Last year, about this time, I went to Italy with two friends, for my 64th birthday celebration. We had a wonderful two weeks abroad, starting with our short stay at a delightful small hotel, the Napoleon in Rome, twelve days on the Legend of the Seas, and a grand finale in Rome. Highlights of the cruise were an overnight in Livorno, Italy where we got to visit both Florence and spent another day in a quick trip to Pisa and Lucca, driven by a terrific Ricardo from Radiotaxi 24 Ore. We also visited Split and Dubrovnik, Croatia, my first times in those cities.
Travel is such a joy to me. I always encounter wonderful people and my heart explodes with warmth to nourish me for years to come.
With my lovely birthday flowers and champagne from the Hotel Napoleon
The Coliseum which was near our hotel
Vatican Statue, body parts intact
Cheers from the Champagne Bar on the Legend of the Seas
Beautiful Portofino, Italy
Flowered Portofino balconies
The famed Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Cathedral in Pisa
Lucca, Italy, birthplace of Puccini
Deserted Lucca square
The Promenade, Split, Croatia
My lunch in Split, Croatia - scrumptious grilled squid, fresh from the sea
Laundry day in Split, Croatia
Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia
Hillside homes, Taormina, Sicily
Taormina marzipan shop - still there ten years later!
Beautiful building in Venice, Italy
Thank heavens for the wine - The Gondolier Restaurant was most disappointing!
A beautiful mask shop near St. Mark's Square,Venice, Italy
Exquisite building on the Grand Canal
Laundry day in Venice