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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Come Sail Away

OK, the first thing you think of, well if you're close to my age...or addicted to your parents music, is the classic song from the Chicago band, STYX.

This time the title refers to a classic journey through classical history aboard the Norwegian Jade.

Beginning our journey this Saturday in Barcelona, first order of business is to pop open a bottle of Spanish Red Wine, dance the Flamingo and try to get the rabid Barcelona football (read:  Soccer) fans to get their sets ready for real American Football during the AFC & NFC Championships.

Next stop Rome...the Eternal City beckons to me once again.  Eleven years after my first visit in 2000, I look forward to once again embracing the phrase, "When in Rome, do as the Romans do!"

Sailing away for the first time to the land where the legend of the "River Styx" flowed in classical mythology...Athens, the most powerful of the ancient Greek City States, is the birth place of western civilization.  I haven't gone "Greek" since my Alpha Tau Omega frat days at Murray State University in the late 70's.

Next stop, Turkey, where East meets West since the first century A.D., and where I enter, albeit a more civilized and tolerant form, the Muslim world for the first time.  I will say that since I was a kid looking into the eventide sky, the Crescent Moon and One Star has been a powerful sign for me in my life.  Smoking a hookah with a strong coffee is high on my list.

Egypt is the birthplace of civilization.  Since a child of eight browsing through the history books of my public library, up to the television series Stargate, I have avidly devoured ancient Egyptian history and culture.  To realize that I'll be standing where Pharaohs once tread in Cairo, and where Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar and Cleopatra roamed in Alexandria is truly a dream come true!

Finally this errant Knight wraps up his seafaring journey of discovery in the Island of Malta, ancient home of the Knights of St. John.

Channeling the spirit of Humphrey Bogart's character Sam Spade in the 1941 movie, "The Maltese Falcon", when he responded to Brigid O'Shaughnessy's statement of how she wasn't really as good as people thought, he said...and I echo..."You know, that's good, because if you actually were as innocent as you pretend to be, we'd never get anywhere."

Here's to living life, chasing dreams, partaking in journey's of discovery and to not pretending to be innocent!

Sir Hook the Mediterranean Pirate of Warrick


  1. I am dying of jealousy. What an amazing trip!

    As I've mentioned before, I'm sure, I am adopted and have no idea about my national origin, but based on my appearance I have, at one point or another, been claimed (she's one of ours) by the Italians, the Greeks, the Jews and the all-encompassing Middle Easterners. When asked about nationality now, I tend to just say, "something Mediterranean". I can therefore only assume that I would have at the very least fit in and possibly even felt a calling from 'home'.

    This is a trip that is definitely on my bucket list...

    Lady T whose heart is in the Mediterranean while her feet are in Ohio

  2. Safe travels my friend.
    Drink in all the Mediterranean has to offer!
    Go Greek, but wear lots of sun screen!

    Sir Bowie

  3. surrounded by snow
    white, white, everywhere, a sign
    of future water

    water that will go to the stream, to the river, to the sea

    oh to be surrounded by water, rather than snow


    reading today in the Upper Room: to everything there is a season...this is your season in the Sun!

  4. Brother Dave!

    Hope you and Miss Aileen have a most enjoyable and memorable cruise across the Ancient World....and hope you didn't have to spend more than 3 euros for that good bottle of Spanish red wine you were hoping to have in Barcelona!


    Sir Richard