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

The Vacation of a Lifetime

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.

This is Barcelona, Spain

Hotel Condes de Barcelona

The Hotel Condes de Barcelona

 

Barcelona Streetscape

Barcelona streetscape – Gaudi architecture

Gaudi Building

Gaudi Building

Gaudi Shop

Barcelona shopping

Gaudi

Architectural details

Barcelona Fountain

Placa de Catalunya

Barcelona Church

Barri Gòtic – the Gothic district in Barcelona

Barcelona Cathedral

Barri Gòtic – the Gothic district in Barcelona

Barcelona Angles

Barri Gòtic – the Gothic district in Barcelona. Spires!

Barcelona Angel

Barri Gòtic – the Gothic district in Barcelona. Angel!

Barcelona Doorway

Barri Gòtic – the Gothic district in Barcelona. Bubbles!

Roman Stone

A Roman stone in Barcelona somewhere

Cathedral Spires

Barri Gòtic – the Gothic district in Barcelona

Rooftop in Barcelona

Nightcap from the rooftop lounge at the Hotel Condes de Barcelona

Hotel d'Barcelona Rooftop

After the rains in the evening. From the rooftop lounge at the Hotel Condes de Barcelona

Leaving Spain

As we sailed off into the sunset leaving Barcelona. Headed for France.

Gorgeous day in the City of Gold Mines

Victor, Colorado – the City of Gold Mines – is located at nearly 10,000 feet on the southwest side of Pikes Peak, in the Cripple Creek Victor Mining District. This well-preserved mining town sits on the side of Battle Mtn., a unique setting of 1890’s structures and turn-of-the-century architecture, with clean, cool mountain air and plenty of year-round sunshine.  http://www.victorcolorado.com/

Today was the perfect day for a visit.

Stations of the Cross Shrine

The best road trips are often those that begin with a plan as simple as getting in the car and heading in a particular direction.  No intended destination, no rigid itinerary to keep up with, no reservations and no idea what you’ll discover along the way.  I call these adventures!

On our most recent adventure, we found ourselves in San Luis, Colorado.  San Luis is the oldest settlement in Colorado dating back to 1851 when it was part of the Territory of New Mexico…10 years before the  establishment of the Colorado Territory.  Located in Costillo County in southern Colorado, the town is small with a population of under 1,000.  But this tiny historic town has a very unique feature…a mountaintop art installation depicting the Stations of the Cross.  Bronze sculptures created by local artist, Huberto Maestas, line a 3/4-mile trail that switchbacks its way up the  La Mesa de la Piedad y de la Misericordia (the Hill of Piety and Mercy).  The La Capilla de Todos Los Santos (The Chapel of All Saints) at the summit is a beautiful spot for reflection with spectacular views to valley below.

Rustic beauty

Rustic (ruhs-tik) :  def.  1. Suitable for the country.  2. Made of rough limbs of trees.  3. Of or resembling country folk.  4. Lacking in social graces or polish.  5. Simple, artless or unsophisticated.  6. Uncouth, crude, boorish, awkward.  7. Having rough surfaces.  8. Lacking refinement or elegance.  9. Charmingly simple.

I think there is an inherent allure to battered old barns, wooden fence posts or rusty nails.  Charmingly simple.