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From the London/UK Telegraph yesterday, they have this headline: "20 greatest destinations in Italy - and the best time to visit" with this lead sentence: "From the splendour of Rome, the colour of Venice’s Carnevale, the art of Florence and the quaint trulli homes of Puglia, Italy is a country of year-long delights."

 

Lots of great details and visuals are included if you are considering your options for in and around Italy. While it might not work for cruise purposes, they cite this point for doing Venice in the winter: "Always beautiful, always alluring, always romantic and never disappointing: you can’t go wrong with Venice at almost any time of year. But, there is a special magic to the city in winter. On clear days, the canals sparkle in the sunlight, and you can see the snow-capped Dolomites on the horizon. In February you can also choose between crowd-free sights coupled with bargain prices, or the excitement and glamour of the Carnival (February 11-28, 2017)."

 

Another highlight was mentioning July for Siena. Here are some of their reasons why: "More compact than Florence, and arguably more beautiful, Siena is one of the most unspoilt towns in Europe – architecturally much still dates from its medieval heyday. And the reason to come in July is because of another survival from that era – the extraordinary and hugely exciting Palio horse race which takes over the main square twice a year (July 2 and also August 16)."

 

Full story at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/articles/best-italy-holidays-guide-advice/

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

If Venice is one of your future desires or past favorites, look at this earlier posting for many options and visual samples this city that is so great for "walking around", personally seeing its great history and architecture. This posting is now at 63,386 views.

Venice: Loving It & Why??!!

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1278226

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What's not to love? Truly a unique city. We have enjoyed every visit and plan to return again.

 

Appreciate this above excellent summary on wonderful Venice by the experienced iancal on another CC Board thread. Yes!! Yes!!

 

From the Fairfax newspapers in New Zealand Feb. 1, they have this headline: "How to see to see Venice without the heat or the crowds" with these highlights: "I make my husband and children close their eyes as we exit Santa Lucia station. Their jaws drop, and they gaze in wonder at the scene before them, which has changed little over hundreds of years. It doesn't get better than arriving in Venice by train. One minute you're inside a Fascist era railway station, the next you feel like you've stepped into a Canaletto painting as you stand beside the Grand Canal watching gondolas, water taxis, barges and vaporetti float by."

 

Wonderful writing, details, ideas and style in this profile of Venice in the winter when the crowds and congestion are less challenge. My first visit to Venice was in December 1970 as a college student. It was like being a resident as we could walk around and soak up this great city, its unique history and architecture, etc., without feeling crowded out by mobs of tourists.

 

This writer makes many wonderful observations on Venice that bring back excellent memories from our four visits there. Here are more of her observations and sharing: "There's no denying Venice is expensive. If you don't walk everywhere getting around can be costly – a three-day pass for the network of vaporetti costs €40, a single one-way ticket is €7.50 – and gondola rides – the ultimate Venetian tourist cliche – are extortionate. In my years of visiting the city I've always avoided them, so I immediately dismiss my daughter's request. She eventually wears me down, finding a gondolier near our apartment who's willing to cut a deal. Cliches aside, it's a lovely thing to do as you quietly float through the water, although not especially comfortable and a bit scary when you end up in the middle of the Grand Canal with vaporetto bearing down on you from all directions. One of the wonders of Venice, at any time of year, but especially in winter, is that it's quiet. Blissfully quiet. There are no cars, no traffic."

 

Full story at:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/travel/destinations/europe/italy/88973442/travel-to-venice-in-winter-how-to-see-to-see-venice-without-the-heat-or-the-crowds

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

AFRICA?!!?: Lots of interesting and dramatic pictures can be seen from my latest live/blog at:

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337

Now at 29,332 views for this reporting and visual sharing that includes Cape Town, all along the South Africa coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta area.

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From USA Today on Feb. 4, they have this headline of a column by famed author/traveler/TV host Rick Steves: "What's new in Spain and Portugal for 2017".

 

Here are some of the story highlights: "Across Spain, neglected corners of many cities are now being made more inviting for visitors. Sevilla's Triana neighborhood, for example, long considered the 'wrong side of the river,' is soon to be the most colorful part of town. In Madrid, the formerly sleazy, no-go Chueca district, just north of the busy shopping street called Gran Vía, is now trendy and appealing. Eating here is especially fun, either at a table on the central Plaza de Chueca, at the San Anton market hall or at one of the creative eateries nearby. The exception to this upward trend is in Barcelona, where the iconic Ramblas boulevard has lost much of its charm. Once home to authentic markets, characteristic eateries and a thriving local ambience, it's now awash in tacky tourist trinkets and lousy restaurants. If you come to Barcelona, you've still got to ramble the Ramblas — just don't eat or shop there. With the opening of the Gaudí Exhibition Center, visitors finally have a central place to learn about his contributions to the city. Barcelona's main attractions are getting wise to the advantages of advance ticket sales. For instance, visitors can now save time at the line-plagued Picasso Museum by buying timed-entry tickets in advance. For last-minute types, another option is to buy an Articket BCN, which covers six top Barcelona museums and allows visitors to walk right in anytime at the Picasso Museum."

