S: Mediterranean Cruise - October 2010
FC: Mediterranean Cruise Spain, France, Monaco, Italy October 21 - November 1, 2010
3: Thursday, October 21 - We arrived in Barcelona, Spain, and met up with Greg and Heather. We enjoyed spending time on La Rambla which was brimming with entertainers, cafes, and buskers.
4: Open air market on La Rambla.
8: Friday, October 22 - We took a bus tour through the streets of Barcelona, seeing the contrast between architectural styles over the last centuries.
11: Construction of Sagrada Familia began in 1882 - Gaudi took over in 1883. It is now funded by private donations only. Expected date of completion - 2026.
12: Saturday, October 23 - We made our way to the port in Barcelona to board the Azamara Quest.
15: Sunday, October 24 - We arrived in St. Tropez, located in southern France on the French Riviera. This port city is filled with little streets, shops and cafes.
18: Monday, October 25 - We docked in Cannes and took a road tour to Frejus including the Bishop's quarters, Cathedral and Baptistery. | From Frejus we traveled to the resort town of St-Raphael.
21: Monument to the US infantry who, together with the French allied forces, moved across France and Austria during WWII.
22: French Riviera along the Golden Corniche Road.
24: Tuesday, October 26 - We docked in Monte Carlo, belonging to the Principality of Monaco, which has an area of less than 2 square kms, and is the 2nd smallest independent state in the world. | Prince Albert's yacht.
25: Monte Carlo is home to the Circuit de Monaco where the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix takes place.
26: The Prince's Palace on top of Monaco Rock.
28: The Grand Casino of Monaco.
29: Wednesday, October 27 - We docked at Livorno, Italy, traveled to Greve in Chianti and sampled wine at Le Cantine di Grevein.
31: We traveled through the beautiful Tuscan countryside with vineyards and olive trees to the Verrazzano Castle for a wonderful dinner (and lots of wine).
34: Harvesting olives for the production of olive oil in Tuscany.
37: Thursday, October 28 - We traveled through the Tuscan countryside to the village of Volterra, that sits on a rocky plateau and is surrounded by medieval ramparts. We visited an Alabaster workshop and store. Alabaster is quarried in the surrounding area of Volterra.
38: Roman ruins in Volterra.
40: We stopped for lunch at a farmhouse - Fattoria San Donato in San Gimignano that produces wine extra-virgin olive oil and saffron.
42: Leaning Tower of Pisa - The bell tower began leaning during construction in 1173 because of the foundation settling unevenly as builders reached the fourth story.
44: Friday, October 29 - We arrived in Elba (Portoferraio) the capital and main port on the island of Elba.
45: Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled to Elba in 1814. It was then patrolled by the British. Elba was returned to Tuscany and became part of Italy again in 1860.
46: Saturday, October 30 - Rome, the capital of Italy, was an hour and a half trip from the port of Civitavecchia. Vatican City is the worlds smallest state, with the Pope as the head of state. It is a self-sufficient community within the boundaries of Rome.
48: The Trevi Fountain is dominated by Neptune, God of the Sea. The water at the bottom of the fountain represents the sea. Legend has it that you will return to Rome if you throw a coin into the water, tossed over your shoulder with your back to the fountain.
49: The Spanish Steps - 138 Steps. The largest and widest staircase in Europe.
51: Walls that were built surrounding the ancient City of Rome are still partially standing.
53: Sunday, October 31 - The Roman Coliseum was an amphitheater and held 50,000 people. Originally it was 4 floors, each with a height of 32' - 42', total height of 144'. The Coliseum was used for gladiator contests and public spectacles.
55: The Forum was once the centre for commercial, civil and religious activities. The Forum featured many large ceremonial buildings, temples, public halls, monuments and statues. Ancient Romans entered the Forum through a piazza that led from the Coliseum.
56: The grave of Julius Casear.
60: AZAMARA QUEST Tonnage - 30,277 tons Length - 593' Beam - 95' Draught - 20' Cruising Speed - 18.5 Knots
61: Supplies consumed on a 7 Night Mediterranean Cruise- Beef - 12,000 lbs. Lamb - 2,500 lbs. Pork - 5,000 lbs. Veal - 1,500 lbs. Sausage - 900 lbs. Chicken - 10,000 lbs. Duck - 750 lbs. Turkey 1,700 lbs. Fish - 6,000 lbs. Crab - 600 lbs. Potatoes - 10,000 lbs. Milk - 8,000 gallons Cream - 3,000 quarts Ice Cream - 700 gallons Eggs - 1,500 dozen Sugar - 5,000 lbs. Rice - 6,000 lbs. Cereal - 1,000 lbs. Coffee - 2,000 lbs. Tea Bags - 20,000 Flour - 10,000 lbs. Champagne - 900 bottles Wine - 10,000 bottles Rum - 450 bottles
62: November 1, 2010 - We departed Rome, Italy and made our way home, via Frankfurt, Germany.