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Rotterdam 11 days in the Med trip review w/photos

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We drove through FLorence several times as Francesco pointed out a lot of the history and landmarks. In Italy, drives are not allowed to be tour guides outside their vehicle so unless you hire a guide AND a driver, they can only give info inside the vehicle.

 

He parked and gave us directions to what we had just driven past and we had an hour and a half to ourselves.

 

We went to Santa Croce which is where Michelangelo, Davinci, Galileo and others are buried and toured the church and the Duomo outside.

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Random photos of Florence

 

It was Monday and the museums were closed which is why we only spent part of the day.

 

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Then we all drove to the winery for a tour, tasting and lunch!

 

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Exactly! THe sites and scenery are just part of it. I'm fascinated by how different life is in different countries and details that make me stop and think.

 

I just love this post...I am the same way. My photos of our recent cruise are so similar to yours...many market photos. Those were my favorite and we visited a market in every port. Loved the one in Aix en Provence, too! I am really really enjoying your thread, Lisa!

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DH doesn't drink wine unless its super sweet. He's not a wine guy but agreed to go to make me happy. At the end, he said this was the highlight of the trip (along with Pompeii).

 

Patio of the winery as they explained the history

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Our group along with Francesco (kneeling) the tour guide

 

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bottling

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Lisa

Have so enjoyed your pictures and narrative. Wasn't quite sure what to expect if we were to go to Europe. You have sure shown me this is a trip we definitely want to take! Thankyou

Suzanne

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and then there was lunch!

 

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I grew on and near farms and thought I knew tomatoes but it was like I had never before tasted a tomato until I had these. The flavor was so intense it has ruined me now for American tomatoes!

 

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Cheese and honey - this was a new one and well worth trying at home!

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We sampled four wines, one desert wine and olive oil during the meal

 

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I was so happy I would have bought the winery when we were done if I could find my credit card that is!

 

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DH with Ariana, who did the tour and tasting

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I bought wine and honey to bring home. I kinda drank the wine on the ship and only brought home one bottle :(

 

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The winery was www.fattoriamontecchio.com

 

if anyone is interested. DH wants to go back again some day (yes the man who doesn't drink wine!)

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One last photo of me with the cute Italian tour guide!

 

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Back on board - the view from our aft cabin

 

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I was so tired that night, I don't remember much but more random food photos from my IPhone

 

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Today we are in Olbia, Sardinia and its a DIY day so since we have time this morning, I go to the dining room and snap a photo of the menu for dinner tonight.

 

I also was struck by the nice flowers around the ship

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DH has horrible sinus infection and really isn't feeling well. He missed the formal dinner the night before and just had some soup from Lido.

 

Despite this, he does go into town with me to walk around a bit.

 

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We didn't get a map so I used my IPad to take a photo of a map another cruiser had with them.

 

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We did find a barber and got Terry a quick haircut. Since he didn't speak English and i only know a little French (no Italian at all), we managed through gestured and a translation app on my phone.

 

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Then we stopped and had lunch which really seemed to help DH perk up a bit

 

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We walked up and down and up and down and had a great time exploring the down and meeting people.

 

Then it was back to the ship!

 

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Drop off my backpack in the room (loooooong walk)

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and grab a snack on Lido

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Back on our balcony, Terry caught site of something in the water, jellyfish?

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And these things were all over the bay - traps for something?

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after a nap (see a pattern here?)

 

We went to dinner.

 

Rae had the clams

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I had lamb (it was so so - glad I tried but would not order it again)

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Terry asked them to hold the cauliflower on his plate

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When we got back to our room, Lukemon (no clue how to spell that) our steward had done his magic. THe blanket is one I use on the deck as I am always cold!

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Sea Day - nothing but relaxation!

 

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Thursday - Malta!

Another DIY port and I'm glad. It was wonderful to just wander around.

 

Even the view as we sailed into port was amazing.

 

First of all - breakfast on Lido and the coffee cart made many rounds. The gentleman managing the coffee cart called it his "BMW".

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Then I went to the dining room to check out dinner (I know, I just ate breakfast but some things are worth planning!)