 

Sad to hear of this slide downward for the Ramblas. We loved that area from our two past visits to Barcelona. But, we were last there in June 2011. Have other recent visitors experienced a similar trend in Barcelona? Agree or disagree with Rick Steves?

 

Full story at:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2017/02/04/spain-portugal-new-attractions/97449548/

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 169,431 views for this posting.

 

 

From this USA Today Rick Steves column, here is one of the pictures featured. It is of a storefront in the Triana District of Seville. Looks like fun!! Anybody been to this colorful part of Spain?:

 

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Terry,

 

Mr. B. and I are huge fans of Rick Steves. However, we wish he'd warned us of Las Ramblas when we first went! We wasted a lunch there. I agree it's fun to walk the entire distance, and look; but I agree with his don't-bother-to-buy-or-eat admonishment.

 

Our first visit there was June of 2012. Plus, our Rick Steves book DID tell us, that year, to make a timed reservation in advance for the Picasso Museum.

 

We have been so fortunate to have visited Barcelona twice, and would go again in a heartbeat.

 

We visited Venice in June of some other year (probably 2010) and I'd go back there in a heartbeat, too. Not so much Mr. B. Not sure why.

 

Thanks for all your very useful reporting, Terry!

 

--May B Muriel

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Terry, Mr. B. and I are huge fans of Rick Steves. However, we wish he'd warned us of Las Ramblas when we first went! We wasted a lunch there. I agree it's fun to walk the entire distance, and look; but I agree with his don't-bother-to-buy-or-eat admonishment. We have been so fortunate to have visited Barcelona twice, and would go again in a heartbeat. We visited Venice in June of some other year (probably 2010) and I'd go back there in a heartbeat, too. Not so much Mr. B. Not sure why. Thanks for all your very useful reporting, Terry! --May B Muriel

 

Appreciate this very good follow-up and the kind comments from May. Very helpful and interesting!!

From the London/UK Guardian today, they have this headline: "Dubrovnik is just as magical as when I visited aged 10" with this sub-head: "The old Croatian city, which inspired Annabelle Thorpe’s first novel, weathered the war of the 1990s and has emerged as glamorous as before".

 

Here are some more of their story highlights by this well-known writer: "Dubrovnik is as eternal as Venice. There are those who say it has become a victim of its own success – flooded with cruise ships and Game of Thrones fans. To me, this misses the point: at different times it has been Roman, Byzantine and Venetian; it’s withstood wars and sieges, and emerged as glamorous and unbowed as ever. Ridiculously beautiful but still real, it remains as magical to me now as when I first visited in 1981, aged 10."

 

This profile has a large number of nice pictures and a wide variety of options to consider for potential activities in and around charming Dubrovnik. Nice writing that builds the excitement for an upcoming visit and/or brings back nice memories from this wonderful part of the Croatian coast.

 

If you are seeking more visuals and items on Dubrovnik, check out tmy thread connected below.

 

Full story at:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/feb/17/dubrovnik-croatia-dalmatian-coast-novelist-annabelle-thorpe

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Super loved Dubrovnik!!! See more details and lots of great visual samples/examples at this link. Have had over 34,954 views on this posting and appreciate those who have tuned-in and dropped by.

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1439227

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Your post reminds me of a good friend who told us, "we finally got to Paris for a few hours and have now seen everything!" Must admit we are impressed that you have seen "all the sights that needed to be seen" in a few visits. We have been to Venice about 10 times (including several multi-night stays in various hotels and are still discovering new things (to be seen) on every visit :). A wise man (me) once said, "you only know what you have seen and done, but have no clue as to what you have missed." Hank

 

The above was posted by the wise CC Board expert from Pennsylvania on a board about Venice and its challenges. Italian officials are now trying to lessen this historic town from being over-run too much more by the massive hoards of tourists. Always having debates there about cruise ships impacting that history, the masses of day-trippers distracting from the great architecture and character, etc. But, if tourist are there to generate revenue, how can can the buildings and infrastructure be maintained and fixed?

 

We agree strongly for exploring some of the "other" streets and locations around and in Venice. That's excellent fun and very interesting to get away from the over-run places during the peak, day-tripper periods in Venice. Would like to get back to Italy, but have other places where we have never been able to experience for the first time. This includes for next month in doing our first visit to Portugal. That trip will push my total for the number Europe nations visited up to 23 countries. Looking forward to seeing Lisbon, Porto, Fatima, etc., plus first-time stops in NW Spain, Bordeaux, Brittany, etc.

