S: Mediterranean Cruise 2010 - Volume One
FC: Mediterranean Cruise | 2010 | Volume One
1: Mediterranean Cruise | September 20 - October 2, 2010 | Aboard the Azamara Quest | Volume One
2: Our Room | The Azamara Quest
4: The Cruise | Venice, Italy Koper, Slovenia Split, Croatia Kotor, Montenegro Corfu Greece Delphi, Greece Valletta, Malta Taormina, Sicily Sorrento, Italy Rome, Italy | While flying into Venice we got a glimpse of the Swiss Alps.
5: Italy | Venice
6: We took a water taxi from the airport to our hotel in Venice - or at least came close to our hotel. They dropped us off at St. Mark's Square and we still had to walk a couple of blocks to the hotel, The Villa Igea. And as you can see we had a few piece of luggage to carry.
7: Our hotel in Venice | This alleyway, directly off the main street, leads to our hotel. And to the right is a church across from the hotel. | Villa Igea
8: Once we settled into the hotel we went next door for lunch. | Then it's off to explore Venice!
10: Ellen checking out the wares of a "street vendor".
11: We had our first of many glasses of wine that became known as "Wining Across Europe", at Florian's in St. Mark's Sq.
13: Our first night in Venice we went to "Harry's Bar" to try a Bellini, a drink they created. It wasn't cheap, but hey we had a Bellini at Harry's Bar in Venice. | A Bellini is Prosecco and Peach Puree
14: We went in search of the bar at the Hotel Canaletto that we saw on Sarah Brown's show on the Travel Channel. They serve wine in LARGE glasses, we got the regular size glass but had fun posing with the large glasses.
17: Day Two in Venice
18: Venice at Dawn
20: Basilica of San Marco
21: The view from the top of the Basilica San Marco | Ellen lighting a candle in the Basilica, the first of may she would light on our trip.
22: We took the Vaporetto from Venice to Burano | Venice | Burano
26: Windows | of | Burano
27: No matter how you look at it - that bell tower is leaning.
28: Time to board the ship! We took a water taxi from St Mark's Square to the ship - we arrived in style.
29: The water taxi brought us to the Port of Venice where we boarded the Azamara Quest, our home for the next twelve nights.
30: Day Three in Venice
31: On our third day in Venice we took the Vaporetto to the far side of Venice and walked to the Rialto Bridge. This is away from the tourist area, it is where the Venicians live. | One of the first things we saw when we got off the Vaporetto was a casket being transferred from a water taxi to a hearse. This made Ellen's day.
38: "Wining Across Europe" at the Rialto Bridge | I guess the word didn't get over to Italy about Ellen and her pyrotechnics.
40: From the Rialto Bridge we took the Vaporetto back to the ship to begin our cruise.
41: Did somebody "toot"?
42: Leaving Venice
46: After bidding farewell to Venice it was time to uncork a bottle of wine in our room and enjoy a few "savories". As you can see we had a little trouble uncorking the wine.
47: We were hoping that someone on the ship could make a good Cosmo so we could continue the tradition we started on our first Mediterranean cruise of having a Cosmo before dinner. Wayan was our man! He made one as good as Ellen's and that's the standard that we go by. | No need to wait, let's start giving the casino our money right away.
48: Koper | Slovenia
49: In Koper we went to the coastal city of Piran.
51: The bell tower at St. George's Church is copied after the Venetian bell tower in St. Mark's Square
52: St George's Church
56: "Wining across Europe". | We sampled some local chocolate while in Piran.
57: Gelato goes well with wine and chocolate.
58: Before returning to the ship, we check out Koper and its many streets and alleys.
59: This vegetation acts as a natural awning over the entrance way.
60: We were welcomed back to the ship by a local musician
61: Cocktail Time! | First in our room... | ...then at a Cocktail Party for repeat cruisers. | Dinner tonight was was at the specialty restaurant Prime C looking out at a beautiful Mediterranean sunset.
62: Split | Croatia
63: Pulling into Split at sunrise.
65: Our first stop in the day was at the Mestrovic Gallery to see the works of Ivan Mestrovic. He is considered to be the greatest Croatian sculptor of all times.
68: We had fun with one of the sculptures!
69: Next we toured the Old Town of Split | An a cappella group singing traditional Dalmatian Songs
70: We then toured the palace built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in the 4th century | Emperor Diocletian
71: More "Wining Across Europe". | He was selling shoelaces! | A tiny one way street.
72: We drove to Omis, a small town on the estuary of the Cetina River, and sailed to Radmanove Mlinice restaurant for lunch. | Fishing shanties.
76: Every morning as we left the ship, several senior officers were there to wish us a pleasant day. And every time we returned, the staff was there with cool towels and cold drinks to welcome us back.
77: The sun was rising when we arrived in Split. And now as we leave, the sun sinks behind the mountains, marking the end of another perfect day. | Pianist Mac Frampton.
78: Kotor | Montenegro
79: Just before sunrise, we picked up the local pilot and entered the Fjord that leads to the City of Kotor, allowing us to see the small communities along the way come to life with the start of a new day.
83: As we were approaching Kotor, we passed the island of the "Lady of the Rock". As with tradition, the ship sounded its horn three times to say hello and the church responded by ringing its bell three times. The priest also came out to wave hello.
84: St. George Island
86: From Kotor we traveled to the seaside resort of Budva.
88: Cemetery in Budva.
89: A little gelato before heading back to Kotor. | They call this YaYa Beach. | Back to Kotor. | Wining Time!
91: The view from our balcony in Kotor. | Ellen "trying on" a new outfit.
92: As we sailed from Kotor, there was a "Montenegro Outdoor Buffet" served pool side. We sailed back through the fjord which offered specular views and a another beautiful sunset.
95: Here's the tally up to this point for... | Wining Across Europe | Dinner in Venice | St. Mark's Sq | Hotel Canaletto | Street café Venice | Rialto Bridge | Piran | Our veranda | Cocktail Party | With Dinner - Several | Split | Kotor | Our Veranda | Lunch in Split | And one beer for good measure | Burano
96: Full Moon Shots | Ellen wanted to make sure that I got in some of the pictures this time. I'm usually the one taking the pictures and seldom get into them. But she took them while I was taking pictures so most of what she got was FULL MOON pictures of me.
98: Our next stop Corfu, Greece...in the rain.
99: To Be Continued in Volume Two