May 20, 2019 - Goodbye Sicily and hello Sardinia
Sunday May 12 Before bidding Julian farewell, we wandered around the flea market located by the park near the harbour. They were selling all sorts of tatt – fun seeing what people have collected over the years and think they can off load. Monday May 13 While Gen went in search of an electronics shop, I wandered off to see the catacombs https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catacombe_dei_Cappuccini - amazing – shame couldn’t take photos but hopefully this link will give you an idea:...Jump to full entry
May 12, 2019 - Venezia
Our room overlooked the Grand Canal, and it was such a thrill being woken early by the many water crafts - delivery craft and others going to work. Then the chimes from the Church told us it was time to get up! It is pouring rain and very cold! So armed with a Hotel shower cap over camera lens and wet weather gear, we braved the elements. Fortunately not many people out and about yet (but by midday, the crowds were so thick with umbrellas everywhere.) We entered the front area of the Ferry, and wondered why there were only a few people...Jump to full entry
May 11, 2019 - Today’s THE day - off to Venice!
After showering again in the “broom” closet, went down for breakfast. The waitresses wear traditional black dresses with white lace collars and stiffened cuffs - as of old! Then, we pushed our suitcases the 600 metres from our Hotel to the Railway Station “Termini,” over pothole pavements, bouncing the gutters, cross roads with peak hour traffic - no! don’t look that way - you are in Europe, then around crowds that don’t move aside for “oldies”. Successfully completed! So exciting in ItaloTreno fast Train - we are in row one, having...Jump to full entry
May 10, 2019 - Rome - City tour
If you think a shoe box bedroom is small, try having a shower in their en-suite! Great fun! Our room in Budapest overlooked a beautiful garden, here we see only row upon row of window shutters - of different colours and styles. Last night we could leave the windows open - beautiful breeze, not noisy as expected, and the seagulls singing in the early morn. Set off to the Colosseum. It is massive and imposing. Completed in year 80 AD, it is one of the 7 wonders of the modern world. We were overawed at its size. There were thousands and...Jump to full entry
May 9, 2019 - Depart Budapest
Depart Budapest. “Das Lat” - phonetic for “good bye” to Budapest. There is Turkish and German influences in their language. 16 million people worldwide speak Hungarian - the language has 180,000 words, he said English has only 80,000. Sometimes, when it is difficult to express themselves in Hungarian, they turn to English, as it is easier. Our car driver was once a High School teacher and so knowledgeable on Hungarian facts which he was keen to discuss with us. We learnt such a lot. We received 3 separate emails from the Airline over the...Jump to full entry
Apr 22, 2019 - Rocking and Rollin with the sea.
It was a rough day at sea. Windy, cold, and the ship in constant motion. It didn't’ t bother either of us, but the Farma made a fortune on Dramamine. We opened our curtains and their was a pair of pink ladies panties. Later a men’s sock appeared. By the end of the week we’ll have a new outfit. We went to a lecture about shore trips in Jordan and Dubai. They claim Dubai has an ATM where you can buy a real gold bar. A French artist wanted to present a statue to Egypt when the Suez canal was finished. It was a woman with a torch. They...Jump to full entry
Apr 21, 2019 - We say Naples they say Napoli
Naples Italy a city built up every hill with streets between the buildings so narrow only bikes and scooters fit. Graffiti on everything even century’s old marble fountains. Every view includes Mt. Vesuvius. Our trip on the Hop On Off Bus was a language quilt of of voices. Museums, church’s, and the water front was full of venders selling everything from clothing and food to tires. It was set up like a fair with children’s rides and games. Because it was Easter there were very large eggs wrapped in foil covered with netting and tied with...Jump to full entry
Apr 20, 2019 - Olive Oil and Red Wine Who Knew.
Good Evening in Mandarin “one shug how” The same waitress quizzes me each morning and we add a new word. Today we are in docked outside of Rome and if your willing to take a 2 1/2 hr. bus ride one way or the train on your own you can go into Rome. Keep in mind it is Easter weekend at The Vatican. Since we have been there before we opted to go to Tuscany. There was a stop in town where we had cappuccino and what appeared to be round crescents covered in brown sugar crystals. In visiting the shops we managed to buy blackberry jam, a print...Jump to full entry
Apr 19, 2019 - All Aboard the Trivia Train
Today I learned to say good morning and thank you in mandarin. A Chinese man said good morning to me and I wanted to say it back in Chinese. “Zow shung how”. Thank you is Zie Zie . We played battle of the sexes trivia. D was a hero because he new the name of Barbies sister and knew what it meant to be black flagged in an Indy race. Women are only ahead one point. We have been told not to save seats at the shows. Tonight at the ventriloquist show, a woman tried to save 6 in the row in front of us. A man walked up and said he was the ships...Jump to full entry
Nov 16, 2018 - Last Day In Rome, Italy
Mamma Mia!! We have to go home tomorrow!! Good news - Bad news!! It will be very good to get home and sleep in our own bed!!! But we have enjoyed our travels so much that we will miss all of the adventure!! Today we visited the Borghese Museum. It is a private collection of statues and paintings but almost as beautiful as the Vatican Museum. We couldn't take pictures so you'll have to take my word for it. It did have a beautiful park surrounding it!! Then we got on the Hop-On-Hop-Off bus for a ride around Rome. It was wonderful to see...Jump to full entry
Nov 15, 2018 - Rome, Italy, Day 4
Today was the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel!!! It was wonderful!! Not many people were there and we took our time just taking in all the beautiful works of art. Of course there is no way to see everything; it is just too huge. The pictures will show you a selection of things we saw - statuary, ceiling paintings, and the Pope's carriages and cars. The Sistine Chapel was the highlight! We were able to find seats along the wall and spent an hour looking up at the beauty. We had audio-phones that tried to explain the painting to us,...Jump to full entry
Nov 14, 2018 - Rome, Italy, Day 3
Today, Luca our guide, takes us on a walk to the Jewish ghetto. The dictionary definition of ghetto is a part of a city in which members of a minority group live, typically as a result of social, legal, or economic pressure. Of course during World War II when Jews were forced into certain parts of a town or city and were called ghettos, it became a negative word. In Rome, Jews were forced to live in this area, but then later were free to live anywhere and the walls and gates were torn down. Now this Jewish Ghetto has become a very trendy...Jump to full entry