Europe, Asia · 17 Days · 38 Moments · September 2015

Jeni's voyage in Italy

4 October 2015

A beer along the diagonal Avinguda de Gaudi facing the Nativity facade of the Sagrada Familia
Parc Guell with views of Barcelona
Walked down Av Gaudi in the Eixample with Gaudi designed lampposts to modernists styled Hospital de la Pau. Waiting for bus #92 to take us to Park Guell with small picnic lunch

3 October 2015

Las Ramblas. People, flowers, and La Boqueria market. Walk deep into market for better prices as the locals do. Meats cheeses spices olives...fresh fish and eateries. Fresh squeezed juices and roasted nuts for our snack. Small square with strange lamppost. All the way to port

2 October 2015

Barcelonetta port in El Born neighborhood of Barcelona
Inside and from the steps of Santa Maria del Mar
Lunch of salada with seafood, tomato bread, tortilla espanola and white wine across from Santa Maria del Mar
Outside the entrance to Picasso Museum

1 October 2015

Dessert after tapas. Walk back in rainy city streets. Bought wine and snacks for room
Out for tapas and wine around the corner on Ramblos Poblenou @ L 58. Jamon (Serrano ham) on tomato bread(bruschetta), tuna croquettes, sashimi tuna with baby greens figs and pansies with wine... Of course. Very crowded, very helpful, very friendly.
Barcelona, pedestrian friendly streets, seaside, artful skyline, treed allees, delicious aromas, cold beer, warm rich lattes
Walked to beach and returned via Ramblos Poblenou where we had paella, chimichurri meat fish in oil veggies coffee latte and coconut pudding. Need to walk it off and want a nap
Checked into Melia Barcelona Sky

30 September 2015

Easy day in Toulon. Water shuttle to town. Walked with Toronto couple Jay and Deena with whom we shared dinner the first night of sailing

29 September 2015

Plenty of time for walking tour of Florence, gelato at Grom where it's still kept covered in metal tins. Uffizi courtyard. No time for museum tours today. Lunch near train station-delicious tagetelli pasta and wine. To train station in plenty of time for 1.5 hr return to Livorno. Then short bus to shuttle to ship. Back with time to spare
Took a chance on train again today into Florence. We are nothing but confident. Doumo worth the trip

28 September 2015

Tazzo d'Oro Casa del Caffe coffee slush. Trevi fountain, Spanish steps. Metro near Spanish steps to Termini Stazione. Missed train to Civitevichia next train got us into Civitevichia 18 min after last shuttle to ship. Bus to port gate, still 2-3 m from ship. Running with Portland couple. Oh no wrong pier. Flagged empty tour bus. Arrived gangway 20 min after scheduled sailing. Lucky for us ship was waiting on their own tour people delayed by train.
Used Rick Steves guide for Heart of Rome walk. Ate pizza, salad, beer in Campo d Fiori sq. walked to Four Rivers Fountain in Piazzo Navona then to the Pantheon. Stopped at Tazzo d'Oro Casa del Caffe near Pantheon for granita do caffe con Panama (espresso slush with whipped cream).
In the Vatican Museum. Purchase tickets with 24 hr BIRG train and Metro pass at travel agent just outside Civitevichia train station. No photos in solemn Sistene Chapel
St Peters Basilica. Pieta, Peter's crucifixion site, the Holy Door- cemented by Pope John Paul II in 1999 to be reopened 25 yr later
Took train from Civitevichia Stazione to Rome-San Peitro Stazione. Short walk to Vatican City. Good Rick Steve's tour of St Peter's Sq

27 September 2015

Sunset scenes from the Island Princess
Naples. We got a bit turned around but ended up with our own walking tour. Toured Architectural Museum with relics from Pompeii. Ordered latte. I liked it. Shot of espresso in large cold milk. Ken, not so much. Got turned around again on way back to ship but led to good wood fired pizza in cafe. (Did not use CityMaps2Go in Naples-big mistake)

24 September 2015

Disco Dancing under the stars on the Island Princess
The Hagia Sophia. Christianity, Islam, and now a museum. Amazing architectural feat
Istanbul and visit to the Blue Mosque

23 September 2015

Only a few hours in Athens. Took a chance on a cabbie. Saw the sites of the city with time for lunch and shopping with personal cab. Back to the shop in 5 hours...!
Lunch of honey walnut Greek yogurt. Guard at tomb of the unknown. Views of Athens and winding narrow streets
Kostas 40 euro 5 hr taxi tour of Athens. Best deal if the trip. Acropolis and view of Athens...amazing

22 September 2015

Landed at Marko Polo airport after 9am. Alilaguna to St Marks (San Marco). Stayed at Hotel Cavaletto near St Marks

20 September 2015

Unexpected magical Venice sail away.
Morning in Rialto market. Walked toward Accademia Museu. Toured Friari church. Lunch of pizza with tomatoes arugula and cream cheese in Campo Santa Margarita. A lovely, quiet large piazza with 2 family friendly casual restraints with tables under shade. Watched families (few) playing.

19 September 2015

Alessandro pub tour
Breakfast at our hotel Calavetto. Coffee in outdoor cafe nearby. Alilaguna to Island Princess. Unpacked and back into Venice per people mover. Vapporetta listened to Steve's Grand Canal Tour audio. Met Alessandro(reserved pub tour by email per Rick Steves advice). Several shipmates on tour. Great informative and fun tour included more wine than we could drink and enough cicchetti to fill us for the evening. To St Marks Sq for excellent music and expensive drink (ordered so we could sit at table) stayed late. Back to people mover stop on vaporreto. Should have taken Aliluguana from St Marks to pier. People mover closed. Walked following People mover track. Directed to go over the bridge. Overshot pier on wrong pier. Hanging over water to go around fences, gates. Finally to ship at 12m. Hungry, ordered room service. Best turkey club @1:30.

18 September 2015

Evening cicchetti crawl. Followed Rick Steves advice. Delicious small plates and wine by the glass. Crowded with tourists and locals. Invited to join a pub tour. Out to dinner with 2 couples from FL and Irish newlyweds.
Afternoon in Venice