The Vacation of a Lifetime continued

A spectacular 12-day Mediterranean cruise! Departed from Barcelona, Spain and made stops in Cannes/Nice/Monaco/Monte Carlo Casino in France. Then on to Italy with stops in Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Next up was Rome, Italy where we toured the Colosseum and Vatican City. Then on to the Acropolis in Athens Greece. Another stop in Mykonos, Greece for great food and ouzo. Up next was Santorini, Greece (Mamma Mia!). Our last stop was Valetta, Malta with a special trip to Mdna or Città Vecchia- the Silent City, a fortified medieval city.

Malta: Valetta, Mdna or Città Vecchia

 

Malta

Valetta, Malta

Blue Grotto Malta

The Blue Grotto, Malta

Maltese Port

Ancient fishing village of Marsaxlokk, Malta

Medieval City of Mdina

Mdna, a medieval walled city originally settled by the Phoenicians in 700 BC.

Medieval Mdina

Mdna, a medieval walled city originally settled by the Phoenicians in 700 BC.

Casa Mdina

Casa Mdina. Mdna, a medieval walled city originally settled by the Phoenicians in 700 BC.

Mdina Door

Mdna, a medieval walled city originally settled by the Phoenicians in 700 BC.

Mdina Statue

Mdna, a medieval walled city originally settled by the Phoenicians in 700 BC.

Mdina Streetscape

Mdna, a medieval walled city originally settled by the Phoenicians in 700 BC.

Mdina Wall

Mdna, a medieval walled city originally settled by the Phoenicians in 700 BC.

Mediteranean Volcano

A smoldering volcano in the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean sunset

A beautiful end to the trip of a lifetime!

The Vacation of a Lifetime continued

A spectacular 12-day Mediterranean cruise! Departed from Barcelona, Spain and made stops in Cannes/Nice/Monaco/Monte Carlo Casino in France. Then on to Italy with stops in Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Next up was Rome, Italy where we toured the Colosseum and Vatican City. Then on to the Acropolis in Athens Greece. Another stop in Mykonos, Greece for great food and ouzo. Up next was Santorini, Greece (Mamma Mia!). Our last stop was Valetta, Malta with a special trip to Mdna or Città Vecchia- the Silent City, a fortified medieval city.

Italy: Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Next day Rome: The Colosseum and Vatican City

 

ItalianCountryside

Italian countryside heading toward the hamlet of Rapallo

ColorfulRoppoloItaly

Santa Margherita Ligure is a comune (municipality) in the Metropolitan City of Genoa and 16th century castle

RoppoloItaly

Shops in Santa Margherita Ligure

RustedItalianGate

Santa Margherita Ligure

PortofinoItaly

Portofino, Italy is a fishing village and resort. Looks like George Clooney’s yacht!

Arch of Constantine

Arch of Constatine in Rome, Italy.

RomanColosseum

The Colosseum. Rome, Italy

 

InsideColosseum

Inside the Colosseum. Rome, Italy.

Roman Columns

Corinthian style Roman columns. Rome, Italy

Roman Cathedral

Church near the Piazza del Popolo (the Plaza of the People)

St Peters Basilica

St Peter’s Basilica. Vatican City, Italy

Vatican City

Vatican City, Italy

Vatican Columns

Vatican City, Italy

The Vacation of a Lifetime continued

A spectacular 12-day Mediterranean cruise! Departed from Barcelona, Spain and made stops in Cannes/Nice/Monaco/Monte Carlo Casino in France. Then on to Italy with stops in Rapallo, Santa Margherita Ligure and Portofino. Next up was Rome, Italy where we toured the Colosseum and Vatican City. Then on to the Acropolis in Athens Greece. Another stop in Mykonos, Greece for great food and ouzo. Up next was Santorini, Greece (Mamma Mia!). Our last stop was Valetta, Malta with a special trip to Mdna or Città Vecchia- the Silent City, a fortified medieval city.

FRANCE:  Cannes, Nice (French Riviera), Monaco, and Monte Carlo 

Monaco Port

Principality of Monaco in the French Riviera

Monaco Palace

Prince’s Palace of Monaco

Monaco

Principality of Monaco in the French Riviera

Monaco Street

Principality of Monaco in the French Riviera

Monaco Pink Flower

Saint-Martin Gardens in Monaco

Monaco Gardens and view

Saint-Martin Gardens overlooking Monaco

MonteCarloCasino

Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco

FrenchRivieraSunset

Sunset on the French Riviera

A Pacific Coast Vacation

The sea! the sea! the open sea!
The blue, the fresh, the ever free!
— Bryan W. Procter excerpt from “The Sea” ca. 1837

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