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.

Point blank hiking

Bringing a camera along on a mountain hike can be a double-edged sword.  For me, the day will either be a 1). focused hike up a rocky, mountain trail with a breathtaking vista at an alpine lake as my reward and I may or may not remember to take a picture at the top, or 2.) a photographic safari that requires stopping every five feet along the trail to get low to the ground to notice something unusual at point blank range with the lens of my camera.  They are both great reasons to get up into the mountains, to be sure.  But I can’t do both at the same time.  So yesterday, I went point blank hiking.

The signs of summer

The other day I noticed signs of summer underway…hot temps? Yes.  91 degrees in my living room (no joke).  Pavement too hot to step upon?  For sure – no more going barefoot on the driveway.  The newly planted blooms already thirsting for water?  Sadly, yes.

I see signs of a HOT summer…

Peeling paint…didn’t we just paint that last year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lawn chair dusted off and sitting in the sun…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The perfect summery strappy sandals…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And alas…the ubiquitous coals that won’t light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How will you keep your cool?