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Oct 30, 2011 - Day One - crossing the pond!

We thought we’d be taking a taxi to the airport and we were a bit concerned about the cost because yesterday, in our long tour, we didn’t see any mention of the airport so we concluded that it must the really far away. A person in the hotel convinced us to take a train. Afterall, Estacia Franca, one of the train stations was right across the street. It required a train change, a very crazy bus ride to the terminal and some stress about arriving barely in time BUT we made it! Seriously, the trains were great once we figured out the schedule...

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Oct 29, 2011 - How Gaudi is that?

October 29 – We had a great night’s sleep in Hostal Orleans but the Mendozas were not so lucky. There room, near the main entrance, was noisy all night. We bought tickets for the hop-on-off bus from our hostel. We found a place for breakfast just down the street. I had an omelette but it looked/tasted like spinach quiche. Shelly and Rey enjoyed to prosciutto and toast but the meat just appears to raw for both my and George’s liking. George was able to down the strong coffee without too much difficulty. Everyone misses the free refills that...

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Oct 28, 2011 - A New Day, A New Country

We pulled out all of the food and had a lavish breakfast with still lots of leftovers. We left some food in the fridge hoping someone will find a use for it. We cleaned and were on the road by 8:00 am. We were all a bit apprehensive about finding the place to return the car in Perpignon and arriving at the train station on time. We had to purchase the train tickets in the US before we left and if we missed the train, too bad for us! We are returning the car at the French border to save the ridiculous drop off fee in Spain. As it turned out,...

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Oct 27, 2011 - Wine and Chocolate

We haven't had a bad day yet! Slept in! Did some laundry! Put the clothes on the line. Explored the great little gardens at Casa Dora, then left the clothes on the line, hoping the rain clouds would stay away, and began another adventure. Rey and Shelly were the tour guides today so George didn't have to drive at all and I never even looked at a map! We found the little town of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. We also planned to eat at a French restaurant there that we found in the Rick Steve's guidebook. I guess we didn't learn our lesson yesterday...

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Oct 26, 2011 - The Wine Road of Provence

Ahhh! Not a bad yet! We awoke to bright sunshine. We relaxed in our little gite (love that word), had breakfast at home eating loads of fruits, breads, yogurts and cheeses that we purchased yesterday. K1 gave us some pointers and a great map and off we went! Our goal was to visit some of the small wineries and wine caves in the Provence villages. We were quite successful! Interestingly, unlike most of our other stops, the people here truly don't speak English and we truly don't speak French. At our first stop, we were able to communicate...

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Oct 25, 2011 - Happy Birthday Shelly

Leaving the life of the rich and famous for a more subdued life style! Ha! It is a great travel day since the rain is coming down. Thank goodness we saw the sights yesterday with only clouds. The GPS took us right down the coast, through Nice and along the Riviera Boardwalk. Traffic was light and the rain only slowed us down a little. Before long, we were seeing rolling hills and lots of French chateaus and farms. We exited the expressway to find lunch but it wasn't as easy as in Modena. We drove through one small village found two bars but...

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Oct 24, 2011 - A glimpse into the lifes of the "Rich and Famous"

We awoke to a dreary day but what could we do? We gathered up rain jackets, umbrellas, and everything we’d need for a day in the Riviera. We purchased some rail tickets, never sure if we are really buying the ticket we need, spent some time figuring out how to validate the ticket, and boarded the train, quite hungry by this time, for a quick ride to Nice. Nice is quite a large city but we wanted to see the old town and the promenade along the beaches. We started out in the direction of the water. Soon, we found a place for breakfast having...

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Oct 23, 2011 - Driving along the Mediterranean

Travel Day! Unfortunately for us, that means that all of our ‘stuff’ that was difficult getting down the mountain, must now find its way back up the mtn. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. First, before travel, it was laundry time. George and I walked to the one laundry place we knew about and washed 3 loads of clothes (probably one load with a regular machine), bought detergent, and dried the clothes. $19.50!!! I’m thinking we should move there and open a good old-fashioned Laundromat! We also walked with a bag or two to the car while the...

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Oct 22, 2011 - Walk is Cheap!

Hiking day! George and I love Cinque Terre and Shelly and Rey say they can understand why. It is still truly one of the most beautiful places we’ve visited. We began the walk in Riomaggiore, continued to Manarola where we had a great breakfast. We explored the high trail there but couldn’t get through because of a landslide. We saw lots of olives, lemons, flowers, and great sea views. We finally took the train to Corniglia, walked up a zillion steps, through the city, and then the two-hour walk to Vernazza. We stopped just before Vernazza...

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Oct 21, 2011 - Cinque Terre here we come

We awoke early but no land was yet in sight. This is quite a change from most cruises. We enjoyed a full breakfast in the dining room and still no land in sight. We vacated our room and went to hang out central ship---still no land in sight. We actually sailed back into Venice and docked at about 11:00 am. Disembarkation was a breeze. We gathered our packs and wandered around looking for the free shuttle. Finally, we found it, took the shuttle to the monorail People-mover and found the rental car right there nearbye. We were anxious about...

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Oct 20, 2011 - It's not Greece anymore

We worked on our blog and checked internet very quickly this morning before breakfast. Internet is quite expensive on the ship. We met the Mendozas at 9am for breakfast. The dining room was closing. We can’t seem to get that right so it was buffet-time for us. Since we arrived in port early this morning, many guests had already left the ship so the buffet was quite nice. After a light breakfast, we walked into Kotur, Montenegro. It is an old medieval city with a wall around the old town. It is built on the side of a very steep mountain. It...

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Oct 19, 2011 - Greece on strike!

Today we visited our last Greek port of this cruise, Argostoli. Since we were expecting some demonstrations, we opted to walk around the port city instead of taking a tour. As the four of us wandered along the waterfront where the fishermen were selling the morning catch, we did observe a peaceful demonstration in front of the bank. There were loud speakers, banners, and people of all ages. We made a quick trip to the pharmacy and the ATM machine. Rey and George bought a soccer jersey with a name they didn’t recognize but they liked the...

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