S: EUROPEAN CRUISE & TARIFA SEPT-OCT 2012
FC: EUROPE | 2012
1: ITINERARY | September 16 ~ Depart from home September 17-18 ~ Barcelona, Spain September 19 ~ Board the Carnival Breeze September 20 ~ Monte Carlo, Monaco September 21 ~ Livorno, Pisa & Florence, Italy September 22 ~ Civitavecchia & Rome, Italy & Vatican City September 23 ~ Olbia, Sardinia, Italy September 24 ~ Sea Day September 25 ~ Dubrovnik, Croatia September 26-27 ~ Venice, Italy September 28 ~ Sea Day September 29 ~ Messina & Taormina, Sicily, Italy September 30 ~ Sea Day October 1-8 ~ Tarifa, Spain | September 16, 2012 - October 8, 2012
2: Three amazing weeks of culture, history, adventures, great food, relaxation, pampering, family and friends. Barcelona was our first stop and it is a beautiful city with wide avenues and interesting architecture. We saw as much as we could on our hop-on hop-off bus ride, but we would need a week to see all this city has to offer!
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4: ANTONI GAUDI (25 June 1852–10 June 1926) was a Spanish Catalan architect and figurehead of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí's work was greatly influenced by forms of nature and this is reflected by the use of curved construction stones, twisted iron sculptures, and organic-like forms which are traits of Gaudí's Barcelona architecture. | GAUDI | Sagrada Familia
5: Parc Guell
8: The Principality of Monaco is a sovereign city state bordered on 3 sides by France. At an area of 1.89 square km it is the 2nd smallest and the most densely populated country in the world. The four traditional Quartiers of Monaco are: Monaco-Ville, La Condamine, Monte Carlo and Fontvieille. The original casino was completed and inaugurated in 1863. | M O N A C O
11: THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA is the campanile of the cathedral in Pisa's Piazza del Duomo. The tower's tilt began during construction, caused by an inadequate foundation on ground too soft on one side to properly support the structure's weight. The tilt increased in the decades before the structure was completed, and gradually increased until the structure was stabilized (and the tilt partially corrected) by efforts in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
12: Piazzale Michelangelo is a famous square built in 1869 with a magnificent panoramic view of Florence, Italy. It spans from Forte Belvedere to Santa Croce, across the bridges crossing the Arno (including the Ponte Vecchio), | the Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, the Bargello and the octagonal bell tower of the Badia Fiorentina. Beyond the view of the city itself are the hills of Settignano and Fiesole. The square has bronze copies of Michelangelo's works found elsewhere in Florence: the David and the four allegories of the Medici Chapel of San Lorenzo.
13: Florence | Galileo
15: "To travel is to live." - Hans Christian Andersen
16: PANTHEON | ROME
17: view from the bottom | view from the top | Spanish Steps
18: We'll be back!
19: fontana di trevi | THE TREVI FOUNTAIN fills almost an entire piazza, and is Rome's most famous fountain. The flamboyant baroque ensemble was designed by Nicola Salvi in 1732 and depicts Neptune's chariot being led by Tritons with sea horses (one wild, one docile) representing the moods of the sea. The water comes from the aqua virgo, a 1st-century-BC underground aqueduct, and the name Trevi refers to the tre vie (three roads) that converge at the fountain. It's traditional to throw a coin into the fountain to ensure your return to the Eternal City.
20: Hall of maps. | 22 SEPTEMBER 2012 | Sistine Chapel. | Laocoon and His Sons.
21: San PIETRO
22: SARDINIA | olbia | Situated at the rear of a well-protected inlet, Olbia (whose name means "rich, happy" in Greek) became a Carthaginian settlement in 350 BC, only to be thrown out a couple of hundred years later by the Romans. Olbia's central core is based around Corso Umberto, a lively shop-lined street leading uphill from the waterfront.
23: Dubrovnik, Croatia
25: The 'Pearl of the Adriatic', situated on the Dalmatian coast, became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it is now the focus of a major restoration program co-ordinated by UNESCO.
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27: traversing the grand canal
32: Our Tour "Unknown villages around Mt Etna" We enjoyed an amazing tour in Sicily and got to experience the local vegetation, agriculture and history. We drove through Francavilla, stopping at the most charming and unspoiled Sicilian village of Castiglione di Sicilia where we walked to the old Greek fortress to admire an amazing spot with a breathtaking view over the Alcantara valley. We then continued through the Red wine-route, literally traversing the lava flow of 1981, passing through the village of Linguaglossa (where we stopped for lunch) and ending our tour in the charming town of Taormina.
34: THE ALCANTARA is a river in Sicily whose name is of Arabic origin (al Qanara - the Bridge) and refers to a bridge from Roman times found by the Arabs. The Alcantara has its source at an altitude of 1250m in the municipality of Floresta and is 52km long. After an ancient eruption of Mt. Etna, the lava was cooled much more quickly by the water than it would have done otherwise and crystallized in the form of columns. Over the next millennia, the river naturally eroded a channel through these columns, resulting in impressive gorges and ravines such as the "Gole dell'Alcantara".
36: Lunch view! | Taormina Birthplace of the cannoli
37: is an attractive, laid-back town with ten kilometres of white sandy beaches, unspoilt countryside and some of the best windsurfing conditions in Europe. Just 11 km across the Straits of Gibraltar at its narrowest point, this southern-most tip of Europe enjoys spectacular views of the Rif mountains of Africa across the water. The old town has narrow streets, whitewashed houses and cascading flowers. Tarifa takes its name from Tariq ibn Malik, a Berber who led a Muslim raid in 710 AD. | TARIFA
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40: beautiful | BALCONIES | ...
42: Tarifa | Dubronvik | Monte Carlo
43: ... | & NARROW | streets | Taormina | Dubronvik
44: GOOD FRIENDS
45: GOOD FOOD