S: Our Honeymoon
FC: Our Honeymoon
1: On September 18, 2009 we departed from Philadelphia Airport for a ten day European adventure stopping in six Mediterranean cities.
2: Day 1: Barcelona, Spain | The Cascada in the Parc de la Ciutadella | Mo running out of energy at the Arc de Triomf.
3: Our flight landed at 7:30am (1:30am USA time) and we had the whole day to explore Barcelona. Mike led us on a full out walking tour that was a bit tiring. Thank goodness for siesta! | The view of Calle del Duc from one of our two balconies at the Duc de la Victoria.
4: This is the view of Barcelona from our stateroom balcony. Due to a lack of information, we walked from downtown Barcelona to our ship, dragging all our luggage. It took about an hour! | Day 2: Boarding the cruise ship
5: Day 3: Day at Sea | Our day at sea was a lazy one spent reading on the deck, exploring the ship, and eating ice cream in Mike's case. Our ship passed between the islands of Sardinia and Corsica as we traveled to our first stop in Italy.
6: Alarm goes off at 6am; vacation's over! Not really, just need to be up early to tour Pompeii, Sorento and the Italian coast. | Italy | Day 4: Naples, Italy | Heading towards Naples before sunrise. | Port of Naples
7: Getting up early was well worth it to see the sun rise over Mount Vesuvius.
8: Pompeii | Port of Pompeii, which in 2009 is now about 2 miles from shore. | Port of Naples | Judiciary square.
9: "Museum" of Pompeii excavations. | This meant "beware of dog" | We named him "Andiamo!"
10: Driving down the coast of Italy | Cheese making demonstration
11: Sorrento, the coast, lemon farm & cameo factory. | Port of Naples | First Italian pizza! | 2 minutes later... | At the cameo factory these were carved by hand out of seashells.
12: Day 5: Rome, Italy | Another early morning to tackle almost 10 hours of traveling to, from and around Rome. We visited 5 sites and probably walked about 5 miles! | First stop, Basilica of San Pietro in Vincoli (St. Peter in Chains) | Stop #2: The Colosseum
13: Inside the Colosseum; where we wish we had time to go...
14: Day 5: Rome, Italy | We learned that most of these places were destroyed over time due to changes in Empire leadership, or simply to borrow building materials. Preservation was not a concern early on. | The Arch of Constantine (right next to the Colosseum)... | ...next to the Temple of Venus
15: The Vatican | Being on a tour was WELL worth it at the Vatican. We skipped the nearly 2 hour wait and went straight inside. | The Swiss Guards must be Swiss, under 30 and in the military. They must also wear the original uniforms designed by Michaelangelo.
16: Rome on our own | It should come as no surprise that we stopped for another pizza lunch... | ...where we hiked to the Pantheon... | After lunch we crossed the Tiber River...
17: ...and then to the Trevi Fountain... | ...and a gelato reward for all that walking!
18: Our very skilled driver wound us through the narrow hills of Tuscany. | There was a manor house, garden, factory and tasting room. It was beautiful and peaceful. | Day 6: Tuscany, Italy | While we docked in Livorno, Italy we spent a lazy morning on the boat and then headed off for an afternoon of wine tasting in Tuscany.
19: In the old wine cellar | Near the grapes | Souvenir?
20: Villefranche was our favorite port. It was beautiful there! | We arrived in Villefranche where our boat tendered near shore. We took a water taxi to land and were off for a day in Nice and Cannes. | Day 7: Villefranche, France
21: Nice | Nice was beautiful and relaxing. The beaches were pebbles instead of sand and made a wonderful noise as the waves rolled in and out. The market with fresh produce and spices made me want to live there!
22: Cannes | Cannes was lovely and delicious! We had our first taste of profiteroles (which didn't last long) and spent a lot of time wading in the Mediterranean.Public fountains helped me wash the sand off Mo's feet!
23: This beautiful sunset made Villefranche tough to leave. | In our best French accents we said 'merci et au revoir' to Villefranche. | Day 7: Villefranche, France | Alas, on the ferry back to the ship.
24: Day 8: Marseilles, France | Another lazy morning on the ship followed by a tour of Marseille that included stops at local monuments and the Notre Dame de la Garde. | Marseille doesn't seem very big until you see it from here
25: Castellane Fountain | WWI Memorial | Inside Notre Dame de la Garde basilica. | WWI Memorial
26: Day 9: Back to Barcelona
27: Bye bye stateroom ; hello Barcelona. After wisely taking a cab from the boat we dumped our bags and set off to find Montserrat, which was an adventure, but so beautiful it was worth it!
29: Montserrat is a beautiful mountain range outside Barcelona.. It is home to a Benedictine Abbey & amazing views.
30: Fresh produce, fish, pastries and more | Day 10: Last day in Barcelona | La Boqueria
31: La Sagrada Familia | Our last day we wandered around Barcelona and saw everything left on our list | La Pedrera | Gaudi
32: Day 10: Last day in Barcelona | Gondola ride & Montjuic
33: Montjuic is home to a castle, parks and the 1992 Olympic stadium. | Scary, eh?
34: Day 10: Last day in Barcelona | La Seu Cathedral & dinner at our favorite place
35: Stuffed with the best calamari we've ever eaten, we had to make room for waffles with gelato!
36: We had a wonderful trip! | ...next to the Temple of Venus
38: Alas, nothing says welcome back to America like getting stuck in lots of traffic on the ride home from the airport..