 

From CNN News on May 10, they have this headline:Venice bans cheap takeout joints to keep city beautiful with these highlights: Venetians are fed up with the subpar food being sold to tourists on their streets. So they're taking action: The city council has approved a rule that prohibits the opening of new takeout joints that sell meals such as kebabs or pizza by the slice. The move makes Venice the latest European city to fight back against the negative effects of increased tourism. The encroachment of cheap takeout joints in the city center is a major worry for local officials, who say the trend detracts from Venice's beauty and cultural heritage.

 

Interesting move??!! How effective legally? Not sure "cheap" food is always bad. Or, that more costly food is consistently better. This is another "experiment" by Venice and other key cities to manage their tourism opportunities and challenges. Will be watching to see how all of these ideas actually work in real life. Bellow is a link from our recent trip through the Panama Canal, visiting Colombia, Costa Rica and Mexico for the first time, etc.

 

Now less than three weeks till we depart for Lisbon, Portugal.

Full story at:

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/10/news/venice-italy-takeout-fast-food-tourism/

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Panama Canal? Just completed Feb. 28-Mar. 15, 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through the Panama Canal with our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Lots of fun pictures!! Those pictures start on the second page, post #26. See more at:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580

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Now less than three weeks till we depart for Lisbon, Portugal.

 

HOW WAS OUR LATEST ADVENTURE??!!: Just got back last month from three weeks in Europe doing five days in Lisbon, sailing from Portugal, seeing for the first time NW Spain, Bordeaux, Brittany, etc. Great sights and sites!

 

Below are a few "samples" to prove the value for exploring these wonderful areas on a nice ship. The central/connecting part was an eleven-day, very port-intensive cruise from Lisbon to Rouen/France on the highly-enjoyable Silversea Silver Spirit. For many more pictures and full details, check out this live/blog:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean adventure that started in Barbados, here is the link for that live/blog. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, etc.):

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 51,883 views for these postings.

 

For Sintra north of Lisbon, here is one small visual sampling. Yes, as we told our grandsons, these are "Real Castles!". Really have learned lots on the unique history of Portugal.:

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From Porto, during our first trip to Portugal, we loved doing a small-craft sailing along their historic town areas near where Port wines are stored and sold.:

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At the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the art is mostly about the building. Lighting and time of day when photo shooting allows for much creativity as to how you can capture this structure, its outdoor art, the inside drama, etc. Not your grandfather's museum! Like?:

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Here is one quick visual sample from being in Bordeaux. If you love history and architecture, this is the super place to be!!. Like the little boy enjoying the water experience?: June%202017A%201587_zpsw32y5i9v.jpg

 

During our Guernsey Island visit off of the French coast, we did our ship's "Powerboat Seascape Expedition". Great fun and sightings! Isn't this puffin cute?? Plus, lots of seal, beach, sea gull, etc., actions and activities.:June%202017A%201627_zpsnz42afom.jpg

 

After the cruise concluded in Rouen, we finished with in-depth time in Brittany and to finish with a stop at Monet's Giverny before flying out from Paris' de Gaulle airport.:

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From Travel+Leisure magazine this month, they have this headline: Best Places to Travel in 2018 with their highlighting of Montenegro.

 

They featured these key details: "Move over, Croatia. Long overshadowed by its neighbor to the northwest, Montenegro is ready for the spotlight. The ancient city of Kotor is already attracting plenty of visitors, like the celebrities vacationing at luxurious boutique hotel Forza Terra, just outside the medieval walls, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of cruisers. The swank marina Porto Montenegro is thriving in the formerly sleepy coastal town of Tivat, and the complex’s Regent hotel unveiled an expansion in 2017. Further west on the Bay of Kotor’s jagged coastline is the site of the country’s most anticipated arrival, the One&Only Portonovi, which will be the brand’s first European outpost when it opens this summer.

 

We loved our visit to Kotor and nearby. Very scenic and charming!! Would like to go back. BUT, in late January 2018, we will be doing our first visit to Southeast Asia. This will feature Hong Kong, Bangkok, Vietnam and Cambodia, including a seven-day Mekong River cruise, then Angkor Wat, Hanoi, Halong Bay and Hue/Danang. Then for late November, 2018, looking to do an Athens to Dubai, 20-day cruise with Oceania, including our first visits to the Holy Lands, Egypt, Middle East, etc.

 

Full story at:

http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-places-to-travel-in-2018#nacujam-bay-croatia

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

AFRICA?!!?: Lots of interesting, dramatic pictures can be seen from this live/blog at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337

Now at 36,321 views for this visual sharing including Cape Town, along South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta area.

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To update, we are now back from our first river boat and for sampling Southeast Asia. It was for the Mekong River!! Plus, plus!!

