Notes on our past and future travel - I hope you will enjoy my day-to-day commentary on our travel, with accompanying images. When at home, I may occasionally post philosophical musings or thoughts on travel in general. Stay tuned!
Two years ago, late October 2019, we were planning for our next long trip, a transatlantic cruise to Europe which would have happened in mid-April, 2020. Of course, that didn't happen. And of course, since then all of our planned 2020 and 2021 travel has been deferred or cancelled. We did add in a recent trip to Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Now, November 2021, we are looking ahead to a full travel schedule for 2022 and beyond!
Meanwhile, I have been considering a transition from my WordPress travel blog to this platform. WordPress does not support extensive photo storage. Rather than sharing photos on WordPress, a blogging platform, I will try blogging on this photo-sharing platform. For now I will look back at some of our our travels in 2018-2019, using exported elements from my WordPress site as a starting point. My new travel blogging approach will get a full workout in late January 2022...
Day 23 – Cartagena Spain
November 25, 2018 • Leave a Comment
We had a leisurely start in this lovely historic port. Walked by a Marina, past old city walls, and up to an old castle/fortress. Now it is a great museum with information on the many many times the city has been destroyed and rebuilt. Views from atop of a Roman theatre, etc. Then we walked down to the main shopping street to snack and watch the locals enjoy their Saturday outings. The highlight might have been the wedding, which we photobombed?
Day 22 – Barcelona
November 23, 2018 • Leave a Comment
Today was the end of the first leg of our back-to-back cruises. Many of our newfound friends departed for home, though there are 180 passengers continuing on. We left the ship about 10:00am, took a cab to the Sagrada Famila. Cloudy, some drizzle, some light rain. We walked around the exterior trying to make sense of this mad structure. No luck! I think I need to buy a book.
We took another cab to the Picasso museum, went only as far as the gift shop. Too long a line at the ticket booth. On down the street to a very nice little restaurant for tapas and wine, a bit of a wander, and back to the ship. A good day, but less rain, more sun, would have been nice!
Day 20 – Malta: Mdina & Valletta
November 22, 2018 • Leave a Comment
After a relaxing sea day, we had an intense long interesting day on Malta. We joined six others and guide Mario for a very thorough visit to many areas of the island. Narrow streets, open countryside, fishing villages, cathedrals, The Blue Grotto, a Maltese Falcon… A good day! And we were back aboard with ten minutes to spare.
Day 18 – Dubrovnik
November 21, 2018 • Leave a Comment
(For those just coming aboard this blog, Day xx in the title refers to the number of days since we began our current epic trip, first to Spain, then around the Med and Adriatic seas, and soon onward across the Atlantic to Buenos Aires.)
Following our long long day trip to Mostar yesterday, today was a day to leisurely explore the walled city of Dubrovnik. The day was cool but warm enough, some clouds and light rain late afternoon, but a nice day all in all. We took about two hours to walk around the wall, had a nice lunch in an alleyway off the Main Street, wandered some, looked at shops, bought a fish (a small sculpture, not an actual fish!), and took the shuttle back to our ship…
Day 17 – Ston Croatia & Mostar Bosnia-Herzegovina
We were pleased to join an all-day excursion arranged by a fellow cruiser: from Dubrovnik Croatia to Mostar in the neighboring country of Bosnia-Herzegovina, with a stop along the way in the ancient walled city of Ston, once the world’s premier producer of salt. In Mostar we had a guided walk which included the lively street market and, of course, the Old Bridge.
Day 16 – Zadar, Croatia
A pleasant small town, quite lively on a Saturday morning, many families out walking with young children, teenage girls roaming the shops along the main drag. The old area we were in was almost entirely a pedestrian zone, traffic free was nice. We did a wander around the town and adjacent park, then had a late lunch at a very nice restaurant near the Sea Organ. [Must be heard to be believed. A series of underwater pipes fill and empty with normal wave action. As the sea water comes and goes, air in the pipes is pushed in or pulled out through various air vents. Interesting sounds are created. Like magic!]
... a few images from around the town…
Kotor, Montenegro (Day 15 – part 2)
The old city of Kotor has many stone block buildings, narrow alleyways, the requisite places of worship. Nice enough, but not a place I am enthusiastically planning to revisit. There were several trips on offer involving a drive to the interior for waterfalls and other natural scenery, but we didn’t have enough time. My previous post included some of my cat images from the day; below are a few more images of the town itself.
Cats of Kotor (Day 15 – part 1)
November 16, 2018 • Leave a Comment
Today we spent in the lovely old city of Kotor, Montenegro. Fascinating place with a complex history. And many cats. More on the city later. But first, some images of the cats…
Oh. One dog also. Tired looking dog. You can imagine what his day is like, one of the few dogs in a city overrun by cats!
Day 13: Naples
A beautiful day in Naples hosted by our friend Gianfranco. He met us near the port and led us on a grand walking tour of mostly the old city. A lunch stop at his favorite restaurant, a glass of wine at a small bar near the port in the late afternoon, many interesting sights along the way. This was Gianfranco’s birthday; next year we’ll be back for a day on my birthday.
Day 12: Civitavechia (Rome)
In Livorno, we skipped the usual (long) trip into Florence as we had recently spent several days there. In lieu of Florence we had our delightful Hill Town excursion. In Civitavecchia we also skipped a long ride into Rome and instead had a quiet day in the port town. Our big adventure was a long interlude in the post office, just waiting in line to mail a package… It is an attractive town with a nice cathedral and other attractions.
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