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Jul 13, 2014 - Venice, Italy

Sunday, July 13th Today started off like another day at sea with various activities throughout the ship. Mom and I started our day off with breakfast at Lumiere's for some Eggs Benedict and then headed off to the promenade lounge for the adults only "Anyone Can Cook" dessert session where we learned how to make Disney's famous Lava Cake and again got free wine tasting to see what brings out the taste of the chocolate. I can't wait to give it a try at home. The entertainment is quite fun on the ship and we stuck around for the adults only...

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Jul 6, 2014 - Day at Sea

Sunday, July 6th Happy anniversary to my husband across the world. I celebrated with a mimosa around 11 am just like on our wedding day. I'm missing him very much but there is so much to do aboard the ship there is little time to be homesick. Mom and I slept terribly and apparently are still on Eastern Standard time. We fell asleep quickly as we were exhausted again and the beds are so comfortable you just sink into them. Both of us awoke around 2 am and neither of us fell back asleep until close to 4 am. We didn't get up and head to...

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Jul 5, 2014 - Leaving Venice

Saturday, July 5th The extreme jet lag messed with both of our rest periods even though we were both so tired. That didn't get in the way of getting up and ready as we were pumped to begin our fourth cruise together (our second in Europe) and mom grabbed us a traditional Italian breakfast while I slept an extra 20 minutes. (Some things will never change). Did you know a typical Italian breakfast according to my friend Matteau is: a cappuccino, pastry and a cigarette? Well since neither of us smoke, an apple and croissant had to do and off...

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Jul 4, 2014 - Venice, Italy

Thursday, July 3rd Off to the airport we go for our 10:35 pm flight. I hope to get some sleep, but first we are off to relax at the premium VIP lounge which includes dinner and drinks of your choice (alcohol included). I recommend this extra cost for anyone travelling from YYZ. Quiet, private, comfortable and plugs are in abundance for charging iPads/iPhones. Friday, July 4th Happy July 4th to our American friends. We arrived in Venice around 4 pm after a quick stopover in Rome. We took the ATVO shuttle to Piazzle Roma and our hotel was...

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Jun 20, 2014 - Day 5

Have breakfast at Osteria - Enoteca Ai Artisti: Approximately $80 Campanile di San Marco: $11 Have lunch at Osteria Antico Giardinetto: Approximately $50 Venice Walking Tour with St Mark's Basilica: $31 Have Dinner at Algiubagio: Approximately $65 Total cost for day: $237 http://youtu.be/J6RgaPTo4hE

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Jun 18, 2014 - Venice

17 June 2014 We spent today at sea, so decided to get stuck into the packing and getting organised for our travel when we get off the ship. In the evening we have a farewell dinner in the Italian restaurant on board with our Kiwi friends, Martyn & Carol plus another Aussie couple from Sydney. 18 June 2014 Today we are in Venice; the ship begins its magnificent entry into the Port of Venice at 11:30 am it takes 60 minutes to travel up the canal to the disembarkation berth. On our way we are privy to the most marvellous view over the roof...

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Jun 18, 2014 - Day 3

Have Breakfast at the Riviera : Approximately $60 Visit the Prima Materia art gallery: $21 Have lunch at Bistrot de Venise: Approximately $100 Ride the vaporetto on the Grand Canal 72-hour travel card: $50 Dinner at the Gran Caffe & Ristorante Quadri: Approximately $287 Total for the day: $518 http://youtu.be/nkAnXdNDe4w

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Jun 6, 2014 - Perfection in South Tyrol

In the past week we have continued to explore the Dolomites and northern Germany - Oops, we mean Italy! The van has been parked for the whole week just outside the small town of Seis/Siusi, just north of Bolzano. Taking the local bus and then cable car up from the village we have hiked in the high mountains and well above the snow line for most of the week. The hiking and the scenery have both been spectacular! This area has the largest high alpine pasture in all of Europe (Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi) and it is like another land up there. We...

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Jun 3, 2014 - Day @ Sea

3rd June A day at sea as we make our way to Montenegro. We take the opportunity to acquaint ourselves with the ship. Doing a few circles of the ship on the exercise deck, relaxing by the pool, listening to music; classical orchestra in the main lobby and rock music on the deck and piano music on Deck 7. I visit the library and also check out the Internet section. The choice of food is amazing as always and the temptations to overindulge around every corner, with Grill Bars, Ice Cream bars, Pizza Bars, Seafood Bars and a plethora of...

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Jun 2, 2014 - Setting Sail from Venice

2 June 2014 The day of our cruise dawned bright and sunny and after a lovely breakfast, Ian & I packed up our overnight stuff and left our cases in the care of the Hotel Olympia for an hour. We walked only locally as we had to be back in time for the transfer to the ship. We walked for some time, watching the boats go up and down the canals and observing the local architecture. The area we are in is typical of any Port, with the main Bus and Train terminals all converging and a lot of activity as a consequence. Down the alley ways there are...

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Jun 1, 2014 - Journey to Venice

1 June 2014 After savouring our last view from the balcony in our hotel room in Sorrento, we check out and are driven to Napoli Station in a very smart Mercedes Benz Taxi, the journey takes us round the winding cliff roads through pretty villages and seaside resorts. As always the pace is fast, but the traffic is not so heavy today, most of it going the other way as tourists and locals head towards the Amalfi coast. The Taxi driver Massimo speaks good English, we hear that he is actually a Blacksmith, but had to sell his business when the...

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May 6, 2014 - Ciao ciao cruisers

Is it a bit dorky to say we were sad disembarking the ship for a final time?? Deep down I know it is...but we were all the same. Off on our own again, negotiating our way in foreign speaking lands using pigeon Italiano! So of course today of all days, with our four giant trolley bags that are now v heavy (!!), my inner compass failed us. The other Grays have horrid senses of direction, so it was always going to be down to me. After landing ourselves on the Lido island, by mistake, we finally arrived at our hotel located in Castello. The...

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