Ports of Call

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):

Athens, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Kotor, Montenegro

Messina, Italy

Naples, Italy

Barcelona, Spain

Gibraltar, England/Spain

Marseille, France

Genoa, Italy

Florence, Italy

Rome, Italy

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!

3 Replies to “Ports of Call”

  1. Rick Steve’s Guidebooks are the best… he takes you on walking tours etc. very well expalined and detailed. He also tells you about the restaurants to try….If you can grab hold of his book for Rome and Barcelona, But wait, didn”t you just go to Barcelona??? I think it will make life easy. There are You Tube tours of Santorini that are a great help….

    1. Thanks for the tips – yes, Rick Steve’s guidebooks are great. Luckily we’ve planned all of our days in advance, with the exception of Athens and Rome. So far in Athens, I haven’t felt the need to seek out a bookstore because we mostly tend to pick one big thing to do for the day and then just mainly wander around and see what we find. If we wander across a bookstore, I will pop in and pick up a Rick Steve’s guide to Rome though!

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