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Rotterdam 11 days in the Med trip review w/photos

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Last night on the ship!

 

Full moon, how appropriate

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We had drinks in the Mix bar until the gong guy came signaling dinner. This time Nancy caught him so I could get a photo!

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Flags on the table for the international dinner. The waiters were actually trying to swap flags with other waiters so they had their table's nationalities represented. They apologized the US flag was in such high demand, our table mates were from Canada and Iran (now living in the US).

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Lots of singing going on, but they were moving so fast and I had worked hard at finishing that bottle of wine I opened so I was a bit slow and all the photos are blurry.

 

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By now, EVERYONE at the table wanted their meal photographed before they could eat so I did my best (and loved it!)

 

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We finished packing up the cabin and went to Lido - I took an insane number of photos of breakfast.

 

I had never seen these before - but thought they were good. I ended up putting them in my Muesli which is another food I had never had before. I really miss it!

 

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More

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And.. tons of random breakfast photos from Lido

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fixings from the omelet station

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One thing about the ship.......

 

When we boarded there was an unlimited laundry flyer in the closet but it was for a 14 day cruise and we were there for 11 days. I went to guest services (embarkation day) and they told me it was $77 for 11 days. I jumped for joy and signed up!

 

Everything came back ironed on hangars and undies were neatly folded in tissue - So worth the money!

 

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We shared a van to Rome with a few other couples and were quickly dropped off at our hotel, Donna Camilla Sevilla.

 

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The hotel held our bags, we took a few photos before walking into town. The hotel is a converted convent and still has a church onsite with mass everyday. Several nuns still live onsite and were often about the hotel.

 

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The church

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I have gained 10 lbs just looking at these pictures!

The "gong'-"after dinner" guy is known as the "yum yum man" :)

Absolutely loved reading this review! Thanks again.

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well, I thought i would take a break for dinner and to finish laundry before the last little bit on Rome, but i'm tired so will finish this tomorrow evening.

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well, I thought i would take a break for dinner and to finish laundry before the last little bit on Rome, but i'm tired so will finish this tomorrow evening.

 

Very nicely done review and photos! I have been reading all day your review as you posted it. Would finish a page go do something around the house come back to the computer, refresh and find more photos and review. Nice to know others take pictures of the food...lol. Doesn't bother us either since many people always wanted to know about the food. This is a cruise we are interested in taking, thanks for posting this to read.

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I really enjoyed reading your thread! Loved the food porn and all your pics of your ports. I was in Sorrento, Naples, Florence, and Pompeii in March and loved your pics there too...thank you for all the time you put into this!

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Thank you for posting. Really enjoyed your review and photos. We are on the Rotterdam in January so pleased to know you enjoyed yourself. Some of the other reviews are so negative.

Looking forward to more.:)

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Loved your review and gorgeous pictures. You have a real flair for writing. Thank you for taking the time to do this for all of us. The Rotterdam is my favorite ship.

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This is typical Dutch, a lot off Dutch people eat this in the morning on bread and butter, specially kids.

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And this is the kroket, so good !!! whit musterd on a roll, but I only eat it on a special occasion ( lott of calories ):) when my friends from the USA are in Holland we Always have a lunch whit kroketten they love them.

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I just got home from work and think I'm going to bed. Been a crazy long week so it it doesn't get better, I'll have to finish this review this weekend. Thank you for your patience.

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Thank you for your wonderful review.

The Rotterdam was our first ship and it definitely got us hooked on cruising and HAL.

Loved all the food pictures. My blueberries and yogurt didn't really cut it this morning.:rolleyes:

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We(three women friends) are going on the Noordam next October, starting in Rome and ending in Barcelona. You have made us even more excited about what to see and EAT!!!! Your travelogue is wonderful thank you for taking the time to do it. I look forward to the Rome photos. We are planning a few days pre-cruise to sight see the sights. Again many thanks.

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Loved your review and photos! I was on the Rotterdam 3 or 4 years ago. It set a whole new standard for sailing.:)

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Wonderful post - love the Rotterdam and looking at your pictures sure brought back some wonderful memories. Some of the ports we have been too and more memories. Thanks for the post.

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Crazy long week week at work and then our community garage sale yesterday along with cleaning the garage and cars, lead to an exhausting week.

 

Today I have a bit of time for me, then groceries, laundry, ironing, mop floors, make diner, pay bills. I want to be back on vacation!!!!

 

OK, ramblings complete, here is the continuation of our trip report.

 

We checked into the hotel early and the room wasn't ready so they held our bags and we explored the town. We had the tourist map from the front desk and headed across the river to no where in particular. The hotel was in Trastevere so most everything was on the other side of the river.

 

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We found some ruins in the middle of a plaza and stopped to look.

 

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We walked around a bit and stopped to read some of the posted signs. As we were reading, I noticed number 1 - according to this, we were standing only 20 feet from the place where Julius Caesar was murdered!

 

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I always pictured the big Forum and Coloseum when I thought of Julius Caesar, but according to these dates - those weren't built until after his death - history lesson learned!

 

Here is the photo of the spot as we understood it from the map.

 

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Then, more photos of the ruins.

 

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We were starting to get hungry but this was a very busy area so we thought just a coffee and a snack until we get further away from the tourist stuff.

 

Thought this was cute:

 

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We opted for pastries again since we don't eat them much at home.

