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Lazio: Private lunch and Pasta Making

Oh, writing about my travels is helping me relive the experience but it's wearing me out in a different way.  At least my legs aren't tired.  Nor is my back screaming!  But emotionally, I'm toast!...more
 @elaineR.N. I know I'm hungry too, and this is late night dinner Monday for us, we don't eat ...more

Gandolfo, Italy: Where Pope Benedict is Headed For Vacation

In light of Pope Benedict XVI's recent retirement, I thought I would dust this post off. Gandolfo is where Pope Benedict is headed today, for a much needed vacation. I was a little nervous about today's nine hour excursion, about my ability to do it.  The excursion guide said it was the equivalent of 1800 yards, but it was more like 1800 miles.  Just kidding, it wasn't that far, but it was a lot of walk, and a lot of walk at an incline which really makes my back twitch and complain.  ...more
How thoughtful of you to repost these beautiful photos for all of us to enjoy.  No doubt the ...more

Civitavecchia, Rome The Catacombs

Ahh I feel sad just like I did the last few days on the ship, our cruise is winding down now with only a handful of ports left to visit. goodbye Napoli We arrived in Civitavecchia, Rome on Monday Morning.  ...more
@HomeRearedChef I'm so glad you are reading and enjoying the photos! :)more

Napoli, Pizza and Piazzas

We were well rested and ready to go on our Naples excursion.  The tour I picked for the day was "A Taste of Naples: PIZZAS & PIAZZAS".  It was a four hour tour that took us to the heart of Naples and dropped us off in front of the Piazza Plebiscito....more

Catania, Sicily: We Missed It!

Overheard at dinner Saturday night:  "What are you doing tomorrow in Sicily?" "Nothing, there were no shore excursions for Sicily".  Me: thinking…"what?" and then "OK honey tomorrow we can have a spa day".  I didn't bother checking my little pink envelope for excursion tickets before I went to bed last night, someone said "no excursions" and I took them at their word and didn't check, or order breakfast.  Woo hoo, we finally get to sleep in!  Not that the excursions weren't fun, we were just excited to have a do nothing day after six excursions in a row.  ...more
 @signoraedie28 I sure hope so.  I would love to do the same cruise again, same boat, same ...more

Beautiful Santorini, Thera Greece

Disclaimer:  Although I strive never to copy other's writing, in my quest for information to share with you about Santorini Greece, I used wiki to get factual information to share with you.  My words may be similar but they are my own!   ...more
 @HomeRearedChef I'm glad to share it with you Virginia :)more

Melisanni Lake and Cave

We met at the bus and continued on our tour to Melisanni Lake, an underground lake in a cave exposed after an earthquake.  The tour guide told us of the scientific experiment done to track the waters passage from the Ionia Sea with harmless dyes in 1963 by Austrian geomorphologists.  They looked to find the path it traveled under and through Kefalonia.  They found it headed back to sea at Sami Bay two weeks later.  ...more
 @HomeRearedChef the catacombs travelogue was just published!  this was such a cool cave with ...more

Argostoli and Kefalonia Island

It was an early excursion today.  We had room service deliver breakfast to wake us up once again.  The weather promised to be stifling hot again today so we dressed in cool clothing. We picked up water on the way to the gangway. Michael in Argostoli before boarding the tour bus....more
 @HomeRearedChef Again, THANK you my dear for coming along!  :)more

Aboard HALcruises: Fun Onboard Activities and Sights

Of course all kinds of things are to be seen and done while in port, but I also wanted to share just how amazing the ship is.If you remember that I accidentally bought 2 romance packages, one of the gifts was dinner for 2 at the Pinnacle Grill.  I think it was one of only two restaurants on board that you had to pay for food.  We made our reservation and went to dinner shortly after we left port in Corfu.  Our next stop is Argostoli, Greece, but first, our romantic dinner. ...more
 @HomeRearedChef Oh thanks so much for coming along Virginia.  :)more