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  1. Our cruise is also stopping in Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. We thought it was a lovely itinerary for a first visit to Greece! We'll also be stopping for 2 ports in Italy, Messina and Naples. It will be our second visit Naples but our first stop in Sicily.
  2. Terry, thank you for your last batch of pictures. I loved the Athens trip report as well - what a treat!
  3. Cruisemom, THANK YOU very much for your thoughtful post, and for taking the time to recommend several important specific pieces to see. I value your input and am going to actually print out your post for reference. I appreciate your advice very much - thanks again!
  4. Terry, thank you for your additional beautiful pictures. It is obviously a gorgeous, well thought out museum! Yes, you are right - we are in Athens for just a standard one-day stop on a cruise. This will be our first and possibly only trip to Greece; it's not exactly a given that we will necessarily make it back there, living as we do in the western United States. You asked for more information about us. We are history enthusiasts but not true experts. I homeschool my children, and we have spent a good amount of time studying the ancient civilizations. Not that they are experts either, but both kids are reasonably well versed for their age in the history of Greece. My daughter especially loves art, and my son loves all things military. They both enjoy history quite a bit, considering their ages. Sadly, I think we need to decide between the two museums. While we could technically see both during our visit to Athens, that would leave us no time to actually visit the Parthenon, get an overview of the city, have lunch, etcetera. So I think we're stuck with having to make a decision between the Parthenon Museum and the National Archaeological Museum. Thanks again for the pictures and for your input!
  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures. Thank you for sharing them! We are now planning our first trip to Athens next year. It will be myself, my husband, and our 2 children - 13 and 14 at the time of travel. We will take a private tour that will give us an overview of Athens plus a visit to the Parthenon. And then we'll have the chance to visit either the Acropolis Museum or the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. For one day in port, there is of course not time enough to do both. I have read descriptions of both museums and understand the different scope and focus. But for those of you who have visited both, which of the two would you recommend - and why? Thank you much!
  6. Oh good! We'll have to stay in touch a bit over the next year and compare planning notes. 🙂 I thought of a good description of the Thieves of Ostia (and its sequels). Think a Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys type mystery set in the Ancient Roman empire, with lots of historical details thrown in. They are entertaining and a bit educational besides.
  7. Ah yes, audiobooks are my very favorite way to redeem our time in the car! My kids have listened to a LOT of good audiobooks this way. 🙂 Sounds like we are very similar there. We are booked on the 2020 9 night Greek cruise as well, the earlier one that visits Sicily! You too, or are you booked on the other one that stops in Croatia?
  8. Hi Anricat, I recognize you from the DIS boards. 🙂 I have looked into the same issue. One option I found was My Best Tours. They primarily do golf cart tours in Rome, but after setting one up with them I was so pleased with their communication and customer service (and reviews) that I ended up hiring them for our airport-Rome and Rome-port transportation. (They use minivans for their transfers.) One option they gave us from Rome to Civitavecchia was a stop touring Ostia Antica, the old port of Rome. It is very well preserved and in some ways like visiting Pompeii, from what I gather. If you decide to visit Ostia, make sure to read The Thieves of Ostia to your little one. It's historical fiction set in Ostia circa 78 AD. Very cute and appropriate (in my opinion) for maybe 6-16 year olds. There is a whole series, if you like it, and available in both paperback form and on Audible. Which cruise are you taking again, if I may ask? We're on the Rome-Barcelona this summer.
  9. Thank you, Marazul! I appreciate your input. Lucky you to have lived in the area! 🙂
  10. We have a private tour lined up for our single day in Cannes this summer. We can choose between: Nice - St. Paul de Vence - Antibes *or* Nice - St. Paul de Vence - Eze It's our first time to the area, and I know that we can't go wrong either way. Just wondering if those who have been to both might recommend Antibes or Eze? (It's for our family or 4, including an 11 and 13 year old.) Thank you!
  11. Thank you for your lovely report and pictures! I'm so happy to hear the golf cart tour was so positive. We have two different golf cart tours booked with My Best Tour in June, and I am *really* happy that your experience matched up with their very positive reviews!
  12. We are signed up to do this after our upcoming cruise in June. We'll get picked up, take a half day introduction tour to Barcelona, and then get dropped at the airport in the early afternoon. Barcelona Day Tours did agree to customize our tour to include a guided stop at La Sagrada Familia, plus a sit down lunch. Those were the two things that I personally was most interested in for our first visit to Barcelona. They gave us the option to have a driver-guide or a driver with a separate tour guide. They also allowed us to extend the tour from 4 hours to 5 hours by paying a reasonable supplement. So I can't vouch for them personally yet, but I can tell you that they were very happy to customize our day according to what our family's priorities were. I have been very pleased with their prompt and polite communications, and look forward to a great day with them.
  13. Thanks for posting, CCJack - I really appreciate your input. It's especially helpful to talk with someone who has recently been. I knew there were recent floods that had partially destroyed the road to Portofino, but I had not been able to figure out how much has been repaired in the last few months. How did you get to and from Portofino, then? I would love to hear any and all details about your day, as much as you would like to share. 🙂 Yes, I would be very happy to get the name of your guide since you were so pleased with her. We too are a huge fan of private guides for a variety of reasons. We economize in lots of areas in our life, but don't mind splurging on a good private guide when traveling - especially to these places were are likely to visit only once (or twice max) in our life. Thanks again for posting! I'm glad you had such a good trip. Where else did you visit on your cruise, if I may ask? I'm surprised Genoa was your favorite stop - that's great! What made it your favorite? 🙂
  14. Thank you, Len. The funicular does sound like a lot of fun. Everything I've researched about Genoa looks genuinely interesting. I'm glad to know you enjoyed it so much! AAAGGGH . . . I want to do both!! Seriously!
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