderer, hope you're having a great week katmu, congrats on a great loss!!
  10. Hi, everyone, opening the thread for us this week, minus Belle's fun poem! Hope everyone is having a great week! Andrea
  11. Great info on this thread - thanks, thunter1224, for starting it! I'll be on AmaLea a couple months after you, so my research is a little behind yours. I'm in "aquarium class" too (avoiding a single supplement), and I was prepared to just consider it an inside cabin. Good to know there may be some sort of view.
  12. Hey, everybody, Sorry I missed Thursday's weigh-in. I was same as last week (which had a gain). And today I'm up still from that. Back to where I was back when I started a month ago. I have lost and gained the same ten pounds about 4 times this year, I think! Anyway, I don't want to bring everybody down with my frustration. Just really having trouble sticking with anything. Work has me so busy and stressed I just don't have motivation for anything else. I just don't know what to do to get my head right. I took a tumble in the yard Friday night - got tangled up in my dog's leash, trying to guide the neighbor's dog back to his house. The playing puppies took me down! Pulled something in my calf and have been hobbling all weekend. But it's been getting better - almost back to normal on our walk this morning. It's always something! Congrats to all who had losses this week. Jasonmom, hope you get the answers you are looking for on the keto diet. Robincruiser, congratulations on paying off the mortgage! That's such a big accomplishment! Belle, hope you are enjoying your cruise!
  13. @Belle, I love these weekly threads, and all the support and friendship I find here! I bet many of us just go through some cycles of checking in more often, then get busy with life and don't come on as much. I always like to hear what is working for others, even if I'm not following the same plan. (I go by Andrea, but I'll certainly answer to Andy here, since that's my screen name - I set it up a long time ago when I was more vigilant about protecting my identity online - nowadays I don't worry so much about it.) @winewanderer, wow, Diana, that Panama Canal cruise sounds wonderful. Hope you have a great time in Tahoe, too. Cleaning out my kitchen today and prepping for a busy week. Cauliflower soup, hard boiled eggs, lots of veggie choices, rotisserie chicken, smoothie ingredients. The usual. Hope everyone's having a good weekend. Andrea
  14. @Belle, wow, 2 month-long cruises before the end of the year! My longest has been 12 days. I fantasize about having enough time off to be able to do longer ones. That's a few years away for me. Have a great time! I've got my Christmas Markets cruise in early December, and I'll be away about 10 days for that (7 on the cruise itself). But before that I have a business trip to India scheduled for the week before Thanksgiving. That should be pretty exciting too! It's going to be a busy holiday season!
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