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View of port - Malta

 

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as the ship entered the port and managed a 180 degree turn to dock, we were treated to an unexpected surprise - the Prinsendam was in dry-dock!

 

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Lisa

Have so enjoyed your pictures and narrative. Wasn't quite sure what to expect if we were to go to Europe. You have sure shown me this is a trip we definitely want to take! Thankyou

Suzanne

 

So glad you enjoyed it. I spent so much time planning this vacation, originally with Carnival. Then they cancelled only 3 weeks before we were supposed to leave so I had to scramble to rebook everything which delayed our trip a few months, but so worth it and I'm so glad we chose HAL. I'll never go back to Carnival after what they did to us and now I can see what I've been missing all these years!

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We walked up and down and up and down and had a great time exploring the down and meeting people.

 

Then it was back to the ship!

 

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Drop off my backpack in the room (loooooong walk)

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and grab a snack on Lido

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Back on our balcony, Terry caught site of something in the water, jellyfish?

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And these things were all over the bay - traps for something?

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These are floats of a mussel farm. We had a very nice mussel lunch in Olbio when we were there a couple years ago.

Did you see any of the large ferries with the cartoon characters come and go while you were docked there?

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Thanks for the pics of the Prinsendam in dry dock. The close-ups of the Lido aft gave me a very good idea of how the new, enclosed portion looks. I love that there are windows that open.

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Jazz brunch - even though we ate breakfast, when Rae and Nancy told us about this, we had to go check it out. And of course, we ate again! I really need to start reading the daily news thingy.

 

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Thanks for the pics of the Prinsendam in dry dock. The close-ups of the Lido aft gave me a very good idea of how the new, enclosed portion looks. I love that there are windows that open.

 

THere are more photos if you want to sort through them. They start around page 26 here: http://s1054.photobucket.com/user/lisah101/library/Trip%20Photos/2013%20Europe%20with%20Terry

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More Malta

 

We stopped here for a sandwich to share - Terry still not feeling well but they had free wifi for customers

 

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Interesting Malta stuff

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Writing a postcard to my son so it will come with a Malta stamp from Malta.

 

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I could have spent days here just taking photos - so condensing it down to one last post of Malta photos

 

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OK, I'm TERRIFIED of heights, but I managed to suck it up and take the elevator to the top!

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and back to the ship!

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Back on board for a real lunch. We really do like our salads, but notice the plate of cheese and honey!

 

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At lunch I took a photo of Terry's receipt as he had to pay to use a public restroom in Valletta.

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The ship was having an inspection done of the hull which took the divers longer than expected as explained by the captain. So we stayed docked in Malta longer than anticipated which gave us incredible evening views of the city from our room.

 

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Now and then DH, is able to get the camera and take a photo also - ready for dinner! Notice I was drinking some of the wine we bought in Florence.

 

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Another dinner menu - I'm getting all mixed up on which meal was which night, but regardless - they were all pretty good!

 

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I think this was the Malta evening dinner though - here are the food photos

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Messina

 

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Today, Terry really was feeling bad. His headaches were awful and the sinus infection seemed to be running wild. We had an excursion with other CC folks but backed out at the last moment and just took the loss. We walked ashore and found a pharmacy on the second try (the first one was a young blonde woman who wouldn't even try to hep us because we didn't speak Italian I think).

 

The second pharmacy was a very nice gentleman who knew a few words of English along with my translation app helped a lot and got Terry some meds.

 

We walked the town a bit and found a place to get a cup of coffee and a coke so Terry could take his pills.

 

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We actually enjoyed sitting at this corner cafe and watching the traffic, the cars, the local stand and talk, etc. It was like being in a foreign film it felt so surreal and entertaining at the same time.

 

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The meds were making Terry very sleep so we headed back, but....... I did get sidetracked and bought a really cute pair of shoes. Terry was so supportive despite his ailment.

 

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Back on the ship, I noticed more nice flowers but I love random photos anyway.

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Others saw things on this table, but I never did see any liquor on the liquor table.

 

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Terry slept almost all afternoon and evening only getting up for a quick bite on Lido. I let him rest and meandered around on my own, wearing my new Italian shoes of course.

