S: Sailing Across the Atlantic April 2010
FC: Villefranche, France
1: Navigator of the Seas | Miami to Rome | April 10- 24, 2010 | Keller
2: Great table companions, great wait staff, wonderful food (especially those asparagus!) | Lessons in pepper shaker skills, lots of fun. lots of laughs!
3: Derrick & Kelly | Ahmet & Bobb | Craig & Jamie | Larry & Lorraine | our table | Mickey & Mary
4: Parties on the Promenade | We could watch them from our window!!! | "The Village People"
5: Exercising every day | Raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation at 3 am | Our great promenade cabin. We checked the "weather" every morning!!! I'm much happier than I look!!!
6: Meeting for coffee, cookies, conversation & laughs on the promenade every night | Michael Navarro y Hernandez, our wonderful cabin steward
7: Tenerife, Canary Islands | Our 1st stop after 8 days at sea
8: We took a jeep tour up to the volcano
9: The ride up was magnificent | An observatory on the island | 700,000 people live on the island. It is much different than any island we have visited before
10: We stopped for coffee & some yummy hot chocolate on the way up...and I drank the whole thing!!! It was like drinking a chocolate bar
11: The scenery
13: Coming down the mountain, a scary moment! | Parts of Clash of the Titans & Planet of the Apes filmed here
14: The town
15: View from the ship leaving Tenerife
16: Looking across at Tangiers, Morocco at 5 am with the other crazies | The casino at 5 am
17: Passing Rock of Gibraltar- although it was too dark to see
18: Adorable school children | Our return to Barcelona We spent our time on Las Ramblas and in the Gothic section of the city l | Statue of Columbus
19: A Gaudi designed church | Gothic area
20: Cool mimes on Las Ramblas
21: Flowers,Flowers,Flowers on Las Ramblas!
22: We found it!!! The tapas restaurant -where we ate 5 years ago!! Now we know where to find it when we return in November | Heading back to the ship
23: Planes start to fly again as we leave Barcelona after the volcano eruption
24: Our second stop was the French Riviera | Mickey & Mary | On the dock
25: Around the beautiful town of Villefranche | Obscure St.-I found it eerie
28: Lots of steps
31: On our way to Monaco
32: Heading up lots & lots of steps to the Palace | Monaco-a new country for us
33: At the Palace Can't figure out why Prince Albert didn't invite us in when we sent word that my dad knew his mom & grandma, & we came all the way from Philadelphia! | Waiting for the Changing of the Guard
35: Changing of the Guard | Hank almost getting arrested for taking these pictures!
37: Lunch near the Palace | Of course, it's crepes! | A view from the Palace
38: The Cathedral | Prince Rainer | Princess Grace | They still love Grace
39: It was a very long and frustrating walk to Monte Carlo. This was partly because they were setting up for the Grand Prix. For a one square mile country it seemed that we walked forever!! When we finally arrived at the Casino, we thought it was small & way too quiet!! There were people in tuxes in the afternoon! | The Casino | Where the wealthy stay, play & what they drive
41: The Yachts | $$$$$
42: Returning to Villefranche | On the train from Monaco with Kelly & Derrick | Saying goodbye to Villefranche heading back to the ship
43: For this trip to Italy, we decided to go to Pisa. it was the only day of the entire trip with really bad weather. Terry was right, "You see it, it leans, that's it!"
44: Lots & Lots of rain!! | We grabbed a cab with Mickey, Mary & another couple | Me making a fashion statement!
45: The Duomo
47: The Baptistry | The merchants & the junk! | The home of the Bishops | The Cathedral
48: Entering the Cathedral
49: Inside the Cathedral
51: A tour of Pisa by our friendly cab driver | Arno River | Town of Livorno
52: Boy, it really does lean. I guess Derrick already climbed to the top!!!
53: Getting out of the rain, enjoying a cup of cappuccino and having an entire conversation with a young school kid through just shrugging our shoulders. PRICELESS! | The end of a wonderful cruise and the beginning of the next part of our adventure!! At the train station in Civitavecchia, Italy (no thanks to Royal Caribbean!)
54: April 10 We board the ship as Gold Card Members. Let the adventure begin! | The fact that every time I took a shower the entire bathroom was drenched Our own personal, very big clock Michael Navarro y Hernandez The 1st volcano eruption Some entertainers not making it to the ship-others filling in | Our trip of a lifetime & our 30th anniversary present to each other started on April 9 with a drive to Miami, where we stayed in a very nice Hilton, near the pier but in a deserted wasteland. We had appys & drinks at the hotel the night before our adventure began. | Highlights (& some lowlights) of our trip... Our table companions- & wait staff Asparagus & pepper mills Lorraine's trivia/their 106 cruises Jamie's seasickness Craig's backpack Derrick-quite the eater! The couple we voted off the island Mickey's interesting | career & that idiot bending his ear for hours about his time in the military Our promenade cabin Checking the "weather" every morning Eating breakfast that one morning looking out our window
55: All the people worrying if they would be able to get home Hearing about the train derailment in Milan Us starting to think that a little black cloud may by hanging over our heads The Shows... Close-up Magic-with a very funny magician "Lionel Richie" A wonderful Canadian female singer | A great comedian Ice Dancing & many review shows Seeing absolutely no baseball on this trip (or the entire time we were overseas) or getting any baseball news at all Trivia Contests 50's-60"s- we did better in that one than the Beatles one Moving our clocks ahead almost every night | Movies... Julie & Julia The Proposal That nice couple from South Africa & that nasty man who kicked the chair Drying clothes all over our cabin Art Auctions Paul & Anthony Purchasing 3 Alexander Chen prints of NYC Not understanding Peter Max My wrist wallet All the sympathy I received
56: Captain's cocktail party for members The rude people sitting behind us-the nice couple we sat with Exercise every day Me meeting Marcia ( & all her pretty jewels) Us both meeting her husband Jerry when we met them for a drink Spin biking on rough seas & my very strange accident | My yummy hot stone massage Missed classes & mistakes by the staff & not the best Guest Relations staff Classes in photography & geneology The little breads with the poppy seeds at dinner Sushi in the Windjammer with Derrick & Kelly Also, eating there with the rest of the group | Derrick giving me his steak because he took too much food!!! Meeting for coffee & cookies most nights with the folks from our table & the couple from Canada that Mickey & Mary had invited onto "the island" Johnny Rockets The lunch that almost got dropped in my lap The dancing the staff performed for us
57: Mama Mia Sing A- Long The wine & cheese tasting we attended Parties on the Promenade... Sail Away Mardi-Gras-we watched from our room 70's with "John Travolta" & The "Village People" Treking Across the Ocean For Make a Wish at 3 am & then again another time | Getting 4 T-shirts 50's dance party in a very crowded room Lectures... From the "Little Jewish Professor from NY" Topics-Barcelona & the French Riviera Being lost without our cellphones for the entire trip Calling Terry the second I could Salsa & Waltz lessons | Tenerife... Being much different than we thought The problem Brian had The yummy chocolate-I drank all of it! The horrible coffee on both ships Our problems with Royal Caribbean & getting to Rome Wrong luggage tags $46 worth of transfers
58: At least there were good port people to help us out! Looking for the Rock at 5 am Being determined to find our tapas bar in Barcelona OLIVES!!! The Captain's 12 noon announcements PAINFUL ! Perfect weather Except for Pisa | "Talking" to kids without talking Just using a shrug and a smile! A little too chilly to spend time on deck Lots of rest Lots of reading Lots of fun!
59: Book by Donna 2010