 

Well-pleased with these countries, especially Cambodia, plus the ship, staff, food, tours, etc. On my live/blog, connected below, there are dozens of pictures and many details to document these fun adventures and travels. Happy on the live/blog to answer any and all questions, share more info/background, etc.

 

Now, we shift our focus and attention to mid November, 2018, for our Athens to Dubai, 20-day cruise with Oceania, including our first visits to the Holy Lands, Egypt, Middle East, etc. Many options to consider and logistics to research. Keep hearing great things from other travelers about Oceania, the staff, their food, etc. Look forward to comparing Oceania versus other cruise lines we have experienced, who has what plus and minus factors, etc.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Just completed a Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 2018, first adventure through Southeast Asia with stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before traveling all over Vietnam and Cambodia. This includes seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Lots of fun, interesting pictures!! See more at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2591474

 

Here are just a few visuals samples from what we saw and did with Avalon while sailing along the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia. Many, many more photos and details on the full live/blog.:

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We saw many temples, palaces, markets and samples of daily life/work, including at this below spectacular Royal structure in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.:

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From the London/UK Daily Mail this past week, they have this headline: Venice’s Rialto Bridge: How, when and why you should visit the city’s oldest bridge with these highlights: The oldest of the four bridges that arch over Venice’s Grand Canal, Rialto Bridge sits proudly in the busiest part of the Floating City. For eons it was the only way to cross the canal on foot, and to this day remains an essential crossing for Venetians. Visitors can enjoy its striking architecture, visit the souvenir stalls, and soak in Rialto’s vibrant atmosphere.

 

Yes, this famed bridge is one of the key, unique highlights to experience in Venice. This story also shared these added tips/insights: "The best time to visit Rialto Bridge depends on whether you’d rather avoid the crowds or want to visit the surrounding markets. If you’re only seeking the Rialto Bridge, it’s best to avoid the crowds. The area is always busy, but early in the morning less so – or go late at night when the markets are shut. Sunset is a beautiful time to visit, with the southern side of the bridge offering a glorious view of the gondolas pulling up to the grand buildings lining the canal."

 

This profile has many other, interesting details on the Rialto Bridge, pictures, etc. Brings back nice memories!! Super love Venice with its amazing history, architecture, culture, charm, etc.

 

Full story at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/destinations/article-5687173/guide-visiting-rialto-bridge-venice.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Panama Canal? Completed Feb. 28-Mar. 15, 2017, Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco adventure through the Panama Canal with our first stops in Colombia, Central America and Mexico, plus added time in the great Golden Gate City. Lots of fun, interesting pictures!! Those visuals start on the second page, post #26. Now at 20,307 views. See more at:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2465580

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There are some cities that we have visited multiple times, usually for at least three days, that we always re visit. Sometimes with absolutely no agenda other than to walk about aimlessly or re-visit a museum. Venice is one of those cities, along with Paris, Rome, Istanbul, and London. Each time we go we see and/or experience something that we had previously missed. If you like walking, Venice is a great city to get lost in. Especially at the end of the day as the sun sets. Some of the residential areas are very interesting and have some unique bars and cafes.

 

Appreciate these above wise comments and this follow-up from iancal on another CC Board for the greatness of Venice as an excellent "walking around" city. Agree 100% for sampling this amazing city at different times of the day and year. Being there when the travel masses have left is such a much better and more spectacular experience. Thought I would share that posting here.

 

From the London/UK Guardian on May 1, they have this headline: Venice poised to segregate tourists as city braces itself for May Day 'invasion' with this sub-head: "Metal barriers aimed at separating visitors and locals on key routes into Venice are expected to be put to use on 1 May despite protests by locals against the controversial measure".

 

Here are some more of the story highlights: Venice’s controversial mayor, Luigi Brugnaro, announced that a radical solution to the city’s overcrowding problem would be trialled over the bank holiday: the setting up of metal tornelli (turnstiles) at two key entry points: the Calatrava Bridge at Piazzale Roma, where car and coaches arrive, and Lista di Spagna, outside the railway station. The decision was made after the Easter weekend when 125,000 visitors descended on the city on Easter Sunday. The intention is to segregate tourists from locals on the main routes into the city historic centre if incoming visitor numbers become uncontrollable.

 

As noted in this article, there is more to come on this question as to how Venice can better handle and manage its popularity with a pressured and limited infrastructure. Stay tuned!!! More to come!!!

 

Full story at:

https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/may/01/venice-to-segregate-tourists-in-may-day-overcrowding

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 224,976 views.

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

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Some cities, we cannot get enough of. We love Venice and have stayed in multiple areas, last time we had a beautiful apartment in Cannaregio. It gives you an idea of what it is like to live as a Venetian, discovering the hidden local bakery, stores. Time for cicchetti and spritz o’clock. We love going during the Biennale and enjoying the amazing art. Mostly we love wandering!

