Palma de Mallorca – Sacred and Secular

The old city of Palma de Mallorca is dominated by the 13th century Cathedral. You could not miss it as we sailed into the harbor. The shuttle bus took us from the port right over to the Cathedral. We decided to make it our first stop. The cathedral was founded in 1229 on the site ...

La Rambla Ramblin’

Another sunny day dawned as we docked in Barcelona under the familiar outlines of the Castell de Montjuic. Over behind the auto carrier ship we could see the city itself. The shuttle took us over near the Columbus monument at the base of La Rambla. We didn’t have major plans, just a walkabout and some ...

Lovely La Seyne sur Mer

We docked in the port of Toulon on the morning of November 7. The cold front had passed through the area, and it was a cool but bright morning. Since we had had a busy day in Florence. we opted for a quieter one today. The ship had docked on the opposite side of the ...

Three Hours in Florence

It was a bumpy first night on the Mediterranean and as the ship pulled into La Spezia, the day dawned rather gloomy and damp. Not a good omen. But no matter. We had booked a three hour “Florence on Your Own” shore excursion so we grabbed the umbrellas and headed out to join our tour. ...

Civatavecchia – Embarkation and All That

As Rome woke up on Saturday morning and we got ready for our taxi ride to the ship, I stepped out on our postage stamp sized balcony for a photo of the street in front of the hotel. Arrivederci Roma! We had a lot better time than we expected, since we were just here waiting ...

A Special Roman Day

We spent our second full day in Rome in some of our old familiar haunts. No Metro or meandering today. But there were a few surprises in store. We began by headingĀ over to the Via del Corso. As we walked down the busy thoroughfare, we noticed a massive traffic jam shaping up – unusual even ...

Metro and Mixup

Our first full day in Rome started with a short walk to the Spanish steps – just a couple of blocks from our hotel. Then we climbed up the steps to the church of Trinita dei Monti – where we got this nice view of the city aand the Vatican. After a brief visit inside ...

To Rome (and Back)

Well we’ve been away – most of the month in fact – but we’re back. In three weeks we visited: The UK Italy France Spain The US Now the only person who’d be crazy enough to make a trip like this – aside from Justin Bieber – would be someone taking a Transatlantic cruise. That’s ...