Everyone is packed and ready to go. Our flight leaves at 6am, so we are staying at a hotel close to the airport. A close friend has been kind enough to offer to take us to LAX, since we’d rather not leave our car there for three weeks. Sharlin, you’re the best!
I thought I’d share a list of the ports we’re visiting on this first cruise. Here they are (in order):
We’ll spend a few days exploring in both Athens and Rome. All of the other ports are just day visits. You should all know that we don’t typically take excursions (we only have a single excursion planned via the cruise line for this entire trip). We like to do things on our own. Why? Because we’re adventurous, we don’t like being on someone else’s time table, and we can’t stand spending as much as 3X the cash for something when we can do it on our own for so much less. That means talking to locals, figuring out how the transportation systems work, etc. It’s almost always an adventure and we find it way more exciting that riding an air-conditioned bus with forty other people. Plus, it makes for better stories 🙂
OK, that’s all for now. The next time I post will be from Athens! I aim to take more photos than I’ve ever taken on a trip before & I’ll post the best of them for you all to see. I’m usually lazy and don’t take a lot of photos, but I’m going to change my evil ways. I promise!