 

On the Italy board, this excellent above post was shared. We would love to spend a week in Venice and live there "LIKE A LOCAL"!! How wonderful!!

 

From the London/UK Independent late last month, they have this headline: “35 Trips Every Couple Should Take in their Lifetime” with Venice being one of their top, highly-suggested cities in this desired must-see category.

 

Among the highlights for Venice, they noted: It might be cheesy, but there's nothing like floating down Venice's many labyrinthine waterways on a gondola. The city has a mysterious aura, and is filled with secret passageways and stunning palaces."

 

In this region around and near Italy, they also suggested: "A picturesque city bordering the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is a historical gem, featuring limestone streets and architecture ranging from baroque to renaissance to Gothic. The Old Town is surrounded by stone walls that date back to the 1500s." And, also: "With its rugged coastline and colorful fishing villages built right into cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean, the Amalfi Coast is an Italian gem. There are beaches to lounge on, stone streets to explore, and plenty of tasty seafood to eat."

 

Full story at:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/best-romantic-holidays-couples-a8328056.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

AFRICA?!!?: Lots of interesting, dramatic pictures can be seen from this live/blog at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337

Now at 38,525 views for this visual sharing including Cape Town, along South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta area.

 

From this article and the many cities/areas cited, this is the picture from Venice used to illustrate this story about must-see locations for couples.:

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On the Italy board, this excellent above post was shared. We would love to spend a week in Venice and live there "LIKE A LOCAL"!! How wonderful!!

 

From the London/UK Independent late last month, they have this headline: “35 Trips Every Couple Should Take in their Lifetime” with Venice being one of their top, highly-suggested cities in this desired must-see category.

 

Among the highlights for Venice, they noted: It might be cheesy, but there's nothing like floating down Venice's many labyrinthine waterways on a gondola. The city has a mysterious aura, and is filled with secret passageways and stunning palaces."

 

In this region around and near Italy, they also suggested: "A picturesque city bordering the Adriatic Sea, Dubrovnik is a historical gem, featuring limestone streets and architecture ranging from baroque to renaissance to Gothic. The Old Town is surrounded by stone walls that date back to the 1500s." And, also: "With its rugged coastline and colorful fishing villages built right into cliffs that overlook the Mediterranean, the Amalfi Coast is an Italian gem. There are beaches to lounge on, stone streets to explore, and plenty of tasty seafood to eat."

 

Full story at:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/best-romantic-holidays-couples-a8328056.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Just want to THANK YOU one more time for sharing your experience together with all these great pictures with all of us :)

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Just want to THANK YOU one more time for sharing your experience together with all these great pictures with all of us :)

 

Appreciate this above nice and kind follow-up. It's been fun sharing. More to come in the future. November will be Athens to Dubai with Oceania for our first visits to the Holy Lands, Egypt, Middle East, etc.

 

From the London/UK Sunday Times this morning, they have this headline: Dubrovnik city guide: the Big Weekend with these highlights: Few can resist Dubrovnik’s movie-star looks: a jumble of baroque palaces, gleaming limestone streets and bell towers encircled by huge ramparts, basking in the Adriatic. Too few, in fact. Blame it on Game of Thrones, for which this is a key location, but in summer it can seem that everybody wants a slice of Croatia’s southernmost city. The mayor plans to halve the number of visitors in Stari Grad, the old town, by restricting the number of cruise ships calling here. But there’s no need to wait: if you know where to look, it’s surprisingly easy to avoid the crowds. And summer is a magical time in Dubrovnik, with festivals, escapes to wooded islands and wine to be drunk at pavement cafes.

 

Lots of ideas, options, tips, etc., in this media profile. Brings back nice memories from his wonderful part of the world.

 

Full story at:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/travel/dubrovnik-city-guide-the-big-weekend-8wpd8885w

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 225,830 views.

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

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From the Wall Street Journal this weekend, they have this headline: Guide to Croatia’s Island Hideouts with these highlights: “With a thousand islands scattered along their country’s jade-green Adriatic coast, from deserted flyspecks to hipster outposts, there’s no shortage of places to lick one’s wounds—or bask in silver-medal glory (of their nation's World Cup team). The international jet set has long crowed about Hvar, where the main town features a postcard-perfect harbor and raucous nightlife, while more budget-minded beachgoers and water sports enthusiasts gravitate to Brac. History buffs tend to seek out Losinj, a favorite retreat in the days of the Habsburg Empire, and little-known Ciovo is starting to catch on with trendsetters.

 

In this profile are a number of great locations to consider if you want to expand your Croatian experiences beyond just wonderful Dubrovnik. Love to go back to this charming and scenic region. We only were able to enjoy Dubrovnik in 2011 (and nearby Kotor). Seeking to see and do more in the future, including sampling some of these locations mentioned in this WSJ article.

