Waine & Joanne's Mediterranean Cruise 2017 travel blog


Roman architecture

Narrow city streets.

Centre visitation area of the Vatican

St. Peter's Square...Vatican

Joanne taking a cool break from touring

Arno River tour

Leaning tower of Pisa with Fallen Angel

Our apologies for being so tardy with our trip journal. Just completed 4 very full days of touring, taking in shows on board and visiting g with our dining table friends.

We had a very picturesque visit to Rome, taking in the Colleseum along with a 5 hr. complete city coach tour. Absolutely beautiful churches, ruins, shops etc. We must say we were a bit disappointed in the lack of care in the city. A tremendous amount of litter everywhere and graffiti covering every possible building, sidewalks, rooftops etc. Apparently Rome elected a new Mayor a couple of months ago and the city has quickly gone downhill. Sad but we enjoyed our visit just the same.

Our next port was Lavorno, Tuscany....a beautiful seaside area where we took a tour bus through the countryside into Pisa, Italy...home of the "leaning tower of Pisa". More amazing architecture and amazing churches. We also took a river tour up the Arno river into the commercial district.

Our next stop took us to Marseille, France. After docking in the port of Toulon we boarded our tour coach to Marseille travelling about an 1-1/2 hr thru the coastal secondary hiway then up thru the mountain area into Marseille. This route took us thru where the forest fire of 2015 left such a great amount of devastation. The entire area was totally burned of all trees and vegetation...stopping within reach of the city limits. Natural growth is just now starting to return. We were left on our own to tour the city which is rich in French culture. We toured the Basillica which is situated high above the city, wow what a spectacular view.

Today we toured Malaga, Spain. Without a doubt thee most clean, well maintained city we've ever visited. The entire commercial and shopping district is layed out so no vehicle traffic enters the area. No matter where you walk thru streets, shops, churches, museums etc...absolutely no auto traffic. After wandering thru the many plazas we stopped for a cold drink at one of the many sidewalk cafes. After which we toured the Cathedral of Malaga...Bovedas Catedral. Just an OMG moment as you will see by the photos, the most beautiful church we've ever seen. Built in 1437 and added to over the years. Obviously no expense was spared...

Enjoy the photos and more tomorrow night after our visit to Lisbon, Portugal.

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