S: Western Mediterranean Cruise
FC: Aug. 2 - Aug. 14 2012 Western Mediterranean Cruise
1: July 30-Aug. 2 - Barcelona Aug. 3 - Marseilles, France Aug. 4 - Livorno, Italy Aug. 5- Civitavecchia, Italy Aug. 6 - Naples, Italy Aug. 7 - Fun Day at Sea Aug. 8 - Dubrovnik, Croatia Aug. 9 - Venice, Italy Aug. 10 - Venice, Italy Aug. 11 - Fun Day at Sea Aug. 12 - Messina, Italy Aug. 13 - Fun Day at Sea Aug 14 - Barcelona...End of Cruise | 12 Day Mediterranean Cruise
2: Bon Voyage!!! First leg of our trip. Delta Air to JFK, New York...
3: We're so excited...we just can't hide it!!!
4: Barcelona Int'l Airport | Buenos Dias Barcelona!!! Waiting for a 5 passenger taxi. We met the nicest taxi driver...Josephine. Wish we had taken a picture with her.
5: Barcelona, Spain
6: 19 Tallers Barcelona, Spain | Las Ramblas | The front door to the apartment. | The very narrow stairwell to the apartment.
7: 2 bedroom apartment, sleeps 5. Sofa bed in the living room for 3 days was 450 euros.
8: La Boqueria Public market located in Las Ramblas. Fruits, seafood, meats, and many more.
9: So many exotic fruits. Known to me by name, but have not seen until there.
10: The alleys in Barcelona were an adventure in itself.
11: ...it wasn't long before we discovered this place. | ...every alley had something exciting going on...
13: Pinotxo Bar in La Boqueria. Went there for breakfast, and had the BEST Catalan pastry..Xiuxo ("shushu"). Don't miss their chic peas and spanish sausage too. Be honest with what you eat, because Juanito (owner) is depending on you to remember when it's time to pay.
14: BARCELONA BUS TURISTIC The double-decker bus is the most convenient way to discover Barcelona's most interesting and attractive sights. You can get on and off the bus as many times and for as long as you like at any of the 45 stops.
15: ...It is an audio guided hop on, hop off bus that takes you around the city...the blue line, the green line, and the red line.
16: Columbus Roundabout
17: Historic Arenas de Barcelona Was an arena for bull fighting, now a commercial mall since bull fighting is prohibited in Barcelona.
18: Las Ramblas
19: Catalunya Square. | Catalunya Square
22: Four of the 18 spires when completed. Represents the 12 Apostles, 4 Evangelists, the Virgin Mary, and Jesus Christ. The cathedral has 3 entrances which symbolized the 3 virtues; Faith, Hope, and Love. Each of them is also dedicated to a part of Christ's life.
23: The numbers symbolizes the passion of Christ. Added, vertically, horizontally equals 33. The numbers of years Christ spent on earth. | Christ journey to the cross and Peter denying Jesus, as the rooster crows 3 times. | Sagrada Familia
25: The Altar inside La Sagrada Familia. The grand organ pipes on the altar.
26: La Sagrada Familia spiral staircase. | BEWARE: Not for someone afraid of heights. No handle bar on the narrow stairs.
27: Our first trip to Europe together.
28: Where's Ian? | The question for the whole trip...
29: Hhmm...I wonder if I can go back in... | What!!! I can't come back in?
30: Paella's to our heart's content. My favorite is the Paella Negra. The recipe calls for squid/cuttlefish ink giving it the black color. | 7 Portes Restaurant for the BEST paella. 14 Paseo Isabel in Barceloneta
31: TAPAS for lunch | ...and of course, can't have a meal without dessert!
33: Random experience at Park Guell...few min after buying fashion earrings, the vendors scurried away,because they were illegally selling...
34: Camp Nou | CAMP NOU
35: Imagine watching a game here...
36: Casa Batllo by Antoni Gaudi
38: OLYMPIC STADIUM
41: 1992 Summer Olympics were held here.
42: Museu Nacional d'Art Catalunya
45: Lunch after... | Foei gras, eggplant mozzarella...
46: Just Do It... The Carnival Breeeze adventure starts.
48: Finally on the Carnival Breeze
51: On our way to our first dinner on the Sapphire Dining Room
52: View from top of Basilica of Notre Dame | Marseilles, France
54: Basilica de Notre Dame
56: Ponte Vecchio Bridge Florence, Italy
57: Replica of the Statue of David. The original is in the Accademia | No pictures allowed in the Accademia
59: Door to the cathedral | ...are made of gold.
62: Can't get enough of you... Animal towels on Lido Deck | Sea Day on the Carnival Breeze
65: Dinner on the Sapphire Dining Room..where you can have 2 starters..2 entrees...and the chocolate melting cake...and entertainment by the restaurant servers lead by the maitre d', Jogi... | Sarah and her team served us every night with a special touch... She made sure there was A1Sauce.
66: Rome, Italy
67: St. Peter's Square | & St. Peter's Basilica
68: Inside the the cathedral...
69: ...with its amazing architecture. | Dress Code - Shoulders and knees must be covered.
73: Inside the Colosseum... Posing never ceases, even in the heat.
74: ...at the Trevi Fountain
75: Last stop in Rome... Spanish Steps | Ian tossing his coin, and making a wish...Hope his wish comes true...
76: Beautiful Amalfi Coast.
77: Mount Vesuvius is best known for its eruption in Aug 24, 79 AD that led to the burying and destruction of the Roman city, Pompeii. Mt. Vesuvius has erupted many times since and is today regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. It is the most densely populated volcanic region in the world. | Naples, Italy
79: Pompeii was partially destroyed and buried under 13-20 ft of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius.
80: Pizza Margherita was first baked in honor of the Queen of Italy, Queen Margherita. It was designed to follow the colors of the Italian flag, so he chose tomatoes for the red, basil for the green and Mozzarella for the white. | The best pizza I have eaten.
85: Duvrobnik Croatia
88: Ovation Theater | Ovation Theater
89: Breeze Atrium
91: Welcome to Venice
92: All the excitement in the Grande Canal... Gondolas...
93: ...and Vaporettos
94: The Bridge of Sighs was the last view of Venice that convicts saw before their imprisonment.
96: Taormina in Messina, Italy | The Greek Theater
97: Yummy Cannoli...Well known dessert in Sicily. | Trinacria, is an ancient symbol of Sicily. The triagular shape represents the triagular geographical shape of the island.
98: Mt. Etna
99: Mt. Etna is Europe's highest and most active volcano. Last eruption was Oct. 2011.
101: The first trip to Europe was an adventure of sightseeing, people, food and culture. We flew into Barcelona for 3 days before the cruise started and had the most amazing time. Barcelona, the little of the city that we saw in a short period of time made me fall in love with it, especially the food. Return visit is for certain.. Five cities in Italy on the cruise gave us a glimpse of Italian food and culture. Venice a city on the water gave us the experience of a lifetime, traveling on the vaporetto. Duvrobnik and Marseilles could have been better, but too short of a visit. Thank you Lord for the safe travel and all the blessings on our lives!