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Kolander awed by Lands of the Bible Tour

February 28, 2013

	Robert Kolander is pictured above in the dining area of his home as he displays a photo of himself and his daughter and son-in-law from the cruise ship Mariner of the Sea. 
 Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Fulda Free Press Norma Dittman
Robert Kolander is pictured above in the dining area of his home as he displays a photo of himself and his daughter and son-in-law from the cruise ship Mariner of the Sea.
By Norma Dittman
Although he had long dreamt about taking a trip to the Holy Lands, Robert Kolander, Fulda, didn’t really think that it would ever happen. The wish was that “someday” he would be able to travel to the areas of the world were Jesus lived out his thirty-three years of life on earth.

Kolander’s dream came true when daughter Diane Zanter, and husband Richard, made arrangements for the three of them to embark on a Lands of the Bible Tour on Royal Caribbean International’s Cruise Ship the Mariner of the Sea. They left Minneapolis and flew to Philadelphia and from there into Rome, Italy.

Two days of touring were spent in Rome, “We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Rome,” Kolander shared. “There is also a Burger King there that we saw. But being in the courtyard of the Vatican was truly a wonderful experience. You know, you see it on television, but to stand there and see it and experience all of the things that we hear about really makes it come real to you.”

Kolander talked about the beauty of the churches with all of their exquisite architecture, paintings and gold trim. “Those buildings are 1,000’s of years old and yet they are still standing. It makes you think of the manual labor that was done to make them so timeless.”

They toured St. Peter’s Basilica and the Colosseum. “The tour guides explain everything to you. At the Colosseum, they pointed out where the wild beasts were kept. There was so much fighting over religion in those days, just as there continues to be today,” Kolander stated.

Kolander’s tour group boarded the Mariner of the Sea, which is a 15-deck cruise ship. “We wanted a room that had a balcony so that we would be able to stand on it and look across the water. The ship has wonderful accommodations and anything that you would want or need is on board. Gift shops and other shops, fitness centers, entertainment and a lot more,” Kolander commented. “There were 3,800 people on board. 1,100 of those were there just to care for the ship. 240 of us were on the Lands of the Bible Tour.”

The group went to Sicily and saw Mount Etna, which is is an active stratovolcano. on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, close to Messina and Catania. “It was dormant when we saw it.”

The Lands of the Bible Tour group were divided with each group having its own color. Kolander’s group color was chartreuse. “Every where that we went, if we weren’t exactly sure where our group was, all we had to do was look for the chartreuse colored flag that our tour leader held. We even rode around on a chartreuse colored bus, so that was easy to find, also,” Kolander explained.

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