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Cruise Day 4: At Sea

It was S’s turn not to sleep well last night.

It’s the only At-Sea day for this cruise. For the most part, on board activities are pretty much the same as any other day. So, not a lot that’s holding our attention.

They do have a behind the scenes tour. S did this when she went to Alaska with Princess last year. We sign up. Continue reading “Cruise Day 4: At Sea”

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Cruise Day 3: Malta

I don’t sleep well, but no matter. It’s an early morning (breakfast in our room again) so we can make it to our tour in Malta.

We start with a harbor cruise, seeing the fortifications of this city.

There are two harbors in Valletta, and to get from one to the other we have to go out into rougher seas. S and I think it’s great fun, but there are some stressed people on the tour!

After the harbor tour, we visit a glassworks shop and then stroll down the waterfront to sample the local flavors — appetizers and wine.

Then we are back toward the ship, getting on board for a more substantial lunch, a good book, and a view of the port.

Summary: I really like the feel of Malta.

Also a call made to wish happy birthday to my Sweet Pea (IRL)

A good book gives way to a good nap.

Leisurely afternoon on board. Dinner just a nibble. Cirque de Soleil tickets acquired for our final night on board.

Then a quiet(ish) corner of the ship to read and watch the world go by.

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Cruise Day 2: Palermo

S is up in the small hours and creeps out to read for a while. I wait it out and go back to sleep.

The breakfast we ordered in arrives 30 minutes early. No worries, our jammies are company- friendly.

We can feel the ship making small adjustments for the docking procedure. Over coffee & hot chocolate we grin that of course they’d be extra careful – they hit a dock here a few weeks ago. The rear of the ship bears the signs of the repair.

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Rome and Board (Cruise Day 1)

It’s a long trek back to Rome today, so we’re up early.

Actually, we’re up earlier, because we’re off time, but who’s counting.

So anyway. Up early. Cleaned up, packed up, checked out, and on the road. Italy goes by out the window. Toscana, Umbria, Lazio. Vineyards and cypress trees. Continue reading “Rome and Board (Cruise Day 1)”

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Tuscany: Florence & Pisa

After we arrive at our hotel in Florence, we both get the obligatory shower (airports & airplanes – ugh) then change to go out for a while. We had debated a nap – even without any significant traffic, the drive felt like eternity – but by this time it’s after 4pm and we realize a nap now will mean we don’t sleep at night.

So we pull ourselves together and explore the area nearby. We find the local tram station and ride down into the center of Florence, seeing the Duomo at night and strolling down cobblestone streets and having hot chocolate (warming the hands and the belly).

Post Holiday but still festive
Last saw this by day with my sister, years ago. Missed you, Sis!

We only walk around for about an hour though, before we head back to the hotel and have dinner, and make our plan for tomorrow: Florence by day and a train ride to Pisa in the afternoon.

Back in our room, we settle in and are both out cold by a few minutes after 10:30pm local time.

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I stir at 7:30am. I could get up. Maybe.

I don’t.

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At 9:30, we both stir. Check the train schedules. Get ourselves ready.

A little after 11am we are training into Florence. We head for the Galleria Academia to see the David. We stop for our respective forms of morning caffeine, while we walk. Continue reading “Tuscany: Florence & Pisa”

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Getting there

Welcome to what I hope, going in, will be the low point of the trip. 😄

(Narrator voiceover: it wouldn’t be.)

I remember midday to check in for my morning flight, and that’s when I discover my flight has changed. Gee AA, maybe I’d have wanted to know that?

But actually, the later flight, in this case, will mean smoother, less traffic-heavy airport trips (thanks Dad). It will also mean my ridiculous layover in JFK will be … every so slightly shorter. No, still ridiculous. But no time stress is a good thing.

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