Full story at:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-guide-to-croatias-island-hideouts-1532024681

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

AFRICA?!!?: Lots of interesting, dramatic pictures can be seen from this live/blog at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337

Now at 40,344 views for this visual sharing including Cape Town, along South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta area.

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From the Travel Section of London/UK's Telegraph earlier this month, they have this headline: Kotor cruise port guidewith these highlights: Sailing into Kotor, at the end of a fjord-like series of bays, is always an event. But the little medieval town at the end is no anti-climax. This walled jewel in Montenegro, likened to a mini Dubrovnik in neighbouring Croatia, is filled with characterful old stone buildings and camera-ready cobbled lanes.

 

Also shared from this article: "Kotor’s cruise pier is just a stone’s throw from the city walls, though it can only take one mid-sized ship; others anchor in the bay and use their tenders."

 

Nice stories bringing back wonderful memories from this scenic and unique region of Europe.

 

Full story at:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/port-guides/kotor-cruise-port-guide/

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 228,524 views.

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

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From two media sources, here are a couple of items of interest about wonderful and charming Venice.

 

First from Architectural Digest two days ago, they had this headline: Venice Travel Secret Worth Knowingwith these highlights: Where to find the most picture-perfect aperitivo in this Italian destination may surprise you. Venice—it goes without saying—is glorious, with its maritime mystique and architectural treasures. But Venice is also touristy. I defy anyone to make their way across the Rialto without thinking less-than-loving thoughts about their fellow man. These crowds could make murderers out of monks. And so it was that I recently found myself in desperate need of drink. I set off in search of a local speciality, the Bellini—a refreshing mixture of peach juice and prosecco invented by Giuseppe Cipriani in 1948.

From the London/UK Daily Mail earlier this month, they had this headline: Venice, city of love with these highlights: Known as the city of love, its mix of Italian Renaissance art, distinctive Byzantine-influenced architecture and interconnected canals make it a truly enchanting place to explore. Set across from the magnificent Santa Maria Della Salute – one of Venice’s grandest Roman Catholic churches – sits the historic building that houses The Gritti Palace; a 15th century palazzo hotel. After a scenic gondola ride along the Grand Canal, past the Rialto Bridge and buzz of tourists, we had arrived... and what a welcome.

 

Brings back nice memories!! Right?

 

Full stories at:

https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/venice-bellini

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-5959265/Travel-Venice-City-Love.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Lisbon, NWSpain, Bordeaux/Brittany: Finished June 2017 sailing on the Silver Spirit from Portugal to France along the scenic Atlantic Coast, plus great pre- and post-cruise experiences. Now at 22,447 views. Many interesting pictures and details on history, food, culture, etc., from my live/blog at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358

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Terry

 

So glad to see this thread still going, we enjoyed the Solstice back in 2012 after a cancellation from the previous year. Like you I love Venice and all it has to offer, especially beyond the regular tourist locales.

 

We particularly enjoy the walk to St Marks from the cruise terminal, the back streets and the sights are amazing

 

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My tip to visitors, is to walk down the waterfront after St Marks Square until you come to the park, you might even se a sight like this on the way

 

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And then head inland and walk trough the backstreets where the locals live

 

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And finally on the way out, a thunder storm gave some interesting lighting

 

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Venice, it’s very special

 

 

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Terry So glad to see this thread still going, we enjoyed the Solstice back in 2012 after a cancellation from the previous year. Like you I love Venice and all it has to offer, especially beyond the regular tourist locales. We particularly enjoy the walk to St Marks from the cruise terminal, the back streets and the sights are amazing. Venice, it’s very special.

 

Appreciate, Michael, this nice follow-up and the sharing of these visuals. Wonderful!! And these pictures bring back great memories from our time in historic and charming Venice.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 208,855 views for this posting.

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From the Travel Section of London/UK's Sunday Times tomorrow morning, they had this headline: Secret Venice: escape the crowdswith these highlights: Skip the overpriced gondolas and avoid the St Mark’s trudge — there’s a better way to see the Italian city.

 

Here are more highlights: "If you want to enjoy this extraordinarily beguiling but insanely overcrowded city in the summer months, when the hordes trudge lemming-like between St Mark’s Square and the Rialto Bridge and rapacious restaurateurs charge €500 for a fish lunch, there’s a simple solution: stick to its hidden places, from off-the-beaten track bars and little-known islands to secret bolt holes."

 

Full story at:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/travel/secret-venice-escape-the-crowds-7790l6p07

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 228,840 views.

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

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From Travel and Leisure magazine two days ago, they had this headline: Venice Banning Kayaks, Canoes, Other Boats From Grand Canalwith these highlights: Locals and tourists in Venice will have to look for some other means of getting around the city now that a new regulation will ban certain types of boats from the Grand Canal. As of August 1, authorities are now prohibiting recreational boats such as canoes, kayaks, paddleboards and others from being used in the canal, The Local reported. People who live or own businesses in the historic district, however, are exempt from the complete ban and will still be able to use their boats during restricted times. Following the death of a German tourist in 2013, regulations on the Grand Canal have slowly become stricter, beginning with fewer ferries on the waterway.

