December 27

Where We Are ... (Hannah) Enough with the beaches! Today we're off to the Cappadocia region of Turkey, known for its remarkable rock formations and cave dwellings. We'll stay at the historic Museum Hotel, set in the restored site of thousand-year-old stone homes.  Cappadocia lies in central Anatolia, in the heartland of what is now Turkey. The relief consists of... Continue Reading →

December 26 … Boxing Day

Where We Are ... (Hannah) {Editor's Note: These are not Silverbacks] After we spend the morning snorkeling in the emerald waters, we'll visit one of the last remaining tropical forests on the planet, the Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park, home to the rare Zanzibar red colobus monkey. What We Eat ... (Sandy) MINESTRONE, YOUR WAY... Continue Reading →

December 25 … It’s Christmas!

Before we get to the family stuff. Here's a picture of the Three Wise Men following the Evening Star. Submitted by Silverback Bill (Hinesburg SBs) Jan (Morris) Erskine Remembering What's Important About Christmas [Jan (Morris) Erskine] It was 1999 and I was the Social Work Coordinator for the Tucson Medical Center Cancer Support Program. Times... Continue Reading →

Christmas Eve

Before we get to our scheduled post, here's a holiday greeting from Silverbelle Babsje: Dear Stephen Wishing you, your wife, loved ones, and everyone in The Jungle a very Happy Holiday Season - Happy Solstice,  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and even Festivus, too. Your holiday updates on the blog this week have been a delight... Continue Reading →

December 23 …. 2 Days Until Christmas

Where We Are ... (Hannah) Up early, back into the magic sleigh for a quick hop across the Mediterranean. The weather is perfect (what else?) as we descend towards the boot of Italy. Today, we're on the Amalfi Coast, and the heavens have graced us with summer weather. We check into the Belmond Hotel Caruso and set... Continue Reading →

December 22 …. 3 Days Until Christmas

Where We Are ... (Hannah) After a hearty breakfast, we're off to the Jemaa el Fna medina to hunt for treasures -- exquisite glass lanterns, hand-woven Moroccan rugs, exotic spices, jeweled kaftans.  In the afternoon, we'll visit Ourzazate, a desert city that has been featured in numerous movies and TV shows like Game of Thrones. We'll ride... Continue Reading →

December 21, 2022 …. 4 Days Until Christmas

Where We Are ... (Hannah) Up early, hit the breakfast buffet (pickled herring, smoked herring, candied herring), and tour director extraordinaire herds us into the Magic Sleigh. We're off to warmer climates: Marrakech, Morocco. The sweet smell of olive-wood smoke and oranges fill the air. We're staying at the El-Fenn, and yes, those are candles floating... Continue Reading →

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like …

You're Invited! [This was originally published during the Holiday Pandemic, 2020. Now, it's three years later. That's not going to stop us from doing our best to share the holiday spirit. I'm putting Silverback Digest on Holiday Hiatus for the twelve days of Christmas, but we invite you to share our family's Christmas! SB SM]... Continue Reading →

Some tunes for the Holidays

[Here's another referral from SB Bill (Hinesburg SBs). I love their slogan "Never stop being interesting." It's a free subscription ... just like Silverback Digest. SB SM] DECEMBER 13, 2022 COMMENTS1 This seemed a good time to revisit one of our holiday faves, from a few years back. ‘Tis the Season, and all that… We... Continue Reading →

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