You Decide 2008!

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

No, this is not related to the upcoming Indiana primaries - it is much more exciting than that. T and I are looking to take a long break/short holiday in June. When trying to figure out where to go, we decided to let all of you decide. Before we turned the decision over to all of you we went through a few steps:
1. We made qualifiers for the trip: A. Must have a beach/sea access B. Must have cultural attractions C. Preferably historic attractions D. Great food E. Not too pricey
2. Each of us selected three destinations to choose from (In alpha order): Barcelona, Capri, Malta, Montenegro, Porto, Santorini
3. After research, narrow it down to one choice from each of us. To keep things fair, we will not say who chose which destination until the vote is final.
4. Put to the masses for a vote. TO VOTE: Please post on this blog entry with your choice.(And please vote soon as we hope to book the trip this weekend.)

And the Final two are....


The island of Capri, in the Campania region of Italy has been a hotspot since the days of the Roman Republic. Once the holiday destination for Augustus, Tiberius and Nero, it is now a popular destination for foreign and Italian tourists alike. From the intense Blue Grotto to the legendary Piazzetta and the ancient villa of Augustus, Capri is full to the brim with incredible sites to take in.

In place of traditional beaches, a person can find countless hidden bays to soak up the sun and swim in the Mediterranean. Days on Capri can be jam packed full of people but once the day trippers have gone, the island transforms into a night time gem with outdoor cafes and long, cobbled paths to walk off the evening's pasta and gelato.


Because of its perfect strategic location in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, the island of Malta has been held by several ancient cultures throughout its history - including Romans, Phoenicians and Byzantines... probably best known as the home of the Knights of St. John. Today the capital city of Valletta, built from the rubble of the epic siege of the Turks in the 16th century is, "a city of palaces built by gentlemen for gentlemen... equal in its noble architecture to any capital in Europe."

But the true attractions of Malta may be the tiny traditional fishing villages and countryside dotted with the world's oldest free-standing structures and astonishing varieties of wild vegetation. Summer days on Malta can become very hot but the magnificent beaches and secluded coves give plenty of opportunities for cooling off.
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raycrockett on

Capri or Malta?
We loved Capri, as you know, and only had about 30 hours there. We would love to go back, so two votes for Capri.

Also, talked to a friend today who said an acquaintance of his went to Malta and was disappointed -- neith the cuisine nor the people were very friendly.

Ray & Carolyn

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