 

Full story at:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/venice-bans-kayaks-canoes

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

AFRICA?!!?: Lots of interesting, dramatic pictures can be seen from this live/blog at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337

Now at 40,761 views for this visual sharing including Cape Town, along South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta area.

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From the London/UK Telegraph yesterday, they had this headline: Has tourism killed Venice? with these highlights: “Venice is ruined. At least you'd be forgiven for thinking that if you have been following the news in recent months. Barely a week goes by without another overtourism story emerging from the Lagoon. Earlier this year the city mayor Luigi Brugnaro proposed a cap on day-trippers. Over Easter, controversial crowd-control gates were installed. Just a few weeks ago there was outrage when a cafe charged €38 for two coffees and water.

 

This major newspaper did a "travel documentary" where in this video they try to find out and explore if Venice has "been loved to death." This ten-minutes-plus video has lots of great visuals and details about historic and charming Venice. There is also in this story a number of interesting perspectives from different people there about Venice, its challenges, the future, etc. There is also a link to one of their stories that offers "The five best alternatives to overcrowded Venice".

 

Had friends in Venice with their family within the past two weeks and they confirmed that, YES!!, Venice was super busy and very crowded. No surprise!! But, they also loved this special and unique place in the world.

 

Full story at:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/italy/veneto/venice/articles/venice-tourism-crowds/

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

From our Jan. 25-Feb. 20, 2015, Amazon River-Caribbean adventure that started in Barbados, here is the link for that live/blog. Many visuals from this amazing river and Caribbean Islands (Dutch ABC's, St. Barts, Dominica, Grenada, San Juan, etc.):

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2157696

Now at 58,761 views for these postings.

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From the New York Times Travel Section last weekend, they had this headline: Returning to Montenegro with these highlights: When planning a family trip to Montenegro, I found myself telling friends who knew next to nothing about the Balkan country: 'Imagine yourself in Venice, sail down the Adriatic coast, look east and stop before you reach Albania.' For starters, there is dramatic natural beauty, including the imposing mountains that wall the coast and inspired 15th-century Venetians to name it Monte Negro, or Black Mountain. More invested in tourism — which accounts for over 20 percent of the economy — than war, Montenegro attracted two million visitors last year, more than three times its population, according to the national tourism office.

 

Many pictures and other details are offered in this profile bringing back wonderful memories. Also shared by their writer was: "Most visitors come for the sea, a crowd-eluding alternative that historically has been popular with Russians and Ukrainians seeking warm weather. Compared with its neighbor across the Adriatic, it’s “a more affordable Italy,” said Joanna Millick, a director of sales and private journeys. Ancient towns, from Herceg Novi on the edge of the Bay of Kotor to walled Ulcinj near the Albanian border, dot the 70-mile coastal drive. Construction is rampant, suggesting more, if not mass, tourism isn’t too distant."

 

Full story at:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/22/travel/montenegro.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel&action=click&contentCollection=travel&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=11&pgtype=sectionfront

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

SE Asia/Mekong River, Etc.! Just completed a Jan. 21-Feb. 20, 2018, first adventure through Southeast Asia with stops in Hong Kong and Bangkok, before traveling all over Vietnam and Cambodia. This includes seven days sailing on the Mekong River. Now at 33,334 views. Lots of fun, interesting pictures!! See more at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2591474

Below are some of the visuals featured in this New York Times profile. First shows a view of the Bay of Kotor in Montenegro. Second is an example within this walled city of Kotor that was long under Venetian reign. Third is the Cathedral of St. Tryphon in Kotor, one of two Roman Catholic cathedrals in Montenegro. Fourth is inside the church on the Our Lady of the Rocks islet, just off the coast of Perast in the Bay of Kotor. Like these pictures??:

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This is 8 years old.

 

And??

 

This thread may be old, but it gets heaps of views. It is a great resource for anyone visiting this area. I, for one, am always on the lookout for TLC Ohios words of wisdom and brilliant photos. Keep it coming!

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And?? This thread may be old, but it gets heaps of views. It is a great resource for anyone visiting this area. I, for one, am always on the lookout for TLC Ohios words of wisdom and brilliant photos. Keep it coming!

 

YES, I plead "Guilty as Charged"!! This thread is actually seven years old. BUT, in most of these very historic locations, not much has changed and/or been added in many cases for hundreds of years. Appreciate these kind comments and this follow-up from 59impala. Since people seem interested in these various background info items and the visuals, I have continued to share, answer any questions, etc. In my view, that is what Cruise Critic is all about. Keep it coming!! Now less than two and a half months until we depart for Athens and doing a 20-day sailing with Oceania to Dubai in making our first visits to the Holy Lands, Egypt, Jordan/Petra, Middle East, etc.

