I'm feeling a renewed interest in dusting off the blog and exploring new tools. Maybe it's because Reddit is following in the steps of Elon Musk and turning something that was great into a dumpster fire. Maybe it has more to do with having spent the last 11 days on vacation with family that really allowed me to disconnect, providing some real mindfulness on what I find rewarding and want to focus on. Regardless I've spent the morning (well the last 3 minutes thanks to Reclaim Hosting's great documentation) updating the software that drives this thing, Ghost, and without further ado I figured I'd start with said vacation as a way to document the magic of that trip with many more posts to follow.
Planning for this trip began late last year as I wanted to spend more time with my brother's family and go somewhere outside the US. He has a younger daughter and was concerned that things like "storming the castles of Ireland" (my first idea) would be dampened by the need of younger kids to want to take more breaks and do other things. The idea of a cruise came about as a way to see a lot of interesting places but still have the opportunity for everyone to be free to do their own thing on the ship and I found that Disney had a cruise line that did a Mediterranean tour starting in Rome and moving through Naples, Mykonos, Athens, Santorini, and Chania.