Subject: Re: WOW
Dear Ziners,

I see that I share many WOW moments with the group.

The powdery sand and warm waters of Varadero Beach in Cuba.

Leaving the train in Innsbruck, an unexpected stop since the trains in Italy were having s mini-strike. It was a WOW to exit the train in the valley and be surrounded by snow capped mountains.

I also had tears in my eyes as I toured Auschwitz, was left speechless arriving in Venice by train and gazing at the Grand Canal at dawn. Then sitting in the square and listening to music like they did during Byron and Shelly's time two centuries ago was a WOW for me.

The view from our first trip to Italy. We had driven to Rapallo, had a wonderful view of the sea and down below..a wedding in progress. The view of the Swiss and Italian Alps from our Hotel in Bellagio. The gardens there in Spring were bursting with color.

The view from the London Eye. The Elgin Marbles at the British Museum. Walking along all the streets I had only read about.

The view of the twinkling Eiffel Tower, unexpected and beautiful. Michelangelo's David in Florence, the row of unfinished sculpture that look like they are going to step out of the marble and the various Pietas he thought unworthy. Moses in chains in Rome. The magnificence of the first view of the Vatican and Michelangelo's famous ceiling.(how did he do that?) As you can see I'm a fan of the man.

Staying in Perugia overnight and finding unexpected ruins you could wander through. Gelato!

Walking through Ephesus,Turkey where St Paul and the Virgin Mary are supposed to have walked, along with Caesar, Cleopatra and even Napoleon.

Arriving in Rhodes by ship and seeing the walled city as it has been for centuries.

Seeing the reconstructed city of Knossos in Crete.

Arriving in Istanbul by ship and seeing the differences in European and Asian cultures The Mosques and Palaces are stupendous.

The Cairo Museum, where the King Tut's exhibit is enough to stop you in your tracks. The Pyramids at Giza, in daylight and the light show at night where the Sphinx tells the story of how the pyramids were built. Seeing the pyramids while at the pool at Mena House Hotel was surreal.

And unforgettable sunsets at Mykonos, Santorini and my own Key West.

My first drive south on Big Sur....Boy, this has been a long road down memory lane. Thanks Linda!

I have to stop, I'm out of adjectives.

Marta & George Tamarac FL