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Lisbon, NWSpain, Bordeaux/Brittany: Finished June 2017 sailing on the Silver Spirit from Portugal to France along the scenic Atlantic Coast, plus great pre- and post-cruise experiences. Now at 24,342 views. Many interesting pictures and details on history, food, culture, etc., from my live/blog at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358

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From the Travel Section of the London/UK Independent three days ago, they had this headline: Venice Tourists Could Be Fined €500 for Sitting Down with these highlights: Visitors to Venice could be fined up to €500 (£440) for sitting in undesignated spots, after the mayor suggested a new ban as part of wider efforts to crack down on undesirable tourist behaviour. The idea, hatched by Mayor Luigi Brugnaro, will be voted on by the city council in October. If the proposal is successful, tourists could be told to move on and fined from €50 to €500 for sitting somewhere they shouldn’t. It’s just the latest in a long list of measures designed to deal with the city’s overwhelming popularity as a tourist destination.

 

Many other items are outlined in this article, including this update/overview now for Venice: "Visitors are instructed not to swim in canals, make picnic stops out of public areas, pause too long on bridges, drop litter, ride or wheel bikes, stand or lie on benches, busk or make art without a permit, attach 'love locks' to monuments and bridges, climb on trees, buildings and monuments, get changed in public, feed birds or sightsee topless or in swimwear. Making too much noise, whether at night or during siesta time (1-3pm), is also forbidden."

 

Full story at:

https://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/venice-sitting-ban-fine-tourists-overtourism-sit-mayor-luigi-brugnaro-a8547086.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Lisbon, NWSpain, Bordeaux/Brittany: Finished June 2017 sailing on the Silver Spirit from Portugal to France along the scenic Atlantic Coast, plus great pre- and post-cruise experiences. Now at 25,300 views. Many interesting pictures and details on history, food, culture, etc., from my live/blog at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2511358

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Thans Terry. It almost feels like they would rather tourists didn’t come at all.

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Thans Terry. It almost feels like they would rather tourists didn’t come at all.

 

Agree it's a challenged situation. I can see and understand the good "arguments" for both sides of this debate. Another person summarized their situation well: "They are loving Venice to death." No easy answer or perfect solution.

 

From the Travel Section of the London/UK Standard over this past weekend, they had this headline:Why you need to visit Montenegro, the jewel of the Adriaticwith these highlights: Prices are still relatively cheap compared to other destinations in the eurozone. You can pick up a cone of gelato for a mere 70 cents in Budva or Kotor, for example, and dine like a king for under £15. Montenegro’s quaint old towns are a lure for any romantic or history buff. Party spot Budva dates from 2,500 BC; you can walk the medieval city walls and not pass a single tourist on some days. Sunset in Kotor is best enjoyed with a view of its bay from the Castle of San Giovanni, a 1,600-step hike up from the old town.

 

This story brings back nice memories, including for being in Kotor, Budva, etc. For unbeatable seafood, they suggest: "Squid ink black risotto is a must-try dish, as well as fresh fish wrapped and cooked with seasonal vegetables. Head to Ribarsko Selo, on a rocky outcrop just past Zanjice Beach, for organic vegetables sourced straight from the onsite garden and whole fish caught fresh each day, or opt for no-frills dining at Galerija in Kotor."

 

Full story at:

https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/travel/what-to-do-eat-see-in-montenegro-a3942506.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

AFRICA?!!?: Lots of interesting, dramatic pictures can be seen from this live/blog at:

www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2310337

Now at 42,626 views for this visual sharing including Cape Town, along South Africa’s coast, Mozambique, Victoria Falls/Zambia and Botswana's famed Okavango Delta.

 

Here was one of the many visuals connected with this newspaper profile. It is Prcanj in Kotor Bay, Montenegro.:

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From the London/UK Telegraph today, they had this headline: “Venice considers alcohol ban to combat tourism with these highlights: “Venice is mulling a ban on carrying alcohol in the streets in its latest bid to combat the impact of excessive tourism and disruptive behaviour that is infuriating residents. The city is considering fines for anyone found to be carrying alcohol after 7 pm - even if it is sealed in shopping bags. The move is designed to target drunk tourists who party throughout the night in squares or public places in the popular Lagoon City without a 'justifiable reason'.

 

Full story:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/26/venice-considers-alcohol-ban-combat-tourism/

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

Enjoyed a 14-day, Jan. 20-Feb. 3, 2014, Sydney to Auckland adventure, getting a big sampling for the wonders of "down under” before and after this cruise. Go to:

http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1974139

for more info and many pictures of these amazing sights in this great part of the world. Now at 212,888 views for this posting.

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