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About Serene

Former full time RVers, transitioned to homeowners and travelers. We've still got a map to finish! Home is the Phoenix area desert and a small cabin in the White Mountains of Arizona.

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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Spring Fling #6 Cadìz, Spain and our First Flamenco

Cadìz is arguably the oldest inhabited city in western Europe.  The history is authenticated from 1104 BC.   It was inhabited first by the Phonecians, then the Carthaginians (beginning in 530 BC) Romans (beginning in 49 BC),  Moors (beginning in … Continue reading

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Spring Fling #5: Ceuta – Is it Spain? Is it Africa? It’s Both!

When we purchased our transatlantic cruise, it included ports of Gibraltar and Monte Carlo.  However, we knew before we left home that those had been substituted out and our new ports were Cueta, Spanish Morocco and Nice, France. Flexibility is … Continue reading

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Spring Fling #4: The Azores

The Azores are a group of islands spanning a length of 373 miles.  The islands formed 50,000 years ago through volcanic eruption. Ten major islands surfaced and two were later joined through another eruption, leaving nine primary islands in the … Continue reading

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Spring Fling #3: Entertainment and Covid

If Entertainment and Covid seems an odd title, it is unfortunately fitting. We first suspected that something was going on when the entertainment we could see scheduled out days ahead started changing.    We had gone through pretty rigorous requirements … Continue reading

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Spring Fling #2: Those Sensational Sea Days

Our 21 day cruise started with six straight sea days. Actually it was eight out of the first nine days on board the Nieuw Statendam.  That allows for a lot of sea day activities and for sea day routines to … Continue reading

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