Mahón or Maó as its known in the local dialect, is the largest city and port of the second largest island (Minorca) of the Balearic Islands which are part of Spain. It is the second deepest natural harbor in the world at 5km long and 900m wide, with very clear water.
The Carthaginians occupied the island in 205 BC and named the port after Mago Barca, the brother of Hannibal. In the middle ages Mahon was occupied by the Moors. In 1287 it captured by Alfonso III of Aragon who established the Kingdom of Majorca, a vassal state to the kingdom
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As we arrived in Spain (Barcelona to be more exact), Brandi’s voice decided to take its own vacation, similar to when it disapeared before our wedding. It would not return until the end of the cruise. To say this was frustrating would be a huge understatement. An inability to communicate in anything but whispers — impossible in any crowded or public place. The other passengers on the ship were vaguely sympathetic, but made lots of jokes about singing or talking too much or Brian finally getting some peace and quiet for the first time in our marriage. Really it was
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The first exposure to France was landing at Cannes. It was hot, extremely muggy, full of people preparing for the upcoming Cannes film festival. Tourists all over the place, and the locals seemed annoyed at them already. In the fist picture you can see the many tents along the harbour-front ready for the red carpet.
We walked around town, Strolling through the old parts of town and through the market streets taking
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With only 15 days remaining before our vacation (International edition) we are getting very excited for our trip!
The sense of excitement and pure panic are colliding and resulting in a flurry of “how much work can I get done”, “how much stuff do we need to buy”, “what’s going on with these cats for a month”, “OMG, we don’t have a cat sitter any more!” and so on.
We will be gone for most of the month of May as we fly from Calgary to Rome, hop aboard a cruise for 10 days and then hack around France and
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