 

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We headed back towards the hotel, browsing along the way and we did talk to this gentleman for a bit about leather goods.

 

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The walk back - noticed lots of tourists about:

 

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Then some meandering

 

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And we stopped for lunch to have Terry's favorite - Pizza!

 

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We went back to the hotel and our room was ready!

 

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The bathroom window

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So, after stowing luggage, we went to check out the rooftop terrace - here are the stairs up.

 

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Views from the terrace.

 

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Time to go back it was starting to get dark

 

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So we went back to our room for a nap before dinner as they eat dinner so late I need a rest first!

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We asked Albert at the front desk for a dinner recommendation he they offered Da Fabrizio. We were a bit early so we sat on the bench in front of a church which was just across the street and watched the people go by before our 7pm dinner reservation which is also when the restaurant opened.

 

I had pasta with Porcini mushrooms and pesto and it was VERY good while DH had spaghetti. We were so full from these that we couldn't manage a main course.

 

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I ordered a glass of house red and they gave me a small bottle, but its OK, I finished it!

 

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After dinner, I took a few photos while leaving - one of the restaurant and one of a table up front which looked like where they put together the antipasti plates.

 

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We walked down for Gelato, then back to the hotel:

 

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The next morning we had the hotel buffet breakfast which was very good - I took lots of photos the next day so they will be coming soon.

 

Our plan for today was the Forum and Colosseum. I knew from reading other posts to go to the Forum first as the ticket lines were shorter so we walked and walked and walked.

 

The street cleaners were using these brooms.

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More walking

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It took us 45 minute to find the ticket booth at the forum as the one marked on the map had moved to the other side. It was chaotic there and still had a long line - we waiting about 20 min to buy a ticket, then it was a pushing match to get through the turnstile to gain entrance. No pamphlets or material available other than an additional audio tour to purchase so I downloaded Rick Steve's guide to the forum and that was well worth it!

 

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Statues of the Vestal Virgins all missing their heads

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More photos

 

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Then....... we found the bathroom and yes, this is a photo of the ladies bathroom.

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We finally found the exit and walked to the Colosseum next where the lines were a bit more organized and we were able to breeze through quickly. There was a VERY long line for those who needed to buy tickets however so we did plan that one right.

 

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We used the Rick Steve's audio guide for the Colosseum which was very entertaining and informative.

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Your cruise log has been a lovely treat this weekend! Thank you again for all of the photos and commentary.

 

Your cruise is now on my bucket list! Thanks!:)

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Oh my, what a treat to see more of your pictures this morning! Let me thank you again for taking us along! I know how busy you are, which makes this even more appreciated. Your pictures are amazing, I felt like I had been swept away to my favorite part of the world. :):)

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As we started the walk back from the Colosseum to our hotel, I just happen to see this along the road.

 

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Thought it was amazing to see so much history in every glance or corner we explored.

 

It was after 2pm, we hand't had lunch yet and were very tired, but decided we wanted to get back to Trastevere before having lunch. We walked quickly and arrived at L'Insalata Ricca about 2:30. They were gracious and explained they were closing in about 20 min but would be happy to serve us. we ordered salads, ate quickly and went back for a nap. They had great salads!

 

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I took a few random photos of the hotel as we headed to our room.

 

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I took a long hot bath to soak my aching feet and then had a nap. We changed for dinner and went downstairs. Here is a photo of the hotel courtyard in the evening.

 

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And the reception desk.

 

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We asked for dinner recommendations but then as we walked, decided to keep going to find something other than the place the hotel suggested.

 

We chose Taverna Della Scala because it had a beautiful outdoor patio. HOwever, they insisted there was no room outside and we must sit inside.

 

We should have argued or left (I could see 2 empty tables outside).

 

We ordered dinner.

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I ordered Spinach Ravioli and Terri had Spaghetti.

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After tasting the house red last night, Terry got brave and orderd wine - they asked if we wanted 1/2 liter or a whole liter. Terry said we could handle a liter. It wasn't nearly as good as last night and pasta was a bit pasty and the flavors were flat to me. To each their own!

 

Terry and I did our best to finish the liter, but we were unsuccesful, although he had fun trying!

 

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We decided to skip dessert and go back to our favorite Gelato Shop, Old Bridge.

 

The gentleman working that night was very friendly and managed to figure out what we wanted even though I could not pronounce the tag on the display and he didn't speak any English. At that point you figure any Gelato in Italy is going to be good so just take whatever they give you! BTW... it was awesome!

 

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We ate Gelato and wandered around Trastevere a bit. Earlier I went back to the purse shop and couldn't decide which one I wanted so a nice English lady suggested I buy both. So I did. Now on our way home from dinner and Gelato, I found another one and bought that. I've purchased 1 purse in the past 4 years and today I bought 3!

 

We went back to our bench outside the church, watched the people, enjoyed our gelato and canoodled a bit.

 

Terry on our bench

 

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The view from our bench

 

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The hotel, Donna Camilla Savelli was a wonderful place to stay! Breakfast is including and was very extensive. The next morning, we were down early for breakfast and I took advantage of the opportunity to get photos before it got busy. Many of my picture a bit off color, but I have not enhanced or edited any of them. The color is different because I sometimes choose to turn off the flash so I don't bother other guests or patrons.

 

Hotel Breakfast

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