 

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Naples

 

Terry still wasn't feeling great, but he was a little better. I had hired Joe Banana again for a tour with 3 other cc couples so Terry had to suck it up and make it happen!

 

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Naples from our balcony

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We met in the ocean bar and disembarked together for the tour.

 

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We met our driver, Paulo and headed off to Pompeii. Along the drive, Paulo gave us some of the history of the area. He was a nice guide, but of all the one we had, he was probably my least favorite. He was a bit flippant and had a lot of one liners you could tell he used often. Since he is Giovanni's brother, I guess Paulo gets away with it. I would definitely use Joe Banana again, but ask for a different guide.

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it was an extra 110 euros for a private guide inside Pompeii due to Italian tourist laws. The group was a bit hesitant so I offered to pay because I wanted a guide. Many of the group pitched in also and it was well worth the expense!

 

Lorenzo was our guide and he was my favorite Italian of the whole trip! He was a 70 year old gentleman well dressed and wearing a purple velour jacket. It sounds crazy, but he made it look good!

 

He took us on a guided tour of Pompeii and I could have spent hours there with him. When we arrived, it was early and not very crowded, but as we were finishing our tour, the large buses from the cruise ship started arriving and it became a crazy madhouse - people everywhere!

 

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We left Pompeii, said goodbye to Lorenzo and went to a scenic overlook for great views of the Almafi coast

 

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We were standing in front of this church for the view

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A gentleman next door watched the 9 of us take photos and admire the view. He then called our drive over and handed him 2 bundles of herbs. One was lavender so we (tourists) would know how wonderful it was to live there. The other was fresh basil he just picked for us. I held these as we drove, although I once again was sitting front and center, DH had climbed in the back previously. The roads we were driving were steep and giving me bad vertigo. I had to tell my husband he was sitting up front next to me or else!

 

So, with us now side by side in the van... we headed off to Sorrento.

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I asked Paulo for a place to have pizza for lunch. Since we were in the region, we had to have pizza!

 

He took us here:

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walking down to the outside dining area, we peeked in a backdoor and saw this:

 

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which turned out to be the guy who would make our pizza. Paulo gave him the basil we brought which he used on our pizza!

 

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You have spent a lot of time at the old computer producing this wonderful travelogue of your MS Rotterdam cruise. As foodies we love your food and market place photos and all your other great photos.

 

Thank you very much for sharing your cruise experience. Fantastic job and very appreciated.

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We then had free time to walk around and shop before leaving. I wish Paulo had driven us around and explained the sites like Francesco did in Florence. I kinda felt like we got dumped. We missed a beautiful ocean overlook someone told us about later. We went to Sorrento and never saw the ocean views from there.

 

Roasted chestnuts for sale on the street. I wish I had tried some.

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Gelato!

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yes, we did try some of this!

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A small store selling produce.

 

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I bought a Christmas ornament here:

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After some free time, we met up and headed back to Naples. The ship left at 4:30 so we didn't have enough time for Positano. Instead we asked for a tour of Naples and we did get a driving tour with a photo op.

 

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and back to the ship........

 

Paulo said he was going to drop us off in a different place and it wasn't a bad walk back to the ship but parking was an issue. DH asked him how far as he was worn out and not feeling great. Paulo relented and said he would pay the Euro to pass through the parking area and drop us off closer. I was thinking to myself - is he seriously trying to save 1 euro?????

 

He did ask just the women to come over and he gave us all a bottle of Limoncello.

 

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We got back on the ship and I detoured to the dining room to see the dinner menu.

 

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You have spent a lot of time at the old computer producing this wonderful travelogue of your MS Rotterdam cruise. As foodies we love your food and market place photos and all your other great photos.

 

Thank you very much for sharing your cruise experience. Fantastic job and very appreciated.

 

Yes, Sunday is the "me" day and i usually run errands, do laundry, cook a big dinner, etc. However today I've only managed to do laundry and this review.

 

But that is what a "me" day is all about - doing something you want to do. Just means DH is eating leftover chili for dinner tonight which is OK, I'll make him a big dinner tomorrow!

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