Home from the Med cruise!!
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We arrived in Barcelona on Wed/23--settled in our stateroom, unpacked --rested and had a lite dinner in the room--exhausted from 11 hr flite--went to sleep.

Thurs--toured Barcelona--saw the Famalia church--had a tapas tour withe wine in two bistros--tender calamari, cured bacon roll, crab salad, good local barrel red and white wines. Dinner on the ***** was rack of lamb. Delicious!!
Fri--Went to Monte Carlo--brief tour--on to Nice--toured old city--beautiful!! We had snacks and local wines in a little cafe--we had pasta in the Italian dining room on the *****--very good.
Sat-Pisa/Lucca--Pisa covered with pickpocket gypses--tower is smaller than I thought--ok--lite dinner in the *****!!
Sun.--Rome!!! Fantastic private tour--St Pauls Basilica, colliseum, Trivi fountain, Pantheon, Circus Maximus, forum. Great lunch near fountain--clear vegi soup, rissoto with prawns--Jane had prawns with fresh pasta in a lemon sauce. Good local white wine!! Dinner on the *****--strip steaks with a cab. We could not get in St Peters (Sunday) but did tour Vatican square--the whole city is overwhelming!!!

Got to run --will get back later and finish!!

OK we're back--company coming Monday--ran to the store--
Monday--cruised straits of Massina and docked about 2:00PM. Lunch poolside--blooody marys, red wine with the hamburgers--went ashore and visited some areas the Godfather was shot--some relly high up!!! Dinner in the Italian Restraunt on the *****--Lasagna with a Primitivo wine!!
Tues--at sea all day- a day of rest--shopped on board, imbibed around the pool--napped in the stateroom. Mariners luncheon for repeat Holland American sailors. Served Herbed chicken breasts with wine. Met lots of people! Formal dinner--osso buco (no marrow spoons) and a bottle of Brunello Montelcino I picked up in Rome. Magnificent!!!
Wed--Navplion/Corinth Greece--Toured ancient Corinth--saw the marble stage where Paul preached--about 100 AD--there is probably a Greek city underneath dating back to

700BC, but they don't want to mess up what's on top!! So they wait for an earthquake!! Lunch ashore in a little bistro seaside--shrimp salad with local white wine--sooo good!! Sommelier Dinner--7 courses-4 wines, beginning with Ch St Michelle Brut (Jean!)--hazelnut crusted rack of lamb was the main course w/Arbodela Carmenere from Chile--really an experience!!
Thurs--tour of ancient olympia--700BC--INCREDABLE!!! Nothing like it!!
Fri--Corfu--neat little town--mostly good shopping for gifts to bring home-dinner in Pinnacle Grill--Steak Diane/cab--storm outside--beautiful!!
Sat--Gale forced us in backwards--we were the only ***** to get in--great captain!!! Dubrovnik Croatia-- beautiful walled city--Folks over 30 grew up under Tito--speak well of him but like todays government better--democratic capitalism. Loved the place and the people!! Formal dinner--Surf & Turf.
Sun--Sailed into Venice at 11:00 AM--Gorgeous!!! Sailed in the Grand Canal with the city fairly close on both sides . Great views!! Better than on shore--too crowded--gondola ride was not what I expected and Piazza San Marco was dazzeling, but too crowded!! Some rude folks here too--met friends for farewell martinis--to the room for packing and room service!!

Monday--flew out at 1:05PM--11 hrs to Atlanta--all daylite--3hr layover--2 hrs to Houston--arrived at midnite--7 hr time difference--straight to the Marriott--home next day--took until today to get over jet lag---absolutely worth it--if you get the chance to go --GO--we loved this --our trip of a lifetime!!! Pictures when I get some help! Bill & Jane
"He who sups with the devil should have a. long spoon".
  Re: Home from the Med cruise!! by Old Bay (We arrived in Barcel...)
Bill, it sounds like you guys had a wonderful trip! I can't wait to hear more! Are you going to post pictures? I HOPE so! One day, I hope to make a trip like this or a land tour of Tuscany.
Keep your mind wide open.
  Re: Re: Home from the Med cruise!! by Gourmet_Mom (Bill, it sounds like...)
Oh, I am so envious of your wonderful journey! Ron and I tried to plan that trip last year, but too many things got in the way and the airfare was prohibitive at the time too. Now I want to go more than ever. Please post pics if you can. Maybe we'll get there next year.

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  Re: Re: Home from the Med cruise!! by Mare749 (Oh, I am so envious ...)
How wonderful for you two. What a great experience. And Bill, you tell it so well. Can't wait to hear more!
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  Re: Re: Home from the Med cruise!! by farnfam (How wonderful for yo...)
Oh my, I'm so envious - the one place in the world I've always wanted to go and I'd better get off my duff and do something about it.

Anxious to hear more, Bill & Jane
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  Re: Re: Home from the Med cruise!! by cjs (Oh my, I'm so enviou...)
Add me to the envious list! The food, the wine, the sights....
  Re: Re: Home from the Med cruise!! by Trixxee (Add me to the enviou...)
Wow! That sounds like a dream vacation. Hope you get help with the photos soon.
  Re: Re: Home from the Med cruise!! by HomeCulinarian (Wow! That sounds lik...)
can't wait to hear more about this trip of a lifetime.

Everything will be all right in the end. So if it is not right, then it's not yet the end.
  Re: Re: Home from the Med cruise!! by mjkcooking (can't wait to hear m...)
Holy cow what I would give to have a vacation like that. I am so glad you guys had a great time. I'm with Daphne get some pics posted

Happy you are guys are home safe and sound!
  Re: Re: Home from the Med cruise!! by DFen911 (Holy cow what I woul...)
Sounds as though you two didn't waste a second of this trip! How fun!!! Maybe someday...

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