Monthly Archives: July 2022

Spring Fling #12: Stormy Seas

Our next port was supposed to be La Goulette, Tunisia (number 4) on the north coast of Africa.  We were booked to tour ancient Carthage and the picturesque Sidi Bou Said – think white buildings with blue roofs next to … Continue reading

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Spring Fling #11: Portovenere and Cinque Terre

While on our cruise, we made the specific choice to stay near the port for our shore excursions.  We did not want to exhaust ourselves by going on 9-10 hour excursions when we were in new ports day after day.  … Continue reading

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Spring Fling #10:  France – Our Bonus Country

Our original itinerary had Monte Carlo as a port destination but changes offer opportunities and ours was to go to France. Our port was the Bay of Villefranche. Our ship was too large to dock directly so we used tenders – … Continue reading

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Spring Fling #9: Barcelona – Less Than We Expected

Barcelona was the end of the fourteen day transatlantic segment of our cruise and also the beginning of a seven day Mediterranean cruise. Eight hundred passengers, mostly American retirees, left the ship in Barcelona while six hundred of us were … Continue reading

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Spring Fling #8: Alicante Spain and the Caves del Canelobre

We viewed a lovely sunrise from our balcony as we came towards the port of Alicante Spain. This area has been populated for 7000 years by the regular cast of characters, the Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs. The Spanish monarchy … Continue reading

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Spring Fling #7: Málaga and a Boring Yacht

We were in the part of the cruise that had a new port every day, mostly along the southern coast of Spain.  Our next port was Málaga, a city thought to be 3000 years old. Established first by the Phoenicians … Continue reading

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