About Cruising the Mediterranean by Al & Sunny Lockwood:
Chosen best nonfiction book by the Seven Sisters Book Awards, gold medal winner in adult nonfiction by The Wishing Shelf Book Awards, “Cruising the Mediterranean” is a feel-good exploration of some of Europe’s grandest cities.
From Amsterdam’s Red Light District and Athens’ Acropolis lift to Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, Al & Sunny Lockwood share delicious fun, playful adventure and dazzling beauty.
Even before taking off on their bucket list cruise, the Lockwoods devise a unique way to defeat jet lag so that from the moment they arrive in Amsterdam, they’ll be alert, awake and ready to enjoy all that the city has to offer.
Join this spirited duo as they explore historic canals, scout picturesque neighborhoods, and wander cobble-stone streets.
In Venice, get a bird’s eye view from the tallest structure in the city — St. Mark’s Bell Tower. Walk with wonder through St. Mark’s Basilica, glimmering in gold and candlelight.
Climb the Bridge of Straw to photograph the famous Bridge of Sighs.
Wander colorful neighborhoods with jigsaw puzzle streets and magical waterways.
Visit the oldest neighborhood in Athens, the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, and the stunning Greek island of Santorini.
If you like being swept away by beautiful places and entertaining adventures, you’ll love Cruising the Mediterranean.
“We write for readers who love to travel and those who dream of traveling,” says Sunny Lockwood, a former newspaper reporter and columnist. “When they read our books they discover how great travel can be. No matter what your age, travel renews you. It energizes you. And it gives you lots of good stories to share with friends.”
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Al and Sunny Lockwood met after he’d retired from engineering and she’d retired from daily newspaper reporting. They spent much of their time exploring California, Al with his camera and Sunny with her notebook and pen. But a serious car wreck changed their lives.
In 2012, while they waited at a red light, a driver paying more attention to her phone than her driving, slammed into them at 60 miles per hour. The collision totaled both cars and filled the Lockwood’s summer with doctor appointments, pharmacy visits, and endless wrangling with insurance companies.
The wreck also woke them up to the reality that life is fragile and there’s no guarantee you’ll have it for long. “We decided to stop putting off our travel dreams for some day in the future,” Sunny says. “We’ve made ‘someday’ today.”
Their first dream cruise was through the Panama Canal.
Next, Al and Sunny visited Amsterdam and cruised the Mediterranean, stopping at Venice, Athens, Istanbul, Ephesus, and various Greek islands.
Together Al and Sunny have visited more than 30 countries.
“We write to encourage people to make their travel dreams come true,” Sunny says. “We want our readers to know that travel enhances health and enriches life. So step out of your everyday routine and take a chance on adventure and fun.”